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You may have wondered what it’s like to be a critic. If you’re a frequent visitor to VegasChatter, you know that we like to dish out our opinions with a bit of personal flair. This weekend we’re offering you a chance to be one of us...and attend the premiere of a new dinner show at Planet Hollywood Casino on our behalf. But you have to promise to tell us all about it in a publish-able review...and follow some strict guidelines.
In case you were wondering, Valentino really IS opening up adjacent to the Bellagio front desk. Hermes was already across from the check-in area facing the bell desk on one side and facing Petrossian lounge on the other side.
Now Hermes and Valentino’s storefronts are staring each other down, enemies in the same hotel lobby, vying for shoppers’ dollars. It threw me off when I heard another shop was opening inside of the Bellagio lobby because, as a luxury property, with a gorgeous lobby complete with the Fiori di Como flowers by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, the lobby already had a lot of pretty things to look at.
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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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When the former Fitzgerald’s Casino was renamed The D, many wondered if that new monicker stood for “Downtown”. Or perhaps “Detroit”, where owners Greg and Derek Stevens grew up. Starting this month, that fourth letter could also represent “Daring”, “Down Under”, or perhaps “Daily Dose of Derriere”, with the July 31 premiere of "Aussie Hunks".
When I heard Hussong’s Cantina was expanding to Boca Park, I was glad it was not heading into the “cursed” spot that used to house restaurants including Hannah’s, Sea Stone and Hotel California. The Hotel California folks even brought in a shaman to burn sage sticks when it opened, in hopes of cleansing the space. No joke. I still have a mini sage stick from the opening in my kitchen’s junk drawer. Alas, that concept didn’t last long and it’s now an animal hospital.
Hussong’s isn’t in that location. Phew. As a fan of the Mandalay Place location of the Mexican cantina, I was eager to see how it translated to the ‘burbs. The concept isn’t quite the same as the Strip location, which is a typical full-service restaurant and bar. This Summerlin location is more of a hybrid fast-casual restaurant with a full-service bar.
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Fans of dinner theater are about to get another heaping helping in Las Vegas. This one, entitled Intoxicating Magic, promises “an outstanding four-course meal with premium bar service followed by Chicago-style close-up illusions performed right at your table". If that mouthful doesn't jolt you into speed-dialing the reservations hotline, perhaps the headliner will. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the amazing “Master Magician” Danny Doyle!
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has traded Faberge eggs for several series of Picasso lithographs and linocuts plus several paintings.
Though there are several Picassos down the casino floor at Bellagio’s Picasso restaurant, this collection features 43 works on view together for the first time in the U.S., including one that’s never been seen before, 1928's "Profile of a Woman With Blue Hair." The oil painting is from his estate’s private collection and this is the first time it is being shown publicly.
This “Picasso – Creatures and Creativity” exhibition centers on his painting and printmaking from 1938-1962. The exhibition was initially supposed to have one other later piece from 1971 but it did not end up being included. In a rare opportunity to see a bit more of Picasso’s printmaking processes, three of the plates he used for the making of some of his series of linocuts and lithographs are also on display so guests can see how layers were cut away and new colors were applied to morph the block as he progressed through the series of images.
The noodle joint opened last week with an "interactive parade" through the casino featuring dancers doing a traditional lion dance, accompanied by Buddhas, drummers, cymbalists and a gong player. After a blessing, the 44-seat restaurant was officially opened for business.
The menu is full of authentic Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine items such as Pad thai and roasted duck, Singapore Style Noodles, Shu Mai and Dim Sum. But what it's not full of is paper. Ok, that was a lame joke, but the menus at Wuhu Noodle are actually electronic menus that diners can peruse while waiting in line.UPDATE: We have copies of the menu below. The restaurant also has some gluten-free options, which are not listed on this copy.
The restaurant (and its menu) has yet to make the Silverton website but if you're searching for noodles at Silverton, WuHu is located on the casino floor sandwiched in between Johnny Rockets and Starbucks. WuHu Noodle is open for lunch, dinner and "expedited service" if you're in a rush.
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The Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace is complete. Well, as complete as anything can be in the dynamic restaurant landscape of Las Vegas. The eighth and final spot is filled as Mexican restaurant La Gloria celebrated its grand opening last week. The taco stand with cocktails features the “street foods of Mexico” (that’s its tagline) and has rounded out the food court’s offerings.
As a fan of several of the previous food court’s tenants (mainly the decent yet expectedly overpriced pizza and an above par BBQ joint), I’m fairly pleased with the transition. Sometimes you are looking for a quick bite and now there’s a good mix of regional favorites from other parts of the country like Graeter’s Ice Cream, well known in Cincinnati, and Brooklyn’s Di Fara Pizza, plus ever-expanding chains like Earl of Sandwich and Smashburger.
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A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever. If you spent this month recreating scenes from the Cluck Bucket after inhaling all the the chicken wings news you probably missed some sh*t so we've scooped it up for you here.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· Tequila Taqueria (Bally's)
· Earl of Sandwich (Summerlin)
· Public School 702 (Downtown Summerlin)
· Siegel's 1941 (El Cortez)
· Therapy LV (Downtown)
· Vista (Caesars Palace)
· Buca Café Italiano (Bally's)
· Anchor Bar (Venetian)
· Classic Jewel (Downtown at the Juhl)
SHOWS AND ATTRACTIONS
· Reba, Brooks & Dunn (Caesars Palace)
· For The Record: BAZ (LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay)
· X Comedy Uncensored (Flamingo)
· New art and sculptures (Delano)
· Baz by Cirque du Soleil (Mandalay Bay)
· Downtown Beauty Company (Container Park)
· Pink Tutu Ballet (Container Park)
· Sassy the Boutique (Container Park)
· Uptown Children's Boutique (Container Park)
· Vegas Flip Flops (Container Park)
· New Lounge Area (SLS Vegas)
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Buca di Beppo has now opened a casual restaurant, Buca Café Italiano, though we’re not sure the original was necessarily fancy, but whatever. The new Italian restaurant at Bally’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect traditional Italian dishes like baked lasagna, veal parm and spicy chicken rigatoni plus a variety of buffets throughout the day.
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In continuing to keep you "abreast" of the newest openings in town, we thought you'd like to know that the world's largest Hooters Restaurant is now open at The Palms. Here's a snapshot posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, inviting everyone in for a visit.
The restaurant is also now officially listed on The Palms website. Hours for the beer and wings joint are 10am to 10pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. (Sorry, no Sunday brunches here for now.)
There are no surprises on the menu with the joint serving wings, quesadillas, tater tots, mozzarella sticks, sandwiches and burgers, including a Double D for $16.99 and which has two 1/2 pound patties served on a brioche bun with your choice of cheese.
Hooters is also promising "a tremendous bar experience" with comfortable booths and high-back chairs as well as nearly 50 TVs. Remember, the mammary joint will also have a poolside bar. We'll let you know when that part opens.