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Jun 23, 2016

Minato in Laughlin passes re-inspection

Laughlin, NV

Southern Nevada Health District - Restaurant Inspection

Minato Restaurant
Minato Sushi Bar 
2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV

Minato received an a inspection on June 9, 2016 for both their restaurant and their sushi bar.   
Both received a B grade with 20 demerits for multiple violations. 
See details of the original inspections here

On June 17, 2016 both were re-inspected by the Southern Nevada Health District and received A grades.   The Minato Restaurant still had 8 demerits for the following violations:




The Minato Sushi Bar has 0 demerits and no violations. 









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*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  

Jun 15, 2016

Minato Restaurant and Sushi Bar hit with poor health inspection

Laughlin, NV

Southern Nevada Health District - Restaurant Inspection

Minato Restaurant
Minato Sushi Bar 
2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV



Minato received an a inspection on June 9, 2016 for both their restaurant and their sushi bar.

Both received a B grade with 20 demerits for multiple violations.

First the restaurant:


Violations are listed below, and include keeping food protected from contamination, handwashing facilities, having a person in charge with knowledgeable/management certificaiton, plus many others. 



The Sushi Bar inside Minatos: 



The Minato Sushi Bar is listed on the SNHD website as approved to open on 7-2-2015.  

Violations for the June 8, 2016 inspection are listed below. 




We are unaware if Minato has changed ownership or just a name change.  Previously, in the Southern Nevada Health District  reporting they were listed as Minato Japanese and Korean Restaurant. Under that name they had a terrible inspection in 2014, and were one demerit short of being closed by the SNHD.  

January 29, 2014  Inspection results

Here is our reporting of the 2014 inspection under the former name at the same location.

Plus more info when Action 13 News from Las Vegas visited the Minato after the poor inspection in 2014.



***Be sure to read the information at the end of this article about how the inspection process reporting works.

When re-inspections are posted on the Southern Nevada Health District website we will share them and update this article.   If the establishments contact us and want to comment, we will share those as well.     The SNHD website is   southernevadahealthdistrict.org 



The SNHD also has an APP where you can check recent inspections.  This is not as robust as the website but is a nice, quick way to check the latest inspection results for an establishment you may planning to dine at.  Remember though, inspection results are not posted in real time.  You can look for the most recent Grade on the certificate posted at the restaurant (as required). 



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*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  





Saltgrass at Golden Nugget Passes Re-inspection

Laughlin, NV




Golden Nugget Laughlin
Saltgrass Steakhouse

Update

On May 19th, the Saltgrass had a trio of poor health/restaurant inspections.   See the details here.

A June 3rd a re-inspection by the Southern Nevada Health District showed all three areas of the Saltgrass passing with A grades, although one of them (the Saltgrass Bakery) still had 6 demerits.

June 3, 2016 Re-inspection 



June 3, 2016 Re-inspection Kitchen/Bulk



June 3, 2016 Re-inspection Bakery  

 A grade, with 6 demerits for the following violations





The Saltgrass Steakhouse did win Best Steakhouse in the 2016 Best of Laughlin survey. 




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*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  


May 31, 2016

Laughlin - Restaurants Inspections for May 2016

Southern Nevada Health District - May 2016 Inspections in Laughlin, NV

Update:  Re-inspection results

The Saltgrass Steakhouse, located in the Golden Nugget Laughlin won "Best Steak" in the 2015 and 2016 Best of Laughlin awards.  The popular restaurant was also named Best Overall restaurant in 2015.

Inspections in May were not so good for the Saltgrass Steakhouse. 




On May 19, 2016 - Three inspections were posted for the Saltgrass, for various parts of the facility.

Saltgrass Steakhouse 
-Received 17 demerits and a grade of "B". Violation/demerits included those
for hand washing, protection of food from contamination, and pest control.  See the data below from the SNHD website.  Previous inspections showed all A grades going back to 2010. 



Violations on May 19, 2016



Inspection history at the Saltgrass Steakhouse



Saltgrass Kitchen / Bulk
-Received 34 demerits and a grade of "C".  Establishments that get more than 40 demerits are
routinely closed by the SNHD until problems are corrected and a re-inspection is passed.
Violation/demerits included those for proper hand washing, protection of food from contamination, pest control, and proper hand washing facilities. 



