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The Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace is complete. Well, as complete as anything can be in the dynamic restaurant landscape of Las Vegas. The eighth and final spot is filled as Mexican restaurant La Gloria celebrated its grand opening last week. The taco stand with cocktails features the “street foods of Mexico” (that’s its tagline) and has rounded out the food court’s offerings.
As a fan of several of the previous food court’s tenants (mainly the decent yet expectedly overpriced pizza and an above par BBQ joint), I’m fairly pleased with the transition. Sometimes you are looking for a quick bite and now there’s a good mix of regional favorites from other parts of the country like Graeter’s Ice Cream, well known in Cincinnati, and Brooklyn’s Di Fara Pizza, plus ever-expanding chains like Earl of Sandwich and Smashburger.
A reader asked for a reasonably priced dinner spot to celebrate her husband’s 40th birthday. Here are a few of our suggestions. Sound off in the comments with your own ideas for a nice meal that won’t hurt their wallets too much.
If you’re ok with making appetizers into dinner rather than have a full meal, happy hour at Level 107 at Stratosphere offers delicious food and half off prices. Daily from 4-7, you can enjoy buy-one-get-one martinis and half off food. The roasted tomato fondue ($8 at HH pricing) is the dip you’ll want to put on everything you ever eat going forward. Black angus sliders ($8 at HH pricing) have a nice flavor burst from horseradish butter. The lollipop chicken wings ($7.50 at HH pricing) are also a must.
There are also apps like shrimp and lobster cocktail, lamb lettuce cups and banh mi sandwiches. As you can see, this is far from your average happy hour fare. The drinks are solid too with the lemon drop being my favorite (two for $15 at HH pricing). The real bonus here is the view. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Vegas from the 107th floor of the hotel’s tower.
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Oh boy! More hotel artwork begging to be touched that you're not supposed to touch! Like the Roark Gourley shoe sculptures pretty much everybody who has ever visited the Cosmopolitan has a selfie from inside of, the Delano now has a quirky bench art piece you're not supposed to sit on. Artist Zak Ostrowski created his sculptural bench out of concrete, mimicking desert sandstone.
The pieces in this exhibition, Gravitation, all tie in to the Las Vegas landscape which fuels the design philosophy behind the Delano's esthetic. The pieces will be on display until July 6. They feature ordinary objects that have been transformed through processes like wood burning and the application of automotive paint.
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Buca di Beppo has now opened a casual restaurant, Buca Café Italiano, though we’re not sure the original was necessarily fancy, but whatever. The new Italian restaurant at Bally’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect traditional Italian dishes like baked lasagna, veal parm and spicy chicken rigatoni plus a variety of buffets throughout the day.
Not all pillows are created equal. You’ve heard us gripe about the ones Delano opened with, but hey, they were pretty rough. One alone was enough to make you lay completely upright and forget about it if you’re a side-sleeper. Though those pillows have improved, we are still partial to the Delano bathrobe-pillow (patent pending).
Next up in the painful pillow hall of shame is Paris. Now I haven’t heard widespread outrage about these like was heard about Delano’s so maybe this was just the case in my friends’ room, but the lumpy bumpy pillows in their room were horrible.
The best comparison I can think of is undercooked mashed potatoes. Giant hard chunks of fluff separated by lots of nothing. it is literally impossible to find a comfy spot because the chunks are all smaller than one’s head so you just fall in between them. One was worse than the others but all were super lumpy. I still have a pillow I had from summer camp (I know; I’m weird) that is in fine condition! It’s time to check your supply, Paris, and replace accordingly.
A recent visit found exactly two shops and one bar occupied, out of a total of 84 outlets (according to the list of open and soon-to-be-open shops on the venue’s website). Now obviously we weren’t in all places at one time to get an accurate headcount, but as we strolled along, these were the only non-employee folks we saw.
And speaking of employees, each looked more bored than the last because they unfortunately didn’t have
any human contact at all very many customers. The rows of small shops had a lot of repeats such as the pair of salon/hair places right next to each other that had a forthcoming “beauty center” for a soon-to-be neighbor.
