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Thanksgiving or even Christmas is coming early for devoted fans of Capriotti's. The sandwich shop chain with multiple Vegas area branches has gone all-out at their Paradise Road location and is now offering 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week service.
Long hailed as a superior fast food choice for this writer and many others, it's the Thanksgiving sandwich, or the 'Bobbie,' that's the star of the show. Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a bit of mayo. It's clearly not rocket science, but that combo is easy to turn-out dry and could go tragically wrong. These guys don't have that problem, though, and the Bobbie has even been voted "America's Greatest Sandwich." That's across the whole country, people. And, from a restaurant chain.
Openings / Culinary Dropout / Vinyl / Hard Rock / Restaurants / Events / Music / Dining / The Ainsworth / F.U. Noodles / → All Tags
The Hard Rock's next stage of upgrades is starting to roll out. And, on time. This past weekend, the inside/outside gastropub Culinary Dropout premiered and Vinyl, their new boutique music venue started packing them in. We'd been included in a tour of the unfinished properties back in July and were looking forward to dropping in on the Dropouts to sample more of their wares. We were glad we did.
Culinary features an open-plan kitchen, raw bar and pasta-making station. That free and open policy extends to the servers, all who wear their own clothing. That's unusual. Particularly since you'll often be hard pressed to recognize which is a fellow customer, or the friendly soul who took your drink order. This no-fuss approach stamps its mark on the restaurant's look, from place settings and mis-matched furniture to its open industrial loft motif. But, don't let the casual tone distract you from the very hip core values driving this venture.
As soon as you walk in, you'll be able to witness busy-bee culinary preparation.
Aside from the informal design, the menu is all business. We're a fan. We'd previously tried their fried chicken with honey drizzled biscuits. On this return trip, we only sampled a couple of extra items. The soft pretzels with provolone fondue is a very fine dish to share. A staffer recommend pairing the molten cheese with other dishes. They also highly recommended the 36-hour pork ribs for a follow-up visit. We think they are probably right.
We also tried the pork belly cubano sandwich with bonus ham and swiss cheese. Another winner.
Renovations / Hard Rock / Vinyl / Music / Events / Culinary Dropout / Eating / Restaurants / Dining / Openings / Mr. Lucky's / Backstage Pass / Players Clubs / The Peacock / Shopping / Souvenirs / The Ainsworth / The Joint / → All Tags
There's a whole lot of shakin' up at the Hard Rock. Venues, restaurants, bars, souvenirs... It's all a go-go. On a media tour to roll out the fresh changes to the resort, VegasChatter tasted and toured the minty new-ness and we think you're going to feel a renewed sense of energy throughout the place.
In no order of preference, here's a rundown of the changes you'll see:
It may still look the same on the outside, but inside things are changing at the Hard Rock. Or, perhaps we should say, things are still changing at the HRH.
The latest issue of Backstage Magazine, the Hard Rock's in-room publication, features a two-page article detailing all the new and/or upcoming additions. Entitled "Turning Over A New Rock," the post touches on the changes poolside (from new names to a new experience), in the resort's dining spaces (a reno of Mr. Lucky's which includes the removal of a wall, the upcoming arrival of Culinary Dropout) and more (new seating in Center Bar and at Registration as well as the opening of Vinyl, a new 'multi-use' space).
It's quite a lot of changes. And, that's not even counting a revamped players club, stealing Pauly D from the Palms (not sure if this is a plus), disappearing slots, the closure of Rare 120, the opening of 35 Steaks and (here's that word again) more.
And, while Hard Rock execs call it "continually reinventing ourselves and pushing the envelope," guests call it... well, read the thoughts of recent visitor Caramba for yourself:
Del Frisco's / Steakhouses / Botero / Oscar's / Old Homestead / Carne Vino / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
It's been pretty boring lately on the steak front. Old Homestead opened and we were excited but after countless uninspiring reviews, we decided to stay away from our New York City favorite. Oscar's opened downtown and, similar to Old Homestead, reviews haven't been great. (Although, one person seemed to like the beef.) We've stayed away. Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse just opened and all we know is that he's on TV and looks like an older version of Bo Burnham.
Still, we always crave steak. There's nothing new and exciting so what are we to do to fill our craving? Return to Carne Vino? Nah, we need something different. We took our first visit to a national steak temple (chain), Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse.
Chain restaurants are never exciting, but with new options in Vegas dwindling for steak we had to try the Las Vegas location of Del Frisco's (DF for the cool kids). The New York City location always turns out a decent steak, so we figured that we'd have a similar experience in Vegas. DF was so good, we returned a week later for another adventure!
We're in the midst of a hotel hunt for our upcoming Las Vegas looky loo and even though we will probably chance it to the hotel selections that come up on HotelTonight, we couldn't resist checking out what another one of our fave booking sites, Quikbook, had on offer.
