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Chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain's presentation "about the people that live here (in Vegas) after all the meatheads come and go" aired this past Sunday on Parts Unknown, his on-going series on CNN. The episode presented everything from questions (Is Las Vegas the cultural center of the country? Answer: Don't know, but it's that place we all leave somewhere to come to..) to cliches ("come live like Caesar or live off those who do" on top of "what happens here, stays here").
We were most interested, however, in where Mr. Bourdain went while in Vegas. Turns out he keeps himself pretty damn busy filling a show that's only an hour. Bourdain's Las Vegas episode will undoubtedly see its fair share of reruns, but here are the highlights for those that missed it:
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We joke that VegasChatter has become more like Vegas(Scaffolding)Chatter, but it's one of those yuks where you sort of grimace and shake your head as you say it. So, it's probably no surprise that seven of these eight updates involve, you guessed it, construction. Here's the latest news you can use (or not) from Las Vegas Boulevard to Fremont Street. The plus side is, no hard hat is required!
1. Work It Out For Free
We've been so focused on the tasty bites, yummy drinks and comfy outdoor patio of Four Seasons' new lobby bar, PRESS -- and with good reason, we might add -- that we failed to notice the sweet workstation set-up inside.
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You can count on Las Vegas to bring out your wild child, but these restaurants will take your trip from adventurous to amorous. So, bust out those credit cards (these places aren’t cheap!) and put on a collared shirt (how romantic can you be in a tank top?) and get ready to impress your special someone with some candlelight and a bit of bubbly. Here are our five favorite restaurants to visit when we're in the mood for love:
Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris
A restaurant in a fake Eiffel Tower in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip could’ve been ridiculously cheesy, but this place gets everything right. From personal service (ask for Lyle!) and the awesome views of the Bellagio Fountains to the velvety red decor, it’s like Valentine’s Day every day inside the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.
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This VegasChatter writer loves the Las Vegas Strip. It’s high profile, glamorous, ever-evolving and over-the-top, just like her. Going to Downtown Vegas after partying on The Strip is like downgrading from a high-end department store to a swap meet. Sure, you’ll find similar things, but they won’t be as nice or expensive and it smells. But, if you can get past that, and all the homeless people, you’ll end up having a good time in a much less pretentious atmosphere!
Here are 10 reasons why even the prissiest of girls should visit Downtown Vegas:
1. Casual Atmosphere
This VegasChatter'er loves her stilettos and sparkly dresses, but for those nights when you feel more like flats and (cringe) wearing leggings as pants, there’s always downtown. No judgment or heel rats, just fun.
This is one of the places that made Downtown worth the trip. Recommended by one of our hipster BFFs (read: bike-riding, PBR-drinking writer), the nearly hidden spot is dark, plush and serves artfully crafted cocktails with ingredients we’ve never heard before.
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You're in Vegas, it's Election Day and your guy has got it in the bag. But, you wouldn't mind catching some election coverage here and there (you know, just to make sure everything's going the right way.. which it will be, obvi..) without needing to stay in your room all night or set up camp at a bar.
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We love steak and are always excited to try a new or different steakhouse. This year brought a few new steakhouses to Las Vegas. Some were winners and some weren't. We visited many of them, but we also visited many existing steakhouses for the first time, too.
Here are our favorites among what we've tried out this year. You can see last year's favorite steakhouses here.
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Now that the debates are over and the undecided have decided
not to decide, the Plaza is allowing the drinking public to vote with their thirst inside Oscar's Beef, Booze, Broads. The steakhouse is currently featuring two politically themed cocktails to hang our chad on. VegasChatter stopped in during the third presidential debate expecting a rowdy bar full of red and blue supporters pledging their allegiance to one cocktail over another while listening to international policy stances. Instead, we found a Monday Night Football game on and no scent of a political trail.
Our thirst, though, was not to be quenched by oversized beer filled footballs (or skulls). This VegasDrinker was determined to reach across the aisle and drown his bipartisan curiosity with a cocktail from each candidate.
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Happy Hour for boozing? Happy Hour for dinner? Do you Happy Hour? This writer recently discovered the greatness of the Las Vegas Happy Hour. The Happy Hour concept isn't anything new but it's not something that I looked for during vacation.
Trips to Las Vegas were either centered around fin dining or planned so loosely that dinner didn't matter. See, for me Happy Hour is more about the great food discounts than the drink discounts. Recently I've been to Oscar's for half of drinks and ended up having a fantastic steak. Conversely, I knew that Herbs & Rye had half price food specials and visited there for what turned out to be a steak that was worth its half price discount and no more.
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A few days before our excursion to Oscar's, we learned about an awesome happy hour deal where all drinks were 50% off. This may not seem like much but it, affordably, allowed us to experiment with new drinks. The bartender recommended a Belgium beer called Piraat. It was great! Piraat is in the same lane as a Delirium Tremmens and priced similarly -- if it wasn't happy hour. This $10 beer only cost us $5. Let's consider that a win.
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Simpatico (/simˈpatiˌkō/): Likeable.
Unfortunately, the restaurant of the same name at the Plaza just couldn't live up to its definition. FremontStreetBars.com is reporting that Simpatico, the speakeasy(esque) dining joint inside the downtown hotel has closed its doors after about six months of service.
Envisioned as a "secret" resto within a resto concept, Simpatico just never garnered attention the way that its companion dining experience, Oscar's Beef Booze and Broads, did. And the headlines it did nab didn't help.
Back in February when we reviewed Oscar's we noted that Simpatico was "behind an unmarked and easily missed door." So, even if you were "in the know" about it, finding it was another matter.
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It's been pretty boring lately on the steak front. Old Homestead opened and we were excited but after countless uninspiring reviews, we decided to stay away from our New York City favorite. Oscar's opened downtown and, similar to Old Homestead, reviews haven't been great. (Although, one person seemed to like the beef.) We've stayed away. Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse just opened and all we know is that he's on TV and looks like an older version of Bo Burnham.
Still, we always crave steak. There's nothing new and exciting so what are we to do to fill our craving? Return to Carne Vino? Nah, we need something different. We took our first visit to a national steak temple (chain), Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse.
Chain restaurants are never exciting, but with new options in Vegas dwindling for steak we had to try the Las Vegas location of Del Frisco's (DF for the cool kids). The New York City location always turns out a decent steak, so we figured that we'd have a similar experience in Vegas. DF was so good, we returned a week later for another adventure!
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Oscar's has been on our steakhouse radar since the former mayor announced his latest venture last fall. Rather than banging down the doors when it opened in late December, we took a few weeks getting in for various reasons. For one, our excitement was tempered after a rather disappointing showing by another new steakhouse. Then, as it turned out, Oscar's has been pretty popular, making it hard to get a weekend table. We were told the restaurant within a restaurant, Simpatico, is easier to get into without a reservation. Perhaps due to the Italian Speakeasy's hidden location behind an unmarked and easily missed door.
On our first attempt we didn't call for a Saturday reservation until the same day. It didn't help that Oscar's handles their own reservations as opposed to a Plaza operator, and since it doesn't open until 4 p.m. we had to leave a message and wait for a callback. When our phone didn't ring, we redialed to confirm and found they were booked for the entire evening. To get the full feel of the buzz, we opted to wait until the following weekend to stop in. Friday night comes and we call, but not until after 4 p.m. so we can speak to a real, live operator. After a no answer and a five-minute hold, we were informed sorry, Mr. P. but Saturday is booked yet again. We decided right there and then to reserve a week out. Yes, a week in advance for a Saturday table at Oscar's. In Downtown Vegas.