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Off Strip Dining: Grinder's Pizza Lounge

Where: 5625 S. Rainbow Blvd. Ste. E [map], 89118
September 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM | by | Comments (3)

This writer has unknowingly been following John Anthony’s meat across Las Vegas. As inappropriate as that sounds, it’s the truth. The restaurant manager and now chef has had a hand in some of my favorite dishes during his time in various managerial positions at Vegas venues like Cathouse (now shuttered at Luxor), Comme Ca at Cosmo, and most recently, Bagatelle at Trop, may it rest in peace. While it was clear from the beginning Bagatelle didn’t have any more of a chance to survive long term than its predecessor Nikki Beach, I sure wanted it to because the venue was beautiful and the food was really solid. Bagatelle’s beef tartare was my favorite preparation of the dish I’ve ever had. A beautifully salty and flavorful beef mixed with a rich aoli… but alas, it is no more.

When a foodie friend of mine suggested we try the new Grinder’s Pizza Lounge on Russell and Rainbow, I was game as I had driven by the new southwest restaurant and was already eager to try it. Once I opened the door and saw a familiar face, I realized Grinder’s was John Anthony’s new place.

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Resort Fee Bumps At Gold Coast, Orleans, Suncoast And Sam's Town

September 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (7)

It's been 43 0 days since a resort fee hike.

Boyd Gaming has bumped the nightly resort fee at four of its Vegas valley casinos -- Gold Coast, The Orleans, Suncoast and Sam's Town. VegasChatter member ermago alerted us to the news:

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If You're Not In Westgate's Football SuperContest, You May Want To Prepare For 2015

September 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (3)

It’s already time for football bettors to plan for the 2015 NFL season. The SuperContest at Westgate is the largest and most popular in Vegas. In fact, SuperContest grew almost 30% this year and should only get bigger in 2015. Not everyone, however, has the $1,500 entry fee laying around so you might want to planning for next year’s contest now.

Mainstream media coverage on ESPN has helped SuperContest become popular, but that’s not the only reason. The prize pool returns 100% of the money entered which is awesome. Over 1,400 people entered the SuperContest this year and the grand prize winner will receive more than $700,000. Prize money also will be rewarded to 30 runner-ups. That's all awesome, too, but the biggest reason SuperContest is growing is that you don’t have to be in Las Vegas to make your weekly picks.

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AVN Wants To Teach You What Sex Is This Pornuary

September 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Things you probably won't hear at AEE: "Our eyes are up here."

Well, if anyone knows sex sells, it's AVN.

Every Pornuary (read: January), the Adult Video Network heats up Vegas with the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) which puts porn stars face-to-face with very fappy, umm, happy fans. If all the, err, research we they do in preparation for the annual event doesn't teach them everything they need to know about sexy time, new seminars aim to strip it down to the basics.

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Purple Reign Headed To Westgate

Where: 3000 Paradise Rd. [map], 89109
September 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

The next time we see Prince tribute band Purple Reign, we may slip a tracking device onto the group's lead performer, Jason Tenner.

The much-loved but constantly on the move lounge act will pop up at Westgate's Shimmer Cabaret beginning October 1, according to the Las Vegas Sun. This after just moving to the D in July. And, that after spending a few months at Planet Hollywood. And, if you're really a fan of the act, you may remember them at Boardwalk, Monte Carlo, House of Blues, South Point, Hard Rock, and Hooters, too. And, yes, we've left a few out.

We couldn't find any listing for the show on the Westgate website just yet so ticket prices are unknown.

(PHOTO: Jason Tenner on Facebook)

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Mild Makeover Of Club Palms

Where: 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
September 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

About a year ago, Palms totally revamped its players club so it must be time to tinker with things again. The biggest change to Club Palms last year was the addition of multiple tiers based on how much money is spent. This year, the players club has received a mild makeover which seems aimed at making sure anyone who has any kind of status is a consistent spender.

Earning 400 points still gives you $1 in free slot play and you must earn 2,000 points ($5) before you can spend it. In addition to earning points from gambling, you can earn 1 point for every dollar you spend in the restaurants, hotel, spa, salon and gift shop. The first changes you’ll notice are the requirements for each tier.

