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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:
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One of the latest Las Vegas imports from Chicago is Wiener's Circle, now open at Red Rock Resort. The hot dog (and more) dining spot not only brings a bit of Windy City history, but inherits some of its own by way of its location which once housed a Pink's and a Bagel Cafe. For those familiar with the Red Rock nook, the space is essentially the same size; though, the addition of some red leather bench seating and shaving down a wall to add steps directly into the sportsbook makes it feel larger.
That its spot between the sportsbook and poker room helps play up to the Wiener's Circle name is no coincidence. The original Chicago owners were once in the horse racing business, but later decided their money was better spent on wieners, naming their new venture as a nod to their past. Hence, the circle is complete.
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Red Rock Resort has one of the best pools you'll find anywhere in Vegas. As you can see from the HDR’d photo above, it’s more like a pool complex with pools of varying size and depth. This is not what you'd expect to find at a "locals" casino. The complex also houses a covered bar and restaurant which features a similar menu to what you’ll find inside at the Grand Cafe. Fans and misting systems almost make you forget it’s 115 degrees. Almost.
Now that it's pool season, this writer is always looking for an excuse to take his gaming outdoors. After placing bets and waiting for the Belmont Stakes to begin, some friends and I decided to head outside and watch the race at the pool bar. It’s been almost a year since I last visited the bar and I'd forgotten one of its most important features.
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The ever-changing Vegas dining scene bids goodbye to a sports fan fave while welcoming two new off-Strip options.
It's game over for The Sporting House at New York-New York. The restaurant, which used to be an ESPN Zone before its most recent incarnation, has been closed to make way for Shake Shack and Tom's Urban at the resort. Both are expected to debut this December.
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Another taste of the Windy City is headed to Sin City.
This has been a pretty great year for fans of Chicago's cuisine. In January, Al’s Chicago's #1 Beef Sandwiches opened its first Vegas locale. Then in April, Monte Carlo welcomed Yusho, a Japanese street-style food joint with roots in Chi-Town arrived in Vegas as well.