A First Taste Of Chayo At The Linq
Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar was one of the first businesses to debut at The Linq, the outdoor mall between Flamingo and The Quad. Last week during a media check-us-out night, we were able to sample several tastes from the kitchen while exploring the pretty sizable space.
Chayo covers two floors, the lower of which includes a large bar area, another smaller bar, several tables and leather-bound booths. Crosses and bull-themed wall coverings adorn the walls while a DJ booth can be found near a mechanical bull. So, we're assuming, diners can oomph-oomph on their feet while riders oomph-oomph on their ass. The upstairs portion of the restaurant is probably one-third the area, but should see a lot of traffic. That's where guests will find another bar as well as an enclosed firepit on an outdoor balcony that overlooks neighboring O'Sheas and stands in the shadows of the High Roller. Both floors offer plenty of great space for groups to chill, get ready to party, or continue a night of partying. This we liked.
Since service on nights like these consists of passed hors d'oeuvres of sample-sized plates, we avoid full reviews, instead opting for a return trip to get a full-on restaurant experience. Therefore, we present a summary of the dishes Chayo served
without detailing how most tasted the same: flavorless, starting with the best of the bunch and followed by the rest of the meh.
This one was disappointing in that it only came by once. If we returned for Just One Dish, these tasty Chorizo Empanadas would be it.
Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds and Pork Rinds ($9):
A creamy guac crunched up by the rinds.
Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes:
Carnitas Tacos with Mexican Herbs: ($12):
Lobster and Chipotle Mayo Tacos ($12):
Chayo is open daily. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.