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If Fright Dome Is Too Tame, Seek Out Trilogy Of Terror

Where: 4245 S. Grand Canyon Dr. [map]
September 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (2)

A haunted attraction so frightening it couldn't wait for Halloween is about to return to Las Vegas for the main event.

Freakling Bros' Trilogy of Terror will mark its 22nd year of scaring people shitless in Vegas beginning October 3. This season, the Circus of Horrors, Castle Vampyre and Gates of Hell will be found at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive, that's off Flamingo and the 215 freeway (about a 20-minute drive from the center Strip.) As before, the Gates of Hell will be a R-rated experience and you'll need to be at least 17 (or with an adult) and sign a waiver before you can even step one, tentative foot inside.

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Will Made.LV Make You Leave The Strip?

Where: 450 S. Rampart Blvd. #120 [map], 89145
September 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The off-Strip, suburban mall of Tivoli Village has been looking to fill its empty Bradley Ogden space for some time, with small luck. It seemed like no one could hold onto a business there for more than a couple months, almost as if it was cursed. Some folks say Old Man Odgen still wanders those very halls...

But now, and perhaps for the last time, we have a new spot in that space: Made.LV. From the minds behind Honey Salt (Vegas F&B dynamos Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla), what else could we expect but greatness?

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When You're Craving Fried Chicken, Head Here

Where: 2101 S. Decatur Blvd. [map], 89102
September 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (4)

We've been hearing rumblings about the opening of Mochiko Chicken for months now. It started with Jerry Misa and Sandra Lenska hanging up their food truck keys and putting brick to mortar. After a few setbacks and the rescheduling of an opening date, Mochiko Chicken is up and running.

Located off, off Strip at Decatur and Sahara (handy map link here), this specific brand of fried chicken is a kind of Hawaiian/Japanese/Southeast Asian fusion. Mochiko refers to the rice flour-based breading (Mochi=Rice in Japanese) that gives the chicken a light, crispy, almost tempura-like crunch. Miles, even leagues better than the frozen Tyson brand chicken that makes up 99% of the tenders on earth, Mochiko's chicken is akin to a child's favorite staple in an adult's quality. Good ingredients, loving preparation, and a light dusting of furikake. What's not to love? Combos start at $7, but you are without a doubt getting some of the best chicken fingers in town.

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Wiener's Circle Now Char-Grillin' It Up At Santa Fe Station

Where: 4949 North Rancho [map], 89108
September 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

To be frank about it, we loved the Red Rock Resort debut of Chicago's Wiener's Circle in June so we're all for a second helping with the brand's newest Vegas location in sister resort, Santa Fe Station.

The North Las Vegas hotel-casino will actually serve of the chain's famous char-grilled hot dogs and burgers two ways, one through an eatery sandwiched between the poker room and the sportsbook and the other through a satellite stand in the bowling alley. For football season, the main eatery will offer sports fans a char dog and fries for four bucks.

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Another Poker Room Bites The Dust

Where: 2101 Texas Star Lane [map], 89130
September 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (3)

Poker is slowly fading away in Las Vegas casinos. Last week, Texas Station in North Las Vegas ceased operations of its poker room without warning.

As its name implies, Texas Station is one of the many Station Casinos you'll find spread out around Las Vegas. According to US Poker even though this is the second Station poker room to close this year (Sunset Station is the other) we shouldn’t expect to see moves like this at other sister locations. If Station is your casino in Las Vegas and poker is your game, that means you can still play poker at Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station.

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Clarion Closes Its Doors

Where: 305 Convention Center Drive [map]
September 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (12)

On the heels of the openings of Delano Las Vegas and SLS Las Vegas are we about to see the next implosion of a Vegas hotel? The off-Strip Clarion, just west of the Las Vegas Convention Center, marked its last day Tuesday.

We stopped by the property this morning and found security guards patrolling the grounds. The one we spoke to said there were no guests inside and that the property would be demolished. Over its history, the hotel has undergone more name changes than a former mobster in witness protection. The Las Vegas Sun recounts the various name changes here as well as the succession of owners, among which included Debbie Reynolds.

Employees had reportedly been warned of an impending closure and, over the weekend, stopped taking reservations past Labor Day. The hotel had been known as The Debbie Reynolds Hotel, The Paddlewheel, Royal Inn and the Greek Isles. It held the distinction of being the only Clarion with a casino.

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