Violations on May 19, 2016




Saltgrass Steakhouse Bakery
-Received 17 demerits and a grade of "B".  Violation/demerits included those for PHF/TCS's properly cooled, effective pest control, handwashing facilities, and Kitchen/FCS equipment.




Violations on May 19, 2016






Other restaurants that received current inspections in Laughlin during the month of May received "A" grades.  See list below:





***Be sure to read the information at the end of this article about how the inspection process reporting works.


When re-inspections are posted on the Southern Nevada Health District website we will share them and update this article.   If any of the establishments contact us and want to comment, we will share those as well.     The SNHD website is   southernevadahealthdistrict.org 



The SNHD also has an APP where you can check recent inspections.  This is not as robust as the website but is a nice, quick way to check the latest inspection results for an establishment you may planning to dine at.  Remember though, inspection results are not posted in real time.  You can look for the most recent Grade on the certificate posted at the restaurant (as required). 


2016 BEST OF LAUGHLIN Winners 







Visit Laughlin Buzz for more information about the Laughlin area.




*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  

May 28, 2016

Laughlin Visitor Numbers up for April 2016

Laughlin, Nevada

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that visitor volume to Laughlin for April was up 5.9% (compared to April of 2015).


  
Laughlin April visitor volume was up 5.9 percent to 171,516 people.

Occupancy rates were up 4 percentage points 69.4 percent in Laughlin.

The average daily room rate was up 3.9 percent to $54.15 in Laughlin.

Source: http://www.lvcva.com/stats-and-facts/visitor-statistics/


For 2016, by month, the number of visitors were:

April  2016:       171,516    +5.9%       compared to April of 2015
March 2016:      176,338    +1.3%       compared to March of 2015
February 2016:  157,426    +3.4%       compared to February of 2015
January 2016:    139,869    -5.5%        compared to January of 2015



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May 22, 2016

Kid Rock - Laughlin, Nevada

May 21, 2016

Kid Rock at the Laughlin Event Center
Laughlin, NV

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Kid Rock with Shannon Curfman performing "Picture" 


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May 6, 2016

Claim Jumper at Golden Nugget Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada

Claim Jumper
Golden Nugget Laughlin
Restaurant Review




We visited Claim Jumper at the Golden Nugget in Laughlin, NV during the annual River Run bike rally.  Even though they were very busy we were seated fairly promptly.   Service was excellent, which was a bit surprising since the place was packed.

Everything ordered by our party was very good.   The Lemon Pepper Zucchini was delicious. It was a very big order, easily shareable by many people, and was lightly battered.   The Chicken Pot Pie is one of the best items on the menu.  The fish and chips, and chicken tenderloins were also very good.


One member of our group ordered the massive WidowMaker burger. This was a large burger topped with smoked bacon, avocado, battered onion rings, avocado, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and red relish (for 12.99, which includes choice of slaw, fries, or fresh frunit).  They could only eat 1/2 of it.


Both the Fish and Chips and Chicken Pot Pie are also on the Early Bird menu (1-6pm daily).  We were unaware of this. When we ordered our server told us about it and that saved us a few dollars on each dish.    This early bird menu is available to seniors all day and includes several other items to choose from.

Claim Jumper is part of the Landry's group of restaurants.  If you get a Landry's Select Club card some of the benefits include a Birthday credit, accumulation of points toward future purchases, and priority seating.  This is good at all Landry's restaurants, which include the Saltgrass Steakhouse and Bubba Gump's in the Golden Nugget Laughlin.



Comp Points earned on the Golden Nugget 24 Karat Players Club can also be used to pay for purchases at these Golden Nugget restaurants in Laughlin.

See the full Claim Jumper menu for Golden Nugget Laughin here.

This was only our 3rd visit to the Claim Jumper but we enjoyed it.  Good, attentive, friendly service and very good food and nice prices.

Not surprisingly, the Claim Jumper at the Golden Nugget just recently won Best Cafe/Diner in the Laughlin Buzz 2016 Best of Laughlin Awards.

The Claim Jumper hours listed on their website as of this article are:
  • Sunday - Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday 6:00 a.m. - Midnight.

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