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Off Strip Dining: Grinder's Pizza Lounge

Where: 5625 S. Rainbow Blvd. Ste. E [map], 89118
September 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM | by | Comments (3)

This writer has unknowingly been following John Anthony’s meat across Las Vegas. As inappropriate as that sounds, it’s the truth. The restaurant manager and now chef has had a hand in some of my favorite dishes during his time in various managerial positions at Vegas venues like Cathouse (now shuttered at Luxor), Comme Ca at Cosmo, and most recently, Bagatelle at Trop, may it rest in peace. While it was clear from the beginning Bagatelle didn’t have any more of a chance to survive long term than its predecessor Nikki Beach, I sure wanted it to because the venue was beautiful and the food was really solid. Bagatelle’s beef tartare was my favorite preparation of the dish I’ve ever had. A beautifully salty and flavorful beef mixed with a rich aoli… but alas, it is no more.

When a foodie friend of mine suggested we try the new Grinder’s Pizza Lounge on Russell and Rainbow, I was game as I had driven by the new southwest restaurant and was already eager to try it. Once I opened the door and saw a familiar face, I realized Grinder’s was John Anthony’s new place.

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What's Next For Delano Las Vegas

Where: 89109
September 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (9)

The lobby and rooms (the panoramic suite pictured above and below) may say Delano meets the desert, but the transformation of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay into an entirely new brand isn't entirely complete.

Still to come is the departure of rooftop restaurant and lounge, miX. The long-lived dining destination by Alain Ducasse is expected to remain open through the remainder of the year. A new restaurant, also by Ducasse, Rivea, will debut around this time in 2015. The concept made its debut in Saint-Tropez last year and will feature French and Italian cuisine. (See what they're serving up in the French Riviera here.) miX Lounge will see a rebranding of its own, too.

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Pulling Up A Chair At Della's Kitchen In Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
September 16, 2014 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (6)

With the changeover of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay to Delano so has THEcafe morphed to Della's Kitchen. This is a breakfast/early lunch spot just off the lobby, and the only Delano-specific place to have a good meal early in the day (after 5 p.m. you can go up to miX, for now.)

If you're staying at Delano, you're within walking distance of one of the best brunch services in the city at Border Grill. All-you-can-eat Mexican fusion tapas are certainly a great thing to behold, but they're relegated to Saturday and Sunday. Where would one get a good bite in the morning the other five days of the week? The new answer is Della's Kitchen.

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Just One Dish: Secret Cheesy Tots At Umami Burger

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (6)

Come for the burger, stay for the tots.

Trying new casino restaurants is nothing new for any of us at VegasChatter. This writer is a fan of all things cow, whether it's in steak or burger form. It may not be the healthiest diet, but it sure is goooooooood. After ordering a typical lunch at the newly opened Umami Burger inside SLS Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised to discover my chosen side dish was anything but typical.

After snapping pictures of the casino the day SLS opened, I stopped at Umami to play a little video poker and have a beer. A friend asked to split a burger and fries and who am I to say no? That first half of a burger was good enough to make me want to return and have a full one all to myself.

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Just One Dish: Banananana Pancakes At SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (5)

Pancakes are never a bad idea and we’re grateful The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day. You’ve heard about our savory taste of Griddle, but now it’s time to get sweet and sticky… and yes, we’re still talking about pancakes here.

Before a recent late night trip to Sayers Club, this writer popped into The Griddle Cafe for 4th meal. Taco Bell may think it has the monopoly on this, but Las Vegas visitors and residents have become all too familiar with this post-dinner, pre-clubbing (or more often post-clubbing) snack for ages. Needing some quick and tasty carbs, I pondered the extensive pancake and French toast menu, only to find there were too many tempting options to decide on my own.

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At Four Seasons, Verandah To Return Without The 'H'

Where: 89109
September 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

You won't have to remember a brand new name when Four Seasons' popular casual dining spot returns from a self-described $1 million "refresh," but you will need to remember to drop the "h."

Verandah will return as Veranda on Saturday, September 20. Technically, the restaurant's new, full name will be Veranda Cucina Italiana, but we're sure that's just to provide more reasons to use some sort of curlicue font on signage remind patrons that Italy is its thing. (Although, this writer never really knew that with my laser focus on weekend brunch. And, PRESS. And, fresh donuts. At brunch. Brunchhh. If you're picturing me as a drooling Homer Simpson, you're not far off base.)

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More On Fashion Show Mall's Strip-Side Facelift

Where: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM | by | Comments (6)

As we reported in June, Fashion Show Mall is preparing for a façade facelift and the addition of several new dining and shopping options. Construction walls are now up along the mall's Las Vegas Boulevard frontage and feature renderings of what this huge chunk of Strip-side real estate will look like when the project is finished.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports five new restaurants will be included within the 22,000-square-foot addition as well as an expansion for Zara, one of the façade’s anchors. The men’s and women’s clothing store has risen in popularity and is ready to grow with the changing front side of the mall.

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Pantry, The New Cafe At The Mirage, Opens This Week

Where: 89109
September 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (5)

The Mirage will finally gain another much-needed dining destination this week. Pantry, a new 24/7 concept, will debut this Wednesday, September 10. It takes over the space that once housed B.B. King's and, before that, Caribe Cafe.

A glimpse inside courtesy VegasChatter M.J. reveals a contemporary country decor with white walls and ceilings, blue-and-white tiles featuring a repeating starburst pattern on the floor, and tables paired with galvanized steel chairs for dining. There also will be bar-top and high-boy seating as well.

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Will Made.LV Make You Leave The Strip?

Where: 450 S. Rampart Blvd. #120 [map], 89145
September 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The off-Strip, suburban mall of Tivoli Village has been looking to fill its empty Bradley Ogden space for some time, with small luck. It seemed like no one could hold onto a business there for more than a couple months, almost as if it was cursed. Some folks say Old Man Odgen still wanders those very halls...

But now, and perhaps for the last time, we have a new spot in that space: Made.LV. From the minds behind Honey Salt (Vegas F&B dynamos Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla), what else could we expect but greatness?

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When You're Craving Fried Chicken, Head Here

Where: 2101 S. Decatur Blvd. [map], 89102
September 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (4)

We've been hearing rumblings about the opening of Mochiko Chicken for months now. It started with Jerry Misa and Sandra Lenska hanging up their food truck keys and putting brick to mortar. After a few setbacks and the rescheduling of an opening date, Mochiko Chicken is up and running.

Located off, off Strip at Decatur and Sahara (handy map link here), this specific brand of fried chicken is a kind of Hawaiian/Japanese/Southeast Asian fusion. Mochiko refers to the rice flour-based breading (Mochi=Rice in Japanese) that gives the chicken a light, crispy, almost tempura-like crunch. Miles, even leagues better than the frozen Tyson brand chicken that makes up 99% of the tenders on earth, Mochiko's chicken is akin to a child's favorite staple in an adult's quality. Good ingredients, loving preparation, and a light dusting of furikake. What's not to love? Combos start at $7, but you are without a doubt getting some of the best chicken fingers in town.

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Chili's Now Open Center Strip

Where: 3743 Las Vegas Blvd, Ste. 201 [map], 89109
September 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

A Chili's with a patio overlooking Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford and Fendi?

Yep, the newest restaurant on The Strip is of the chain variety, has a multi-million dollar view, and is best known for its babyyyy, baby back ribs. (Yes, our sole reason for mentioning that was to get that jingle stuck in your head, too.) Chili's has set up shop in the Hawaiian Marketplace across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Crystals high-end shopping mall as well as Aria and Mandarin Oriental.

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It Sounds Like Casino Royale Will Have A Denny's Again Before Year's End

Where: 89109
August 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (5)

Torn down for expansion (and for, yes, another Strip-front pharmacy), Denny's should return to the center Strip sooner than we thought.

A representative of the 24/7 diner chain tells us the Casino Royale location -- which sees $8 million in revenue a year! -- is tentatively scheduled to reopen this November. Until now, we thought a return wouldn't happen until 2015.

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