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Bazaar MEAT at SLS Switches Up Selections and Launches Tasting Menu

July 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (4)

Attention foodies: the minds behind Bazaar MEAT are planning a complete menu overhaul this month. True to their form of wild experimentation (and similar to the model of the original Bazaar restaurant in Los Angeles), much of the menu--besides a few favorites of course--will change and be revealed as a whole new show.

This change comes on the heels of the Think Food Group development team's recent visit to their Vegas properties (Jaleo, China Poblano, and Bazaar MEAT), with their greatest minds in molecular gastronomy cuisine planting and training on the various cutting-edge techniques.

Exactly what will be coming and what will be going is still a mystery for all except the development team, but hopefully some of the favorites from the Beverly Hills original will make it over, like the "Philly Cheesesteak" with thin sliced wagyu and an "air baguette".

For summer, they are also introducing a 10-dish degustation tasting menu. For $65, diners will get a run of all the "classic" Bazaar MEAT dishes; their giant chicharron with greek yogurt espuma, Ferran Adria olives, Robuchon Potatoes, "Bagels and Lox" cone, and others. For $25 more, there is a four-wine pairing with a wide range of Spanish styles (1+1=3 Brut Cava, C.V.N.E. “Monopole” Viura, Emilio Moro Tempranillo, and Emilia Lustau “East India Solera” Sherry).

Elsewhere at SLS, we just learned that Bonkerz Comedy Club is playing this weekend at Sayers Club. Get your tickets here. See, it's not all doom and gloom at SLS. Right?

[Photo: SLS Las Vegas]

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Hooters The Restaurant is Open at The Palms While Hooters The Hotel is Upping Their Resort Fee

June 17, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (10)

In continuing to keep you "abreast" of the newest openings in town, we thought you'd like to know that the world's largest Hooters Restaurant is now open at The Palms. Here's a snapshot posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, inviting everyone in for a visit.

The restaurant is also now officially listed on The Palms website. Hours for the beer and wings joint are 10am to 10pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. (Sorry, no Sunday brunches here for now.)

There are no surprises on the menu with the joint serving wings, quesadillas, tater tots, mozzarella sticks, sandwiches and burgers, including a Double D for $16.99 and which has two 1/2 pound patties served on a brioche bun with your choice of cheese.

Hooters is also promising "a tremendous bar experience" with comfortable booths and high-back chairs as well as nearly 50 TVs. Remember, the mammary joint will also have a poolside bar. We'll let you know when that part opens.

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One New Restaurant Open, One to Go in Downtown Las Vegas

June 15, 2015 at 7:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

Today is the first day of Las Vegas Restaurant Week so why not kick it off with a story about...restaurants. Specifically, two new restaurants on the scene in Downtown Las Vegas.

Opening today is Siegel's 1941 at El Cortez Hotel & Casino. The restaurant, as you probably guessed is named after gangster and Vegas pioneer, Bugsy Siegel and it takes over El Cortez's beloved former spot, The Flame.

Siegel's 1941 (can we just call it 1941 from now on?) has new floor-to-ceiling windows inside, a tiled ceiling with vintage style-lighting, 150 seats with extra at the bar, wooden tabletops and red leather booths.

The restaurant is open 24-hours a day and its “Morning, Noon and Night” is overseen by Chef Aaron Neeley, featuring "modern twists on American standards." Here's a bit on what to expect. If you were a big fan of The Flame, you'll be happy to see some old signature items on the new menu. Also, prepare to eat meat. Lots of meat.

As promised, Chef Neeley honors The Flame with beloved signature items including Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Seasonal Stone Crab and Matzo Ball Soup with Challah. Diners can enjoy the Fat Irish Green Corned Beef Hash with three eggs from the Breakfast Anytime menu, the Seven Layer Lasagna Bolognese from Al & Lucky’s Favorites, the Classic Shrimp Scampi from the From the Sea menu, and the Monte Cristo with ham, gruyere cheese, and grilled brioche or the Carolina Pulled Porkwith slaw on top and sesame bun from the Nation’s Best Sandwiches menu.

In a nod to Bugsy’s inner circle, the menu also hosts a selection of Bugsy’s Burgers featuring charbroiled half-pound burgers including the Lucky Luciano Burger with marinara, caramelized onion, Romano cheese and fresh mozzarella, the Meyer Lansky Burger with pastrami, Swiss cheese, house made coleslaw, pickles and Russian Dressing, the Virginia Hill “Flamingo” Burger a turkey burger with avocado, tomato marmalade, Monterrey jack cheese and onion rings and the Moe Green Veggie with grilled Portobello for the vegetarian mobsters.

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Why Lavo Brunch Is Worth A Try

Where: 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
June 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Lobster Benedict.

