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FWIW: The Buffet at Treasure Island is Surprisingly Good

Where: 3300 Las Vegas Blvd, [map], 89109
July 2, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (12)

Last weekend was one of several firsts for this duck. I joined a friend at the Treasure Island Buffet and Mystere, both of which Iíve somehow escaped in a decade in Vegas. The TI Buffet was a lot better than I expected. Yes, I admittedly went in with moderate to low expectations.

Various seafood dishes and lobster bisque.

There were several surprises I havenít encountered at other buffets. One was an interactive salad station. Iíve seen prepared salads offered as well as the standard build-you-own options but never a station that mixed up guest-selected items so everything could get a nice even distribution of dressing. As somebody who loves to start buffets with an elaborate salad, this was pretty exciting and tasty too. There was even sliced chicken so I could make a full-on cobb.

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La Gloria Fills Out The Forum Food Court at Caesars

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (6)

The straw is usually coated too but we wanted to ease into the spice, just in case!

The Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace is complete. Well, as complete as anything can be in the dynamic restaurant landscape of Las Vegas. The eighth and final spot is filled as Mexican restaurant La Gloria celebrated its grand opening last week. The taco stand with cocktails features the ďstreet foods of MexicoĒ (thatís its tagline) and has rounded out the food courtís offerings.

As a fan of several of the previous food courtís tenants (mainly the decent yet expectedly overpriced pizza and an above par BBQ joint), Iím fairly pleased with the transition. Sometimes you are looking for a quick bite and now thereís a good mix of regional favorites from other parts of the country like Graeterís Ice Cream, well known in Cincinnati, and Brooklynís Di Fara Pizza, plus ever-expanding chains like Earl of Sandwich and Smashburger.

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Ask VegasChatter: Where To Get A Nice Bargain Dinner In Vegas

June 25, 2015 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (14)

Gnocchi a la Bolognese at d.vino.

A reader asked for a reasonably priced dinner spot to celebrate her husbandís 40th birthday. Here are a few of our suggestions. Sound off in the comments with your own ideas for a nice meal that wonít hurt their wallets too much.

If youíre ok with making appetizers into dinner rather than have a full meal, happy hour at Level 107 at Stratosphere offers delicious food and half off prices. Daily from 4-7, you can enjoy buy-one-get-one martinis and half off food. The roasted tomato fondue ($8 at HH pricing) is the dip youíll want to put on everything you ever eat going forward. Black angus sliders ($8 at HH pricing) have a nice flavor burst from horseradish butter. The lollipop chicken wings ($7.50 at HH pricing) are also a must.

There are also apps like shrimp and lobster cocktail, lamb lettuce cups and banh mi sandwiches. As you can see, this is far from your average happy hour fare. The drinks are solid too with the lemon drop being my favorite (two for $15 at HH pricing). The real bonus here is the view. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Vegas from the 107th floor of the hotelís tower.

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Just One Dish: Nutella Cookie Sandwich at Public School 702

Where: 1850 Festival Plaza Drive [map], 89135
June 9, 2015 at 10:59 PM | by | Comments (5)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

Chocolate chip cookies are pretty awesome on their own. Add Nutella and theyíre even better. Stick vanilla ice cream inside to make a chipwhich and now youíre really cooking with gas. Public School 702, the newly opened restaurant and beer joint at Downtown Summerlin, does all of this and more with its Nutella Cookie Sandwich. The more part is bacon brittle. Around the outside of the ice cream part, crumbs of bacon brittle bring the salty sweetness to the next level.

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Why Lavo Brunch Is Worth A Try

Where: 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
June 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Lobster Benedict.

During the winter months, Lavo Brunch is for the party crowd, but come summer time, this Strip-side restaurant serves up sophisticated brunch food sans go-go dancers. While thereís something to be said for the Vegas-ness of a party brunch, sometimes weíre just looking for good food. And even though there are some all-inclusive brunch options out there, this a la carte menu has several dishes worth the price tags.

Patio seating offers some fun people-watching. There are many umbrellas since the sun shifts a lot which means it can also get warm out there. If you want the best of both worlds, request a table inside thatís by the window so you can still enjoy the view without the sweating.

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Epicurean Affair Returns To Palazzo Pool

May 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

From Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival to Uncork'd, Vegas is full of high-dollar food fests. Though still steep, tickets to the upcoming Epicurean Affair, presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association, almost seem like a deal at $100.

The event heads back to the Palazzo pool area for a sixth year featuring an evening full of food, drinks and even more food on Thursday, May 21. Past experience tells us the high quality and three-hour time frame will make this a worthwhile culinary investment.

This yearís event features Chef Jose Andres of SLS and China Poblano fame as the celebrity chef host. The tapas king will be on hand for a meet and greet with the VIP ticket holders ($175) who can enter an hour early at 6 p.m.

