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Sid's Cafe Opens In Westgate, More To Come In 2015

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
December 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (4)

Among the many reinventions and renovations that have been going down since Westgate bought the off Strip LVH, the hotel's former High Roller room -- likely one of the more underused in town -- has been converted to a 24-hour cafe.

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Just One Dish: Diamond And Gold Lasagna

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

When a dish costs $100 by itself, you probably expect angels to start singing spontaneously when you take your first bite. Or, for it to be brought out on a unicorn. Neither of those things happen with the Diamond and Gold Lasagna at Portofino in The Mirage, but perhaps our expectations were unreasonable with the unicorn and all. That doesnít mean this isnít a delicious dish. Is it worth a hundy? Well, thatís for your dining budget to decide. Itís easy to say thereís not much worth that high price, but for the discerning palate, with the luxury budget to match, itís certainly worth your time.

I'm often a victim of ridiculously high expectations. Sometimes, the idea of something gets so built up ahead of time that it has no chance to hold up in reality. This was sort of the case when I tried this limited time dish likely meant more for the press than the palate. Theyíre definitely going for the attention-grabbing headlines this dish will inspire, but it shouldnít detract from the high-caliber ingredients and excellent execution.

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At The Linq, Two New Venues Are Just Days Away From Debut

Where: 89109
December 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Still not at full capacity, The Linq shopping promenade will at least fill in two more storefronts in the next few days.

We hear flip flop shop, Havaianas, will open this Friday, December 19. It will be located between Bella Scarpa and BLVD Cocktail Company.

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White Castle Begins Hiring For Las Vegas Location

December 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (7)

We still don't know when White Castle will debut at Casino Royale, but we do know it's getting closer.

The fast food chain known for its sliders posted a hiring call a few days ago. Interested applicants are being told to head to 3440 West Russell Road between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to make their cravings known, no experience necessary. Here's where we should make some sort of reference to simply having a hunger for the job.

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On Las Vegas Boulevard, A Tale Of Two Restaurants

December 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 was a year of great excitement for dining. Tons of new openings, closings, re-branding, and generalized soap-opera drama. Among all of the brouhaha, some openings have enjoyed whirlwind success despite shortcomings, and others have labored on in obscurity despite great virtues. Here, we level two stories against each other.

Pot Liquor CAS

There was a time when every food writer -- both local and visiting -- would grumble and mumble about Vegas not having any good BBQ. ("Oh, this is NOTHING like Carolina style!" or "You call THIS Texas brisket?") The litany was maddening, and mostly proficient Rollin' Smoke did little to quiet it, what with being nestled between a halfway house and a strip club. Then, like a gift from above, Pot Liquor CAS is dropped right into that On-Strip/Off-Strip DMZ that is Town Square.

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At SLS, Bazaar Doesn't Just Meat Expectations

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM | by | Comments (10)

Going to dinner is usually a simple process. You look at the menu, pick an appetizer, salad and entree, then eat. While thatís possible at Bazaar Meat, itís not how they recommend going about your meal. Just about every hotel on the Vegas Strip has a high-end steakhouse, nowadays. Bazaar Meat is considered the steakhouse at SLS Las Vegas, but itís so much more than that.

When I walked into Bazaar Meat, the aroma reminded me of Heritage Steakhouse at The Mirage due to the smell of burning wood in the air. There are numerous cooking devices in the open kitchen at Bazaar Meat, ranging from grills to a cotton candy machine. My party of five was seated at a huge butcher block table just off the kitchen. Judging by the giggling and amount of pictures taken, the Cotton Candy Foie Gras seemed to pique the interest of the ladies who'd ordered it at a nearby table. This playful starter seemed like it would have been fun, but my group was at Bazaar for the meat.

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In Downtown Vegas, New Spots For Inner Glutton, Coffee Lovers

Where: 89101
December 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)


The transformation of Downtown Vegas continues, but if you never venture beyond the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience, you may not know it.

Next month, Fremont East's newest dining experience, Glutton, is expected to open on the corner of Carson and 7th near the Container Park. Hungry patrons will find New American cuisine here (if that means anything to you, if not, think lamb ragu, charcuterie plates and sweetbreads). A bar menu will feature playfully named cocktails like the Glutton for Punishment, a mixture of Seagram's gin, Cointreau and Krogstad aquavit.

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The Strip To Be Gifted With Smashburger This Month

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
December 10, 2014 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (5)

Perhaps Smashburger can get a Hulk busker to help promote the opening of its new store at Caesars Palace. A Hulk Smashburger sounds like a natural menu item for the ever-expanding burger chain. They usually have a "celebrity smasher" for their openings and a busker would definitely fit in on The Strip. Smashburger will set up shop in the new food court at Caesars, its ninth Vegas location and first on the Strip.

If you havenít had Smashburger yet, youíre missing out. No itís not quite on the level of Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay or the sorely missed LBS at Red Rock, but itís about half the price and really quite tasty. Donít lump it in with other fast food burger joints because itís far better, at least in this burger loverís opinion.

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Is Something 'Exciting' Replacing This T-Shirt Shop?

Where: 89109
December 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (17)

Along Las Vegas Boulevard, the land stretching from the Harley-Davidson Cafe to Smith & Wollensky is owned by the same company, which took control of the bankrupt property about four years ago. A hodgepodge eyesore across from the metropolitan skyscrapers of CityCenter, cheapo vendors that hawk 16 oz. Tall Boys for 99 cents and four tees for ten bucks are slowly being replaced by more corporate gentrified tenants like Chili's and Fatburger.

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UPDATED: The LINQ's Newest Restaurant Hopes To Dish It Out This Month, After All

Where: 89109
December 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

12.9 Update: Turn those frowns upside down. A publicist for Off The Strip relays the restaurant is now aiming to open on December 24.

Oh, what a difference a month makes. A few weeks ago, Off The Strip, the newest eatery headed for The LINQ promenade between Flamingo and The LINQ Hotel, touted a December debut. Now, a new press release pushes that back to January.

The restaurant will be a sister establishment to two other off-Strip locations. (See what we did there?) The third locale will be adjacent to O'Sheas at the off the Strip mall. (Oops, we did it again.)

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Just One Dish At Hearthstone Kitchen

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
December 5, 2014 at 12:37 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.

Off Strip restaurant Hearthstone Kitchen has been open at Red Rock Resort a little over a month now. And, while another VegasChatter writer enjoyed his first bites of branzino, this writer opted to explore other areas.

Looking over the full menu for the first time, nothing honestly lept off the page at me. Soup and salad had my stomach screaming for more sustenance. The shared plates were seafood heavy and, with an allergy at the table, wouldn't be shared much. Ingredients on the flatbreads piqued my interest, but my mood just wasn't for fancy pizza. The $46 branzino would be left for another night.

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Ultimo: Venetian's Culinary Bacchanalia

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

Replacing its annual winter festival, but still benefiting the Lou Ruvo "Keep Memory Alive" Center, Ultimo is about to launch at Venetian|Palazzo. Three gargantuan events are planned for December 5-7.

Where last year's La Cucina festival -- especially, the Grand Banquet -- was the ultimate in food events for 2013, Ultimo is shoring up to blow last year out of the water. For a dinner that included food by Mario Batali and Dario Cecchini, Clint Holmes singing Christmas classics and a live reading of Dante's Inferno, that is not an easy task.

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