Sol Toro at Mohegan Sun Renovated – a Dining Review

The new Sol Toro entrance

One month ago, a favorite restaurant at Mohegan Sun – “Sol Toro” – had a facelift.  Renovations were quick. When all three of us at NETG visited, not only were we surprised at at what we saw, we liked what we saw and loved what we tasted.

The Renovations

The formerly dark and somewhat gloomy interior has been renovated. Gone are the front grills in the entry, and the dark wood that consumed the interior of the restaurant. New paint, new lighter scaled furniture, and better lighting have transformed this space into a most welcoming space. Brightly colored chairs and light wood table tops make the space shade inviting. Design changes include an expanded bar and lounge area for socializing while sipping margaritas or trying one of their 285 tequilas.

Tons of Tequila at SolToro, Mohegan Sun

Menu Changes

According toHotelmanagement.net, SolToro’s menu of Mexican classics with a modern twist will also get an upgrade. New dishes from” culinary director Chip Miller will include Queso Three Ways (chili con carne, roasted corn & bean, chipotle bacon); Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with tomato broth and roasted poblanos; and carne asada of marinated prime NY strip, served with cheese enchiladas, charred onions and zesty chimichurri sauce.”  A staple of their previous menu, table side guacamole, is still available mild, medium, and spicy, and is not to be missed.

Our Experience

Delicious tacos at Solo Toro Tequila Grill

We passed on drinks, expecting libations at the New England Black Wolves Pro Lacrosse game.  Three of us ordered the tacos.  My BAJA FISH Tacos were the best fish tacos I ever had.  Slightly seasoned with lime scented cabbage, the ancho tartare added heat to the mahi.  The tacos shells stayed nice and firm and were absolutely delicious.  Others in our party had the ADOBO PORK Tacos, which included cilantro jicama slaw, grilled pineapple, and a jalapeño ranch sauce, which were also outstanding.  Miguel had the CHICKEN BURRITO with cheese, rice and beans a step above the usual Mexican sides.  We all agreed we would return and try some of their more exotic entrees like their ROASTED DUCK and STEAK tacos, as well as their tableside Guac.

Recommended

The new lighter look of the bar area.

Solo Toro, part of the Michael Jordan’s group of restaurants at Mohegan Sun, continues to be a good dining experience, and now with the new bright ambience, it’s now a great dining experience.

Binbin

 

Slacks Oyster House & Grill – A Dining Review

Slacks Oyster House and Grill at Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway in Plainville, Massachusetts has always been a place I wanted to visit, dine and review since Plainridge opened in 2015.  It considers itself “Award Winning Dining” and provides the top dining experience at Plainridge. It features seafood & steakhouse fare prepared on the premises. The bar features local micro brews, a select wine menu and specialty cocktails for every season.

Open Hours

SUNDAYS: 2PM – 8PM, WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS: 5PM – 10PM, and FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS: 5PM – 11PM.

The Journey

The three of us, Bin Bert and Miguel, stopped in after attending a thrilling game at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots had just beaten the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC championship. Plainridge is only 20 minutes away from the Patriots home. Upon arrival, I ordered Salted Caramel Vodka and club soda, and Bert ordered a Guinness. Both drinks were as good as expected.

Quality of Food

We had heard of their Sunday Prime Rib Special, so we all ordered the same thing with different sides. The wait was minimal and the presentation was beautiful. We all agreed that the Prime Rib was delicious, each cooked precisely the way we had ordered it. The sides were the quality of what you expect at a good Steakhouse. But the star of the sides was a creamy, rich and cheesy Mac n’ cheese unlike any your mama has made – an NETG suggestion for any newbie to Slacks. It also came with a large popover (see picture above).  Unfortunately, our excitement over it soon turned to disappointment, as all three were hard and chewy – not at all what would be expected. Other than that, the meal was terrific.  Click HERE for the full menu.

Pricing

If you are looking for a value in a high dining, I would consider Slacks. The overall pricing in relation to quality and ambience is a good value if considering other restaurants in casinos in New England, New York and Atlantic City. And while the clanging of slot machines is right outside the entrance, and the casino is in full view, inside is quiet, pristine and relaxing.

Service & Cleanliness

Hostess and server were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The manager stopped in twice to chat, since it was late with few patrons.  This all without informing them of this pending review.  I just felt that this considerate service was just how their rolled. The restaurant inside was clean, well organized, and a delight to dine at.

Celebrity Sighting

We were quietly informed that Deone Branch, the former Patriots star wide receiver was in the house. Of course, we kept our distance.  I also saw him playing slots, but left him alone – after all, he was there just like anyone at the casino – personal enjoyment with emphasis on the “personal.”

NETG Rating – “Full House”

We would not hesitate to return. The cuisine and experience was better than expected and equal to steakhouses in the same price range such as David Burke’s Tuscany, at Mohegan Sun, Cedars Steakhouse at Foxwoods and Fred and Steve’s Steakhouse at Twin Rive4 Casino. But, that popover was a disappointment. But, we highly suggest this restaurant if in Plainville or at Plainridge Park Casino.