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VegasChatter Questions: Where To Have Lunch Mid-Strip

May 12, 2015 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (12)

After digging our suggestion of Hash House A Go Go at The Linq, a loyal reader asked us what we would recommend for lunch in the mid-Strip area as he plans to walk the Strip, stopping to gamble and eat here and there. If you want to ďride the bus to flavortown,Ē we suggest a stop at Guy Fieriís Vegas Kitchen and Bar at The Linq. Though this reader specifically asked for lunch suggestions, weíre kind of in love with breakfast there, specifically the Carne Asada Chilaquiles ($16). For lunch, try The Motley Que Sandwich ($19) and the Dragonís Breath Chili Cheese Fries ($16).

Harrahís has a newish something-for-everyone spot in Fulton Street Food Hall. The cafeteria/buffet hybrid offers cuisine types from Italian to Asian with everything in between. Whatever you do, donít miss out on the hash browns and cinnamon rolls. You can also build your own pizzas and salads if youíre into the customizable scene.

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Just One Dish: Steakhouse Grilled Ribeye Sandwich

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89104
May 8, 2015 at 7:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

As a steakhouse traditionalist, I never thought I would be recommending a sandwich from a steakhouse but this isnít just any sandwich. When Chef Giffen of Top of the World fame made an appearance at McCallís Heartland Grill, also at Stratosphere, I asked him what he recommended. I figured he would say the filet or the boneless ribeye but I was surprised when he said I had to try the steakhouse grilled ribeye sandwich ($16).

Soft buttered bread with a crispy char-grilled top is piled high with thinly sliced pieces of ribeye that are tender and flavorful. The open-faced sandwich is then topped with crispy onion straws, mushrooms and a flavor-packed horseradish butter. Yep, thatís the second application for butter in this dish. The buttery goodness is so rich that this cheese lover didnít even notice the lack of cheese. It certainly didnít seem like it was missing. Served with a side of fries, this sandwich isnít for the faint of heart, or stomach. Iím happy to report it warms up well the next day.

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Why You Must Go to LAGO On Your Next Big Night Out

May 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (9)

Whether your taste buds prefer to speak Italian or Spanish, holy moly chef Julian Serrano's newest restaurant Lago translates to a-m-a-zing in any language. Bellagio's lakeside Circo-replacement is a bright, airy and elegant space that screams experience upon entering. The original menu is primarily Italian tapas covering meats, seafoods and pasta but also offers entrees for those that save room.

With floor to ceiling views overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains, window and outdoor seating will be at a premium for what many diners will expect to be the star attraction. And while Lago offers prime viewing, the resort's dancing waters easily become second fiddle to Serrano once the first bites begin to arrive.

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Our Thoughts On 'Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky'

Where: 150 Las Vegas Blvd. North [map], 89101
May 1, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

Downtown is becoming quite the hip and trendy location to visit in Vegas these days, and not just for the cheap drinks.

The area has welcomed a number of new eateries recently, including Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, which officially opened its doors at the beginning of April. Weíve given you the scoop on their concept and menu, and weíve already heard mixed reviews of the restaurant so far. We wanted to check the place out to see what they had to offer and what the food and drinks were like, so we attended their official grand opening/media night.

You would think that a place with "ramen and whisky" in the title would serve either ramen - or whisky - for guests to try at this event. Unfortunately, they didnít serve either (we are still scratching our head in confusion over this). They did have appetizers to taste: The Veggie Pot stickers ($5.50), Pork Pot Stickers ($6), Mushroom spring rolls with black aioli dip ($5.75), Japanese Street Corn ($2.75), and the Chicken Skewers ($4.75) were all appetizing, but they were nothing out-of-the-ordinary. They also werenít the make-to-order Ramen weíve heard so much about.

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Should You Indulge In Glutton?

Where: 616 East Carson [map], 89101
April 30, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

After the announcement of Glutton's downtown arrival, there wasn't much info released until its opening. Until very recently, there even wasn't much of a publicly available menu. But, it seems the new dining destination is up and running at what feels to be cruising speed after serving up its first customers on April 10.

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Our First Thoughts On Little Tony's At Palace Station

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
April 29, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Dillinger in all its massive glory.

If youíre a Pizza Rock fan, you now have another place to enjoy Tony Gemignaniís delicious creations: Little Tonyís at Palace Station. Several of his classics like the popular Cal Italia and the ginormous Dillinger have made the move, but the menu also offers a lot more like specialty pasta dishes not seen at his other two restaurants in downtown and at Green Valley Ranch.

The design elements are more like Tonyís San Francisco restaurants. Thereís no giant semi truck in this location, sigh. Comfy leather booths and red brick give an old school pizzeria charm. New to this location are also the cast iron pizzas plus several pizzas not available in his other Nevada restaurants.

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