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Check-Out Folio: Pizza Madness, March Madness, And More

January 30, 2015 at 9:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 26:

March Madness: Yes, the Big Game isn't even over but folks have been talking about March Madness in Vegas since the end of last year. (Shout-out to the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group! Holla!) If you're dying for info, we can now share TI's plans. The resort will host basketball fans March 19-21 in its ballroom. Entry will be free and seating will be banquet-style (first come, first serve). There will be a cash bar, concessions and satellite betting stations so you won't miss a moment of action (unless you're in the restroom). Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. each day.

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Our First Thoughts On Venetian's Yardbird

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 30, 2015 at 8:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

If youíre a southern transplant like myself or just love that style of food, Yardbird at Venetian should satisfy your cravings. After attending an evening media event and a Sunday brunch, this writer got a taste of what all the cluckingís been about. Iím happy to report most of the dishes sampled lived up to the hype. The second branch of the Miami-based restaurant has gotten high praise from the likes of Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation and Southern Living, plus awards for its bourbon selection.

When VegasChatter stopped in for brunch, we were greeted promptly but the ensuing service was quite slow. Presented with a prix fixe experience, dishes came out in a very random order (read: in reverse) or were not ours at all (we were offered another table's dishes at several points during our meal). Though we were told brunch would be served tapas style with things coming out when they were ready, the randomness of it all was a little frustrating. (Especially since we weren't told it would be shared plates until each of us had ordered our own thing, and several of us had already gravitated to the same choices. The good news is that brunch is normally a la carte, although still meant to be shared.) Hopefully, our experience can be attributed to the growing pains of a new restaurant. (They also ran out of coffee cups and ramekins during our visit.) These kinks will likely be worked out with a little more practice (and surplus).

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Griddle Cafe Closing At SLS, Northside Cafe Taking Spot

January 29, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (17)

Another restaurant closure for SLS Las Vegas. But, unlike its buffet (which continues to sit dormant despite talk that it could reopen again this month), a new eatery will take over immediately.

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Y'all Keep Shutting Down The 24-7 White Castle

Where: 89109
January 29, 2015 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (12)

Joke all you want about White Castle's arrival on the Strip. The beloved burger chain is laughing all the way to the bank.

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Another Take On Excalibur's Buffet Revamp

Where: 89109
January 27, 2015 at 6:44 PM | by | Comments (8)

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 (9)

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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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 (12)



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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