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Epicurean Affair Returns To Palazzo Pool

May 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

From Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival to Uncork'd, Vegas is full of high-dollar food fests. Though still steep, tickets to the upcoming Epicurean Affair, presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association, almost seem like a deal at $100.

The event heads back to the Palazzo pool area for a sixth year featuring an evening full of food, drinks and even more food on Thursday, May 21. Past experience tells us the high quality and three-hour time frame will make this a worthwhile culinary investment.

This year’s event features Chef Jose Andres of SLS and China Poblano fame as the celebrity chef host. The tapas king will be on hand for a meet and greet with the VIP ticket holders ($175) who can enter an hour early at 6 p.m.

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Can't Go To Lago? There's a Hyde-n Menu For That

May 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you can't get a prime reservation or peel yourself away from da club, there are now new ways to enjoy those fantastic bites from Bellagio's newest restaurant, Lago. Nearby Hyde Bellagio has already offered small plates early in the eve as the sun goes down and the beats go up but has now added items from Chef Julian Serrano's nearby kitchen.

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Also This Weekend: Emeril's Fish House is Hosting a Louisiana Gulf Seafood Fest

May 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most food fests in Las Vegas are typically put on by a big ol' resorts group, or a massive media empire, or an association of restaurants. So it's rare for a single restaurant to put on its own show but that's exactly what Emeril's Fish House is doing on May 23 from 2-4pm at the MGM Grand.

The first-ever Louisiana Gulf Seafood Festival will feature specialty stations serving up bites of smoked Speckled Trout, crawfish étouffée, grilled oysters, crab and shrimp boil, and many more. Bam!

Now you might be thinking--a seafood festival in the middle of the desert? It sounds preposterous, except that's what Emeril's Fish House does on a regular basis. Fresh fish and ingredients are flown in nearly every day, bringing the bounty of Louisiana's diverse and unique food ecosystem right to the heart of Vegas.

Attending the food fest is not only a way to sample the unashamedly New Orleans/Louisiana/Creole/Bayou cuisine of Chef Emeril Lagasse but also to learn about the amazing seafood that comes from the Louisiana Gulf. Tickets are a $35 a person.

Can't make it on Saturday? (Possibly because you're attending the Locals Only Beer Fest?) Don't sweat. Following the seafood festival, Emeril's Fish House will introduce a special Louisiana Gulf Seafood menu, with items such as fried green tomatoes with crawfish remoulade, buttermilk fried frogs legs, and pan-roasted grouper with shrimp-diane sauce.

[Photo: Emeril's Fish House]

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New York's Italian Restaurant Darling, Carbone, to Open at Aria in October

May 13, 2015 at 9:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

Amid rumors swirling of who would fill recently vacated Sirio spot in Aria, this morning it was finally announced that the space would be filled by recent New York City hotshots, Carbone. With a budget of over $3 million, they are sure to bring an already unique concept to great heights.

Carbone opened in 2013 in Greenwich Village to excited reviews regarding their old-school feel and tableside treatment by their “Captains", waiters nattily dressed in burgundy tuxedos, designed by Zac Posen.

With a menu pulled from the early 20th century "red tablecloth" Italian restaurants (think Lobster Fra Diavola, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Parmesan and Octopus Pizzaiolo) and a service that harkens back to the glamorous years of fine dining, Carbone is coming to Vegas not to simply make a copy of themselves, but to apply the same concept to mid-century Las Vegas glory days.

Tableside service is a big part of Carbone, and everything from freshly pulled mozerella, flambe desserts, and Caesars salads will be part of the showmanship. Where Carbone NYC is a somewhat cheeky version of the mobster era, the Vegas version is going to go for a “Rat Pack” kind of vibe. It is sure to be an interesting experience, and since the restauranteurs themselves have already tested their mettle in Manhattan, the Vegas scene is likely to be a similar challenge.

Carbone is expected to open in October.

[Photo: Carbone]

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Hooters Casino Hotel Will Get a New Name, But Which One Will It Be?

May 11, 2015 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (14)

Hooters is not just sagging, it's going away for good.

A few weeks ago, we gave you the scoop from employees at the long-suffering Hooters Casino Hotel--that Hooters would partner up with Holiday Inn and that the entire property would be renovated to fit the Holiday Inn brand standards.

Indeed the sale of Hooters Casino has gone through (for about $53.8 million to the Trinity Hotel Investments of New York. But Johnny Kats of the Las Vegas Sun says the hotel may not turn into a Holiday Inn. Kats reports:

Trinity, which is expected to change the Hooters name, has entered into partnerships with hotels operated by such resort companies as Crown Plaza, DoubleTree By Hilton and Holiday Inn. It is expected, though not yet verified, that the last company will take over the property — but not under the Holiday Inn brand.

