Back from Las Vegas and SAP TechEd

An interesting rule developed on this last trip to Vegas.  The cheaper the restaurant, the better it is.  Must be my farm-boy roots.  Pink Taco continues to be the best Mexican.  Rum Jungle Brazilian BBQ was tired and not worth the ridiculous price–I think it’s off the must-eat-at list. The waiter there even said, “Everyone gets the BBQ. They don’t even care what the specials are.”  Maybe it’s better when its a big group (and someone else is paying.)   Lindo Michaocan is good Mexican, but too far off the strip and not as good as Pink Taco.   At Lindo, my colleague got the house special brazed goat dish, which came in a bowl bigger than his head.  We got a picture on his phone–I hope to get a copy.  There was a guy playing a Casio keyboard and singing all the classic rock latin tunes: La Bamba, Black Magic Woman, etc.  That was awesome in the cheesy-bad-but-like-it-anyway way.

Stayed at THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay–a hotel so pretentious, the toilet paper is labeled “THE tp.”  They don’t have mouthwash, they have “dental elixir.”  Honestly.  But, it was really nice.  The last night I had to switch to Luxor.  What a pit!  It stunk like last weekend’s frat party and while the hotel room was serviceable, for $250-300, you’d expect a lot better.

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One Response to Back from Las Vegas and SAP TechEd

  1. Hi there,

    I created the Pink Taco restaurant & bar concept and opened the original in May 1998 — a year before the Mortons opened their first.

    The controversy and community response to their version is tame compared to what I faced in ultra-conservative Manhattan, Kansas. We had aggressive picketers, petitioners, hate letters, anonymous threats, an onslaught of negative letters-to-the-editor, and police
    discrimination.

    There were many stories in the local papers. The ABC affiliate out of Topeka came to Manhattan and did an on-site story that ran state-wide on the evening news, and the CBS affiliate invited us to join them in-studio for their half-hour morning show (which we declined since things were spiraling out of control).

    I would do Internet searches at the time that would call up page after page of hits about me and my store. My Pink Taco dominated the regional news and spread nationwide through online postings and reprinted stories in towns across the country.

    Anyway, I have written an article recounting the history of the original Pink Taco and the intense controversy it caused (complete with pictures and links to about a dozen of the news stories). You can read it on my blog if you’re interested:
    http://helpmestartauniversity.com/2008/04/17/the-amazing-true-story-of-the-original-pink-taco-restaurant-bar/

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