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Downtown Changes You Might Not Know About

July 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (6)

There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:

Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.

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Checking Out The Charcoal Room At Palace Station

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
July 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

There was a time in Las Vegas recently where it felt like a week didnít go by without a new steakhouse opening. Steakhouses were a dining trend that was music to this carnivoreís ears. Now, just about every casino has a steakhouse so thereís not much new to experience on the steak front. Iíve been revisiting my favorites on the Vegas Strip like SW Steakhouse at Wynn and, more recently, Prime at Bellagio. Thereís nothing wrong with eating at restaurants known to provide great food and great service, but thereís something exciting about trying one that's new. Enter The Charcoal Room at Palace Station.

Palace Station is just off the Vegas Strip on Sahara near SLS Las Vegas. Itís an older casino and not the first place people consider for dining. That may change with some new dining options coming on board. The Charcoal Room is a locals' favorite at Santa Fe Station and just opened its second location at Palace Station. If the locals like The†Charcoal Room†then thereís a good chance that we would be in for a solid meal at fair prices and thatís exactly what we had.

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Must Do: Essential Las Vegas Steakhouses

July 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM | by | Comments (9)

What defines the dining character of Vegas (more than buffets)? The all-American steakhouse, of course!

Steakhouses in Las Vegas run the gambit from classic ranch house-style (The Steakhouse at Circus Circus) and high-concept dining spots (Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris) to hip "clubstraunts" (STK at the Cosmopolitan). With the immense variety, it's easy to strike out on your own and hit a dud. Not all steakhouses are created equal, but there are a handful that really make their mark as "essential." There are many that serve up an amazing steak or have an amazing story to go along with them (Herbs & Rye among the best of both), but few are so egregious to miss as those below.

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At Golden Nugget, Vic & Anthony's Wants You To Take Another Look

Where: 129 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM | by | Comments (13)

Downtown's changing dining scene has been a roller coaster of big names and unique concepts hanging their shingle in the revamped retro spaces that define the area. One thing we haven't seen is a bigwig of old Vegas try and reposition themselves to rope in new attention... (wait for it)... until now.

Vic & Anthony's at Golden Nugget has been doing the classic Vegas steakhouse thing for a while, but their Executive Chef Eric Stetcher is now serving up some rather interesting dishes.

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Sanity Prevails: SHe SHutters

Where: 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89158
June 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (3)

After a somewhat predictable social experiment in an Eva Longoria-helmed steakhouse, SHe by Mortonís has finally served itís last plate of ďMac N SHeESE.Ē (Yes, that was a real menu item.)

Itís the culmination of the question: If we put an actress/fashion designer (Eva Longoria) in charge of a steakhouse, will that be a success? Unfortunately, there wasnít a sane person in that room so the bizarre identity crisis of SHe opened at the Shops at Crystals mall in December of 2012 (in the spot that once held Beso, also by Longoria). It was a nightclub (for seven weeks, once), a fashion show (runway and all), a burlesque immersive show (kind of thing), and something approaching the definition of a steakhouse.

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Heritage Steak Now Serving Afternoon Bites

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
May 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM | by | Comments (6)

We're not sure what meal to call it, but if hunger strikes between lunch and dinner, The Mirage wants you to live mas think steak. Heritage Steak, that is.

The Tom Colicchio steakhouse has opened its lounge to patrons who just can't wait for dinner to be served. It's now offering a limited menu from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Anthony's Prime Steak At M Resort Is Worth The Trip

Where: 12300 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89044
February 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

M Resort is one of the nicest hotels in all of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, it's located away from the action of both The Strip and Downtown and is sometimes forgotten, even by people that live in Las Vegas (ahem, this guy). That's sad, but it leaves M Resort as a special place for people that enjoy a more relaxed Vegas experience.

Recently, this writer's intention of trying a new restaurant on the Vegas Strip was detoured when the idea of trying Anthonyís Prime Steak and Seafood at M Resort came up. This was the excuse I needed to drive a few miles away from The Strip to spend some time at M and I'm glad we did.

