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Just One (Last) Dish: Beef on Weck at Naked City

Where: 4608 Paradise Rd [map], 89169
July 30, 2015 at 8:15 PM | by | ()

Naked City Pizza is most well known for its...wait for it...pizza. And if you've had it, you can understand why. The quality of the pizza is a good representation of the rest of the dishes. Everything owner Chris Palmeri does is stellar.

Palmeri, a native of Buffalo, is doing Western New York proud with his very true to form version of the beef on weck. This is a sandwich not found that often outside of the northeast, but the way Palmeri makes it, the beef on weck could easily become a Vegas favorite.

You’ll want to go on Wednesday to the Paradise location. That's the day Palmeri prepares the sandwich tableside from 1 pm - 4 pm. Top round beef is cooked on low heat for a couple of hours. It's sliced in front of you then put on a kummelweck roll. That's a round roll topped with carroway seed and kosher salt, which is as unique as it sounds.

Palmeri goes the extra step by toasting the roll giving some added strength to the sandwich construction. Assertive horseradish and delicious au jus are served with it. Dump as much au jus as you can handle on the tasty meat; the bread soaks it up and it is perfect.

For $10 it's steal. With the side of fries or salad Naked City gives you to go with it, it’s highway robbery. The fries are crisp and well seasoned. The salad is -- I don't know how the salad is, I always go for the fries. As I suspect most people in Buffalo would prefer.

[Photo: Gojgo]

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New Silverton Tower Definitely Maybe Back To Being Timeshares

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
July 27, 2015 at 4:59 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad as we are still publishing through Friday.

Ongoing construction at Silverton Hotel Casino, near the Blue Diamond Road exit of Interstate 15, is now clearly visible to people arriving into Las Vegas from California. As the new edifice tops off with eye-catching signage, the tower itself adds more reasons for head-scratching. Apparently the back-and-forth purpose of the 20-story addition has reverted to “timeshares”.

And once again we're left wondering..."Why?".

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Global Force Wrestling Slams its Way into Town with First Television Tapings

Where: 4500 W Tropicana Ave [map], 89103
July 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM | by | ()

It promises to be a night of power bombs. At least, local wrestling fans hope so.

Global Force Wrestling makes it Las Vegas debut tonight at The Orleans Arena at 8 pm. This is the new venture from TNA Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett. GFW, as the name implies, aims to create a worldwide brand utilizing wrestlers from many different federations and continents.

Performers have been culled from all over. They include former and current stars from WWE, TNA, ROH and New Japan. Names like Nick Aldis, Chris Mordetzky, Bobby Roode, Scott Steiner and tag team sensation The Young Bucks are just some of the names signed to the promotion and likely to be at The Orleans July 24 as GFW runs tournaments to declare four different champions: Next Gen, Women's, Tag Team and Global Champions.

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The 48 Hour Film Project Screens This Week

Where: 5111 Boulder Highway [map], 89122
July 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM | by | ()

Sometimes art is at its best when it’s created under pressure. If you want to see if this holds true for the Las Vegas film scene, check out the three screenings of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project on 7/21 - 7/22 at Sam’s Town.

As the title implies, teams are given two days to write, shoot and edit a short film. Each team is assigned a genre, but all teams have to incorporate the same three elements. This year, those elements are the character of a baker named Michael or Leanne Westphal, a family heirloom used as a prop, and the line of dialogue, “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.”

Everything else is up to the film squads - where they shoot, the look of their piece, the legally obtained music they use or create. It’s a furious 48 hours. Teams are given their assignments Friday night and most scripts are done before the next morning. Saturday is usually reserved for shooting while most of the editing often takes place on Sunday before the required turn-in time Sunday night. After that, they finally get to sleep again!

The 2015 edition features 33 different films. That’s three blocks of 11 films each, playing at 6:30 and 9 pm on July 21 and 6:30 on July 22. The “Best Of” screening takes place August 4 at 6:30 pm. And the wrap party is August 5 at Double Helix beginning at 10 pm. No word if Michael or Leanne Westphal will be supplying baked goods for the shindig.

[Photo: 48-Hour Film Project]

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Just One Dish: Crab Rangoon at WuHu Noodle

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
July 20, 2015 at 8:09 PM | by | ()

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.

They call it WuHu Noodle but my favorite dish at the Silverton's new easy Asian eatery doesn't have any noodles in it. In fact, it's not even an entree. It's an appetizer we all know, but this one was done just a little differently and that's all it took to make something so ordinary so extraordinary.

Cut back to college. In between Rice-A-Roni and spaghetti and ketchup dinners, once in a while I'd splurge. The most bang for my buck were those Chinese takeout specials. You know, the $6.99 meals they advertise with coupons on the menu? The ones with two entrees, fried rice and the app of your choice? That is where I first discovered crab rangoon.

Wrapper, interior, sauce. The thing is, up until I tried WuHu's, they all tasted pretty similar. Not that the average fried cream cheese wonton concoction isn't already tasty. But changing it up just a bit sure goes a long way.