FWIW, Holiday Inn is a part of the InterContinental Hotel Group which also has Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo as part of their company.

So, no motel hotel Holiday Inn for Las Vegas? Perhaps that's a good thing. But given Trinity's history of partnering up with budget select service brands similar to Holiday Inn, we wouldn't hope for something super flashy.

Meanwhile, there will still be plenty of Hooters in Las Vegas. VegasChatter member PaperPoster submitted these snaps of the Hooters under construction at The Palms.

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Why You Must Go to LAGO On Your Next Big Night Out

May 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (9)

Whether your taste buds prefer to speak Italian or Spanish, holy moly chef Julian Serrano's newest restaurant Lago translates to a-m-a-zing in any language. Bellagio's lakeside Circo-replacement is a bright, airy and elegant space that screams experience upon entering. The original menu is primarily Italian tapas covering meats, seafoods and pasta but also offers entrees for those that save room.

With floor to ceiling views overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains, window and outdoor seating will be at a premium for what many diners will expect to be the star attraction. And while Lago offers prime viewing, the resort's dancing waters easily become second fiddle to Serrano once the first bites begin to arrive.

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Our Thoughts On 'Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky'

Where: 150 Las Vegas Blvd. North [map], 89101
May 1, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

Downtown is becoming quite the hip and trendy location to visit in Vegas these days, and not just for the cheap drinks.

The area has welcomed a number of new eateries recently, including Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, which officially opened its doors at the beginning of April. We’ve given you the scoop on their concept and menu, and we’ve already heard mixed reviews of the restaurant so far. We wanted to check the place out to see what they had to offer and what the food and drinks were like, so we attended their official grand opening/media night.

You would think that a place with "ramen and whisky" in the title would serve either ramen - or whisky - for guests to try at this event. Unfortunately, they didn’t serve either (we are still scratching our head in confusion over this). They did have appetizers to taste: The Veggie Pot stickers ($5.50), Pork Pot Stickers ($6), Mushroom spring rolls with black aioli dip ($5.75), Japanese Street Corn ($2.75), and the Chicken Skewers ($4.75) were all appetizing, but they were nothing out-of-the-ordinary. They also weren’t the make-to-order Ramen we’ve heard so much about.

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Should You Indulge In Glutton?

Where: 616 East Carson [map], 89101
April 30, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

After the announcement of Glutton's downtown arrival, there wasn't much info released until its opening. Until very recently, there even wasn't much of a publicly available menu. But, it seems the new dining destination is up and running at what feels to be cruising speed after serving up its first customers on April 10.

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Our First Thoughts On Little Tony's At Palace Station

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
April 29, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Dillinger in all its massive glory.

If you’re a Pizza Rock fan, you now have another place to enjoy Tony Gemignani’s delicious creations: Little Tony’s at Palace Station. Several of his classics like the popular Cal Italia and the ginormous Dillinger have made the move, but the menu also offers a lot more like specialty pasta dishes not seen at his other two restaurants in downtown and at Green Valley Ranch.

The design elements are more like Tony’s San Francisco restaurants. There’s no giant semi truck in this location, sigh. Comfy leather booths and red brick give an old school pizzeria charm. New to this location are also the cast iron pizzas plus several pizzas not available in his other Nevada restaurants.

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An Update On When miX Will Be Out, Rivea In At Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

During a recent stay at Delano Las Vegas, we were able to speak with staff members at miX on when the long-running fine dining destination with a view would officially close for good. We knew the time was coming, as we've mentioned previously, but there was no set date as to when the restaurant would serve its last meal. A server now tells us the last day miX will be open is May 30th.

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New Kid On The Block: Searsucker

Where: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
April 22, 2015 at 8:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the opening of his newest restaurant, former Top Chef contestant and Food Network judge Brian Malarkey brings his unique spin on American food to Las Vegas. Occupying the former space of Munchbar, Searsucker adds yet another dining choice to Caesars Palace.

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Planet Hollywood's New Sportsbook Restaurant, Ringer, Off To A Good Start

April 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (7)

The Planet Hollywood sportsbook had undergone some renovations this past March, including some major ones to the bar area. (I first noted it a few weeks ago as a tip to VegasChatter. I am now one of the team's newest contributors.)

During that same trip, my friends and I were able to check it out and see how they were faring during their first weeks of operation. The weekend that we were there was the first round of the NCAA 2015 tournament, and the new restaurant, Ringer, and book were undergoing a trial by fire, as the crowds associated with March Madness and spring break were present in full force.

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