While we didn't find much that appealed to our hotel wants and wishes nor our budgetary restrictions, we did see this hotel pop up in the listing -- Bluegreen Club 36.
We'd never heard of Bluegreen before but in doing some Internet research, we found the resort to be a part of the Bluegreen Vacation Clubs. So when the club owners aren't filling up the rooms, Bluegreen Club 36 loans 'em out to regular hotel guests.
Rumor is throwing a Pool Party Safari Saturday, April 28 noon to 7 p.m. Super soakers -- yup, flashback circa 1990 -- will be out in force along with DJs, an 18-foot inflatable waterslide, a 30-foot slip-n-slide, and a blow-up boxing ring. Paging Mr. Tyson to unwind after his one-man show? Drinking relays will be aplenty, too. Alcohol and a boxing ring? Scratch that call to Tyson. We'll focus on slip-n-slide, booze-fueled accidents.
Pools / Pool Scenes / Adult Pools / Hard Rock / Rehab / Relax / Beachlife / → All Tags
Rehab is the infamous Vegas pool party that keeps on giving... even if we may not want it to. But, if Rehab has become disappointingly tame for you, there's a new way for you to rock the Vegas pool scene.
The Hard Rock has three other ways for you to chill out this pool season, taking the typical
drunken Vegas weekend from two to four days, every week. Dubbed "Beachlife," things start every week with Summer Camp Fridays, featuring water balloon fights (what, no vodka filled balloons?), squirt gun battles (oh, sorry, ma'am. did you not want to get wet there?), and staff dressed in their campy best. Remember that one time in band camp by stopping by Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies and hotel guests will get in free. Guys staying elsewhere will need to hand over $20 bucks.
VegasChatter Reviews / Openings / Flavor Flav / House of Flavor / Strip Malls / Celebs in Vegas / → All Tags
How does a clock-carrying celebrity celebrate their 53rd birthday in this day and age
if they've already done multiple reality shows? By opening their own chicken joint in Las Vegas, of course. That's exactly what Flavor Flav did March 16. The off-Strip House of Flavor is located across from the Boulevard Mall, about a five minute drive from the original rumored location at the Riviera.
Openings / House of Flavor / Flavor Flav / Celebs in Vegas / Restaurants / Dining / Eating / → All Tags
Almost a year ago, TMZ had us all believing that 2011 would see a House of Flavor in the Riviera. But, we never did get the chance to dive into a bucket of Flav-orful chicken. Well, guess what? House of Flavor really is coming to Vegas. 'Cept not to the Riv. Or, the Strip.
No, House of Flavor -- the chicken joint of, you guessed it, Flavor Flav -- will open across from the off-Strip Boulevard Mall next Thursday, March 15. A grand opening is set for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. And, there's a good chance that Flav himself will be there since he's
available a local and all. Just exercise some caution when ordering the potato salad. We're just saying.
Motley Crue / Hard Rock / The Joint / Vince Neil / Tommy Lee / Shows / Concerts / Music / Events / → All Tags
Motley Crüe's first rock 'n roll residency opened last Friday at The Joint inside the Hard Rock. The Crüe promised to transform the Hard Rock's casino floor into a carnival and influence its restaurant menus before delivering a Cirque meets rock show never before seen. Expectations were set for a mind-blowing epic performance for the ages. So which Cirque show did we witness on opening night: a LOVE-fest or an 'I can't Believe I spent money for that' crap-fest?
The carnival atmosphere didn't quite consume us entering the casino. Red bunting and Motley Crüe ads hung above the center bar while a couple clowns and stilt walkers posed for pictures near the Joint entrance. A handful of funhouse mirrors tossed in the Joint's hallway continued the underwhelming theme. The biggest pre-show circus turned out to be the line that stretched from the concert hall entry out past the Hart and Huntington tattoo shop less than thirty minutes before showtime.
Motley Crue / Hard Rock / The Joint / 35 Steaks and Martinis / Pink Taco / Vince Neil / Tommy Lee / Shows / Concerts / Music / → All Tags
The Hard Rock's gonna be Motley Crüe's Frankenstein beginning today when the Feelgood hands of doctors Neil, Lee, Sixx, and Mars launch their much anticipated three week residency. The band is known for their over-the-top live shows anyhow, but the Crue is kicking it up a hundred notches for The Joint.
Not many intimate details about the actual show have been released to date other than that fans should expect a full-blown Cirque meets rock concert. Band members have hinted at transforming every inch of the Joint into performance space rather than being limited to playing the stage at one end. We're picturing Tommy Lee banging away above us, below us, and to both sides of us. In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Vince Neil revealed more elements of the two hour show: pyrotechnics, aerialists,
strippers dancers, wild video displays, a rollercoaster drum set and Little Crüe.