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IT’S NOT EXACTLY ON RESTAURANT ROW. AND YOU’LL NEVER SEE THE CELL PHONE CROWD FIGHTING FOR A TABLE HERE, BUT ABDULLAH’S IS THE COOLEST PLACE IN TOWN. THE CORRECT NAME IS ROB’S RIBS AND ABDULLAH’S CATERING--BUT ABDULLAH’S JUST SOUNDS BETTER--AND THAT’S WHAT EVERY SOUL FOOD AFICIONADO ON THE WEST SIDE CALLS IT. ABDULLAH HASSAN AND HIS NEPHEW ROB (THE RIB GUY) HAVE BROUGHT THE SONG OF THE SOUTH TO THOSE WHOSE APPETITES RUN TO HOPPIN’ JOHN--COLLARD GREENS-- GOOD RIBS-- AND PERFECTLY FRIED CATFISH. THOSE GREENS ARE AS BRIGHTLY FLAVORED, VITAMIN RICH , AND RIGHTEOUSLY SEASONED AS ANY I’VE EVER TASTED SOUTH OF THE MASON-DIXON LINE. AND THE RIBS ARE MEATIER, SPICIER, AND MORE FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD THAN ANY CHAIN-LINK PRODUCT YOU’LL EVER SWEAR BY. AS GOOD AS THESE ARE-- IT IS ABDULLAH’S EGYPTIAN RICE THAT HIS CUSTOMERS SAY FIRST MADE HIM FAMOUS. CHOCK FULL OF LOBSTER-- STIR--FREID VEGETABLES, AND SPICES, THIS MUSLIM TAKE ON A CHINESE RECIPE IS WORTH THE WAIT FOR THE DAYS WHEN THE ECCENTRIC CHEF DECIDES TO MAKE IT (USUALLY WEEKEND LUNCHES). IT’S NICE TO KNOW THAT WESTSIDERS FINALLY HAVE A CLEAN FRIENDLY AND TASTY PLACE TO CALL THEIR OW N. TO THOSE WHO THINK OF THE NEIGHBORHODD AT MARTIN LUTHER KING AND WASHINGTON AS A DESOLATE AND FOREIGN COUNTRY---I SAY GO THERE FOR LUNCH--TAKE AN OPEN MIND, AND A CURIOUS PALATE---AND YO’ILL SEE WHAT A TALENTED BLACK MUSLIM CHEF CAN DO WITH THE CLASSIC COMPONENTS OF AMERICAN SOUL FOOD. BY THE WAY ---ONLY THE NON-MUSLIMS EAT THE RIBS----ABDULLAH DOESNT’T KNOW WHAT HE’S MISSING. THIS IS JOHN CURTAS

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Nov 24, 2010 | Thanksgiving 2010 - Another Beanie Reveal
John Curtas delves into family history to discover the real story behind Grandma Schroader's Sour Beans.

Nov 19, 2009 | Valentino -- You don't know the truffles I've seen
According to Food Critic John Curtas, no other Italian restaurant in Las Vegas has performed at such a high level for so long.

Oct 1, 2009 | Blow It Up
In at least one part of town, our dining critic John Curtas says the food used to be a lot better.

Sep 25, 2009 | Social Media Meltdown
For our dining critic, John Curtas, social media has started to intrude on dining out.

Sep 2, 2009 | Discovering LOS ANTOJOS
Our dining critic John Curtas finds a new affordable favorite.

Aug 20, 2009 | Chinois R.I.P.
For John Curtas the recent closing of Wolfgang Puck's first Las Vegas restaurant brings back memories.

Aug 3, 2009 | Food, Inc.
John Curtas turns movie reviewer today - but the subject is in his usual area of expertise. Hear his review of "Food, Inc."

Jul 16, 2009 | The Steak That Saved Las Vegas
Dining critic John Curtas finds some steak aged for EIGHT MONTHS and he tells us how it tastes.

Jul 2, 2009 | Bang for Your Buck
Everyone's food budget is tighter these days. But if you still want to dine out now and then, our dining critic John Curtas has a few tips on restaurants now giving you more bang for your buck.

Jun 19, 2009 | Whassup with Wazuzu
Explore Dining Critic John Curtas' love/hate relationship with Wazuzu. If you want to spice up your dinner go for at least a "4 or 5."

Jun 12, 2009 | Two Farmer's Markets
Fresh, locally produced food has become a big trend across the U.S. Our food critic, John Curtas, says there's more of this trend in Las Vegas than you might think.

Jun 4, 2009 | MandM Soul Food
John Curtas tells us about one of his favorite dining spots - a surpsingly affordable one.

May 28, 2009 | Checkpoint Charlie
While fine dining has seen a downturn in Las Vegas in recent months, our dining critic John Curtas says at least one dining legend intends to stay put. Charlie Trotter is standing pat in Las Vegas. John Curtas reviews Resturant Charlie.

May 8, 2009 | Food Festival Frenzy!
It's a time of many food festivals in Las Vegas. John Curtas has an overview.

May 5, 2009 | Peppermill Coffee Shop and Fireside Lounge
A landmark Las Vegas restaurant gets a visit from John Curtas. He takes you to the Peppermill.

Apr 23, 2009 | Thai Me Up Thai Me Down
Thai cuisine is starting to show up in more places in Las Vegas. John Curtas has some recommendations

Apr 9, 2009 | A Gourmet Corner - In Spring Valley?
Food Critic John Curtas takes a trip to the strangest gourmet corner in town.

Apr 2, 2009 | Pip's is a Pip
If you're looking for good dining near Aliante, our dining critic, John Curtas, has found a new place to go.

Mar 26, 2009 | Stripped to Its Bare Essentials
Dining on steak at Planet Hollywood! John Curtas takes you along.

Mar 19, 2009 | Hachi is absolutely amazing!
John Curtas has a find - a Japanese-fusion restaurant on the west edge of the city.

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