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Another Take On Excalibur's Buffet Revamp

Where: 89109
January 27, 2015 at 6:44 PM | by | Comments (3)

Earlier this month, our @sammasseur dished his first thoughts on the Excalibur's remodeled buffet after a breakfast visit. So, we wondered what another 'Chatter writer would think after dropping in a few weeks later for dinner service. Our Mitchell Wilburn reports back from the land of all-you-can-eat:

As the long march to a utopian food society continues, one by one buffets are receiving an update. It started with top dog, Wicked Spoon, and the trend continued with Bacchanal Buffet, The Buffet at Aria, so on.. and so on. Now, even Excalibur is getting into the game with a top-down total overhaul.

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Tequila Bar, Sidewalk Cafe Closing This Weekend At Bally's

Where: 89109
January 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (9)

While Bally's prepares to welcome the Grand Bazaar Shops February 26, it's quietly showing two long-time venues the door.

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At Aria, A First Taste Of BARDOT Brasserie

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89158
January 27, 2015 at 1:57 PM | by | Comments (5)

After much anticipation, Michael Minaís newest creation BARDOT Brasserie officially opened its doors inside Aria January 16. We've already told you about what to expect at the new French restaurant and a little about some of the dishes. I was excited to receive a media invitation to try it out, but also, if I'm being honest, nervous.

Iíve eaten at my fair share of exquisite restaurants (I've even worked in a few), but there is something about Parisian cuisine that has always intimidated me. Itís classy and refined. Me? Not so much. Shake Shack is more my scene. But, when I'm given the chance to try something new, Iím in!

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Westgate Has More New in Store For March, April

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
January 26, 2015 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (8)

Westgate's pool in October 2014.

Westgate owner David Siegel wasn't all talk. When he purchased the LVH last July, Siegel had big plans for the flailing off-Strip property. And, before year's end, he'd already started to deliver.

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Cracker Barrel Heading To North Las Vegas?

January 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (8)

Las Vegas is finally getting a White Castle. IKEA's opening is slated for next year. So, why shouldnít we also get a Cracker Barrel so people can stop teasing us for the major chains we lack? While Vegas is more of a destination and not just a stop along the way as many towns with Cracker Barrels are, ours may not be on the Strip but rather in North Las Vegas.

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White Castle To Start Slidin' 'Em Out Tuesday, Plus Look At Pricing

Where: 3411 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 23, 2015 at 1:03 PM | by | Comments (15)

White Castle. Casino Royale. January 27. 2 p.m. Will never close. #SlidersRoundTheClock

Update: White Castle has revealed its menu and pricing on Twitter. Here's a look! Thanks to VC reader Reggie for the tip!

(PHOTOS: @sammasseur, @whitecastlelv on Twitter)

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Our First Thoughts On Tom's Urban

Where: 3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
January 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (7)

Definitely start with the duck wings!

In a culinary era where many chefs are boasting they specialize in classics with a twist, Tomís Urban at New York-New York really is living up to the claim. With interesting small plates like Lowcountry Shrimp + Grits and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with red peppers and Asian vinaigrette, this fresh, south Strip eatery delivers on its promise of something different. Including the interior which is definitely different and a welcome change from the chain sports bar feel of the previous tenant, Sporting House. The decor features lots of interesting light features, pastel distressed wood and comfortable booths. And, there are still ample TVs in the bar area if you want to catch the game and a cute patio if you prefer dining al fresco.

During a recent media night, we'd heard the Xiangxiang Crispy Duck Wings were great so this writer pushed her cannibalistic qualms aside and decided to eat some not so lucky ducks. The hoisin glaze was a little spicy for my liking, but the flavor was delicious and the wings were tender and juicy. The accompanying Asian peanut slaw was a refreshingly cool complement. The small plate is $13 for four large duck wings.

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Confirmed: Grand Bazaar Shops At Bally's Opening February 26

Where: 89109
January 21, 2015 at 10:15 PM | by | Comments (11)



What sounded like the opening date for the Grand Bazaar Shops last week is now confirmed. The delayed outdoor mall at Bally's will finally debut (knocks on wood) February 26.

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Creators of Raku, Commonwealth Collab On 'Itsy Bitsy: Ramen And Whisky'

Where: 150 Las Vegas Blvd. North [map], 89103
January 21, 2015 at 9:05 PM | by | Comments (4)

A new downtown eatery is taking over what was formerly Wild (pictured above), the recently shuttered disappointing vegan food spot ("disappointing" being redundant most of the time). Ramen and Whiskey will feature a very simple "build your own ramen" menu as well as a selection of Japanese whisky and sake, a wide craft beer selection and a mixology program, too.

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Sneak Peek Inside White Castle, Soft Opening May Be Likely

Where: 89109
January 20, 2015 at 6:01 PM | by | Comments (9)

With an anticipated official opening date of February 1, a sign up on its exterior and construction barriers down, we couldn't help but wonder what White Castle was looking like on the inside. So, our @sammasseur moseyed over to Casino Royale for a peek.

Inside the mostly finished interior, workers were putting together stools and tables while finishing up electrical tasks and completing some last-minute touch-ups when we walked by earlier today. Employee training seemed to be underway, too. Sam was told the target was to open sometime next week. That jives with what a Casino Royale front desk employee told us yesterday: that Super Bowl Sunday would be the official launch. We wouldn't be surprised, however, to see a soft opening a few days before.

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Buffets At Flamingo, Harrah's Scale Back Service

Where: 89109
January 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (16)

With less than a month before the closure of Flamingo's Tropical Breeze Cafe, its buffet isn't faring much better.

Rumors of a forthcoming drop of dinner service have proven true with the Paradise Garden Buffet only serving brunch as of January 11. The change was discovered today by our @sammasseur who also captured the images you see in this post. The new hours for the buffet are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Just One Dish: Grilled Corn At Hussong's Cantina

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
January 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

Itís not often this writer swoons over an appetizer rather than a main course, but not all apps are created equal. Hussongís Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the addition of new menu items like Pueblaís style guacamole (with bacon!) and BBQ pork quesadillas. For me, itís an old reliable that still stands out.

My love affair with Hussongís grilled corn appetizer ($6) started the first week it opened and has not lessened in intensity over the years. Already a fan of corn in general, I had been wary of similar dishes in Mexican restaurants because I feared how spicy it would be. Once I realized I wasnít as much of a spice wimp as I had previously thought and also noticed chili flakes arenít too harsh, anyway, I decided to give it a try.

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