The restaurant features plenty of wood integrated with reds and blacks in the form of leather and faux brick over a wooden floor. Outdoor dining should provide plenty of people-watching near Carnaval Court between Harrah's and the Quad, while the inside offers massive windows with views of the Las Vegas Strip, the Forum Shops and Harrah's. Flat screen TVs are dotted throughout the bar and dining area. They were tuned to the Food Network on Friday and we were told they'd likely always be
pimping airing Guy-related TV. Sorry, sports fans. The spin here would be the food. And, the drinks which we'll review first.
DRINKS AND COCKTAILS
The beverage program focuses on three areas: beer, shots and cocktails. 16 beers on tap, 8 shots on tap, and 12 signature cocktails. Tap beers include Sam Adams Rebel IPA (a nod to Fieri's UNLV roots), Firestone Union Jack IPA, Magic Hat, a Brewmaster Reserve from Brooklyn Brewery, Anchor California Lager and an Ace California Cider. Multiple beer flights will be available.
The theory behind the frozen shot tap system is to provide ice cold pours that aren't shaken and watered down with ice. The purest form of Patrón and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Cocktails aren't an afterthought here and some interesting flavors are being mixed. The Crazy Hagar features Sammy Hagar's Beach Bar Rum, Belgium lambic Kasteel Rouge and fresh lemon sour. The Smoke and Mirrors combines Fireball Cinammon Whisky with apple and pomegranate juices. Azteca Chili Devil beer is featured in the Java Guava.
The food focus is on two-fisted burgers, wings, street tacos, small bites, "shareables" and, in Fieri's own words, "outrageous desserts." Many signature items have been created out of the chef's personal history. He told a crowd a story about his lemonade, Kool-Aid and pretzel businesses growing up that inspired the Motley Que Sandwich: pulled pork cooked 12 hours in the in-house smoker on an in-house made pretzel roll.
The Vegas Fries honor one of his first memories as a student at UNLV. He craved a local college joint Stake Out, but lacked the funds for their signature buffalo wings. So, he would buy French Fries (cheap) and add ranch, hot sauce and buffalo sauce (all free). Today, his sidewinder fries are seasoned with buffalo and wing sauce, topped with shaved blue cheese, celery and carrots, served with a side of blue-sabi dipping sauce.
All chicken wings are "lollipopped" and in the case of the Fireball Wings brined, then baked, roasted and fried before tossed in buffalo-style sauce and spiked with Fireball Whisky. Meant to be eaten with fistfuls of napkins, these weren't too spicy, but were a little heavy on the sauce and light on flavor for our liking. The General's Wings (pictured above) are served with sides of wasabi dip, peanuts and honey.
Street Tacos include Bahn Mi Tacos: crispy baguette taco shells, firecracker pulled pork, fresh cilantro, pickled carrots, shaved jalapenos and sweet chili mayo with Sriracha dip. We were able to sample Tuna Tartar Tacos with soy and mango squeezed with lime that actually packed a pretty good taste. Or, to step into proper character, the Tuna Tartar were some slammin' street tacos. Amen!
Fieri has brought the "burger of all burgers" to
Flavortown his Vegas Kitchen. The Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger took home top honors in last year's Burger Bash competition in New York City. The award-winning burger is an all-natural ground beef patty seared hot and fast on both sides, covered in a five cheese mac with Gouda and Parm and served on a garlic brioche bun made in-house.
Salads are on the menu, but aren't your ordinary plate of greens and ruffage. Take the Asian Chicken Wonton Salad for example, served in a to-go box with ginger dressing.
Shareables include Italian Nachos, baked breadsticks wrapped in pepperoni and served with four cheese fondue that we embedded in Friday's story. The "bomb" Lettuce Cups serves chicken three ways (egg roll, open form, and kabob) with ginger, soy and of course Sriracha. Another is the onion rings or, as has Guy has named them, Righteous Rojo Rings in a sweet and spicy breading made by hand to a super crunch, served with a ketchup and Sriracha dip.
Guy's Vegas Kitchen opens at the Quad April 17. The kitchen will cook seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Note that it will be open for dinner only the first three days of operation. Will this TV personality find success in Las Vegas? The small Quad isn't exactly bursting with dining options: there's Hash House A Go Go, a diner/cafe and Far East restaurant. And, the nearby Linq hasn't exactly garnered rave reviews for its initial restaurants. With a celebrity name and Strip-side footprint, if the food is at least average and prices aren't crazy ridiculous, Guy's Vegas Kitchen could carve itself a portion of the nearby Toby Keith's Bar and Grill market.