Not really a 5-Star in comparison to what you might find in Vegas , but in Laughlin, NV, it’s certainly worth a visit.
Having eaten at various places between Bullhead City, AZ and back across the river in Laughlin, I have noticed several dining establishments have been hailing themselves as “fine dining” (I really don’t thing that exists here yet); however Bighorn Café, inside of the Laughlin River Lodge, served us two incredible meals during this trip.
Everyone in our 4-person party (we only ordered two dinners and split them like old people) was amazed at the quality of the end product, the tenderness of the meats (prime rib and a rib-eye steak) and especially the seasoning. Perfectly prepared and perfectly seasoned. The prime rib was more elegant without any horseradish or other help, as was the rib eye steak. I think the baked potato was one of the best I have ever had (yeah, explain that one) because it was pre-seasoned before it went in oven. The plating was simple and isolated (potato here, protein there, veggie here) but the portions were very adequate for even two “older” people. We also shared some garlic-butter shrimp scampi that was delicious. The only down side of the scampi was that it was served without bread. We asked for some bread to soak up the garlic butter, and the server gave us some simple type of Hawaiian Rolls, where as we had hoped for a nice crusty sour dough or the likes.
Since no one has written about this place specifically yet, I decided to give them 5 stars to kick it off. Hopefully more local residents will be providing the long term support to keep this place going, but in the world of hotel restaurants in Laughlin, NV, it may change names throughout its history (I understand this used to be a steakhouse).
Our breakfast the next day was again remarkable, yet American simple. We ended up eating there in anticipation of the “$3.99 Steak and Eggs with the player card”; but when we went to cash in, found that the special is from midnight until 6 am, yet no one had elaborated on our questioning of the special. One of our party ordered the steak and eggs regardless and again hailed the steak breakfast to be one of the best he’s ever had. I tasted the steak and totally agreed.
I’m still trying to get my hands on some honestly in the culinary reputations around the Laughlin area, and have begun to expand the list that I may call ‘my places’.
Good food, oh and we don’t quite understand why, but none of our drinks ever ended up on our bill. The servers even came through and offered my wife a free (we think an over-pour) glass of Chardonnay and us free glasses of Cabernet. Again, we had ordered two drinks each at our table for dinner, and none of the drinks that night or the next morning were on the bill.
A very good meal choice here in Laughlin. Trust me – go to Bighorn Café first before you make a lousy uneducated selection from the multitude of crap restaurants (i.e. Bubba Gimps – name changed to protect the innocent).
Please find my other reviews about Laughlin restaurants as I get to them.