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After the June closure of Pinot Brasserie at Venetian (the resort deciding against two casual-but-creative, celebrity chef-driven, side-by-side French Brasserie concepts), another dining destination is already on the way.
Because fields that lie fallow don't bear any fruit, a Miami-based restaurant group and its James Beard award-winning flagship, Yardbird have taken over the coveted spot between Public House and DB Brasserie.
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What defines the dining character of Vegas (more than buffets)? The all-American steakhouse, of course!
Steakhouses in Las Vegas run the gambit from classic ranch house-style (The Steakhouse at Circus Circus) and high-concept dining spots (Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris) to hip "clubstraunts" (STK at the Cosmopolitan). With the immense variety, it's easy to strike out on your own and hit a dud. Not all steakhouses are created equal, but there are a handful that really make their mark as "essential." There are many that serve up an amazing steak or have an amazing story to go along with them (Herbs & Rye among the best of both), but few are so egregious to miss as those below.
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A common predicament in Las Vegas is the necessity of a late night meal. Luckily, in this 24-hour town, you are not limited to Waffle House (not that we have one). Though, there’s nothing wrong with Waffle House, amirite, East Coasters? With so many options, it may be difficult to choose which restaurant should satisfy your cravings after midnight. Here are a few of our favorites:
“Secret Pizza”: A hallway nestled next to Blue Ribbon Sushi at The Cosmopolitan, this "hidden" pizza joint serves late night pie until 5 a.m. It’s the perfect spot to grab a slice after an all-night dance party at Marquee or a concert at Boulevard Pool. Especially delicious is the white pizza, which is making this writer wish she hadn’t chosen to pen this story around lunch time. The pepperoni and the meatball are also solid options.
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The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
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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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May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.
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It's the rare Vegas hotel-casino that doesn't have a dedicated lineup of comedians these days. Heck, even Silver Sevens has one now. But, comediennes? That's tougher to find.
Jerry Seinfeld grabs headlines at Caesars Palace from time to time. Next door, The Mirage's Aces of Comedy are mostly all studs. Brad Garrett has his own comedy shop over at MGM Grand while quite a few other resorts are Bonkerz for jokes, too; but, again, there are more male than female entertainers. Tropicana did give Roseanne Barr the stage for a spell and Rita Rudner once headlined New York-New York before her now occasional Vegas appearances. So, why can't girls rule the
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It could be tunnel vision, but ever since Venetian switched low limits blackjack to pay 6:5, the games are virtually empty. In fact, besides on the weekend, all of the low limits tables that aren’t craps seem eerily quiet. The high limits 3:2 blackjack games, however, have been doing brisk business as usual. Nothing has changed there.
While walking towards the beautiful sportsbook recently, this writer noticed the Dealers Angel blackjack machine. This video blackjack machine has seats for five players, but nobody was playing when I walked by. A quick check of the rules showed that this video blackjack game paid 3:2 for blackjack and that the dealer stays on 17. These are great rules for the player. Even better is that the minimum bet is $5. This video blackjack game is one of the best low limits blackjack games you’ll find anywhere in Vegas.
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It’s not just anywhere that you can sit outside and eat or drink the night away. Even though it can get chilly or sweltering hot in Las Vegas, when the sun goes down, almost any night can still feel like a beautiful evening to be outdoors. In the summer, sitting outside in the warmth of a 95 degree evening beats sitting inside in a sweater because casino air conditioning is too cold.
VegasChatter Reader Curtis B. likes to dine under the stars and tells us he had a delicious meal outside at SW Steakhouse. Now, he would like more ideas:
coming from the cold North (snow here again today) in a month and looking for new ideas (or just fresh ideas for me) for a nice higher end restaurant that has outside seating. We ate at SW at the Wynn last year, was very good, nice setting, food was great and so nice to eat outside at night in the warmth rather than in cold AC restaurant.
Well, ask and ye shall receive. There are a quite a a few restaurants that offer a similarly great meals, outdoors, on the Vegas Strip.
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After a four year absence, Daniel Boulud's DB Brasserie is back on the Las Vegas Strip. Vegas veterans likely recall when the dining spot was over at Wynn. For its return, it's moving one mega-resort south.
DB Brasserie officially opens tomorrow, Thursday, April 23 at the Venetian|Palazzo. Contemporary French-American fare will still be the name of the game. You'll find the eatery where Valentino once resided. At first, a DBGB Kitchen and Bar, also by Chef Boulud, was to have gone in the space. Diners, however, will still find DBGB burgers on the brasserie's menu.
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All the buzz has been about the Boss Bakery across the hall, but the original Vegas home of Buddy V's has recently added a new attraction of its own. Within the past month, the Italian restaurant inside Venetian|Palazzo launched Sunday Brunch, filling a void in the neighborhood created after First Food and Bar closed up shop one year ago.
Buddy's Family Brunch is buffet-style served over five unique stations throughout the restaurant: an antipasto, carvery, chef's corner, kid's corner and a sweet table. Our favorite brunch dish is available in the form of a bottomless add-on ($14.95) and includes a choice of sangria, Bloody Marys, Bloody Caesars', mimosas, beers, frozen cocktails and wines by the glass. Grazie to Buddy V for the best bottomless liquid brunch deal we've seen in Vegas.
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The latest outpost in the Buddy Valastro empire opened at Venetian|Palazzo last month when the Cake Boss and his whole crew opened another Carlo's Bakery to a throng of fans that lined up all the way down the hall and wrapped around the Grand Canal waiting to get a peek at his (baked) goods.
The shop was, in fact, so mobbed we vowed to come back when it was sure to be quieter. Fast forward two weeks and, even without the star owner's presence, interest hadn't waned one bit. The below snapshot of the crowded shop was taken this past Sunday.