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Sid's Cafe Opens In Westgate, More To Come In 2015

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
December 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (4)

Among the many reinventions and renovations that have been going down since Westgate bought the off Strip LVH, the hotel's former High Roller room -- likely one of the more underused in town -- has been converted to a 24-hour cafe.

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Hakkasan Group To Drop $36 Million For Light Group

December 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM | by | Comments (5)

What was rumored over the weekend is now official.

Hakkasan Group will be able to use the tagline, "now with more oontz," come January when its purchase of Light Group for $36 mil is expected to be finalized. The buyout will mean the assimilation of Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay, 1OAK at The Mirage and The Bank at Bellagio, as well as the lounges and most of the restaurants under the Light Group domain.

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At The Linq, Two New Venues Are Just Days Away From Debut

Where: 89109
December 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Still not at full capacity, The Linq shopping promenade will at least fill in two more storefronts in the next few days.

We hear flip flop shop, Havaianas, will open this Friday, December 19. It will be located between Bella Scarpa and BLVD Cocktail Company.

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On Las Vegas Boulevard, A Tale Of Two Restaurants

December 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 was a year of great excitement for dining. Tons of new openings, closings, re-branding, and generalized soap-opera drama. Among all of the brouhaha, some openings have enjoyed whirlwind success despite shortcomings, and others have labored on in obscurity despite great virtues. Here, we level two stories against each other.

Pot Liquor CAS

There was a time when every food writer -- both local and visiting -- would grumble and mumble about Vegas not having any good BBQ. ("Oh, this is NOTHING like Carolina style!" or "You call THIS Texas brisket?") The litany was maddening, and mostly proficient Rollin' Smoke did little to quiet it, what with being nestled between a halfway house and a strip club. Then, like a gift from above, Pot Liquor CAS is dropped right into that On-Strip/Off-Strip DMZ that is Town Square.

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At SLS, Bazaar Doesn't Just Meat Expectations

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM | by | Comments (10)

Going to dinner is usually a simple process. You look at the menu, pick an appetizer, salad and entree, then eat. While thatís possible at Bazaar Meat, itís not how they recommend going about your meal. Just about every hotel on the Vegas Strip has a high-end steakhouse, nowadays. Bazaar Meat is considered the steakhouse at SLS Las Vegas, but itís so much more than that.

When I walked into Bazaar Meat, the aroma reminded me of Heritage Steakhouse at The Mirage due to the smell of burning wood in the air. There are numerous cooking devices in the open kitchen at Bazaar Meat, ranging from grills to a cotton candy machine. My party of five was seated at a huge butcher block table just off the kitchen. Judging by the giggling and amount of pictures taken, the Cotton Candy Foie Gras seemed to pique the interest of the ladies who'd ordered it at a nearby table. This playful starter seemed like it would have been fun, but my group was at Bazaar for the meat.

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In Downtown Vegas, New Spots For Inner Glutton, Coffee Lovers

Where: 89101
December 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)


The transformation of Downtown Vegas continues, but if you never venture beyond the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience, you may not know it.

Next month, Fremont East's newest dining experience, Glutton, is expected to open on the corner of Carson and 7th near the Container Park. Hungry patrons will find New American cuisine here (if that means anything to you, if not, think lamb ragu, charcuterie plates and sweetbreads). A bar menu will feature playfully named cocktails like the Glutton for Punishment, a mixture of Seagram's gin, Cointreau and Krogstad aquavit.

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Is Something 'Exciting' Replacing This T-Shirt Shop?

Where: 89109
December 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (17)

Along Las Vegas Boulevard, the land stretching from the Harley-Davidson Cafe to Smith & Wollensky is owned by the same company, which took control of the bankrupt property about four years ago. A hodgepodge eyesore across from the metropolitan skyscrapers of CityCenter, cheapo vendors that hawk 16 oz. Tall Boys for 99 cents and four tees for ten bucks are slowly being replaced by more corporate gentrified tenants like Chili's and Fatburger.

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UPDATED: The LINQ's Newest Restaurant Hopes To Dish It Out This Month, After All

Where: 89109
December 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

12.9 Update: Turn those frowns upside down. A publicist for Off The Strip relays the restaurant is now aiming to open on December 24.

Oh, what a difference a month makes. A few weeks ago, Off The Strip, the newest eatery headed for The LINQ promenade between Flamingo and The LINQ Hotel, touted a December debut. Now, a new press release pushes that back to January.

The restaurant will be a sister establishment to two other off-Strip locations. (See what we did there?) The third locale will be adjacent to O'Sheas at the off the Strip mall. (Oops, we did it again.)

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Just One Dish At Hearthstone Kitchen

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
December 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

Off Strip restaurant Hearthstone Kitchen has been open at Red Rock Resort a little over a month now. And, while another VegasChatter writer enjoyed his first bites of branzino, this writer opted to explore other areas.

Looking over the full menu for the first time, nothing honestly lept off the page at me. Soup and salad had my stomach screaming for more sustenance. The shared plates were seafood heavy and, with an allergy at the table, wouldn't be shared much. Ingredients on the flatbreads piqued my interest, but my mood just wasn't for fancy pizza. The $46 branzino would be left for another night.

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Carnegie Deli Closes For Remodeling

Where: 89109
November 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you tend to have carnivorous cravings of gargantuan proportions, brace yourself. Carnegie Deli at The Mirage will be unavailable to you for the next two weeks.

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A Sneak Peek At Shake Shack, Tom's Urban Coming Soon To Strip

Where: 89109
November 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (6)

New York-New York is working hard to gift us with two new dining experiences before year's end. Shake Shack, a popular burger and milkshake brand, and Tom's Urban, self-described as a "modern and casual dining concept," have both been tapped for December openings.

We peeked in on the progress of both eateries on Friday and found that while the interiors are still just shells, the exteriors of each are quickly approaching completion. Here's the rendering of a finished Tom's Urban:

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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 (4)

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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