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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 year’s 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 “ride the bus to flavortown,” we suggest a stop at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar at The Linq. Though this reader specifically asked for lunch suggestions, we’re kind of in love with breakfast there, specifically the Carne Asada Chilaquiles ($16). For lunch, try The Motley Que Sandwich ($19) and the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese Fries ($16).

Harrah’s 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, don’t miss out on the hash browns and cinnamon rolls. You can also build your own pizzas and salads if you’re 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 isn’t just any sandwich. When Chef Giffen of Top of the World fame made an appearance at McCall’s 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, that’s the second application for butter in this dish. The buttery goodness is so rich that this cheese lover didn’t even notice the lack of cheese. It certainly didn’t seem like it was missing. Served with a side of fries, this sandwich isn’t for the faint of heart, or stomach. I’m 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. We’ve given you the scoop on their concept and menu, and we’ve 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 didn’t 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 weren’t the make-to-order Ramen we’ve 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 you’re a Pizza Rock fan, you now have another place to enjoy Tony Gemignani’s delicious creations: Little Tony’s 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 Tony’s San Francisco restaurants. There’s 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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An Update On When miX Will Be Out, Rivea In At Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

During a recent stay at Delano Las Vegas, we were able to speak with staff members at miX on when the long-running fine dining destination with a view would officially close for good. We knew the time was coming, as we've mentioned previously, but there was no set date as to when the restaurant would serve its last meal. A server now tells us the last day miX will be open is May 30th.

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Guy Savoy To Host Brunch For Mother's Day

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a nearly unprecedented move, Restaurant Guy Savoy is opening early to put on a prix-fixe brunch for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It's been two years since it's last opened for any brunch event so this is almost like Willy Wonka opening his doors. Almost.

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Just One Dish: Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich At Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

Usually at pools and beach clubs the food is pretty basic. The menus include classic staples like burgers, sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken strips etc. Nothing extraordinary. When I visit pools, the last thing on my mind is the food. I’m usually more interested in the drinks (don’t judge). So, when I recently visited Delano Beach Club, the last thing I expected was to be blown away by a food item on their menu. But, I was.

My guest ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich and I initially cringed. The sounds of crab and shrimp salad didn’t appeal to me, especially in the heat and while drinking the beach club’s sweet, sugary drinks. I was wrong about the sandwich, though, and pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic!

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New Kid On The Block: Searsucker

Where: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
April 22, 2015 at 8:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the opening of his newest restaurant, former Top Chef contestant and Food Network judge Brian Malarkey brings his unique spin on American food to Las Vegas. Occupying the former space of Munchbar, Searsucker adds yet another dining choice to Caesars Palace.

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The Top Picks Of Vegas Concierge

April 21, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (5)

In Vegas the only thing better than a free buffet is insider info on the top shows, restaurants and attractions. So many of the contests to rate these keys to a fun vacation have majorly padded votes or PR influence. Getting an honest opinion is hard to come by. That’s where VegasChatter and the concierge desk come in. Concierge are the front line in Vegas entertainment options. They’ve seen all the shows and eaten at all the restaurants. They’ve partied in every club and hit up every attraction.

VegasChatter got the chance to attend the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s 25th Anniversary, hosted at Wynn Las Vegas. Steve Wynn himself even showed up and presented a few acts from his favorite child, ShowStoppers. These awards are voted on by the concierge and thus carry a little more clout than your garden variety recommendation.

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