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The Strip / Eric Jordan Young / Planet Hollywood / Openings / Shows / Entertainment / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
If you’re wondering what’s Shakin’ at Planet Hollywood these days, head to Sin City Theatre on the mezz level to find out. Broadway performer and most recently a cast member of VEGAS! The Show, Eric Jordan Young, has set out on his own with his new production, Shakin'.
The high-energy show allows Young a chance to run through a laundry list of his favorites ranging from “Proud Mary” to “Old Black Magic,” which was one of his standard numbers from VEGAS! The Show. He runs through some Rat Pack classics like “Under My Skin” and pays special tribute to his idol, Sammy Davis Jr. with songs like “Candy Man.”
Off Strip / Silver Sevens / Steakhouses / Secret Vegas / Classic Vegas / Budget Vegas / Vegas Observations / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
We’re always on the lookout for secret places to eat and drink in Vegas. Secret places are just more fun. Or, maybe it’s that places that don’t advertise have to deliver in order to survive. That certainly seems to be the case with Cosmopolitan’s secret pizza. Whatever it is, we’re always excited to come across something that’s been hiding in plain sight.
A steakhouse doesn’t seem like the kind of place you want to keep a secret, but that’s exactly the case at The Back Room restaurant inside Silver Sevens. With no reviews available for guidance, this writer set out to find out what’s happening at the new Silver Sevens steakhouse.
When MyVEGAS reps announced rewards for Station Casinos, it became a great excuse to check into Palace Station. Aside from having a delicious dinner at the Charcoal Room, this Chatter'er has only visited the off-Strip property a couple of times, even though I drive by it almost weekly.
Palace Station compares fairly with other near Strip properties like Gold Coast and The Orleans. The mid-range hotel offers fine accommodations, but nothing better than you’d expect for the price point. Midweek rates are about $29 to $49 (plus resort fee) and weekends are closer to $100 per night.
In case you haven't heard, Halloween is a pretty big event in Vegas. We’ve already given you the scoop on Fright Dome, the Gates of Hell, The Asylum, and Hotel Fear. But, you may be unfamiliar with the frights found just a stone’s throw from Silver Sevens.
You might know Fortune Hotel & Suites as just another off-Strip bargain property. This VegasChatter writer can assure you, however, that it's also the creepiest destination in the Las Vegas Valley, guaranteed to give you nightmares long after you’ve checked out.
Dining / Openings / Town Square / Barbecue / BBQ / Restaurants / Eating / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
Just two short weeks ago, Pot Liquor CAS (short for Contemporary American Smokehouse) opened in Town Square. While any non-chain BBQ opening in Vegas is a good thing, there are several points that make this particular brand of smoked meats a bit more than what meets the eye.
A fairly hip space, Pot Liquor CAS has an impressively pedigreed chef at the helm. Chef/Owner Doug Bell was once the exec chef at StripSteak and now serves as corporate executive chef for The One Group. Just before that, he was at New York City's Plaza Hotel, heading up The Todd English Food Hall. With a maestro like that, there are sure to be some interesting eating ahead.
VegasChatter Reviews / Eating / Dining / Palms / The Palms / Lao Sze Chuan / → All Tags
The eagerly anticipated Chinese spot at Palms is now open. The trope is almost mandatory now: gambling establishments with over 100 slot machines must have bathrooms, emergency exits, and a Chinese restaurant. But, at least this new dining destination isn't like the dens of grease/MSG many claim and features a proper chef doing proper Chinese specialties.
Szechuan food is characterized by two ingredients: chili oil and Szechuan peppercorns. Both play a heavy part in the food at Lao Sze Chuan, especially in the Spicy Szechuan Rabbit appetizer ($7.95). This is a dish for those looking to satiate that peppercorn addiction, applying almost medical-grade numbing to every surface in your mouth. If you wanted to scare away a novice, this would be the dish to do it with. The dish, served cold, is quite tasty, just watch out for the many sharp bones and don't start popping it in your mouth like this writer did.
Usually, when a strip club rents out a space in its building to a third party, the tenant is often... how do we put this nicely? Unsavory. Even if that space is a dining establishment, one would expect it to be a fried food or pizza spot. But, what if -- and stay with us here -- what if it is a good restaurant? With good food? Maybe even a zealous dedication to non-GMO sourcing? Perhaps a Mexican place?
