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Time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes from Edward R. who wanted to know what was up at Red Rock after two recent restaurant closures. He also wondered where he could find good sushi now in that neck of the woods. Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!
Summerlin residents and other visitors to Red Rock Casino are lamenting the loss of two restaurants from the resort’s dining scene. LBS burger joint closed its doors just after the Super Bowl, taking with it the only dry-aged burgers in town. Then last week another domino fell as Hachi, loved for its happy hour specials, closed as well.
Closings / Max Brenner / Forum Shops / Caesars Palace / Restaurants / Eating / Dining / Desserts / → All Tags
Openings / Yard House / The Linq / Flamingo / The Quad / Total Rewards / Starwood / Players Clubs / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
When Yard House was created, the idea was to offer a restaurant that would boast one of the largest selections of draft beers, a diverse menu of American food, and play classic rock on a state-of-the-art sound system. Eight years later, you can add plenty of HD TVs to watch the games to that list. All things combined, it's a winning recipe for a very popular chain restaurant. The newest and largest outpost of Yard House officially opens this Friday, February 28 at The Linq.
Our hard hat tour of The Linq ended at Yard House where we were able to check out both stories of this mega-complex of beer and sample a few of the hundreds of drafts on tap. Don’t worry, nobody was hurt during this tasting. See how small this California Porter is?
There are already two Yard House locations in Las Vegas so this isn’t a new experience, but Yard House is only a regional chain with locations in just 16 states so the concept may be new to many. What makes The Linq location of Yard House so different is its enormity.
Openings / Monte Carlo / Double Barrel Roadhouse / Dining / Eating / Bars / Drinking / Restaurants / → All Tags
A press release went out earlier today setting the dining establishment's debut for March 7. Although, VC fans like Tim G. have known that an opening target date could be found on its website for a few days now. Double Barrel is hailing itself as the first "authentic" roadhouse experience on The Strip (take that, Coyote Ugly):
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No one plans to eat at McDonald's while in Vegas, yet the few sets of golden arches that line The Strip always seem to draw a large crowd. It might be because there’s a shortage of 24-hour dining options. Or, perhaps the Dollar Menu (and more) is all that the budget allows after a tough run at the tables. It could also be that people gravitate towards something greasy and familiar when looking to soak up the booze after a wild night out. That would certainly explain the madness that ensued inside the Casino Royale Denny’s (until it was torn down). Whatever their reasoning, Vegas visitors can’t seem to get enough Mickey D’s. And, like everything else in Vegas, the burger joints come with a few quirks. Here are our faves:
Openings / Chayo / The Linq / Mexican Food / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar was one of the first businesses to debut at The Linq, the outdoor mall between Flamingo and The Quad. Last week during a media check-us-out night, we were able to sample several tastes from the kitchen while exploring the pretty sizable space.
Chayo covers two floors, the lower of which includes a large bar area, another smaller bar, several tables and leather-bound booths. Crosses and bull-themed wall coverings adorn the walls while a DJ booth can be found near a mechanical bull. So, we're assuming, diners can oomph-oomph on their feet while riders oomph-oomph on their ass. The upstairs portion of the restaurant is probably one-third the area, but should see a lot of traffic. That's where guests will find another bar as well as an enclosed firepit on an outdoor balcony that overlooks neighboring O'Sheas and stands in the shadows of the High Roller. Both floors offer plenty of great space for groups to chill, get ready to party, or continue a night of partying. This we liked.
Since service on nights like these consists of passed hors d'oeuvres of sample-sized plates, we avoid full reviews, instead opting for a return trip to get a full-on restaurant experience. Therefore, we present a summary of the dishes Chayo served
without detailing how most tasted the same: flavorless, starting with the best of the bunch and followed by the rest of the meh.
This one was disappointing in that it only came by once. If we returned for Just One Dish, these tasty Chorizo Empanadas would be it.
Margaritaville / Margaritas / Jimmy Buffett / Bars / Restaurants / The Linq / Flamingo / → All Tags
So, a Chippendale, a sultry singer and a priest walk into a bar.
Stay with us, this is no joke.
Hoping to get us to try their new menu (and expanded dining area), this VegasChatter writer received an invitation for myself and three guests. The venue? Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, located at the Flamingo, adjacent to the entrance of The Linq. So... how to ensure it would be a memorable evening? By inviting a Chippendales model, a Diva and a clergyman, naturally. Despite risking flabby abs, a hoarse singing voice and the wrath of the Almighty (respectively), my group ate, drank, and were rather silly by the end of the evening. Come along and find out how. I can’t promise any clever punchline to wrap things up, but beware a few awful puns along the way.
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Well, that was fast.
In celebration of its arrival, and to mark National Pancake Week at the same time, all of the Las Vegas Hash House locations will offer a special Mardi Gras flapjack (pictured below), stuffed with M&M's as well as dark and white chocolate chips and dusted with powdered sugar for $8.99. You'll get some beads, too, for the price. No flashing of breasts needed. In fact, that would probably be discouraged. We'll have to remember that. Order your Mardi Gras pancake anytime between February 10-16.
VegasChatter Reviews / Dining / Viva Las Arepas / Downtown Vegas / Restaurants / Eating / → All Tags
If you're on Twitter, you’ll notice that some folks have better taste in certain things than others. Some may know what’s happening at the casino bar while others may eat at restaurants that most people have never heard of. There were enough tweets from people eating at Viva Las Arepas that this VegasChatter writer had to see what the commotion was all about. First, I had to learn what an "arepa" was. Viva Las Arepas' website describes an arepa as follows:
An Arepa is a flat, round and soft patty made out of cornmeal, which is grilled, making it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and then it can be stuffed with beef, chicken, ham, cheese, beans, shrimp, and many more.
Okay, that’s not strange or scary, at all. Let’s do this.
Viva Las Arepas is a quick-serve restaurant located in Downtown Vegas. You may remember the nearby I [heart] Arepas stand that spawned Viva Las Arepas just north of the Stratosphere on Las Vegas Boulevard. Most people know this area for being nothing more than wedding chapels, homeless people, and the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. This isn’t the best part of town, but the arepas made this trip worth the visit.
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It's a soft opening, though. The indoor/outdoor beer garden, a sister joint to our fave Pop Up Pizza, quietly debuted over Super Bowl weekend. The space, however, is not quite ready for the limelight. A drop by this morning found a few projects still underway. And, while that (grassy green) patch of heaven along Main Street beckons, its owner is working to get that bed of sod just right before seating can be claimed.
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The first phase of The Linq, the outdoor mall between Flamingo and The Quad, began with six. Just before year's end, O'Sheas, Purple Zebra, Haute Doggery, Starbucks, Chayo, and KOTO all opened along the promenade.
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Now that the name's official, just when can we expect The Cromwell to make its Vegas debut? A press release vaguely reports "this spring," but Giada De Laurentiis -- who will helm an eponymous, 10,000-square-foot restaurant at the "boutique" hotel -- has been dishing a specific month for sometime now. And, continues to hold to an opening of this May.
Giada's app-zine is all about Vegas this issue so we forked over .99 cents to discover what else is being shared.
The Food Network star states that she wanted her 250-seat Vegas restaurant to offer "something completely different" from a "female point of view." Something we all could have safely guessed. It's likely not that much of a surprise that portions here will follow the family style trend, either. What is unexpected, however, is that the food will be "in smaller portions so that everyone can try a little bit of everything without getting too full." Giada goes on to report: