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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 Anthonyís meat across Las Vegas. As inappropriate as that sounds, itís 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 didnít 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. Bagatelleís beef tartare was my favorite preparation of the dish Iíve ever had. A beautifully salty and flavorful beef mixed with a rich aoliÖ but alas, it is no more.

When a foodie friend of mine suggested we try the new Grinderís 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 Grinderís was John Anthonyís new place.

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CPK Wants You To Dig Into Its New Happy Hour At Mirage

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (2)

California Pizza Kitchen -- which has been at The Mirage since forever -- has a new happy hour special that might actually put a smile on your face.

CPK is now knocking 50% off all its pizzas and domestic beer (16 oz. draft) Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pizzas normally begin at $15. You can view a full menu here.

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Chewing Over Our Dinner At Flour & Barley

Where: 3545 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (14)

It wasn't long ago that finding a decent slice of pie on the Las Vegas Strip was considered one of the city's greatest food challenges. Fast forward to today's pizza landscape and, between the Strip and downtown, pie shops are getting as ubiquitous as burger joints. Flour and Barley at the Linq is the latest entry to throw their sauce into the ring. That is until this Friday, when Monte Carlo fires up their ovens to 800 Degrees.

Flour and Barley offers indoor dining under the Brooklyn Bowl, outdoor dining in the shadow of the High Roller and a takeout window to create your own view on the run. The takeout experience, by design, is a different one from dining in. Not just due to the obvious, but also due to the separate food and drink menus. Slices to go outside, full pies inside. Frozen cocktails to go outside, crafted cocktails inside. We'll step back up to the takeout window later, but first let's take a look at the restaurant itself.

THE LOOK:

While not all immediately apparent, there is a lot of interesting detail that's been injected into the dining atmosphere. The brick oven and exposed brick walls are likely the first aspects that will stand out. Then, maybe the four flat screen TVs; two in the restaurant, two over the bar. Eventually, diners' eyes will wander to a back wall covered in blue-bricked advertising. Turns out this is a nod to an old-school Las Vegas business once run by one of the owner's families. Look for the Fremont Street address and the company's original phone number. On a nearby wall is an American flag made from baseballs and bats.

Looking up, the theme all starts to come together. Are those metal bleachers? Indeed, they are. While providing an immediate industrial warehouse feel in a brand new space, the intent is to have diners feel as if they're under the bleachers of an old stadium. Think grabbing beers under the bleachers of Fenway Park.

Even the chairs dotting the bar have a purpose. Or, in fact, have been re-purposed. Each was made from a 55-gallon drum and bear logos such as John Deere and race car oils. Outside, red chairs get their inspiration from recycled Coke bottles. Back inside, bench seating is a brown leather courtesy of recycled baseball gloves.

THE MENU

The Flour focus of the menu is divided into:
· Appetizers ($8.50 for garlic cheese bread to $17 for an antipasti board)
· Salads ($12-$13.50)
· Entrees ($17 for the F&B Burger to $39 for Veal Milanesa)
· Pizzas, red or white sauce ($18.50 to $25 $14.50 to $21)

The Barley side of the menu offers large-format bottles broken down by ciders, pale ales, strong ales, IPAs, lagers and the like. Draft beers include a Firestone Walker Pale ($12), Big Sky Moose Drool ($9), Ballas Point Sculpin ($14) and Guinness ($9.50). Cask beer is also rotated daily and sells for $10 a glass. There are Italian imports priced from $9 to $14.

A cocktail menu is available with about a dozen drinks like "Margheritas," Negroni Bianco and Bellinis, all for $12. The house cocktail The Godfather is made of St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon and Amaretto for $15. For groups willing to share (or the really thirsty), pitchers and bowls of sangria and punches are available for $40 to $46. Homemade Cellos can be found here, too: an ounce of citrus, watermelon or pomegranate for $8.

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Something New's Cooking At The Linq

March 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Strip may have pizza joints everywhere you go, but the newest pizzeria has something the rest don't -- a view of the world's still not open yet tallest observation wheel from its outdoor patio.

Flour & Barley, another eatery by Block 16 Hospitality, is now open at The Linq bumping The Blind Pig as the brand's newest of the new.

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Social Life Pizza Now Part Of The Vegas Scene

Where: 3377 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
February 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

A new name in fast-casual pizza has fired up its first Nevada locale inside the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Social Life Pizza opened its first eatery in San Diego on September 19, 2013. Now, it's a chain of two after its debut at the Venetian/Palazzo earlier this week.

