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Terrible's is hosting its second annual Rock the Rooftop New Year's Eve 'soiree' on December 31. We didn't know about the first, but when we heard about this one, we were a bit skeptical of the view. Until we saw the photos. From the views shown above and below, you can see that Terrible's actually offers a pretty terrific view of the Las Vegas Strip skyline, and the fireworks display set to ring in the New Year.
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 out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or stay away. We present you with Just One Dish.
In this case, Just One Dish just isn't enough, but we'll try to stay within the constraints we've set upon ourselves. Having tried just about every item on the menu from today's featured restaurant, we struggled to choose just one. If this one isn't to your liking, another is right around the corner (of the menu).
Buldogi's Gourmet Hot Dogs isn't on The Strip. Or, even just off the Strip. It's located in Summerlin a few blocks from Red Rock Casino. Hot dogs in Summerlin? Hang with us. We wouldn't necessarily walk across The Strip for a dog so is this one worth the 20-30 minute drive? That's ultimately your choice (yes) but it's definitely worth a stop for anyone in the area.
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We're always looking for places to eat and drink that are a little off from Fremont Street or the Strip. Last month, we found Lola's before the Food Network did. Since then, every time a friend has visited, they've had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. Thanks, Food Network! We were recently tipped off to a new destination, an old-time cocktail joint and restaurant that's just off the Strip.
Herbs & Rye is located at Sahara and Arville, just a quick cab ride from the north end of The Strip. We were told that this is a great place to grab a specialty cocktail (or six) at great prices. Who can say no to that?! However, upon approaching Herbs & Rye we didn't think that's what we'd really get. The exterior looks like a locals type bar that would fill us with cheap beer. That's not what we came here for!
When we walked in, we found the classic roaring 20s vibe we were looking for. From the decor of the bar and simple black waiter uniforms to the cartoonish menu and, lastly (and most importantly), the cocktails on offer, we felt as though we were in a current yet traditional bar. The menu was a highlight of Herbs & Rye, with great attention to detail. Our eye kept going back to one particular cocktail.
Can we say how much we love sharing news of Vegas hotel renovations? Now, in addition to renos currently underway at MGM Grand, the Palms, and coming to the Four Seasons, the Las Vegas Marriott has slipped in a $800,000 re-do of its own.
The money gets the Vegas hotel (which we couldn't quite place as far as location until we read "convention center" and then we were like 'ohhh, yeah') a "refreshed lobby, restaurant and pool area." So, what does that mean? We're not really sure. A press release cites a "new modern decor" in the lobby with "communal tables" for setting up laptops (free WiFi, FTW!) and a "refurnished" Cafe 325 providing a "more inviting atmosphere." But, we're on our own after that. We're going to interpret that as meaning they swanked (almost) all the public spaces the hell up.
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We're always up to try new places and we knew that we had a winner within seconds of walking into Something's Brewing Cafe, located about 25 minutes off The Strip.
The first thing we saw was a menu hanging on the wall. The menu features only sandwiches that were named after casinos. We got the Tropicana, which is a simple turkey, ham and cheese panini with pickles. Our friend got a little crazy and tried the off-menu special of chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes. It was only 100 degrees so why not?!
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You know that when even Bellagio is doing it, a Sin City craze is
mainstream a must do.
The city's next big food truck fest will take place June 9 from noon to six at the Suncoast. Yes, off the Strip, in Summerlin so we know that already takes some of you out of the mix. If you have a car and are willing to travel, though, this gourmet food truck block party.. excuse us.. Gourmet Food Truck Block Party will feature more than 25, err, food trucks from not just here in Vegas, but from LA, San Diego, San Francisco and Orange County, too. Trucks will include Slap Yo Mama, Sausagefest, and trucks from Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race" as well.
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This writer just got back from Vegas last week, hence the week off from VegasChatter. During our stay, we managed to stay at three different hotels. On Friday and Saturday night, that hotel was the Orleans. Yes, the Orleans is off Strip and, therefore, a bit inconvenient, but we were offered free rooms, and who are we to say no to that?
We got to the Orleans on Friday and had a quick check-in. It took probably 10 minutes from getting in line to being fully checked in. While our attempt for an upgrade was politely rejected, we took our keys and headed to the 5th floor, room 583.
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President Obama jetted off this afternoon after a night in Vegas. Snuggled down not on The Strip, but in the suburb of Summerlin. At the Element. Yes, our Commander in Chief clearly reads VegasChatter as everyone knows we are in love with this off-Strip gem. If not its views.
Have you ever considered a stay at the Element? Sure, it doesn't offer the budget airport convienence of La Quinta, but it does have a fab breakfast buffet. (We wonder if the President went with an egg breakfast bagel sammy or stuck with the corn flakes... maybe caught a bit of himself on TV at the same time?)
When we think of the Great West, we think of deserted roads with horses on the side, rolling tumbleweed and saloons. We came across this vision on our way to our day trip to Laughlin. The only town inbetween Vegas and Laughlin is the awesome little town of Searchlight. It's about one mile long (it's actually 13 miles square) and somehow has at least four different speed limits. Searchlight is most known for being the the hometown of Senator Harry Reid.
Searchlight is about 45 minutes from The Strip and, literally, the only place to fill up on gas, get food or use a restroom on the way to Laughlin. In fact, you can do that at Terrible's Casino, which has about 30 slot machines, 2 bowling lanes, a gas station, a McDonald's and even a robot cowboy greeter.
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You've probably heard that Laughlin is a little sister to Las Vegas and a nice little gambling resort town. Until recently, this VegasChatter member had never been so we felt a visit was needed to see what it was all about.
Laughlin is about 90 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and is a very pleasant, easy drive. That being said, there are only a couple of places to stop once you leave the
highway freeway. If you're a fan of desert scenery, you'll love the desert and rocky mountains that you see all along the drive. All the scenery made this writer think, though, was that this is where aliens land when they visit. We don't want aliens taking us away so we were happy the speed limit was 75 miles per hour and were jamming as fast as we could to our destination.
The holidays in Las Vegas can be both awesome and awful at the same time. There is definitely an excitement and energy in the air that comes with the influx of people that can turn the fun up a notch. On the other hand, the influx of people is just that... an influx of people that get in the way. While we love to party, we don't always want to.
We weren't in the mood to deal with other people the other night and used the holidays as an opportunity to try a bar a little off the beaten path that we've heard about a lot and is mostly frequented by locals -- Frankie's Tiki Room.
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Welcome to the second annual VegasChatter Awards! We're bringing you the best and worst of the year today (as well as yesterday, too). All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over the past year - the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling. Agree or disagree with us? We want to know! Air your thoughts in comments below.
Some Vegas events and places generate a lot of buzz while other gems slide under the radar due to lack of awareness. Vegas visitors and locals alike have traditions they hit every trip while the hot, new kid on the block pulls in the curious set for at least one peek. Sometimes the latest and greatest even graduates into the rotation of go-to spots.
Our favorite finds are the ones that sneak up on you from in plain sight like an MGM lion or those that far exceed low expectations. Back in the fall, we discovered our Most Unexpected Find of the year inside Arizona Charlie's Decatur.