During the winter months, Lavo Brunch is for the party crowd, but come summer time, this Strip-side restaurant serves up sophisticated brunch food sans go-go dancers. While there’s something to be said for the Vegas-ness of a party brunch, sometimes we’re just looking for good food. And even though there are some all-inclusive brunch options out there, this a la carte menu has several dishes worth the price tags.

Patio seating offers some fun people-watching. There are many umbrellas since the sun shifts a lot which means it can also get warm out there. If you want the best of both worlds, request a table inside that’s by the window so you can still enjoy the view without the sweating.

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We'll Be Poppin' Buttons Not Bottles When Las Vegas Restaurant Week Returns June 15

June 3, 2015 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (4)

Las Vegas Restaurant Week is back! Eschewing its usual August timeframe, LV Restaurant Week will now be held at the start of summer from June 15-26.

During these days, diners will have the chance to feast on specially priced, prix fixe menus at the city's best and favorite restaurants. And you'll feel good about doing it too, as a portion of the LV Restaurant Week proceeds go back to Three Square Food Bank, which helps feed more than 315,000 in need people in Southern Nevada.

So now that your dining will be guilt-free, let's take a look at some restaurants dishes worth gulping down:

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A Cure For Your Monday Morning Vegas Withdrawal: More News About Vegas

June 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (10)

Mondays. Case of them. We got 'em. And we're sure you do too. But hold on tight to your morning squeeze coffee. Here's a bunch of newsy tidbits that are bound to perk you back up. Wink, wink.

Bally's Has a New Restaurant With Odd Hours: Tequila Taqueria, the newest pizza and beer joint from "restauranteur" Robert Earl of Earl Sandwiches is now officially open at Bally's. Christening the first slice and pour is everyone's favorite Italian actor, Mario Lopez. Er, whoops. Wait, this is a Mexican eatery serving premium tequila, 10 different Mexican beers, and dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortas and guacamole (made tableside.) Sorry, the name had us confused about what sort of cuisine was on the menu. Anyhoo, the joint is now open Sunday-Thursday from 3pm to 5pm and then again from 10pm to 12am. Which are odd hours but hopefully those will get extended to real times when people want to eat tacos. noon to 6am.

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A Staggered Start for Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky

May 28, 2015 at 7:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

At the start of this month, VegasChatter got a sneak preview of Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, a new restaurant in Downtown. One month later, another VC contributor has a more in-depth, but still underwhelmed take on Itsy Bitsy.

The star attraction for Itsy Bitsy is not on their menu nor is it found in the space (which is rather small), but rather, in the names behind it. In our original piece on the opening of the restaurant, as well as in the press materials, the concept was billed a partnership between restauranteur of Raku (Micheal Koleff) and Corner Bar Management (the group behind Whist: Stove and Spirits and Park on Fremont.)

One would guess that this means the food for Itsy Bitsy would be created by the minds behind Raku (a place known for food) while the design and cocktails would be created by CBM (a group known for crazy awesome design and cocktails, but not so good food). Makes sense, right?

Turns out, this is not the case.

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A New Burger Place for Palms Place and The Last Days for Monte Carlo Cafe and Mix

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada [map], 89109
May 26, 2015 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

Restaurant changes in Vegas are as frequent as people waking up with a hangover. Here's the latest menu swap you should know about.

Chef Kerry Simon's legendary Simon restaurant closed on May 22 and in its place has sprung up Cafe 6, which opened on Friday, serving gourmet burgers from basic to exotic with an average price of $17. There is no official update to the Palms or Palms Place website yet but the OpenTable listing for Simon redirects to a Cafe 6 page. A source tells us Cafe 6 is "a higher-end casual restaurant." Already, we're salivating over that Smoke-Out Burger shown above. Is it lunchtime yet?

On Sunday, June 7 at 2:30pm, The Café at Monte Carlo will close down until further notice. The space will undergo a remodel that will include adding a variety of meeting and event space for guests. No word yet on when it will reopen. During the remodel, guests can get casual meals over at The Pub at Monte Carlo, including pancakes, omelets, and fresh fruits and juices. Diners have the option of dining out on The Pub patio, at the bar counter, or in the main dining area. The Pub will also change its hours to accommodate early diners and will open at 7 a.m. beginning Monday, June 8.

Mix, the top-floor restaurant of Delano Las Vegas (formerly THEhotel) will reportedly close on May 30 (which we told you about last month.) We are still waiting on verifcation from chef Alain Ducasse's rep as well as from the hotel itself but the closure is coming sooner than later. Ducasse will install a new concept called Rivea in the space, which will probably be unveiled later this fall. UPDATE: 5.26.15; 2:00pm: Mix's last day will be May 31 with the official closing happening on June 1. So get to Mix on May 31 to have your last bite/sip!

[Photo via Cafe 6]

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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 | Comment (1)

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]