New-ish El Dorado Cantina shares a building with the strip club, Sapphire. Luckily for most (and sadly for a few, we suppose), the spaces are entirely separate. Other than the fact you can see a marquee that says "Sapphire" from the parking lot, you wouldn't know that just feet away through soundproofed walls, there is a strip club. At certain times of the day (the restaurant is operational 24/7), you can even see families and couples coming in for a nice dinner. While not on the top of our family friendly dining list, we suppose it's certainly an option!
VegasChatter Reviews / Off Strip Dining / Dining / Off Strip / Pizza / Art In Vegas / Restaurants / Eating / → All Tags
This writer has unknowingly been following John Anthony’s meat across Las Vegas. As inappropriate as that sounds, it’s the truth. The restaurant manager and now chef has had a hand in some of my favorite dishes during his time in various managerial positions at Vegas venues like Cathouse (now shuttered at Luxor), Comme Ca at Cosmo, and most recently, Bagatelle at Trop, may it rest in peace. While it was clear from the beginning Bagatelle didn’t have any more of a chance to survive long term than its predecessor Nikki Beach, I sure wanted it to because the venue was beautiful and the food was really solid. Bagatelle’s beef tartare was my favorite preparation of the dish I’ve ever had. A beautifully salty and flavorful beef mixed with a rich aoli… but alas, it is no more.
When a foodie friend of mine suggested we try the new Grinder’s Pizza Lounge on Russell and Rainbow, I was game as I had driven by the new southwest restaurant and was already eager to try it. Once I opened the door and saw a familiar face, I realized Grinder’s was John Anthony’s new place.
VegasChatter Reviews / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Mandalay Bay / Openings / Renovations / Room Remodels / → All Tags
As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.
Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasn’t so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.
After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.
Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Della’s Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).
My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? It’s easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starck’s vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its ‘94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.
VegasChatter Reviews / Bunkhouse / Bars / Eating / Dining / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / → All Tags
Downtown's dining scene is still in its infancy, trailing behind the already mature cocktail scene. Among the many openings of the last few months, Bunkhouse -- which has grabbed headlines as a live event venue -- has been under-appreciated as a food spot. You don't usually hear about it unless some hip band or seven-foot tall clown is doing a show, but when you do make it down there (there being Fremont & 11th), check out the outdoor take-away counter. And, even when there's not live entertainment, you should consider heading here for some of the best bar bites in town.
The space is quite different without the entertainment, quiet and much brighter. It almost looks like it's still an underground-ish locals bar, something like a cleaner Double Down Saloon. The inside is less hip and Instagram-y than the outside (which hosts a 59' Dodge D100 truck turned into booth seating and a "music listening tree"), but at least it comes off as very authentic.
We've been hearing rumblings about the opening of Mochiko Chicken for months now. It started with Jerry Misa and Sandra Lenska hanging up their food truck keys and putting brick to mortar. After a few setbacks and the rescheduling of an opening date, Mochiko Chicken is up and running.
Located off, off Strip at Decatur and Sahara (handy map link here), this specific brand of fried chicken is a kind of Hawaiian/Japanese/Southeast Asian fusion. Mochiko refers to the rice flour-based breading (Mochi=Rice in Japanese) that gives the chicken a light, crispy, almost tempura-like crunch. Miles, even leagues better than the frozen Tyson brand chicken that makes up 99% of the tenders on earth, Mochiko's chicken is akin to a child's favorite staple in an adult's quality. Good ingredients, loving preparation, and a light dusting of furikake. What's not to love? Combos start at $7, but you are without a doubt getting some of the best chicken fingers in town.
VegasChatter Reviews / Sahara / SLS Las Vegas / Name Changes / Reopenings / Room Remodels / Renovations / → All Tags
The Sahara was one of the first Vegas hotels that this writer (and my other half) ever stayed in. After visiting many times, both alone and with pals, Sahara felt like an old friend. Unfortunately, our relationship faltered when the property and level of service fell into decay. After a particularly unpleasant experience in 2009, I vowed not to return as a guest. And, I kept that promise… until last weekend when it was reborn as SLS Las Vegas.
As soon as an opening date for SLS was announced, I was able to book a two-night stay in a World Tower accommodation (360 sq. ft.) for that weekend. The World Tower is, by SLS’ own description, the "functional” arm of its three towers, with the Story Tower rooms (325 sq. ft.) intended for partiers, and Lux Tower rooms (465 sq. ft.) designed for those with luxury tastes.