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It’s evidently contract extension season in Vegas. Frank- The Man, The Music will be sticking around at Palazzo through the end of the year. If you haven’t caught it yet, you’ll have at least until December 31st to hear Bob Anderson sing his way through the classic Sinatra hits you likely know so well. There’s also the 32-piece band led by Vincent Falcone, Sinatra’s own band leader from back in his prime. The show runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdaysy and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 9 p.m.
Now to switch gears from Frank to Frankie. Frankie Moreno’s residency at Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center has been extended for another 10 shows and will pick back up July 14 through September 29. After twelve shows that must have gone well, the crooner and pianist is back on select Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. If you missed him at Stratosphere and Golden Nugget before that, his show is definitely worth it. His piano abilities are downright impressive and he’s most certainly easy on the eyes. With tickets starting at just $25, give it a try.
One of the Strip’s most energetic shows is returning soon, this time at a new location. Recycled Percussion, the goofy drumming quartet (ok, one plays mostly guitar) you may remember from America’s Got Talent is bringing a new show to the Saxe Theater inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.
Their former show at The Linq (and Tropicana and Studio 54 before that) featured high energy drumming and an ADHD-fueled romp through classic rock hits. The show was called Recycled Percussion but it looks like that will change. The band posted a poll on its Facebook page asking fans to choose between the names Kaos The Show or Ridonkulous The Show. Eek. Not sure we can get on board with either of those names but hopefully the show is as fun as it was before, even though it will be on a smaller stage.
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There’s a new view in town. Well, sort of. Vista cocktail lounge at Caesars Palace offers panoramic views of “the world’s most breathtaking skylines” (according to its website). In real life, the rotating photos of famous skylines on the back wall look nice but breathtaking might be a stretch. Perhaps after a few cocktails.
The venue is right off the slot floor nearest the food court and parking garage, across from the Colosseum entrance. It would make a great spot to grab a drink before or after a show. It’s rather dark but the booth and table set ups are nice and intimate with chairs and couches facing each other in the middle, making little private spaces. (It used to be the Shadows Lounge, FYI.)
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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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The Linq is telling locals it’s time for a staycation with its new Linq Bloq Party.
Every Tuesday locals (that means you have to have a local ID, not just say you’re a local) can get half off High Roller tickets and score a special locals’ rate of $35 (there’s still the $25 resort fee plus tax) at The Linq Hotel, using offer code PILOC. At 8 p.m., strolling entertainment begins on the Linq Promenade and various bars and restaurants have food and drink specials if you show your local ID.
Brooklyn Bowl offers 15% off food and beverages though this doesn’t apply during happy hour, reverse happy hour, concerts, special events or lane reservations so this “deal” may be more complicated than it’s worth. Haute Doggery offers 15% off with no stipulations. Flour and Barley offers 15% off starting at 2 p.m. for parties of four or under. Chayo offers half off tacos and 2-for-1 margaritas. Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar (inside the hotel, not on the promenade) offers $4 Miller Lite, $5 Fireball and $6 wells all day Tuesday.
British crooner Matt Goss is coming back for another round in The Gossy Room at Caesars Palace. He’s been performing off and on since 2010 and on June 23, the run continues. The former Bros singer has been hailed as the second coming of Sinatra. This time around, he’s got some competition from Michael Monge at Eastside Lounge at Encore and Bob Anderson in Frank: The Man, The Music at Venetian, both of whom have Sinatra acts.
Goss has an ace in the hole this time in well-known entertainment manager and producer Bernie Yuman, who has repped Muhammad Ali and Siegfried & Roy. Perhaps he can keep the momentum going for the Vegas veteran. His nine-piece band and backup dancers should help.
Expect a mix of covers, his own tracks and of course a healthy dose of Sinatra classics. His new residency will run Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for GA, $80 for Gold Circle and $120 for VIP which includes a meet and greet with New Blue Eyes.
Also coming to Caesars Palace is the Reba, Brooks & Dunn show beginning on June 17. The mini-residency runs through July 4 and picks back up again in December when all the cowboys come to town again. [Thanks @Flinthaven for the tip!]