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Renovations At Palace Station Bring Upgrades To Its Sportsbook

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
July 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s great to see older casinos become more modern. Last week, this writer checked out Palace Station to see what their new steakhouse, Charcoal Room, was all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, decor and level of service. The restaurant, however, felt like an anachronism compared to the rest of the casino. I'm happy to report the Charcoal Room won’t be the only updated destination inside the off Strip property.

Palace Station has recently renovated their sportsbook, too. There are two key features to the upgrade. New, large-screen TVs have the ability to feature one game across a number of monitors or the screens can be split so patrons can watch multiple games at once. The other change is the addition of 85 new plush, faux leather chairs. The chairs are among the nicest you’ll find in any Vegas sportsbook. VIP booths have been added as well.

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Chicago's Lao Sze Chuan Is Coming To Vegas

July 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lao Sze Chuan, a Chicago transplant from the famous "Mayor of Chinatown," Tony Hu, will officially debut at Palms this August (although, we hear a end-of-July soft opening may not be out of the question). The darling of critics and lauded by Michelin with their "Bib Gourmand" designation, Tony Hu is bringing Sze Chuan spice to Vegas.

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Vic Vegas Is A Food Fighter Now, Too

July 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even if you don't watch a lot of cooking shows, you've probably heard about NBC's newest series, Food Fighters. Its host heated up headlines recently after an off color topic social media meltdown. After talk of the show being pulled, it was saved from being chucked down the disposal and will debut tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22. And, with its debut, we can look forward to the TV return of a long-time VegasChatter fave, Chef Vic Moea.

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Just One Dish: Poached Salmon at Yonaka

Where: 4983 W Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

It is never the easiest thing for a person who gets to eat a fair bit of fine food to be really, truly, obviously exited over a dish. A reaction like, "oh, this is actually quite nice," can truly be a gushing compliment. In this writer's experience, few dishes truly stick out in the mind like the poached salmon at Yonaka.

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Checking Out The Charcoal Room At Palace Station

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
July 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

There was a time in Las Vegas recently where it felt like a week didn’t go by without a new steakhouse opening. Steakhouses were a dining trend that was music to this carnivore’s ears. Now, just about every casino has a steakhouse so there’s not much new to experience on the steak front. I’ve been revisiting my favorites on the Vegas Strip like SW Steakhouse at Wynn and, more recently, Prime at Bellagio. There’s nothing wrong with eating at restaurants known to provide great food and great service, but there’s something exciting about trying one that's new. Enter The Charcoal Room at Palace Station.

Palace Station is just off the Vegas Strip on Sahara near SLS Las Vegas. It’s an older casino and not the first place people consider for dining. That may change with some new dining options coming on board. The Charcoal Room is a locals' favorite at Santa Fe Station and just opened its second location at Palace Station. If the locals like The Charcoal Room then there’s a good chance that we would be in for a solid meal at fair prices and that’s exactly what we had.

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What To Expect From Mercadito At Red Rock

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
July 17, 2014 at 9:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

When you hear "off-strip casino Mexican food," it's only natural to picture a place where 90% of the food comes out of industrial #10 cans and everything is the same set of tired stereotypes. Maybe there's some really cheesy murals or a churro with whipped cream on it for $6.

Mercadito at Red Rock Resort is not that kind of place. It's not groundbreaking nor is it outstanding. The word this writer can think of to describe it best is "competent." It's a competent Mexican restaurant.

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Haven't Checked Out Hecho Yet At MGM Grand? Start By Getting Happy

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM | by | Comments (2)

Hecho en Vegas at MGM Grand should be on your happy hour radar, if it isn’t already. It used to have a more straightforward weekday special but even if it’s gotten more complicated lately, it’s worth your consideration.

On Sundays and Wednesdays, the Mexican restaurant offers half-off appetizers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The “primeros” menu includes tres quesos fundido, short rib taquitos, mesquite-grilled chicken quesadillas, Hecho wings, shrimp chicharron, a variety of street tacos and “the chimichanga experience.”

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Want to See Venetian's Exclusive Paiza Club? No Million Dollar Credit Line? How About $150?

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Paiza's reception lobby.

One of the few real-life equivalents of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory, the super-exclusive Paiza Club at Venetian is almost never open to the public, either. The hangout of billionaire gamblers, created to cater to every whim of the obscenely wealthy, it is secretly one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Vegas (if not the finest).

The club has the ability to function without a menu and instead will whip up pretty much anything the heart desires. Want super-traditional cuisine? Specialized regional food? A Chinese, high-class version of a hamburger? Cake in the shape of a Ford Model-T? They can do it. And now, this ritzy joint is hosting a dinner featuring selections of The Glenlivet paired with food by Corporate Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil.

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Yes, That Is A Chili's They're Building Across From Aria

Where: 89109
July 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM | by | Comments (12)

Yep, that's right. Chili's baby back ribs (you're welcome for the jingle you can't get out of your head now) are headed to The Strip. Specifically, the Hawaiian Marketplace across from Aria.

We first told you the news back in November. The chain restaurant, currently taking over more than 8,600 square feet at the strip mall, will boast an outdoor balcony when complete. Our @sammasseur captured new images of the construction over the weekend.

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Which Vegas Buffet Will Be The First To Have This Self-Serve Beer Vending Machine?

July 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (5)

Gobble 'til you wobbleguzzle 'til you topple, or both?

People love themselves a buffet in Las Vegas. Piling all the food you can eat onto plate after plate is an obsession. Years ago the $1.99 buffet was the bee's knees. Today, you're not going to find that same kind of deal. At many of the new buffets you’re looking at a more gourmet experience in a venue that cost millions to build.

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Must Do: Essential Las Vegas Steakhouses

July 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM | by | Comments (9)

What defines the dining character of Vegas (more than buffets)? The all-American steakhouse, of course!

Steakhouses in Las Vegas run the gambit from classic ranch house-style (The Steakhouse at Circus Circus) and high-concept dining spots (Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris) to hip "clubstraunts" (STK at the Cosmopolitan). With the immense variety, it's easy to strike out on your own and hit a dud. Not all steakhouses are created equal, but there are a handful that really make their mark as "essential." There are many that serve up an amazing steak or have an amazing story to go along with them (Herbs & Rye among the best of both), but few are so egregious to miss as those below.

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Giada Will Start Serving Lunch Next Week

Where: 89109
July 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you've been having trouble booking a table at Giada, the start of lunch service next week likely won't alleviate the problem. We're still hearing of a reservation backlog of two to four weeks for Cromwell's centerpiece (and only) eatery and don't expect it to be much easier getting a table midday.

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