Center Cut at Flamingo Las Vegas might not have a celebrity chef’s name on its sign (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but each night, the restaurant serves up hearty fare in a lively atmosphere, completely free of anything even remotely stodgy or pretentious.
Even the menu is unpretentious if you ask us.
At Center Cut, every meal begins with some fresh bread, of course. Or a cocktail. If you don’t know which photo we’re going to share first, you haven’t been following this blog very long.
It's the signature "Pink in the Center" cocktail. See all the immature jokes we're not making?
The Pink in the Center cocktail features X-Rated Fusion liqueur (yes, there’s a liqueur named “X-Rated Fusion”) and Chandon Brut sparkling wine.
Now, the bread part.
In a pretentious restaurant, you're not supposed to fill up on bread. At Center Cut, they don't judge.
If you like salads, you might try the Caesar salad. It kind of doesn’t look like other Caesar salads, but you’ll survive. All the ingredients are there (Romaine lettuce, tangy Caesar dressing, homemade croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese), just prettier.
You don't have to eat the fishy thing wrapped around the tomato. At Center Cut, no one is the boss of you.
Center Cut is all over the appetizers, of course, including the Lime Poached Shrimp Cocktail. Typically, this blog doesn’t condone poaching, but in this case, we’re cool with it.
They don't put "Shrimp As Big As Your Face" on the menu, but maybe they should.
If you enjoy straddling the world of surf and turf, you may take a stab at the, well, Surf & Turf. This blog is more turf than surf, but that doesn’t mean we won’t take a photo of someone else’s Surf & Turf, despite not knowing what to make of it, entirely.
Six ounce filet mignon and half a cold lobster tail, choice of two sauces.
Although his blog prefers its filet mignon sans surf, you’re still probably an OK person if you opt for something else on the menu.
Bonus: All the steaks are free of hormones and steroids.
We never really had a puffy, pastry thing with our steak until Center Cut Steakhouse, now we're fans. These pop-overs are made with souffle dough.
Sides include things like lobster mac and cheese, organic wild mushroom, grilled asparagus, organic pink mashed potatoes, potato gratin and Steakhouse Fries.
For dessert (yeah, like you’ve left enough room for dessert), check the “Delights” section of the menu. We’ll go for the Coffee Toffee Crunch, with a side of fancy (yet still unpretentious) cookies.
Emphasis on the cookies.
Take a look at the full Center Cut Steakhouse menu (.pdf format) through the miracle of the Interwebs.
Just the right proportion of classy and "you won't get stares if you and your friends laugh out loud at something witty your waiter said."
See if you don’t agree Center Cut Steakhouse is a laid-back restaurant that hits all the right notes, without people constantly trying to put your napkin back on your lap. We can handle our own napkin, thanks.