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Las Vegas' Restaurant Week is coming up shortly, and with it a chance for diners to loosen their belts a few notches. A spot out there you've been meaning to try? A dish you've been hearing so much about? Here are just a few of the best spots to make the most of this Restaurant Week now underway through August 28.
One of the best ways a Restaurant Week dining menu can benefit you is by putting a typically expensive restaurant back into your price range. For example, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan is notoriously expensive, but their $50.14 three-course dinner is an incredible steal. Just the entree of grilled Mediterranean sea bass is knocking on the door of fifty, but with a salmon tartare and their famous grilled octopus as appetizers, this is a deal. A sommelier wine pairing with your courses is $30 more.
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There are times when you sample a dish and taste everything that goes into the preparation. The time, effort, research, skill; you can practically hear that "ah, ha!" moment. Just absolute inspiration from step one to finish, that is how Chef De Cuisine Daniel Ontiveros brought the world the Escargot Pie ($19) at Comme Ça inside Cosmo.
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Our long-running Sip or Pour series has covered some of the best bars in Vegas. Usually, we highlight two different types of bars, those ideal for a stop before you move on to the next one and those where you can chill all night long (the party in the street being optional). But, what about one ultimate night of fun and drinks
and more drinks and maybe some shots? Here's how we would spend one epic night in Vegas. If you follow in our footsteps, make sure to cab it or bring along the ultimate designated driver. (And, in some cases, it's just a short walk!)
Spiegelworld has once again become the talk of the town, but this time, not for its masterful productions but rather for what is happening behind the curtain. The startling headline above is straight from a just-released announcement that alleges The Cosmopolitan sabotaged the much raved about, but recently closed Vegas Nocturne production. Here is the full press release, word for word:
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Casino visits can be personal or impersonal experiences, depending on how you attempt to craft your time. At places like Cosmopolitan, you can grab a slice from Secret Pizza and simply go about your business or you can chat up your pizza peddler, make friends in the line and bring them and your meal down the hall to the common area outside P3Studio.
If you head over to the Cosmo this week, and we really think you should, make sure you visit P3Studio for a highly personal experience you’re likely not to get anywhere else in the world. Well-respected artists from the local Las Vegas art world, Todd Duane Miller and JW Caldwell, are P3’s current artists-in-residence. The duo has created Face 2 Face, a truly interactive and immersive photography and fine art mashup.
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iHeart Radio. Amplified. Desert Hops. Route 91. Life is Beautiful.
Music lovers. Grape lovers. Beer lovers. Downtown lovers.
No matter your tastes or your interests, it seems as if Las Vegas will have a festival just for you before year's end. And, we've three more options for you to ponder while trying to decide which events are can't miss and which should be shuffled over to the 'maybe next time' pile. We've already mentioned a few here on Chatter, but have compiled them all together in an at-a-glance format before. The three fests we've yet to mention have been highlighted in blue.
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If Seinfeld’s Festivus didn’t refer to a specific day that’s more or less become an accepted parody holiday, it would surely refer to this third week of July where more Las Vegas festivals were announced than new Weird Al songs.
Almost true. We’ve known about the lineup for late October’s Life is Beautiful Festival for a bit now, but in the past week, details have emerged on two popular returning festival events and one brand new one coming to Sin City this fall.
This is Vegas. Things open and close. And, oftentimes, both are greeted with the same level of enthusiasm. This closure, however, may go in the VegasChatter annals as the shittiest.
Saturday, Vegas Nocturne -- the entertainment portion of Rose.Rabbit.Lie.'s "grand social experiment" -- marked its final performance. Rumors of its closure were already in the wind so it wasn't a surprise. It was, however, a disappointment of horror scream proportions, especially to those who had experienced it and recognized it among the best of Las Vegas.
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If you just can’t get enough of the Green Fairy from Absinthe, get excited to see sultry star Melody Sweets in a different type of costume. On July 22, grab your boots and spurs and hit the tent in front of Caesars Palace for Melody Sweets’ Wild Wild West Burlesque Show.
The show (and music video premiere) features Absinthe’s vocalist as well as other cast members from the show including The Gazillionaire and Penny as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed, Phallus. It would be hard to imagine raunchier, rowdier dialogue than the two exchange in Absinthe, but if Penny’s character is named Phallus, our guess is this will be at least equally over-the-top.
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If you ask most what the defining cuisine is for our lovely metropolis, you will start a fierce debate on whether that lofty crown goes to steakhouses or buffets. To the rest of the world, and for good reason, Las Vegas is the city of buffets.
In fact, the modern concept of an "all-you-can-eat" buffet is said to have been created in 1950s Las Vegas by Herbert "Herb" Cobb McDonald, a publicity and entertainment manager. He is also credited with cementing Vegas as a national convention destination, the key to early Vegas success. In the 1956 novel The Muses of Ruin, William Pearson wrote in apt words his feelings on the new phenomenon:
At midnight every self-respecting casino premières its buffet — the eighth wonder of the world, the one true art form this androgynous harlot of cities has delivered herself of.... We marvel at the Great Pyramids, but they were built over decades; the midnight buffet is built daily. Crushed-ice castles and grottoes chill the shrimp and lobster. Sculptured aspic is scrolled with Paisley arabesques. They are, laid out with reverent artistry: hors d'oeuvres, relish, salads, and sauces; crab, herring oyster, sturgeon, octopus, and salmon; turkey, ham, roast beef, casseroles, fondues, and curries; cheeses, fruits and pastries. How many times you go through the line is a private matter between you and your capacity, and then between your capacity and the chef's evil eye.
Today, the Vegas buffet has evolved into a generally homogeneous entity, but there are a few that go above and beyond the norm.
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A common predicament in Las Vegas is the necessity of a late night meal. Luckily, in this 24-hour town, you are not limited to Waffle House (not that we have one). Though, there’s nothing wrong with Waffle House, amirite, East Coasters? With so many options, it may be difficult to choose which restaurant should satisfy your cravings after midnight. Here are a few of our favorites:
“Secret Pizza”: A hallway nestled next to Blue Ribbon Sushi at The Cosmopolitan, this "hidden" pizza joint serves late night pie until 5 a.m. It’s the perfect spot to grab a slice after an all-night dance party at Marquee or a concert at Boulevard Pool. Especially delicious is the white pizza, which is making this writer wish she hadn’t chosen to pen this story around lunch time. The pepperoni and the meatball are also solid options.
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While one Vegas hotel project proudly touts that it's on the fast track to completion another continues to quietly work towards its deconstruction.
As we first told you last week, demolition has finally begun of the failed Harmon Hotel, once destined to be a condo/hotel operated by The Light Group within CityCenter and now the site of disbelief as it slowly fades away into Vegas obscurity.