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BBQ / Top Notch BBQ / Rollin Smoke / Big Ern's / Gilley's / Lucille's / Famous Dave's / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
The Top Notch BBQ restaurant (as opposed to its previous incarnation as a food truck) was open for a little over a year before closing late last month. A tear was shed by many fans of one of -- if not the -- best BBQ joints in Vegas.
I officially closed the doors of Top-notch Barbeque and I want to thank everyone who supported Topnotch Barbeque.— Top Notch Barbeque (@topnotchBBQ) December 20, 2013
All hope isn’t lost for the future of Top Notch BBQ. If you happen to have a large party in Las Vegas, they will cater your event. A catered party in a suite for March Madness sounds pretty good to us. They’re also speaking with investors to possibly open a new restaurant.
VegasChatter Reviews / Big Ern's BBQ / Shipping Container Park / Downtown Vegas / Openings / Downtown / Eating / Restaurants / BBQ / → All Tags
The Downtown Container Park seems like it's a great concept that will be a fun place for families to visit when the weather gets warm again. There are places to shop, a park for kids to play and a handful of restaurants to grab a bite.
The week the park opened, Las Vegas saw the last of beautiful fall weather. It was perfect for a little al fresco dining. Even before it debuted, Big Ern’s BBQ was known for serving up real deal BBQ in Downtown Vegas. This writer is always looking for some new ‘Q so it was the first place at Downtown Container Park on the list to visit. The first thing that stood out when inside Big Ern’s container was that it was bigger than expected. Besides a small kitchen area, there was a couple banquettes available to sit inside for chilly winter days.
Off Strip / Silver Sevens / Dining / BBQ / Eating / Steakhouses / → All Tags
Silver Sevens fell off of our list of cheap dining destinations after their café really let us down. The steak and lobster special, priced at $7.77, should never be repeated. The price hike on the BBQ ribs put Ellis Island way ahead in the race for baby-back value. We still haven’t made it to the buffet, but from what we hear, we’re not missing anything. Silver Sevens was slipping further and further from our thoughts, until we saw the sign:
“Baby Back Ribs $9.99.”
Maybe our complaining worked. Or, perhaps it was a pre-planned effort to boost October BBQ sales. Whatever the case, we are glad to see order restored to the universe. At $9.99 for a full rack of baby back ribs, this is once again an exceptional value. Just as before, it’s not listed on the menu. You’ll need to ask for the deal and it also requires a (free) A-Play card.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd couldn't make it work, but maybe Mötley Crüe's frontman can.
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It’s been just over a month since Terrible’s officially became
Tolerable’s Silver Sevens. With a month of scooter giveaways and $7.77 steak and lobster specials now in the bag, we thought it an appropriate time to check in. Our destination? The former Bougainvillea Café, a wallet-friendly restaurant with consistently slow service. Now operating as The Sterling Spoon Café, the décor has improved greatly. Has anything else?
On the way up, we snooped around for any lingering Terrible’s signage. Silver Sevens did a thorough job with the transformation in late June, prior to making things official, and everything from the door handles to the parking garage signs had been updated. We miss Mr. Terrible and hope he finds a nice home at the Neon Museum.
Eating / Dining / Off Strip / Rollin Smoke Barbeque / Restaurants / VegasChatter Reviews / BBQ / → All Tags
Not a lot of people come to Vegas in search of BBQ. Las Vegas has been on a fine dining kick for years and, today, is probably most known for mainstream celebrity chefs. Ho-hum. No disrespect to Joel Robuchon or Gordon Ramsay, but they're nothing new. If you meander off the Strip to Highland Avenue, you'll run into a scene that looks something like this: Cantor Gaming > strip club > auto body shop > strip club > tile store > strip club > random business > strip club > mini strip mall with three smokers in the parking lot. Say, whaaaaaaaa?
