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Restaurant Rumblings At Bellagio

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM | by | Comments (2)

Word has it that Bellagio is about to shakeup its dining lineup.

We're told the center Strip resort is planning to add a new lake-side patio for dining. It's not clear yet if it would be a standalone concept or attached to a current or forthcoming restaurant, but we're all for having another gorgeous spot to enjoy the Vegas Strip.

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You Should So Go To Monte Carlo For Yusho

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last week ended with a sneak peek at the newest restaurant at Monte Carlo. More specifically, a look at six draught cocktails from Yusho, a Strip-side, Japanese street-style food joint by way of Chicago. We'll get to the food in a moment. First, which of those $13 concoctions were our favorite?

This writer isn't a fan of gin at all (or tonic for that matter), but keeps searching for a gin-based cocktail that may change his mind. Yusho's Gin & Tonic has come the closest to turning my opinion, to date. The navy strength gin and housemade tonic combines for a rusty color that goes down fairly smooth and is a gin drink I'd return to. My favorite by far, however, was the Chuhai (Sudachi Shochu, Jasmine Tea, Citrus). Push aside your favorite summertime mojito, sangria and lemonade cocktail because the Chuhai is that perfect light-and-refreshing outdoor drink. It holds its own indoors as well.

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Red Rock Resort Spending $35 Million On Improvements

Where: 11011 W Charleston Blvd [map], 89135
April 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (2)

Just when we were raving about Red Rock Resort's suite offerings (and their spectacular views) comes news that the off-Strip property is planning to transform many of its most luxe accommodations as well as its dining lineup and its spa, too.

The Station Casinos property has earmarked $35 million which will include the total renovation of 26 of its most high-end suites as well as The Spa at Red Rock.

The biggest and most visible change for the general public, however, will be the creation of Restaurant Row at Red Rock which will add several new dining experiences to replace the recent losses of Pink's, Hachi and LBS. It will also add an expansive outdoor dining promenade to the property's main facade.

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The Mirage Begins Work On New Dining Spot

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The signs state that new dreams are under construction at The Mirage and that's especially true if you've ever lamented the loss of Caribe Cafe.

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The Time We TAP'd That Thang At MGM Grand

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM | by | Comments (3)

TAP at MGM Grand is exactly as advertised. It's a sports pub directly across from the sportsbook with a good selection of beer, both on tap and in bottles.

Sixty plus TVs are spread throughout the restaurant and, while there isn’t a seat at TAP without at least one TV in sight, the gigantic screen featuring multiple games across the back wall is the real winner. If you’re in the mood to watch the game, you’re going to want a seat looking at the wall. This writer had a chair at a cocktail table facing 90 degrees away from the spectacular wall so I “only” had a line of sight to the "normal" HDTV screens (which were still huge). It was okay since this was an afternoon with just a couple baseball games on, but if it was a Saturday or Sunday with countless football games on I may have thrown a hissy fit.

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At Rumor, Our Addiction Has Waned

Where: 455 East Harmon Avenue [map], 89169
April 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM | by | Comments (5)

Editor's Note: Once upon a time, we were totally addicted to the fare of Addiction, the restaurant at the off Strip Rumor hotel. But, several years and the loss of a Vegas Vic later, would we still feel the same? Our 3brothers dropped by to find out.

Before dining at Addiction, we called two hours in advance to ask if we needed reservations for a Saturday night. We were told yes and gave our name to secure a spot. Upon arrival, the restaurant was completely empty and the hostess nowhere in sight. After waiting around ten minutes and thinking the restaurant was closed, we were finally greeted and sat.

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First Impressions Of Guy's Vegas Kitchen

Where: 3535 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (6)

Guy Fieri drove into Flavortown Friday with UNLV cheerleaders in tow and to the tune of the school's marching band playing Viva Las Vegas to announce the arrival of Guy's Vegas Kitchen at the Quad. Or, near arrival. The doors open April 17 as first reported right here.

The celebrity chef is quite the polarizing figure (or, perhaps, not so polarizing judging by our Facebook commenters) but the welcome ceremony was a fun, rockin' event marshaled by a man that knows how to excite a crowd. A swell of followers gathered outside the Quad near Carnaval Court to watch a made-for-TV personality say a few words and accept his proclamation of "Guy Fieri Day" before cooking up masses of mini Bacon Mac-and-Cheese Burgers for the masses. (More photos including the Fieri selfie were added over the weekend to Friday's update for anyone needing more Guy.)

Once the pomp and circumstance wound down, the focus turned to the restaurant, its food and cocktails. Vegas Kitchen itself is a two-level space which can accommodate up to 200 diners, with one-third of its capacity available outside. One of the two levels won't be seen by the public, but is integral to their experience. In addition to the dining level kitchen, a second 4,000-square-foot kitchen is located below to allow nearly everything to be made on-site, from breads to meats and sauces.

The intent of Guy's Vegas Kitchen is to present the best of Fieri's experiences gathered from all over the country under one roof. We're aware reaction to his other restaurants have been less than stellar, but as the host of a successful TV show that has uncovered some pretty great restaurants, this writer is keeping an open mind and hoping some of that Triple-D success has found a home in Las Vegas.