Anthonyís is located at the east end of the casino with many of its other dining options. Itís convenient to the lobby and parking lot. When I sat down Tuesday night, the restaurant was entirely empty but tables began filling by the time my dinner had ended. This was a night for steak so there was no funny business before receiving an 18 oz. dry aged, bone-in filet mignon.

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Palms Reveals A Revamped N9NE

Where: 4321 W Flamingo [map], 89103
January 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

N9NE is looking fine (Whee! Rhymes!) at Palms after closing for a quick remodel.

The off-Strip steakhouse is back with a stylin' new decor, a revamped menu and the addition of Center Table (seen above). Described as a "semi-private dining experience with prime location in the heart of the restaurant," Center Table is encased in sheer drapes so we're going to call it the 'look at me.. no, don't look at me' table. Meanwhile, a redesigned lounge (pictured below) provides a better view of the restaurant as a whole.

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Morels' Holiday Meal Is A Legit Deal

Where: 3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

A couple years ago, this writer was staying at the Palazzo and noticed a sign for a special at Morels French Steakhouse on the elevator TV screen. Later, I found out that it was $40 for a full dinner, which included salad, NY Strip, mashed potatoes and creme brulee. I added some wine and charcuterie to the meal and it was delicious.

Even though the steak was a smaller cut than what was offered on the menu (12 ounce vs. 16 ounce), this was still a bargain as a full-sized NY Strip was $50 on the menu. When adding the salad and dessert this was a small savings and a great excuse to try an often overlooked steakhouse near the entrance of Palazzo.

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Heritage Steak Is Wood-Grilled And Delicious

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
November 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (3)

There isnít much that excites this writer than the prospect of finding a great new steak. That steak may be located on the Vegas Strip in a fancy steakhouse or in Downtown Vegas at a regular restaurant that may be as famous for their chicken parmigiana as their steak.

Even before Heritage Steakhad a name, my excitement was high for a new restaurant from Tom Colicchio. Then, Colicchio tweeted with us and things got a little swoony. Eager as I was to try Heritage Steak, it took me a while to get to The Mirage. But, a couple of beers into a conversation and a check of the OpenTable app and I had a reservation. Turns out that was a good thing:

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At Silver Sevens, Ribs Are Back, Oktoberfest Arrives And So Does A New Resto

Where: 4100 Paradise Road [map], 89169
October 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Silver Sevens fell off of our list of cheap dining destinations after their cafť really let us down. The steak and lobster special, priced at $7.77, should never be repeated. The price hike on the BBQ ribs put Ellis Island way ahead in the race for baby-back value. We still havenít made it to the buffet, but from what we hear, weíre not missing anything. Silver Sevens was slipping further and further from our thoughts, until we saw the sign:

ďBaby Back Ribs $9.99.Ē

Theyíre back!

Maybe our complaining worked. Or, perhaps it was a pre-planned effort to boost October BBQ sales. Whatever the case, we are glad to see order restored to the universe. At $9.99 for a full rack of baby back ribs, this is once again an exceptional value. Just as before, itís not listed on the menu. Youíll need to ask for the deal and it also requires a (free) A-Play card.

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Our First Taste of BLT Steak at Bally's

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
October 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM | by | Comments (3)

Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. 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.

While previewing the fixtures, furnishings and rooftop pools of the coming Gansevoort last week, media types were given a taste of another project Caesars executives are working on. Unfortunately, Giada wasn't making our mouths water. Instead, and with little fanfare, sample bites from the upcoming BLT Steak were passed.

BLT Steak -- yes, sister to Mirage's BLT Burger -- will replace Bally's Steakhouse early next year. The advertised signature popovers were absent, but guests were treated to Tuna Tartar (dressed with soy-lime atop a tad too much avocado), Ginger Marinated Tomatoes (with Burrata cheese) and BBQ Short-Rib Sliders (with aged white cheddar and homemade pickles).

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