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Off Strip Dining: Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

July 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

You may be familiar with the Blue Ribbon brand name from their restaurants in New York, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill at the Cosmopolitan or their food service at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq.

Blue Ribbon is known for creative menus and quality food, but the dish they’re known for at all of their locations is fried chicken. Now they’ve taken their fried chicken to the Las Vegas suburbs and opened Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken at Downtown Summerlin.

Downtown Summerlin is evolving from being a just another shopping center to being a dining destination with excellent options ranging from quick serve restaurants like Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken to fine dining like Andiron Steak to simple desserts like Gelato Messina.

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At $200 Per Second, Is This the Most Expensive Entertainment in Vegas?

Where: 2771 Industrial Rd [map], 89109
June 11, 2015 at 12:36 PM | by | ()

Vegas is full of ways to burn through cash quickly. Losing a big sports bet or a go-for-broke hand of blackjack can part you and your cash very quickly. Spending big bucks on a fancy meal or bottle service experience can also lighten your wallet, but will hopefully last a bit longer and provide an opportunity to make some memories.

This writer likes to maximize the entertainment received for every dollar spent. Stage shows and concerts generally offer a cost and duration that I’m comfortable with. I shy away from things like betting big on individual games or spending large amounts on single drinks, as I don’t feel like I get a good value when doing so. So when I came across some of the entertainment offerings from Battlefield Vegas, a shooting range not far from The Strip, I couldn’t help but laugh.

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Silverton Hotel Expansion Rises High

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
June 1, 2015 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

Late in 2013, VegasChatter reported on a proposed two-tower expansion at the off-Strip Silverton Hotel Casino. We were positively flummoxed that the dual 20-story towers would be timeshare units (we love timeshares almost as much as the hawkers who chase us around the casinos).

Well, we’ve heard little to nothing about this project in the intervening year and a half, so we decided to check out the construction site this past Memorial Day weekend. (Actually, we were there to enjoy a few late-morning cocktails at the inexpensive Seasons Buffet Bellini Brunch.) Sho ‘nuff, a tower has risen from the massive Silverton parking lot. And it appears to be well on course for a planned early-2016 unveiling.

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How Caesars Upsold Me into A Rio Masquerade Suite...With an Unexpected Zip!

Where: 3700 W Flamingo Road, Las Vegas [map], 89103
May 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM | by | ()

To be honest, I consider myself to be a “middle roller.” I play green chip blackjack, and dollar video poker. Even with that level of play, I almost never have to pay for a hotel room. In fact, while I'll willingly lose quite a few dollars down in the casino, I've become psychologically averse to directly paying for a room. I understand that the gambling losses are a form of prepayment for the room, and I don't want to pay twice!

So, with this as my mindset, here's how the savvy marketing folks at the Caesars company convinced me to pay a little extra for a Masquerade Suite at The Rio Las Vegas.

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Will The Girls of Seamless Get Some New Professional Dance Moves?

Where: 4740 Arville St, Las Vegas, NV [map], 89103
May 8, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

Here's a little background information, for readers who are uninitiated in the secrets of strip club culture. At strip clubs nationwide, the dancers do not receive any formal training in the art of stage dancing. Instead, dancers are expected to choreograph their stage performances on their own.

Newly hired dancers watch the other girls dance, and imitate their moves. They check out routines on the internet, and they practice them in their spare time. They sometimes practice pole tricks on an empty stage during slow times at the club. Or, as many unimpressed customers have witnessed, many strippers just don't know how to dance very well, and they just walk around the stage with one hand on the pole.

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A Three-Day Fetish And Fantasy Expo? Yep

Where: 4455 Paradise Road [map], 89169
April 29, 2015 at 5:49 PM | by | ()

It’s a tad early to be discussing Halloween (what are we saying? It's never too early!), but this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball. To celebrate, they are taking the festivities one step further by introducing the Fetish And Fantasy Lifestyle Expo.

The three-day convention (October 29-31) promises to showcase all things adult and erotic. There will be a variety of performers including fetish models and theatrical acts, and a multitude of products, clothing, and toys on display. There will also be health and sexuality experts and educators. It will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel as well as at the nearby Alexis Park hotel. Anyone open-minded (and over 18) can attend and let their freak flag fly explore their sexuality. And, if you're already wondering what to wear, you can wear street clothes or break out the fetish or fantasy attire. Even lingerie will be acceptable.

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Our First Thoughts On Little Tony's At Palace Station

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
April 29, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | ()

The Dillinger in all its massive glory.

If you’re a Pizza Rock fan, you now have another place to enjoy Tony Gemignani’s delicious creations: Little Tony’s at Palace Station. Several of his classics like the popular Cal Italia and the ginormous Dillinger have made the move, but the menu also offers a lot more like specialty pasta dishes not seen at his other two restaurants in downtown and at Green Valley Ranch.

The design elements are more like Tony’s San Francisco restaurants. There’s no giant semi truck in this location, sigh. Comfy leather booths and red brick give an old school pizzeria charm. New to this location are also the cast iron pizzas plus several pizzas not available in his other Nevada restaurants.

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