Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Las Vegas: Lawry's The Prime Rib

Marc and I arrived in Las Vegas on a Friday evening, a day before our official wedding anniversary. Marc had always wanted to dine at Lawry's for a long time but we could never get a reservation without planning ahead. Since this was a very special weekend, I made sure we had a reservation at Lawry's.

Lawry's is located off the Strip, on the corner of Flamingo and Howard Hughes Parkway. Since this was the first time we've ever been to Lawry's, we had no clue what to expect. All we knew was they served Prime Rib.

Basically, you pick a cut and how you want it cooked. The cuts range from the smallest (California Cut) to the largest (Beef Bowl Cut). Each meal includes:

  • Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad: Crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, shredded beets, chopped egg and croutons, tossed with our exclusive Vintage Dressing.
  • Yorkshire Pudding: Baked in small skillets until puffy and golden brown.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Whole potatoes, cooked, then whipped with milk and butter.
  • Whipped Cream Horseradish: Lawry's famous recipe of grated fresh horseradish and seasoned whipped cream.
What I thought was cool was the spinning bowl salad. Your server comes to your table with a cart and two bowls. One is filled with ice and the other sits on top of it. The server tosses the salad and drizzles their famous dressing while the bowl spins on top of the ice. Here is a video:

The salad was surprisingly good, given you have no other option in terms of dressing (take it or leave it).

So where's the beef? What makes Lawry's so unique is it serves their beef from a cart. The carver comes around your table with a cart full of beef and cuts the meat by size and preparation preference (rare, medium rare, medium, medium-well, and well-done).

I got the smallest cut (California Cut) and Marc got the Lawry's Cut which is their most popular cut. We also added two lobster tails to make our meals a surf and turf. There are other entrees and accompaniments but why would you want to get something else other than Prime Rib.

Since Marc raved about how good the meal was, we will definitely come back. I think the next time we're in Vegas, we'll try their Ale and Sandwich Bar which serves their signature hand-carved sandwiches, signature side dishes and their famous Lawry's Prime Ribs of Beef. Overall, a must-go place to dine at while in Las Vegas.

Things to know:
  • Valet and self-parking available.
  • Prime Rib entrees start from $32 to $49.
  • We recommend adding two Lobster tails for $22, one tail is $14.50.
  • If dining for two, request for seating in a booth.
  • Lunch: If you take it to go, they will package your meal so that it's as hot and fresh as it is in their restaurant.
  • Lawry's Famous Vintage Salad dressing is available for purchase on their site. One case minimum, four bottles to a case for $30.00.
4043 Howard Hughes Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169


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