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There's A New Pin Up In Town

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's a rockabilly barbershop in Vegas so why not a rockabilly pizza joint?

VegasChatter Twitter friend @BruceNV tweeted us about the arrival of Pin Up Pizza to Planet Hollywood last Thursday and was one of the first to try a slice:

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Pizza Rock Sets Opening Date

October 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

Need another reason why October is awesome? Pizza Rock will soon make its downtown debut. Yes, it's another pizza joint for Downtown Vegas, but this one might give our beloved Pop Up Pizza a run for our money. That is, if it lives up to the hype.

Today, Pizza Rock announced it will open on Saturday, October 19. You'll find it on Third Street next to Mob Bar (at least where Mob Bar is now), Hog's & Heifers and Triple George. Also, a stone's throw from Downtown Grand.

The pizzeria is run by 11-time World Pizza Champ Tony Gemignani. Just that will have us laying out some dough (see what we...) to give it a try.

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The 411 Behind FIVE50's Happy Hour

July 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (6)

Now that our first and second tastes of FIVE50 Pizza Bar at Aria are done and documented it's time to shed some light on perhaps the most important feature of the restaurant itself.

The extensive craft beer menu puts the bar in Pizza Bar, but it's the mysterious Happy Hour that often gets feet in the door. Before we pull back the curtain on this particular Happy Hour, let's talk numbers.

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Two Non-Pizza Dishes To Try At FIVE50 Pizza Bar

July 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

Chef Shawn McClain's newest Aria restaurant, FIVE50 Pizza Bar (his first being Sage), wasn't open long before we dropped in for a first taste. In response, one reader couldn't wait to try the excellent looking pizza with a cold craft beer while another had already visited twice and proclaimed the pizza "really great".

This writer swung by for his first try as part of a separate media invite a couple weeks later. Hailing from the northeast, we've previously professed our preference for New York-style pizza, but like to think we appreciate a good slice regardless of the region that inspired it.

While looking forward to putting another pie maker's creations to the test, we admittedly were skeptical going in of any slice priced at a minimum of $5.50; regardless of which side of the Mississippi it was served, let alone one made next to a sportsbook. But, we do enjoy good pizza and, in Las Vegas, that can be priceless.

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Aria Enters The Pizza Scene With FIVE50

Where: 3730 South Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89149
July 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

James Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain came up aces with his first foray into the Las Vegas culinary scene when he opened the well-received Sage at ARIA in 2010. With a farm-to-table philosophy that features an emphasis on uncomplicated yet enticing flavors amid an elegant and refined atmosphere, McClain's initial venture outside the city of Chicago quickly became a must-visit for hardcore foodies and tourists alike. Success breeds success as the saying goes and, with McClain flourishing in his Las Vegas inauguration, it was only a matter of time before another Sin City opportunity presented itself for the San Diego native.

That opportunity opened to the public on July 4 when FIVE50 Pizza Bar brought the dynamic of a fashionable drinking establishment combined with a delectable yet facile menu to the city's gastronomical landscape.

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So Much for That 'Secret' Pizza at The Cosmo

July 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

This is what greeted us on a recent Saturday night around 2:30 a.m. at the "secret" pizza joint at The Cosmopolitan -- a line full of drunk people! (Us included. And, yes, we know, the hidden pizza joint hasn't been a secret from pretty much day one. We're just allowing ourselves a Vegas rant. Want one, too? Send it here.)

Anyhow, even though time supposedly flies when you're having fun/are inebriated, the wait for the Cosmo's pizza goodness felt like an eternity. In (slightly blurred) reality, the wait was about 30 minutes just to get up to the counter and order. The cheesy slices arrived pretty fast after that and we devoured them while walking out of the pizza place and back to our hotel.

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Opening Dates For FIVE50 And McFadden's (Fingers Crossed) And One Delay

June 21, 2013 at 9:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

A first look at FIVE50 at Aria.

On the Vegas Strip, there's only one thing that most folks want to know these days -- when can we eat? A smorgasbord (sorry, couldn't help it) of new restaurants will arrive before year's end and more and more enquiring minds are asking us if so-and-so will be open by their next Vegas visit.

Now, we can finally put dates to two 'coming soon' eateries -- FIVE50 at Aria and the return of McFadden's. (Quick! Knock on wood to prevent an inevitable Vegas delay!)

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