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Yusho Opening At Monte Carlo In Days

Where: 89109
April 4, 2014 at 10:32 PM | by | Comments (2)

800 Degrees Pizza is now open at Monte Carlo, but it only has a week as the resort's newest restaurant before Yusho claims the title.

The popular Chicago eatery will bring its Japanese street-style fare to the Strip beginning Friday, April 11. Yusho will be open for dinner only. A full menu has yet to be released, but highlights will include Charred Octopus, Marinated Eggplant Steam Buns, and 2x Fried Chicken. And, according to Twitter, we're going to love the bar:

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The Quad Welcomes Guy Fieri, Flavortown Almost Here

April 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM | by | Comments (5)

Stunner shading it at The Quad, yo.

To quote the great Guy Fieri in the classic, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown: "this really doesn’t do a dang thing, but it makes you feel good about things and makes for good drama."

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At Aria, American Fish Out, Michael Mina Still In

April 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM | by | Comments (4)

This writer had a great dinner once at American Fish inside Aria. But, when there's so much choice and your location is off the beaten track (not just set off from The Strip, but located within a resort you never really have cause to visit), it's hard to find the motivation to return. And, I never did.

Now comes word that American Fish, created by chef Michael Mina, will close its doors in July to make way for another Mina concept. It's news that I reacted to with a shrug. Even knowing I have a bit of time to return once more, I know that I won't. My meal was good, but nowhere close to crave-worthy. Your guess is as good as mine as to the reason behind the closure. Maybe it was just time for something new. Maybe it was past time for something new.

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Chewing Over Our Dinner At Flour & Barley

Where: 3545 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (14)

It wasn't long ago that finding a decent slice of pie on the Las Vegas Strip was considered one of the city's greatest food challenges. Fast forward to today's pizza landscape and, between the Strip and downtown, pie shops are getting as ubiquitous as burger joints. Flour and Barley at the Linq is the latest entry to throw their sauce into the ring. That is until this Friday, when Monte Carlo fires up their ovens to 800 Degrees.

Flour and Barley offers indoor dining under the Brooklyn Bowl, outdoor dining in the shadow of the High Roller and a takeout window to create your own view on the run. The takeout experience, by design, is a different one from dining in. Not just due to the obvious, but also due to the separate food and drink menus. Slices to go outside, full pies inside. Frozen cocktails to go outside, crafted cocktails inside. We'll step back up to the takeout window later, but first let's take a look at the restaurant itself.

THE LOOK:

While not all immediately apparent, there is a lot of interesting detail that's been injected into the dining atmosphere. The brick oven and exposed brick walls are likely the first aspects that will stand out. Then, maybe the four flat screen TVs; two in the restaurant, two over the bar. Eventually, diners' eyes will wander to a back wall covered in blue-bricked advertising. Turns out this is a nod to an old-school Las Vegas business once run by one of the owner's families. Look for the Fremont Street address and the company's original phone number. On a nearby wall is an American flag made from baseballs and bats.

Looking up, the theme all starts to come together. Are those metal bleachers? Indeed, they are. While providing an immediate industrial warehouse feel in a brand new space, the intent is to have diners feel as if they're under the bleachers of an old stadium. Think grabbing beers under the bleachers of Fenway Park.

Even the chairs dotting the bar have a purpose. Or, in fact, have been re-purposed. Each was made from a 55-gallon drum and bear logos such as John Deere and race car oils. Outside, red chairs get their inspiration from recycled Coke bottles. Back inside, bench seating is a brown leather courtesy of recycled baseball gloves.

THE MENU

The Flour focus of the menu is divided into:
· Appetizers ($8.50 for garlic cheese bread to $17 for an antipasti board)
· Salads ($12-$13.50)
· Entrees ($17 for the F&B Burger to $39 for Veal Milanesa)
· Pizzas, red or white sauce ($18.50 to $25 $14.50 to $21)

The Barley side of the menu offers large-format bottles broken down by ciders, pale ales, strong ales, IPAs, lagers and the like. Draft beers include a Firestone Walker Pale ($12), Big Sky Moose Drool ($9), Ballas Point Sculpin ($14) and Guinness ($9.50). Cask beer is also rotated daily and sells for $10 a glass. There are Italian imports priced from $9 to $14.

A cocktail menu is available with about a dozen drinks like "Margheritas," Negroni Bianco and Bellinis, all for $12. The house cocktail The Godfather is made of St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon and Amaretto for $15. For groups willing to share (or the really thirsty), pitchers and bowls of sangria and punches are available for $40 to $46. Homemade Cellos can be found here, too: an ounce of citrus, watermelon or pomegranate for $8.

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Tilted Kilt Busts Out An Opening Timeline

Where: 89109
March 24, 2014 at 9:41 PM | by | Comments (4)

Wondering when The Strip will have a second breastaurant? If you're anything like VegasChatter reader ebergama you are and you'd have multiple question marks after that query, too.

After ebergama asked for the latest on the Tilted Kilt's return to Vegas (it's opening at The Linq after once dishing it out at Rio), this writer decided to go social media fishing. A tweet to @tklasvegaslinq yielded no response, but when I noticed that Tilted Kilt's main Facebook page had just posted a photo gallery, I took a chance there, too. And, received an immediate reply!

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