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Why You Must Go to LAGO On Your Next Big Night Out

May 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (9)

Whether your taste buds prefer to speak Italian or Spanish, holy moly chef Julian Serrano's newest restaurant Lago translates to a-m-a-zing in any language. Bellagio's lakeside Circo-replacement is a bright, airy and elegant space that screams experience upon entering. The original menu is primarily Italian tapas covering meats, seafoods and pasta but also offers entrees for those that save room.

With floor to ceiling views overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains, window and outdoor seating will be at a premium for what many diners will expect to be the star attraction. And while Lago offers prime viewing, the resort's dancing waters easily become second fiddle to Serrano once the first bites begin to arrive.

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Should You Indulge In Glutton?

Where: 616 East Carson [map], 89101
April 30, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

After the announcement of Glutton's downtown arrival, there wasn't much info released until its opening. Until very recently, there even wasn't much of a publicly available menu. But, it seems the new dining destination is up and running at what feels to be cruising speed after serving up its first customers on April 10.

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Our First Thoughts On Little Tony's At Palace Station

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
April 29, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Dillinger in all its massive glory.

If youíre a Pizza Rock fan, you now have another place to enjoy Tony Gemignaniís delicious creations: Little Tonyís at Palace Station. Several of his classics like the popular Cal Italia and the ginormous Dillinger have made the move, but the menu also offers a lot more like specialty pasta dishes not seen at his other two restaurants in downtown and at Green Valley Ranch.

The design elements are more like Tonyís San Francisco restaurants. Thereís no giant semi truck in this location, sigh. Comfy leather booths and red brick give an old school pizzeria charm. New to this location are also the cast iron pizzas plus several pizzas not available in his other Nevada restaurants.

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New Kid On The Block: Searsucker

Where: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
April 22, 2015 at 8:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the opening of his newest restaurant, former Top Chef contestant and Food Network judge Brian Malarkey brings his unique spin on American food to Las Vegas. Occupying the former space of Munchbar, Searsucker adds yet another dining choice to Caesars Palace.

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MyVEGAS'ing Over To Green Valley Ranch

Where: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson, NV [map], 89052
April 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM | by | Comments (9)

Our tour of MyVEGAS hotels available to Las Vegas locals continues with a recent visit to Green Valley Ranch. I live minutes from Red Rock Resort so the 30-minute (plus) drive to GVR made this really feel like a getaway.

When approaching Green Valley Ranch, it really does feel as though youíre not in Vegas. And, that's because, technically, you're in Henderson. Driving around the grounds, it almost feels as though an estate was lifted and moved from Connecticut or a Florida housing complex. Itís really beautiful and different to see.

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Blue Man Group Is Still Worth Some Green

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 17, 2015 at 4:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.

Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.

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Planet Hollywood's New Sportsbook Restaurant, Ringer, Off To A Good Start

April 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (7)

The Planet Hollywood sportsbook had undergone some renovations this past March, including some major ones to the bar area. (I first noted it a few weeks ago as a tip to VegasChatter. I am now one of the team's newest contributors.)

During that same trip, my friends and I were able to check it out and see how they were faring during their first weeks of operation. The weekend that we were there was the first round of the NCAA 2015 tournament, and the new restaurant, Ringer, and book were undergoing a trial by fire, as the crowds associated with March Madness and spring break were present in full force.

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In Fremont East, PublicUs Is The Epitome Of Hip

Where: 1126 Fremont St. [map], 89101
April 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown is not only growing up, but also growing out. As the area becomes safer, cleaner and filled with more resources, businesses are becoming more and more comfortable with their general distance from the epicenter that is the Fremont Street Experience. PublicUs is pushing that boundary, and is doing so with some of the hippest food off the Strip.

PublicUs is located on a very nondescript corner of Fremont East, "way" down at Maryland Parkway (Google map here). From the outside, it is very minimal; inside, it is a palace dedicated to hipness. Custom-warped wood benches, modernist wall treatments, and a centerpiece of a giant, beautiful espresso machine. This machine and all things coffee are manned by Cole McBride, one of the most awarded competitive baristas in the world. This man practically has a PhD in coffee. The restaurant even boasts laboratory-grade water treatment equipment.

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Off Strip Dining: Gelato Messina

Where: 1980 Festival Plaza Dr. [map], 89135
April 2, 2015 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Gelato Messina first opened its doors in Darlinghurst, Australia in 2002. Since then, it's expanded across Australia and, most recently, into America. Specifically, theyíve expanded their fresh ingredient-oriented gelato chain to the 'burbs of Downtown Summerlin.

Offering 40 flavors of gelato per day, all gelato is churned on-site and many ingredients are made on-site as well. For instance, the Apple Pie gelato includes fresh apple pie workers bake themselves.

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Off Strip Dining: Andiron Steak & Sea

Where: 1720 Festival Plaza Drive [map], 89135
March 27, 2015 at 10:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Andiron Steak & Sea is the latest restaurant in the Blau Associates takeover of Las Vegas suburb, Summerlin, which has already brought the area dining destinations, Honey Salt and MADE L.V.

Quite possibly the defining restaurant for the whole of Downtown Summerlin (the mall south of Red Rock Resort which opened last year), newly opened Andiron sets out for a lofty goal, but does so with a heavy measure of grace.

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Pizza Rock Still Rockin' With New Green Valley Ranch Locale

Where: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway [map], 89052
March 23, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (6)

The Old Chicago with sausage and meatballs.

Green Valley Ranch is a whole lot tastier. Off Strip mainstay Hankís got a new friend in the reliably good food category as downtown favorite Pizza Rock expands to add a GVR outpost. Award-winning pizza chef Tony Gemignani said he tailored the menu a bit for the suburban crowd, but kept most of the favorites. He also retained the semi truck in the middle of the restaurant, like its sister location in downtown Vegas, only this one makes a little more sense as it has the entire truck cab and trailer, fully stocked with beer boxes.

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At Westgate, Starting The Day At Sid's Cafe

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
March 9, 2015 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (14)

As the number of 24-hour coffee shops and cafes inside Vegas casinos continues to dwindle, itís refreshing to report on the addition of a new one. Sidís Cafe at Westgate Las Vegas isnít content to be your typical greasy spoon. Sure, it offers the usual late-night ham and eggs, but at Sidís, they're served with fancy napkins under an enormous chandelier.

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