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First Bites Of Hearthstone At Red Rock

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
October 31, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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Just One Dish: Southern Fried Quail at Public House

Where: 89109
October 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (2)

Vegas has a knack for showcasing the experience of chefs from around the world, each bringing their own unique background and skill set to the city. Among these is Chef de Cuisine of Public House, Thomas King.

The rule of thumb at Public House -- the one found within Venetian|Palazzo and not the one that's surprisingly still at Luxor -- is "use more beer" and that is certainly the case with the restaurant's lovely fall dish, Southern Fried Quail ($21). Using a classic southern-fried, beer-battered chicken recipe that even the Colonel would covet, these dainty, semi-boneless birds are given a light brine, then flash-fried until nice and crispy, but with a very moist interior. The bird is then plated with roasted parsnips, Swiss chard, and chestnuts.

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The Game Sports Bar And Restaurant Opens At Suncoast

October 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (5)

A few weeks ago, Suncoast closed the TGIFridays near the movie theater that was never really busy to make way for a new restaurant/bar. The new dining spot is called The Game and it opened this week.

Such a quick turnaround time should tell you all you need to know about the transformation. Little was really done to the space besides changing upholstery and adding a few beer taps and televisions. There are about 15-20 large TVs lining the walls of the restaurant with about five more individual TVs at some of the booths. There are approximately 25 beers on tap, but nothing to make a craft beer snob get too excited. The craft beers on tap are the likes of Blue Moon and Magic Hat #9. There's nothing wrong with that, but nothing you can't get at most bars. If you have a soft spot for the old TGIFridays, you can still get a shot of Jagermeister from the tap. Bro.

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More On What's To Come at The LINQ Hotel

October 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM | by | Comments (10)

If you haven't already heard, the rooms at The LINQ Hotel & Casino will be ready for guests tomorrow, October 30 when the hotel officially changes its name (again) from The Quad. We've already given you a sneak peek at the accomodations (one room type shown above), which were entirely redone (and, yes, the elevators were redone, too!), but here are a few more updates on the hotel:

· A Coffee Shop and a 24-Hour Cafe are under construction right now. The coffee shop will be located near the guest elevators. It will not be a branded coffee shop chain, but rather, something "unique to Vegas." The 24-hour cafe will be located near the small retail corridor that will extend beyond the guest elevators. It too will be "unique."

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Just One Dish: Poutine At Sensi

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
October 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (4)

Sorry, we devoured half before remembering to take a pic!

Ever been afraid to order something only because you couldn’t pronounce the dish’s name? Hopefully, we’re not alone here. It’s embarrassing to admit, but even more embarrassing to deal with butchering a name in a restaurant setting, especially on the finer dining side. This writer speaks Spanish decently well, but French is completely intimidating. I tend to fear dishes if they even sound like a name of French origin, particularly if all or several of the ingredients are also in French, because I don’t really understand what I’m considering. When it finally dawned on me that poutine is just a fancy way of saying fries with gravy and cheese curds, I knew it was time to stop wimping out and avoiding dishes with French (or French Canadian, in this case) names.

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Brunching It At DB Brasserie

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
October 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

After being adopted by the power-lunch set and seeing a very successful first season with dinner service, weekend brunch at DB Brasserie at Venetian is now in full gear.

For anyone familiar with DB's lunch menu, you will notice many identical or similar dishes. While a nice piece of Rainbow Trout Grenobloise ($21) may be tempting for those unable to make the daily lunch service, it doesn't exactly scream "brunch," or at least not the American interpretation of it. However, items like the Flat Iron Steak & Eggs ($30, au poivre like the lunch item) or the Fines Herbs Omelette ($15) qualify as well as exemplify the spirit of DB Brasserie: civility, but not to the point of inaccessibility.

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Fulton Street Food Hall: Confusing, But Worth It

Where: 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (7)

The bakery case, gelato bar and coffee bar at Fulton Street Food Hall.

Fulton Street? Street food? Food hall? Even the name of the newest creative culinary experience at Harrah’s is a little confusing. What exactly is Fulton Street Food Hall? All of the above and so much more is what we’ve deduced so far. After sampling a wide variety of the options at this venue (yes, we’ll call it a venue for now), we are suitably impressed, but feel we should give you a detailed lowdown so you'll be better prepared for your first visit.

Fulton is not a traditional food court nor is it a quite a cafeteria or a buffet, but rather a weird hybrid of the three, kind of like an a la carte buffet. But, then again, it does have a sit-down restaurant component, too, open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. And, a sushi bar, a noodle bar, and a bar bar, too. Oh, don’t forget the self-serve fro-yo station. Or, the bakery case up front. We’re also told there will be a mini-bulk candy station coming soon so it will have a bit of Sugar Factory's essence thrown in because why not?

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Hearthstone Opening At Red Rock This Week

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
October 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Morimoto Won't Open At The Mirage This Year

Where: 89109
October 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's been almost a year and a half since The Mirage announced the coming of Morimoto, the eponymous restaurant brand of famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

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The Strip's New Border Grill Could Be Open As Soon As...

Where: 3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
October 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM | by | Comments (5)

A look at some of the dishes from the new location.

Rumor has it the new Border Grill location inside Forum Shops at Caesars Palace could be opening as early as this afternoon for dinner service. They’re just waiting on the liquor license to be finalized. They've been doing mock service since last week in preparation for what a Caesars’ concierge said would be a “fall opening.”

Taking over the former space of P.J. Clarke's, the new location will have a bar area as well as a patio extending into the area in front of the restaurant. Sources closer to the action say all the restaurant should be open for lunch service tomorrow at the latest, if things go according to plan.

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Get Your Giada On For Breakfast Now, Too (But, Dinner Still Requires Patience)

Where: 89109
October 14, 2014 at 8:06 PM | by | Comments (8)

Giada plus three square meals equals a continued reservation backlog.

At The Cromwell, the eponymous restaurant of Giada de Laurentiis now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Starting your day with the Food Network personality (or, at the very least, surrounded by her presence) may be your best route if your interest in the dining destination is still high but your patience for waiting is low.

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Emeril's New Orleans Fish House Is Back With The New

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sometimes you just have to yell “BAM!” and knock out a wall or two. Emeril Lagasse and his team at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House decided to do just that and kick it up a notch when they revamped the restaurant that’s been an integral part of MGM Grand's dining scene for a whopping 19 years.

The redesign -- which recently called for the restaurant to close for a few days -- included knocking out a wall to create a more welcoming "patio" dining area at the dining spot's Studio Walk entrance. New custom upholstery in various shades of blue gives a water vibe to the seafood restaurant and definitely makes you forget you’re in the middle of the desert.

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