Guest Author - Terri L Griffin
Las Vegas, Nevada is a great place to find great food. Henderson, Nevada just a few minutes from the Las Vegas Strip has its own set of delicious eateries. One such restaurant is the Grand Cafe at Green Valley Ranch. Green Valley Ranch is a beautiful hotel and casino in Henderson. There are many restaurants within the resort, including Hank's Fine Steaks & Martinis, Feast Around the World Buffet, Panda Express, The Original Pancake House, Tides Oyster Bar, Villa Pizza and more.
Like many Las Vegas area restaurants, the Grand Cafe doesn't have a children's menu. We selected the cafe anyway, because we all felt like eating different kinds of food and the menu appeared to have quite a variety. As is also often the case, this 24-hour restaurant is more affordable than the resort's buffet.
We had a short wait before being seated in the spacious, high-ceilinged dining room. We had a quiet, roomy booth near the kitchen. The decor was colorful with mosaics and colored glass in warm golden and red shades. Chandeliers and sconces provided soft and elegant lighting. Several big screen tvs provided sports fans with entertainment without being too loud or distracting.
The menu was quite varied and very satisfactory. I ordered the Filet Mignon and decided to try the Beef and Vegetable soup instead of my usual salad. My sons chose a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup and a Hamburger with Fries. My husband also ordered a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup.
Our server, Wing, first brought us a basket of fresh, hot bread from the La Brea Bakery. It was delicious. The soup arrived shortly thereafter. I have to say it was the best Beef and Vegetable soup I've had in a long time. The beef was tender and tasty and the vegetables included all of my favorites - mushrooms, carrots, onions - I even ate the celery. My son ate every last drop of the Chicken Noodle soup which included more vegetables and bigger noodles than the canned soup he's used to. My husband enjoyed his bowl as well.
When the main dishes arrived my other son and I dug in. Jonathan's hamburger was very tasty and he ate all of it (except for the bite I had to see how it was!) We shared the yummy fries around the table. My Filet Mignon was superb - perfectly cooked, juicy and tender. It came with a huge baked potato and a side of vegetables.
Wing provided friendly and efficient service and our meal was affordable. We really enjoyed dining at the Grand Cafe at Green Valley Ranch and heartily recommend it for anyone spending the day or night outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.