Bin, Bert, and Miguel

 

 

Sugar Factory at Foxwoods – 2 Dining Reviews, Part 2

Ok, let’s summarize yesterday’s Part 1 review of Sugar Factory at Foxwoods :

  • Menu is HUGE – while waiting, ask to see the book, I mean menu, to look it over before you get to the table.
  • Reservations are highly, highly recommended.
  • Main restaurant area is nicely ornate, and fairly comfortable
  • Desserts were good and are recommended – beware of the amount of whipped cream served for desserts
  • Service was attentive, friendly & timely.

For a more detailed review, go back and read Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Foxwoods – 2 Dining Reviews, Part 1

VISIT #2 – 9 PEOPLE; 1 DINNER

This was the real test – a Sunday night at 6:15 with the family – a party of nine, ages 13 – 60+.

We were actually early and seated early.

As with our previous visit, our service was attentive, friendly and helpful.

The room for large parties is seen upper right in pic.

We were seated in the party room in the back.  While it has a beautiful view of the New England countryside, this room is LOUD!  Nicely decorated with mirrors, this smaller room connected to the main dining room is one big acoustic nightmare if you want to talk and visit.  It’s great for that special occasion – birthday parties, etc – but don’t expect to hear each other. Add to that the piped-in “ooncy” club music and it becomes far from a relaxing place to eat.  But remember, it isn’t meant to be a quiet steakhouse, it’s the party room. If you have a large group of 8 or more, unfortunately you will probably wind up there.  Ask ahead if there is something else they can do, since there are other areas that may accommodate a large group.

If you can over come the loudness (practice lip-reading before you go), it will still be what you hoped for – good service, good food, and a unique experience.

THE MEAL

Regular Shakes are not your usual milkshake.

Shawna, our waitress, was terrific in getting our order – (not to beat a dead horse,) but it was very difficult hearing her over the other parties in the room.  However, our order was served in a timely fashion.  Some of us went right for the sweet entrees, others for savory.

Insane Rocky Road Milkshake

4 regular milkshakes – all were considered very good, but the biggest hit? the 2 Insane milkshakes, the Chocolate Rocky Road Milkshakes.  Not only was the shake outstanding, it came with two dark chocolate covered marshmallows, much like chocolate covered Easter eggs.  The little donut (yes, it even has a donut) was not needed, hard, and underwhelming.  The highlight is the dark chocolate coating on the mug that you scrape off.  Mmmm

The Big Cheesy Burger was another notable entree. The mac ‘n cheese on the burger was nice, creamy sticky and delicious on a moist delicious Angus beef burger.

Big Cheesy Burger

 

The Red Velvet Pancakes were not only enough for two, but had a delicious white chocolate coating, and was considered on of the best red velvet pancakes our pancake connoisseur ever had.

Red Velvet Pancakes

 

The savory dishes came with a large order of fries that were nothing to write home about – just ok.

The unexpected highlight of our order was consumed by NETG’s own Miguel – “Two Warm Waffles Topped with Fresh Bananas, Strawberries, Melted Chocolate Sauce and Crunchy Chocolate Hazelnut Bits – served with Vanilla Ice Cream.”  It tasted as good as it looked, but again, could easily be shared by two.

Banana Split Waffles

So, our order of 4 regular milkshakes, 2 Insane milkshakes, 1 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4 Burgers and a club sandwich, a Personal pizza (good but plain, not special.), Banana Split Waffles & Red Velvet Pancakes came to $275 with tax & gratuity for 9 people. Pricey? Yes…….but considering the novelty, NETG gives it a thumbs up for special occasions.

OVERPRICED?

Many reviews we read thought the Sugar Factory at Foxwoods   had average food and overpriced, overrated drinks that were had too much syrup.  We didn’t order them, but if you do, ask about them and especially the ingredients. It is the first thing your server will tempt you with.

In terms of overpriced food, we would agree that some of the food isn’t special, like the sides.  But the unique experience at Sugar Factory at Foxwoods isn’t the same as going to Friendly’s for an ice cream sundae. (Not knocking Friendly’s – I love their ice cream, watermelon sherbet, and the marshmallow sundaes). The ambiance is different – the experience is one of a kind.  If that translates to paying a little more, this is the place to go for your burgers and desserts.  Remember Foxwoods Rewards Members, as in all other retail shoppes, you can use your rewards points to pay for your meal.

A FEW PARTING NOTES:

  • Their entrees do include steaks and seafood for a high end option.
  • There is a bar option for additional seating.
  • Unique Alcoholic Cocktails are also available in non-alcoholic variations.
  • Breakfast items are served all day while open.
  • Super Fun Premium Fondues are offered, beginning at $150 for 2, all the way to the “Chocolate Gold Fondue” at $1000 for 6 people.
  • The Foxwoods location also includes a candy store for bulk candy and their famous “Couture Pops.”

For the main Sugar Factory home page, click HERE.  It includes, information on celebrities, reservations, locations, candy orders, and much more.

 

 

 

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