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Vegas Returns / Steak / Steakhouses / CUT / Wagyu / Palazzo / Wolfgang Puck / Capital Grille / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
Two years after Japanese cattle put their foot in mouth, Americans finally got their "true" Wagyu back.
Wagyu means "Japanese cow" and is exotic... errr.. densely marbled, tender, and so flavorful it's sometimes referred to as the foie gras of beef. Familiar with Kobe beef? Not all Wagyu is Kobe, but all Kobe beef is Wagyu. If that's tougher to swallow than advanced differential equations, just know that Wagyu beef comes with a beefy cost. Those already familiar with Wagyu are probably wondering where it can again be witnessed on a winner... umm... dinner menu.
Wagyu is returning to Wolfgang Puck's CUT steakhouse at the Palazzo. The restaurant already offers several cuts of American Wagyu, like a 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($84) and Australian Wagyu ($140 for a 6 oz. Filet Mignon), but CUT is excited to be offering the real deal Japanese import once again.
Awards / Food / Dining / Eating / James Beard / Venetian / Palazzo / MGM Grand / Joel Robuchon / The Cosmopolitan / Bellagio / Aria / Wolfgang Puck / Jose Andres / Jaleo / → All Tags
Oh, those anxious moments before the announcers take to the podium. The James Beard Foundation announced the 2012 finalists yesterday in the food equivalent of receiving an Academy Award nomination. And, this year, all the tension was bottled into a room at the Palazzo. But, despite Las Vegas hosting the event, the city was offered little love on the voting forms. Categories ranged from Outstanding Chef and Restaurant to best food blogger and humorous food writing. (Our review of the city's fried Twinkies is mysteriously absent.)
Over 550 judges tabulate the results derived from over 59,000 entries which sounds like a statistical nightmare. But, the Beard Foundation Awards are the apex of respectability within the food community and enormously prestigious for peer recognition and helping build an audience of informed and appreciative diners. The Venetian and the Palazzo's own collection of restaurants includes more James Beard award recipients than any other hotel in the Vegas. And, even more impressively, the world.
Restaurant Week / Three Square / Restaurants / Fleur / Lake Las Vegas / Loews Lake Las Vegas / Tropicana / The Crystals / Mastro's Ocean Club / Social House / Wolfgang Puck / → All Tags
After weeks of planning, calculating, and scheming, it's time for action. Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2011 starts today and runs through September 11. Two weeks of glorious gluttony for the benefit of charity. Since we originally crunched the numbers and mapped our way through lunch, dinner, and even breakfast/late night, we caught some noteable additions to the Three Square menus. The total number of restos participating is now over 125.
First up, we take full credit for the late inclusion of the previously most notable omission: Mandalay Bay's Fleur obviously preferred to avoid the wrath of VegasChatter and is now offering not one, not two, but three RW menus: Lunch for $20.11, and Dinner for $30.11 or $50.11. Personally, knowing the brilliance that is Hubert Keller, we'd go for the $50.11 dinner that covers four courses, including his famous Braised Short Ribs.
Restaurant Week / Restaurants / Lunch / Aria / Downtown Vegas / New York-New York / Olives / Bellagio / Julian Serrano / Wolfgang Puck / MGM Grand / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Less than three weeks are left to finish the planning for Restaurant Week. Now that the stats are covered and the
limited breakfast and late night options spelled out, we move onto lunch recommendations, offered in two tiers of $20.11 and $30.11.
Same rules apply: we slice through old standbys, consider new spots worth checking out, and, most importantly, look for a decent Restaurant Week deal:
The Crystals / Wolfgang Puck / Eating / Dining / WTF / → All Tags
It's probably Top Chef's fault.
After so many seasons, we're just used to hearing foodies wax on and on about how great this dish was and how delectable that one was, too.
So much so that, now, we do it as well. OMG, you have to go there and taste this. Need a resto suggestion or two? Here's ten. Oh, and the nom tales! Like, this one time in
band camp Julian Serrano when we were eating tapas and the chef himself came out to say hi and we accidentally kissed him on the mouth? (True story, but it wasn't our fault. He threw us with one of those double cheek kiss greetings.)
That's why we were thrown - really thrown - the other day when we were tramping through The Crystals at CityCenter in contemplation of the best place to nosh for lunch.
We caught wind of Harrah’s and HSN teaming up for a summer promotion and had many questions. First off, it’s apparently just HSN now and not Home Shopping Network? A move surely meant to confuse us even further as to which three letter at-home hawker we should be watching. Secondly, will this pairing mean that we can buy Matt Goss magnets, pawned jewelry, and girls direct to our home from the comfort of our couch?
New Year's Eve 2009 Guide / Restaurants / Wolfgang Puck / CUT / Postrio / Trattoria del Lupo / → All Tags
You pretty much can't shake a stick in Las Vegas without hitting one of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's casual or fine dining restaurants.
Despite his larger-than-life persona and big brand presence, we actually really like his cuisine and were kinda shocked to stumble upon his affordable New Year's Eve prix fixe and tasting menus. Okay, maybe CUT excluded.
But still, it's pretty cool that foodies in Vegas can still get a multi-course celebrity chef experience -- on New Year's Eve, no less -- for under a Benjamin. And if you take a peek at this menus, the chefs aren't skimping on quality foodstuffs -- Perigord black truffles, house smoked salmon, diver scallops, Kobe beef, caviar, Champagne, veal cheeks and shanks, Main lobster, and blue prawns are all represented.
"A" to the tasty "men" on that.
Nowadays, it’s becoming harder and harder to hear, "Sorry, the kitchen’s closed," as everyone seems to be hopping on the late night dining menu bandwagon. We’re okay with squeezing a post-dinner/pre-breakfast chow down, but just pray to gawd it’s not inspired by Taco Bell’s annoying Fourthmeal concept/commercials. We don’t do late night drive-thru as a rule.
Anyway, the latest establishment to sate our night owl cravings is Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, located inside MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. The menu is served from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily, and features all our bar food and small bite favorites.