Yep, that's where you'll find Rollin Smoke Barbeque which is always cookin'. The scent is alluring. The smell coming from the smokers onto the street may be the only reason to drive in this area with the windows down on your car. However, anyone could set wood on fire. It's another thing to create delicious food over it. Like most off Strip dining, Rollin Smoke is fairly anonymous. The down home restaurant isn't large with seating for about 50 people.
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The Top Notch BBQ restaurant has a lot to live up to. The Top Notch BBQ truck made some of the best BBQ anywhere in the states and our expectations were high. In theory, the restaurant should only make things better since we could comfortably sit and eat everything fresh. Well, the theory was 100% correct. Yowza!
Pulling up to Top Notch BBQ, we were greeted by the smoker that we've come to recognize from being outside of the Top Notch BBQ truck. There are some comforts in familiarity. If the meat was still smoked the same way it was on the truck, we expected to be in for a great lunch. Lunch did not disappoint.
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Real BBQ is smoked, not grilled. And, a Zappos alum is the only smokin' king downtown!
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There are few things like a good steak and vodka that make this writer excited. Thankfully, those are things easy to find in Las Vegas. Last summer, we added another category to the list when we found the Top Notch BBQ food truck.
Yeah, that was the height of the food truck craze, but Top Notch BBQ was different. While there were plenty of good food trucks there were not as many that made our knees buckle like Top Notch did. Top Notch BBQ wasn't just good for Las Vegas. They made some of the best BBQ we've ever had -- anywhere in the United States. We became addicted. Then something awful happened. There was no more smokin' in the desert. The truck went away.
The owner of the trailer they were leasing to own filed for bankruptcy so it had to be sold. Unfortunately, an attempt on social media to save Top Notch BBQ was all for naught. Our Top Notch BBQ addiction stopped cold turkey. There was no reason to try BBQ anywhere else because nothing else could match it.
Gilley's / Treasure Island / BBQ / Restaurants / Bull Riding / Blackjack / Excalibur / Lynyrd Skynyrd / → All Tags
Gilley's has been a staple in Las Vegas as long as we've known Las Vegas existed (actually, much longer). Our friends visited the original location at The New Frontier and would preach to us how awesome the country bar was. With "Cold Beer and Dirty Girls" promoted on the original marquee how could Gilley's be bad? If the food isn't very good, we should be entertained. In addition to being a bar, Gilley's was/is a restaurant. The current incarnation of the restaurant is a BBQ joint which, until Lynyrd Skynyrd opened their restaurant at Excalibur a couple weeks ago, was the only BBQ joint on The Strip that this VegasChatter member knew about.
Gilley's was exactly what we expected when we finally made it there albeit to the new joint at Treasure Island. Just about everything we've heard about Gilley's has given us the feeling that we'd be in for something less than the original bar and saloon, which we were totally cool with. Having nothing to compare our experience with, we went into dinner and drinks with an open mind.
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As we exclusively guessed months ago, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer opened right on time at Excalibur last week with multiple nightly celebrations, an eat n greet, and a private concert. We dropped in for a mid-week VIP party to check out the digs, scope out the menu, and take a stab at some BBQ.
The restaurant is laid out drinks to the left, food to the right, with a
small intimate stage and dance floor in the middle surrounded by concrete floors, barnyard wood walls, Skynyrd memorabilia, music and videos. Two bars serve up whiskey shots, pretty decent drinks (more on those in a sec), and beer served by bartenders in tank tops and jorts daisy dukes.
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So, apparently our report that Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ will open (between) December 1 (and December 10) was pretty darn spot on. An official announcement sets the weeklong grand opening as December 1-8 at Excalibur.
You'll have the chance to make a Free Bird joke to the icons themselves during a fan "eat n' greet" on December 8. The guys will perform an intimate concert that night as well. You can get into both for $750. (Get some of it back by trying to eat your weight in meat.) Or, just go to the concert for $300
rib bones. And, before you ask, there isn't a way to go to just the eat n' greet.