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Wondering Where To Gobble In Vegas On Turkey Day? Start With This

November 22, 2014 at 1:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

For much of the country, Thanksgiving is a Norman Rockwell affair. Casseroles, cranberries, turkeys of various levels of quality... you know the picture. But, for those that can't be part of that or would rather not spend six hours cooking, there is an option that will put your crazy aunt's Pinterest recipes to shame. A fine dining prixe-fixe with the family could be the holiday everyone wished they'd have. Here are some options to consider:

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Burgers At The Game Were What We Expected

Where: 9090 Alta Drive [map], 89145
November 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Suncoast renovated and rebranded its TGIFridays restaurant we noted there didn’t seem to be much design work done. We adjusted expectations accordingly for our first visit to The Game Sports Bar and Restaurant. And, no surprise, The Game was what we thought it was. It’s fun when dinner at a sports bar can bring back memorable moments in sports history.

Dinner started with an order of onion rings and mild buffalo wings. Both were good, but nothing you wouldn’t get from a good bar/restaurant. The bacon cheddar cheeseburger above was served on a buttery brioche bun. The beef was seasoned liberally and cooked a perfect medium. The burger was better than expected, but won't make any of the "Best of Las Vegas" lists unless they buy an ad. The basic burger comes with french fries and is $9.99. Mainstream craft beers like Magic Hat #9 and Brooklyn Ale are between $5 and $7.

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Border Brunch Now At Forum Shops

Where: 89109
November 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newly opened Border Grill in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

After spending a few weeks settling into its second Vegas location, Border Grill is ready to shop its famed weekend brunch to the hungry masses of the center Strip.

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Bocho Brings Sushi To Downtown's Fremont East

Where: 124 S 6th Street [map], 89101
November 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM | by | Comments (2)

It is surprising that it's taken this long, but it has finally happened. Many downtown visitors and residents (this writer included in the latter) have been living in a veritable sushi desert, without a spider roll worth having (outside of a hotel) for 20 minutes in any direction. Now, after much waiting, Bocho Sushi is open in Fremont East.

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In Downtown Vegas, First Came EAT, Next Comes CHOW

Where: 1020 E. Freemont St. [map], 89101
November 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hopefully, CHOW's decor will be as quaint and eclectic as its sister restaurant.

The restaurateur who was at the helm of EAT, one of the earliest successes of Downtown Project, will be opening her second restaurant soon. Chef Natalie Young will open a late-night combination Southern fried chicken and Chinese takeout concept in former boxing gym space located at 1020 E. Fremont Street.

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The LINQ Promenade To Get Another Restaurant

Where: 89109
November 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (4)

A third new tenant is being confirmed for The LINQ mall located between Flamingo and the newly named LINQ Hotel (formerly The Quad).

Havaianas, a Brazilian flip flop brand, and Gordon Ramsay Fish And Chips are both headed to the promenade (the former before year's end, the latter early next year) and now it's official that one of the mall's originally announced brands, Off The Strip, will still arrive, after all.

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SLS Closing Buffet, Scaling Back Other Dining Options

Where: 89109
November 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM | by | Comments (41)

After cutting back hours at almost all of its food & beverage outlets including, most notably, changing its buffet from a daily to a weekend-only affair this past September, SLS Las Vegas is still trying to figure out the right formula between patronage, operations, revenue and availability.

An anonymous tipster informed us on Friday of more changes on the dining front and that "major layoffs" happened again "casino wide." An email to a SLS Las Vegas representative went unanswered until this afternoon. It confirmed the SLS Buffet is closing until sometime early next year. Here's the official response from the newly hired Scott Kreeger:

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Gordon Ramsay Is Expanding His Vegas Empire

November 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (6)

The Strip hasn't reached its Gordon Ramsay threshold yet. Not satisfied with three Vegas enterprises (Gordon Ramsay Pub at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood and Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris), the world-renowned chef is cooking up yet another concept for Sin City -- Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips.

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How Sushi Roku Could Rock Your Next Meal

Where: 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

This VegasChatter writer spent way too much of her life not liking asparagus. I’ve been making up for lost time and finding interesting preparations in local restaurants. One of my current faves is the Filet Mignon-Wrapped Asparagus with soy mirin sauce ($18, above) at Sushi Roku in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The perfectly cooked asparagus is wrapped in insanely tender, thinly-sliced filet and served on a hot stone to keep it nice and toasty. The server pours the thick and savory soy mirin sauce when it is delivered to create a fragrant sizzle. Sushi Roku definitely won extra points for presentation!

The restaurant is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an “Ultimate Top 10” menu for a limited time. Select menu items like the asparagus appetizer and other top sellers like Yellowtail Diced Chilies with olive oil and garlic ponzu, the Katana Roll with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura topped with tuna and yellowtail and Chilean Sea Bass with Truffle Miso Glaze are only $10.

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The Turducken Burger Cometh

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard S. [map], 89109
November 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

Do you know what a turducken is? Unless you’re a football fan, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the most popular form of engastration. That's a method of cooking where one animal is stuffed inside another.

The Turducken became popular thanks to John Madden. (Read how it started, in his own words, here.) First, let's break down a "traditional" turducken, in case you don't know:

Tur is for Turkey
Duck is for Duck
En is for Chicken

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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 | Comments (3)

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 (3)

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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