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Trip Report 2015: é, Twist, Bazaar Meat, Bardot, Bouchon, L'A, LoS, Yardbird

No quotes. More like capital letters.

about 2 hours ago
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Trip Report 2015: é, Twist, Bazaar Meat, Bardot, Bouchon, L'A, LoS, Yardbird

Great report, and glad two of my favorites showed so well.

1 day ago
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1st visit to Vegas for a concert- will I regret my choices??

Matter of preference.

1 day ago
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1st visit to Vegas for a concert- will I regret my choices??

Carnevino. It is worth the price. Those who fault it generally site the pastas or sides, rarely the beef.

May 27, 2015
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1st visit to Vegas for a concert- will I regret my choices??

You'll likely regret Old Homestead as there are many better Steakhouses in Vegas. Likewise Rao's.

Consider Holsteins for the burger.
Consider Carnevino, Delmonico, or Ramsay for Steak.
Consider Portofino, B&B, or Allegro for Pasta.
Everything on the strip is "close" to Caesars'

May 26, 2015
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Annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas June 8-13

Send me an e-mail, we can coordinate. I can likely recruit a few more, depending on time of day.

Bardot is indeed Mina's French Brasserie.

May 26, 2015
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Annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas June 8-13

I'm here, but neither of those are on my upcoming agenda unfortunately. For 'nearby' the Rio, KJ Dim Sum inside the Rio is quite good - possibly the best in Vegas - and Lao Sze Chuan at Palms offers some pretty bold Asian flavors if it is anything like the original.

Would consider Inyo as a new Asian spot, and I really enjoyed Dumpling King if you're out and about on Spring Mountain.

For Aria, Bardot is a no-brainer, especially if brunch is open. Downtown, Glutton is getting good reviews but I've not been (it is on my upcoming agenda, if it fits your criteria I could make it work mine.) No interest, at all, in Itsy Bitsy unfortunately. Radio City Pizza is on my downtown agenda, as well, and PublicUS is putting out some damned fine pastry.

May 25, 2015
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HEXX Chocolates

Having taken the opportunity to contribute some writing, free of charge, to Vegas2LA Magazine I'd encourage anyone interested in seeing something quite unique to our city to visit HEXX at Paris. While the food is mostly whimsical Americana it is quite competent and competitively priced to other similar strip venues like Grand Lux, but with a view of the Bellagio Fountains as an added Perk. The Chocolate, on the other hand, is something entirely new to this part of the country and on par with what is being done elsewhere like Dandelion, Olive & Sinclair, Tcho, etc.

May 25, 2015
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Recommend a "casual" (or at least "casual-ish") steakhouse?

Prime and SW are the only two that might question either of these outfits, and I think you'd be fine at them in B, as well. Go to Carnevino, you'll fit right in, and you'll have the best steak in the city.

May 25, 2015
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Pre-Theater menus

What theater are they going to at 12:00-3:00pm?

May 25, 2015
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2015 Las Vegas Epicurean Affair at the Palazzo - Report

Nice report, and completely agree that these are nice for people who just want to sample a few random bites and try to see a celebrity chef - not my style, but sounds like the options were quite diverse.

May 23, 2015
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Dining notes from another short visit to Vegas

Love Clawson's Crab Cake.

Good report.

As to June recommendations - Hearthstone is a great choice. The new menu was just launched and is updated online.

For dinners, I cannot recommend Portofino enough as the pastas are absolutely stunning. Would also consider Yardbird if you've not been, same with Twist and perhaps Allegro as all have been really good recently.

El Dorado Cantina, Bardot Brasserie, and Dumpling King have all impressed recently, as well.

May 21, 2015
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Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Agree with all of the above, but find the prices at Bazaar especially excessive.

May 18, 2015
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"The Noodle Man" (return of...)

Interesting...and close to home.

May 18, 2015
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Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

IMO, Naked City Pizza is absolutely worth the drive. Go to the one on Paradise with Kids.

Pantry at Mirage is a good breakfast spot. Open 24/7. Might have fun checking out Guy Fieri with kids for breakfast/brunch, as well (I know, I know, but try it.) Another overlooked spot is Northside Café at SLS.

For lunch, esp if on a weekend, I'd try to fit in Yardbird.

Skip Bazaar Meats.

May 17, 2015
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Café Americano at Caesars Palace?

...I saw that. And laughed. Caesars' overhyping a restaurant??? Unheard of!

May 03, 2015
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e, Twist or Le Cirque?

Have not been, but the one person I know who has says it is on par to what Ryuki was doing.

Apr 28, 2015
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David Chang: How to Eat Well in Vegas

Apr 28, 2015
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Pizza by the slice?

800 Degrees doesn't do Slice.
I'd eat Sabarro over Flour and Barley. :)

Apr 28, 2015
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David Chang: How to Eat Well in Vegas

Myopic garbage. Does he even write this stuff himself?

Apr 28, 2015
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David Chang: How to Eat Well in Vegas

...you have Momofuku at home. Eat there. Visit Clawson, Portofino, Chada, etc while here.

Apr 28, 2015
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e, Twist or Le Cirque?

e is the most 'entertaining,' Twist the most interesting, Le Cirque the most classic. Not a bad choice in the group.

Apr 28, 2015
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Go-Tos and Wish List

Completely agree re: Le Cirque and Twist

Apr 26, 2015
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Allegro at Wynn - not as "casual" as the website would suggest, but excellent no less

Call and ask. ;)
Portofino does Family Style. Montesano's will do so on request, as well.

Apr 26, 2015
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Allegro at Wynn - not as "casual" as the website would suggest, but excellent no less

A great meal on Saturday, the tasting menu is a steal.

Apr 22, 2015
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Go-Tos and Wish List

Le Cirque should be on one list, or the other, as should be Twist. David Clawson is a must for those who can escape The Strip, and Portofino is doing something really special with Italian.

The rest of your list is quite good, though a beef fan would be well served to visit Carnevino, and Yardbird is a good lower-priced option with great food and a passionate staff.

Apr 21, 2015
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LAGO | Julien Serrano at The Bellagio

I posted my review, and completely agree...not to mention the fact that the cannelloni is one of the worst menu items. :)

Apr 19, 2015
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Lago, at best, is a mixed experience

In a city with plenty of good off-strip Italian and places like Portofino, Allegro, B&B, and more doing the 'upscale' thing quite well it is going to take some work before Lago proves a place worthy of a visit - the risotto excluded.

[As the review at this link states, this was a comped meal-- The Chowhound Team]

Apr 19, 2015
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LAGO | Julien Serrano at The Bellagio

Can't say I'd go to Secret Pizza first, but there are ~20 other spots I would go before Lago.

Apr 19, 2015
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best diner, drive in or dive?

Absolutely agree with Naked City.

Apr 16, 2015
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