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Our Thoughts After A Stay At The LINQ Hotel

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (21)

It took a transitional brand (The Quad already seems like a distant memory) to get from the heavily themed Imperial Palace to the modern and hip LINQ, but we think Caesars Entertainment has gotten it right this time. Though some construction walls are still up and the pool won't be ready until next spring, The LINQ is aims to make its presence known in the budget-friendly hotel market for all the good reasons this time. With the amenities of a luxury property like a snazzy lobby bar, but without the hefty price tag, we are impressed with the remodel and looking forward to the spring openings of the revamped pool and spa.

Check-In

We got to experience VIP check in which is a separate, posh-looking room apart from the main registration area. Arriving around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, the main check-in desk was well-staffed and lines were short and seemed to be moving quickly. As room blocks are color-coded, an initial rundown of how to get to our room seemed a little confusing, but a reminder that elevators were marked for which color block they serviced made it clear.

Normally we'd be creeped out if somebody was watching us shower but this makes for fun selfies.

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That One Time We Went Jetpacking In Pahrump (And How You Can, Too)

Where: 3601 S. Highway 160 [map], 89048
November 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (7)

When I first chose Mr. Pappagiorgio as my VegasChatter alter ego, I didn't expect it to be the Superman to my Clark Kent. But, after suiting up to test my superhero prowess via the newest Jetpack America Experience, I can say that -- while I'm no Iron Man -- Aquaman should start quaking in his wake.

For those that missed the intro last month, Jetpack America has added Pahrump to its Newport Beach and San Diego locations that offer the power of flight by strapping on hydro-powered jetpacks.

So let's get it out of the way upfront. Newport Beach, San Diego and... Pahrump? Yep. Turns out the owner of Jetpack America also owns Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch where an eight-acre freshwater lake was built to accommodate wanna-be waterheroes. So, basically, the same guy that built an extreme racing facility in his backyard added another toy to his playground. And, unlike most of the racing experiences which require a country club-like membership, Jetpack America Flight Experiences are open to the public.

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Bocho Brings Sushi To Downtown's Fremont East

Where: 124 S 6th Street [map], 89101
November 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM | by | Comments (2)

It is surprising that it's taken this long, but it has finally happened. Many downtown visitors and residents (this writer included in the latter) have been living in a veritable sushi desert, without a spider roll worth having (outside of a hotel) for 20 minutes in any direction. Now, after much waiting, Bocho Sushi is open in Fremont East.

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At Planet Hollywood, A Hike, A Search, And A Surprise

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
November 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (10)

I want to introduce myself. I'm George Addams, a frequent traveler to Las Vegas. I'm middle aged, I'm from the middle of America, and I'm a middle roller (green chip blackjack and dollar video poker). I like gambling, and all the kitschy things Vegas offers. I'm delighted to have been invited to write for VegasChatter. I plan to share stories of my Vegas adventures, hotel and restaurant reviews, and perhaps some tips on gambling and comps, too.

I'm currently at the diamond level in the Total Rewards players club offer by the casinos of Caesars Entertainment. As a member, I received an email for three comped nights at Planet Hollywood in a Hollywood Hip room, which is their least expensive room. I had never stayed there before, but I knew that as a diamond, if I stayed mid-week and not at high season, they'd likely have some extra empty rooms and I had a good chance to score a complimentary upgrade.

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Brunching It At DB Brasserie

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
October 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

After being adopted by the power-lunch set and seeing a very successful first season with dinner service, weekend brunch at DB Brasserie at Venetian is now in full gear.

For anyone familiar with DB's lunch menu, you will notice many identical or similar dishes. While a nice piece of Rainbow Trout Grenobloise ($21) may be tempting for those unable to make the daily lunch service, it doesn't exactly scream "brunch," or at least not the American interpretation of it. However, items like the Flat Iron Steak & Eggs ($30, au poivre like the lunch item) or the Fines Herbs Omelette ($15) qualify as well as exemplify the spirit of DB Brasserie: civility, but not to the point of inaccessibility.

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Eric Jordan Young Is Officially Shakin' Up Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.”

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Secret Steakhouse At Silver Sevens? We’re On It!

Where: 4100 Paradise Road [map], 89169
October 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (6)

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.

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Palace Station Rooms Are What You Might Expect

Where: 2411 W. Sahara [map], 89102
October 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (7)

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.

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The Horrors Are Year-Round At Fortune Hotel

Where: 325 E. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89169
October 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (6)

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.

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A Visit To Vegas' Newest BBQ Joint: Pot Liquor CAS

Where: 6587 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89119
October 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

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Lao Sze Chuan Cranks Up The Heat At Palms

Where: 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
September 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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This Is Crazy, But There's A Restaurant Next To A Strip Club You Should Check Out

Where: 3025 S. Industrial Rd. [map], 89109
September 23, 2014 at 8:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

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!

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