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Just One Dish: The Foie Gras 'Floating Island' Of Bazaar Meat

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
September 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

After the great fanfare of the SLS opening, there has been an oddly short amount of critiques regarding Bazaar Meat, the flagship restaurant in a hotel of flagship restaurants. So, you may not know that Bazaar Meat is doing some really game-changing things.

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Jose Andres' dining destinations will immediately be able to discern that this spot is different than his other Bazaar concepts. It is Vegas, after all, and even a chef like Pierre Gagnaire of Twist inside Mandarin Oriental cannot resist the voices that call for a seakhouse menu. Bazaar Meat, however, has quite an unusual steak program. There are two main attractions, both ribeyes, from either the Washugyu farm of Angus/Wagyu crossbreeds (I call them Wangus!) or Harris Ranch Black Angus. It's the higher concept dishes, though, that really show the true nature of Bazaar Meat.

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Just One Dish: Secret Cheesy Tots At Umami Burger

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (6)

Come for the burger, stay for the tots.

Trying new casino restaurants is nothing new for any of us at VegasChatter. This writer is a fan of all things cow, whether it's in steak or burger form. It may not be the healthiest diet, but it sure is goooooooood. After ordering a typical lunch at the newly opened Umami Burger inside SLS Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised to discover my chosen side dish was anything but typical.

After snapping pictures of the casino the day SLS opened, I stopped at Umami to play a little video poker and have a beer. A friend asked to split a burger and fries and who am I to say no? That first half of a burger was good enough to make me want to return and have a full one all to myself.

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Just One Dish: Banananana Pancakes At SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (5)

Pancakes are never a bad idea and we’re grateful The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day. You’ve heard about our savory taste of Griddle, but now it’s time to get sweet and sticky… and yes, we’re still talking about pancakes here.

Before a recent late night trip to Sayers Club, this writer popped into The Griddle Cafe for 4th meal. Taco Bell may think it has the monopoly on this, but Las Vegas visitors and residents have become all too familiar with this post-dinner, pre-clubbing (or more often post-clubbing) snack for ages. Needing some quick and tasty carbs, I pondered the extensive pancake and French toast menu, only to find there were too many tempting options to decide on my own.

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Just One (Extraordinary) Dish At Oscar's

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
August 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (2)

This writer is not one for overblown dish titles. Sorry, Guy Fieri, but your “Off-Da-Hook Original Smash-Burger” definitely sounds original, but whose hook is it off of, anyway? Be concise. Be accurate. Be catchy. If you can’t be the last two without violating the first, just give it up and call your dish what it is: mac ‘n cheese, burger, chicken sandwich. You get my drift, assuming you’re not Guy Fieri.

It’s not to be offensive. I just know I hate a letdown after a big buildup, so keep your promises, Vegas food dish titles. I had been looking forward to trying Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza for a long while now. When the perfect dinner partner and opportunity presented themselves, my party fully experienced Oscar's Beef * Booze * Broads with steaks, a glass of wine and, well, we were the broads so it was BYOB (bring your own broad).

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Just One Dish: The Pesto Mashed Potatoes At The Buffet At Bellagio

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

The very first buffet this writer ever went to in Las Vegas was a tough act to follow. It was Bellagio's and it was fabulous. I had forgotten about that first time until this past week when I was taking some visitors there. When I was a Vegas buffet virgin, I had a very atypical “first time.”

I had only been in Las Vegas a few months and had been on the hunt for a cut of meat I was used to finding in any grocery store on the east coast: flank steak. While this isn’t a necessarily great cut of meat, I had a family recipe marinade that made it quite scrumptious. I checked out several grocery chains and also some carnicerias and kept coming up dry. I don’t know if there was just a shortage that summer in Vegas or what, but I couldn’t find my beloved flank steak anywhere.

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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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Just One Dish At Tender Steak And Seafood That's Not Steak Or Seafood

Where: 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

TENDER steak and seafood at Luxor wants you know its known for steak and seafood so much that it's right there in the name. But, we want to inform readers of Just One Dish from the menu that stands on its own. And, it's neither steak or seafood.

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Finding Comfort In A Bear's Head (Seriously)

January 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

The mystery known as Rose.Rabbit.Lie. just opened at The Cosmopolitan. As advertised, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is a nod to the past and a look to the future of the supper club. But, we're not going to spill the beans much here, either.

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Just One Dish: Scarpetta’s Slow Roasted Pork

October 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (5)

This, but sliced and with a little extra love.

Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we're at a cocktail party. 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.

Last week, we were invited to a cocktail party at The Cosmopolitan celebrating the release of Chef Scott Conant’s new book, The Scarpetta Cookbook. Bite-sized morsels at a cocktail party aren’t always the best representation of the full-sized dish, but Scarpetta's molasses- and balsamic-glazed Slow Roasted Pork was one of the best pieces of food to hit this writer’s mouth in a while.

The party had a host of samples of signature dishes from Scarpetta, but once this writer tried the Slow Roasted Pork it was all I could eat. To say the pork was delicious would be an understatement. It was tender, but firm. It never fell apart at the touch of my fork, but it melted in my mouth. All of the flavors married perfectly and put a smile my face. I may not have the chef skills of Scott Conant, but I might have to put the new cookbook to the test for this.

How difficult could making a pork dish be with the recipe right in front of me?

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Just One Dish at The Off-Strip Echo and Rig (And, It Isn't Steak)

Where: 440 South Rampart [map], 89145
October 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. 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.

A preview prior to Labor Day of chef Sam Marvin's Echo and Rig had us hoping that destination dining at Tivoli Village (found in the Vegas 'burbs) had finally arrived. With great anticipation, we recently returned for a dinner visit to measure the full experience.

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Our First Taste of BLT Steak at Bally's

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
October 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM | by | Comments (3)

Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. 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.

While previewing the fixtures, furnishings and rooftop pools of the coming Gansevoort last week, media types were given a taste of another project Caesars executives are working on. Unfortunately, Giada wasn't making our mouths water. Instead, and with little fanfare, sample bites from the upcoming BLT Steak were passed.

BLT Steak -- yes, sister to Mirage's BLT Burger -- will replace Bally's Steakhouse early next year. The advertised signature popovers were absent, but guests were treated to Tuna Tartar (dressed with soy-lime atop a tad too much avocado), Ginger Marinated Tomatoes (with Burrata cheese) and BBQ Short-Rib Sliders (with aged white cheddar and homemade pickles).

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Just One Dish: Nobu's Tacos

August 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. 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.

We've reviewed the new Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and we've even sampled the restaurant menu, several times over. Yet, if you're a frequent sushi eater, here's something at Nobu that you can't get at other joints -- his signature Nobu tacos.

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