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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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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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Yardbird To Land At Venetian In 2015

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
July 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

After the June closure of Pinot Brasserie at Venetian (the resort deciding against two casual-but-creative, celebrity chef-driven, side-by-side French Brasserie concepts), another dining destination is already on the way.

Because fields that lie fallow don't bear any fruit, a Miami-based restaurant group and its James Beard award-winning flagship, Yardbird have taken over the coveted spot between Public House and DB Brasserie.

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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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PGA TOUR Grill Tees Off At McCarran

Where: 5757 Wayne Newton Blvd [map], 89119
July 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

The PGA TOUR rolls through Silvis, Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run prior to next week’s British Open at Royal Liverpool, but that hasn’t stopped golf’s governing body from taking up a more permanent residence here in Las Vegas.

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Gobble 'Til Ya Wobble: The Three Best Buffets in Vegas

July 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM | by | Comments (12)

If you ask most what the defining cuisine is for our lovely metropolis, you will start a fierce debate on whether that lofty crown goes to steakhouses or buffets. To the rest of the world, and for good reason, Las Vegas is the city of buffets.

In fact, the modern concept of an "all-you-can-eat" buffet is said to have been created in 1950s Las Vegas by Herbert "Herb" Cobb McDonald, a publicity and entertainment manager. He is also credited with cementing Vegas as a national convention destination, the key to early Vegas success. In the 1956 novel The Muses of Ruin, William Pearson wrote in apt words his feelings on the new phenomenon:

At midnight every self-respecting casino premières its buffet — the eighth wonder of the world, the one true art form this androgynous harlot of cities has delivered herself of.... We marvel at the Great Pyramids, but they were built over decades; the midnight buffet is built daily. Crushed-ice castles and grottoes chill the shrimp and lobster. Sculptured aspic is scrolled with Paisley arabesques. They are, laid out with reverent artistry: hors d'oeuvres, relish, salads, and sauces; crab, herring oyster, sturgeon, octopus, and salmon; turkey, ham, roast beef, casseroles, fondues, and curries; cheeses, fruits and pastries. How many times you go through the line is a private matter between you and your capacity, and then between your capacity and the chef's evil eye.

Today, the Vegas buffet has evolved into a generally homogeneous entity, but there are a few that go above and beyond the norm.

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At Golden Nugget, Vic & Anthony's Wants You To Take Another Look

Where: 129 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM | by | Comments (13)

Downtown's changing dining scene has been a roller coaster of big names and unique concepts hanging their shingle in the revamped retro spaces that define the area. One thing we haven't seen is a bigwig of old Vegas try and reposition themselves to rope in new attention... (wait for it)... until now.

Vic & Anthony's at Golden Nugget has been doing the classic Vegas steakhouse thing for a while, but their Executive Chef Eric Stetcher is now serving up some rather interesting dishes.

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You Should Really Give MTO's Sunday Supper Series A Try

Where: 500 S Main St. [map], 89101
July 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

Downtown's MTO Cafe and chef/partner/mastermind Johnny Church have been organizing some extremely interesting multi-course meals. After nights of Mexican- and pork-inspired fare, they are putting on another of these acclaimed Sunday meals to showcase some of the early work that netted the chef his fame.

Chef Church serves up interesting twists on Americana breakfast/lunch favorites every day on Main Street before heading to Mandalay Bay to marshal the kitchen at RM Seafood/RX Boiler Room each night.

Yet, this is not enough for the workaholic! To satisfy his spontaneous cravings for pop-up dining and camaraderie with fellow Strip chefs, he started the monthly dining series, Sunday Suppers, at MTO.

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