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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 12:
○Downtown: Now With More Mob: The Mob Museum is on the move in Downtown Vegas. Kinda. A traveling exhibit, basically a 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible once owned by John Gotti, can now be found at the Plaza through June 30.
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It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
2014 was a year filled with great restaurant openings. A whole new crop have shown their colors and, based on what we've tasted, we couldn't just limit it to just two nods. The Vegas Strip has seen the debut of new celebrity chefs while, off Las Vegas Boulevard, some serious chefs have cast out into the wild blue yonder to make a name for themselves. There are many that have made their mark, but here are the ones that did so most indelibly:
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When most visit Las Vegas, they use their room for at least one or two things. Not everyone who visits Las Vegas will shower, but at some point, just about everyone will go to sleep. They may not plan to sleep but it happens, even if for just a few hours. Depending on your condition, the bed may not matter. If you’ve had a few too many, just about any spot will do. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, you probably care a little bit more about a comfortable bed.
Recently, some of the Chatterers here have found themselves on staycations. Some of us were giddy about the lush pillows they found while others were loving the linens on the bed. Coming home to normal bedding didn’t offer quite the same sleeping pleasure. Well, thankfully, it's easier than you think to recreate the feeling at home.
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Way back in September MyVEGAS started offering rewards at various Station Casinos giving Las Vegas locals midweek hotel rooms for a staycation. For me, the rewards are a good excuse to check out new and different hotel rooms I normally wouldn't visit. Most recently, I drove down the street to my local casino, Red Rock Resort, to see how things were from a guest point of view.
To lend some background, I visit Red Rock Resort once or twice a week so I know the property pretty well. Most of the time, I park near the sportsbook which is on the opposite side of the property from the hotel entrance. For whatever reason on my visit to Red Rock Resort as a hotel guest, I never even made it to the sportsbook. Being on the hotel side of things is almost being in a different casino and that was awesome.
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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.
Off Strip restaurant Hearthstone Kitchen has been open at Red Rock Resort a little over a month now. And, while another VegasChatter writer enjoyed his first bites of branzino, this writer opted to explore other areas.
Looking over the full menu for the first time, nothing honestly lept off the page at me. Soup and salad had my stomach screaming for more sustenance. The shared plates were seafood heavy and, with an allergy at the table, wouldn't be shared much. Ingredients on the flatbreads piqued my interest, but my mood just wasn't for fancy pizza. The $46 branzino would be left for another night.
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When it's 59 degrees as a high in Vegas, news that a new noodle bar is close to debuting is enough to send us to our happy place. (The same for cars equipped with seat warmers. #ThatDesertLife)
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After much build up and anticipation, Hearthstone -- the newest venture of The Light Group which has already brought us Strip-based destinations such as FIX at Bellagio and STACK at The Mirage -- has finally opened. The huge, hip space has two giant hearth ovens, a charcuterie station, and a long mixology bar.
The dining spot's inaugural menu lists many dishes one would come to associate with an American craft restaurant, but do not let simple names fool you, they're much more complex. The meatballs are a mix of braised beef short rib, ground beef and lamb with a long-stewed tomato gravy. The Branzino (pictured below) is covered in an egg-yolk-and-sea-salt crust for two days before being filleted and served with a fine herbs vinaigrette, making it a sort of fine, simple Baccalà. A "build your own"-style cheese and charcuterie platter would make even Guy Savoy satisfied with the esoteric offerings.
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As fall kinda sorta creeps its way into Vegas (finally!), we have an update on the stoking of the hearthfires at Red Rock. Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar, the new project from the Light Group's Executive Chef and Partner Brian Massie, is said to be opening its doors Wednesday, October 29.
This weekend, the restaurant looked to be undergoing finishing touches and mock service in advance of the mid-week opening. Staff were spotted busily cutting paper (fabric?) inside (possibly for décor or menu elements?) while bartenders and servers appeared to be plating and just practicing in general.
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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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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.
When you hear "off-strip casino Mexican food," it's only natural to picture a place where 90% of the food comes out of industrial #10 cans and everything is the same set of tired stereotypes. Maybe there's some really cheesy murals or a churro with whipped cream on it for $6.
Mercadito at Red Rock Resort is not that kind of place. It's not groundbreaking nor is it outstanding. The word this writer can think of to describe it best is "competent." It's a competent Mexican restaurant.
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If your Fourth of July celebrations must start and end with a bang (don't go there), Vegas will have plenty of choices for you. Fireworks will be launched on The Strip as far south as Mandalay Bay and as far north as Stratosphere. If you're a local or have wheels, two popular off-Strip casinos will also light up the night sky. If you're not opposed to combining your Fourth with a true road trip, your options grow even larger. Here are 11 spots to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth: