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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 26:
March Madness: Yes, the Big Game isn't even over but folks have been talking about March Madness in Vegas since the end of last year. (Shout-out to the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group! Holla!) If you're dying for info, we can now share TI's plans. The resort will host basketball fans March 19-21 in its ballroom. Entry will be free and seating will be banquet-style (first come, first serve). There will be a cash bar, concessions and satellite betting stations so you won't miss a moment of action (unless you're in the restroom). Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. each day.
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Las Vegas is finally getting a White Castle. IKEA's opening is slated for next year. So, why shouldn’t we also get a Cracker Barrel so people can stop teasing us for the major chains we lack? While Vegas is more of a destination and not just a stop along the way as many towns with Cracker Barrels are, ours may not be on the Strip but rather in North Las Vegas.
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White Castle. Casino Royale. January 27. 2 p.m. Will never close. #SlidersRoundTheClock
Update: White Castle has revealed its menu and pricing on Twitter. Here's a look! Thanks to VC reader Reggie for the tip!
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In a culinary era where many chefs are boasting they specialize in classics with a twist, Tom’s Urban at New York-New York really is living up to the claim. With interesting small plates like Lowcountry Shrimp + Grits and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with red peppers and Asian vinaigrette, this fresh, south Strip eatery delivers on its promise of something different. Including the interior which is definitely different and a welcome change from the chain sports bar feel of the previous tenant, Sporting House. The decor features lots of interesting light features, pastel distressed wood and comfortable booths. And, there are still ample TVs in the bar area if you want to catch the game and a cute patio if you prefer dining al fresco.
During a recent media night, we'd heard the Xiangxiang Crispy Duck Wings were great so this writer pushed her cannibalistic qualms aside and decided to eat some not so lucky ducks. The hoisin glaze was a little spicy for my liking, but the flavor was delicious and the wings were tender and juicy. The accompanying Asian peanut slaw was a refreshingly cool complement. The small plate is $13 for four large duck wings.
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A new downtown eatery is taking over what was formerly Wild (pictured above), the recently shuttered disappointing vegan food spot ("disappointing" being redundant most of the time). Ramen and Whiskey will feature a very simple "build your own ramen" menu as well as a selection of Japanese whisky and sake, a wide craft beer selection and a mixology program, too.
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With an anticipated official opening date of February 1, a sign up on its exterior and construction barriers down, we couldn't help but wonder what White Castle was looking like on the inside. So, our @sammasseur moseyed over to Casino Royale for a peek.
Inside the mostly finished interior, workers were putting together stools and tables while finishing up electrical tasks and completing some last-minute touch-ups when we walked by earlier today. Employee training seemed to be underway, too. Sam was told the target was to open sometime next week. That jives with what a Casino Royale front desk employee told us yesterday: that Super Bowl Sunday would be the official launch. We wouldn't be surprised, however, to see a soft opening a few days before.
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Rumors of a forthcoming drop of dinner service have proven true with the Paradise Garden Buffet only serving brunch as of January 11. The change was discovered today by our @sammasseur who also captured the images you see in this post. The new hours for the buffet are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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It’s not often this writer swoons over an appetizer rather than a main course, but not all apps are created equal. Hussong’s Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the addition of new menu items like Puebla’s style guacamole (with bacon!) and BBQ pork quesadillas. For me, it’s an old reliable that still stands out.
My love affair with Hussong’s grilled corn appetizer ($6) started the first week it opened and has not lessened in intensity over the years. Already a fan of corn in general, I had been wary of similar dishes in Mexican restaurants because I feared how spicy it would be. Once I realized I wasn’t as much of a spice wimp as I had previously thought and also noticed chili flakes aren’t too harsh, anyway, I decided to give it a try.
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Hiring began in December and now there's a new sign the Strip's (heck, Las Vegas') first White Castle is almost here. There's an actual sign now.
White Castle will slide into a spot in-between the Strip's newest Walgreens and the gaming floor of Casino Royale. The latest rumors have placed its debut as sometime this month, but official sources are mum. So, we just called up and asked. And, we're told it's officially opening February 1.
Yep, White Castle, Vegas and Super Bowl Sunday. We can't think of a more perfect day for the hungry, hangry or hungover.