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Why We're Loco For The Adventuredome

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (3)

Here at VegasChatter, we love what’s new. It’s no surprise that we’ve covered El Loco, the most recent ride addition at The Adventuredome, quite a bit. But, what about the rest of the ‘Dome? It's been up and running for over twenty years, but is it worth your time? Or, is it a tourist trap better left for the Clark Griswolds of the world? This writer set out to answer these questions while conquering the new El Loco coaster during a recent visit to Circus Circus.

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First Impressions Of Downtown's Newly Opened Oak & Ivy Bar

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
July 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

After eight months of operation, the opening roster of Downtown's Container Park has suffered some significant casualties. Cheffini's Hot Dogs replaced Pork & Beans, numerous little shops have changed hands, the putting-green grass (predictably) was replaced by astroturf, and now the Boozery vacates their spot to have Oak & Ivy step in. (Sadly, Big Ern's BBQ, despite their best efforts, is still open).

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TAO's Menu Do-Over Needs Another Do-Over

Where: 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (3)

After quite some time of not daring to touch their food lineup, the highest-grossing and most-profitable restaurant in America has deigned to make a change. The 62,000-foot behemoth that is TAO at Venetian made its bones off of being one of the first to bring clubs and restaurants together and one of the first to really popularize Asian-fusion cuisine. But, it also really needed to update the somewhat dated menu.

When not wrangling in the celebrity crowd with a fishing trawler, the staff has to push thousands of people every night, something only a buffet kitchen could usually do. Here they have whole teams dedicated to skewering sea bass or sautéing the shiitake in one of their still most popular dishes, the Sea Bass Satay ($19), which has been featured on Food Network's Best Thing I Ever Ate.

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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 didn’t go by without a new steakhouse opening. Steakhouses were a dining trend that was music to this carnivore’s ears. Now, just about every casino has a steakhouse so there’s not much new to experience on the steak front. I’ve been revisiting my favorites on the Vegas Strip like SW Steakhouse at Wynn and, more recently, Prime at Bellagio. There’s nothing wrong with eating at restaurants known to provide great food and great service, but there’s 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. It’s 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 there’s a good chance that we would be in for a solid meal at fair prices and that’s exactly what we had.

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There's A New Worst Show In Town

Where: 202 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (11)

Imagine taking leftovers, carving it up and serving one semi-edible portion as the main course all over again. That's what Four Queens gives us with downtown’s biggest little train wreck, Broadway Rat Pack (BRP), which has been reworked and rechristened as The King and The Chairman Chairman of the Board That's Life. Unfortunately, BRP version 2.0 will have you wishing you brought along the air sickness bag from your last flight.

Last November, in a review of Broadway Rat Pack, this writer called it “a cheap amateurish production all the way.” The show, which shared Four Queen's Canyon Club Theater with the long-running hit Mike Hammer Comedy Magic, managed to stink up Fremont for eight months before quietly closing a few weeks ago. Just as the odor was starting to dissipate, Broadway Rat Pack rose from the grave.

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What To Expect From Mercadito At Red Rock

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
July 17, 2014 at 9:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

When you hear "off-strip casino Mexican food," it's only natural to picture a place where 90% of the food comes out of industrial #10 cans and everything is the same set of tired stereotypes. Maybe there's some really cheesy murals or a churro with whipped cream on it for $6.

Mercadito at Red Rock Resort is not that kind of place. It's not groundbreaking nor is it outstanding. The word this writer can think of to describe it best is "competent." It's a competent Mexican restaurant.

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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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Kerry Simon Plants a Flag Downtown With Carson Kitchen

Where: 124 S Sixth St. [map], 89101
June 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon is the first big name to cast his sights upon downtown with the debut of his newest concept, Carson Kitchen. After a year of waiting and quiet updates, the newest tenant of the revamped John E. Carson building (formerly a motel) is serving up some very cool cuisine to a packed house nightly.

There's a certain kind of atmosphere that Carson Kitchen emanates, a certain kind of aura (if that's a real thing and also something restaurants can have). It has a certain blend of that "neighborhood" communal feel, but still has plenty of creativity oozing out between the floorboards. It's the kind of place that, after a cocktail or two, makes you start to feel like you're on vacation in a much cooler city. Portland, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Denver... hell, it almost feels like some of the hip LA suburbs that have the bad names (LA suburbs with good-sounding names are almost always post-apocalyptic hellholes). Somehow that feel has been plucked from those cities, but without the humidity.

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What You Should Know About Dining at Giada's

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (5)

Giada's is many things to many people. It represents the first foray into dining for the namesake herself, Giada de Laurentiis, the soul of The Cromwell (and the new casino gut-and-remodel projects) as a whole, and what will define a celebrity chef-driven venue in Vegas.

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To Be Frank About It, We Loved Wiener's Circle

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
June 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (6)

One of the latest Las Vegas imports from Chicago is Wiener's Circle, now open at Red Rock Resort. The hot dog (and more) dining spot not only brings a bit of Windy City history, but inherits some of its own by way of its location which once housed a Pink's and a Bagel Cafe. For those familiar with the Red Rock nook, the space is essentially the same size; though, the addition of some red leather bench seating and shaving down a wall to add steps directly into the sportsbook makes it feel larger.

That its spot between the sportsbook and poker room helps play up to the Wiener's Circle name is no coincidence. The original Chicago owners were once in the horse racing business, but later decided their money was better spent on wieners, naming their new venture as a nod to their past. Hence, the circle is complete.

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You'll Never Believe What An Extra $10 Gets You At El Cortez

Where: 600 E Fremont St [map], 89101
June 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (5)

Want a great blackjack game, some cheap eats, or an unusual casino promo? El Cortez is your spot.

What if you’re looking for a place to get some rest and want something upscale and modern? We’re guessing El Cortez doesn’t immediately come to mind. The hotel at El Cortez is mostly made up of older rooms that come with low rates. We’ve reviewed their tower rooms in the past and, while we wouldn’t describe them as upscale or modern, they are well-maintained and a great value. If you’re more interested in boutique than bargain, you may be surprised to discover what a difference $10 can make when booking a room here. This writer certainly was after a recent two-night stay.

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Dining At The New DB Brasserie

Where: 89109
June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas has been short one bright star in our sky since the closing of Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn in 2010. After the closing of such a singular fixed point of our fine dining scene since 2005, it was not clear if Chef Daniel would set his sights back on us again. But, with the closing of Valentino last year at Venetian and the mystery surrounding its replacement, whispers and rumors grew into a roar, “Daniel Boulud is coming back!” After a brief moment of fear that it would be another burger concept (Batali took that one for the team with B&B Burger & Beer), the countdown began for DB Brasserie.

First, a note on the dining room: holy crap, this is an immensely beautiful space. It’s a great blend of that modern monochrome winter-color style, but adheres to a great array of traditionalist aesthetic proportions, too. Opulent without being imposing, richly detailed without being garish or sacrificing any hipness, just very well done.

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