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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.

about 17 hours ago
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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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Help pick one restaurant for special dinner in Vegas

Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Aquaknox.
Yardbird.
Portofino.
Cleo.
Bouchon.
Sage.

Apr 15, 2015
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Breakfast in Summerlin?

It depends on the day of the week, and time of day, but would recommend against Cracked Egg regardless.

Eggworks turns out better breakfasts and BOGO coupons are easily found. Distill, a Local Bar also makes some good stuff, and if you're talking 9am or so then MTO Café is excellent.

For a 24/7 spot, Grand Café at Red Rock is a great choice as well.

Apr 14, 2015
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Tapas by Alex Stratta - the first "gem" in Tivoli Village, though it comes at a price.

Visited Alex Stratta's new Tapas spot on Saturday, and although I'm really not sure Tivoli Village can sustain the price point there is no doubt the food coming out of the kitchen is amongst the best in Summerlin, easily challenging Jaleo for best Spanish cuisine in Las Vegas and certainly more traditional and refined.

Apr 13, 2015
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Lunch -- yes, but where?

Skip DB, pop next door for Yardbird.

Apr 13, 2015
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Portofino - Superlative Pastas and Osso Buco as well as Chicken Parm worth "Strip Pricing"

Not at all. The use of sauce is liberal, but the ratio is right. Additionally, all but the fonduta are really light.

Apr 09, 2015
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Lunch options

Yardbird, Estiatorio Milos, El Dorado Cantina, El Sombrero Café, Dumpling King, China Mama, Rincon de Buenos Aires, Naked City Pizza (Paradise Location)

Apr 09, 2015
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Portofino - Superlative Pastas and Osso Buco as well as Chicken Parm worth "Strip Pricing"

Enjoyed a family style tasting here last week and was floored by what they are doing in such a tucked-away space. Possibly, and probably, the best Italian food in Vegas today and on par with what any of the top end "American Italian" spots are doing in other major cities.

Apr 09, 2015
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Business Dinner in Vegas

I'm assuming 'business' means relatively quiet? In that case, would consider Portofino for Italian, Bouchon for French, Aquaknox for Seafood, Blossom for Asian, Sage for "American," or Tender for Steak/Game.

Apr 08, 2015
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Best sashimi (not sushi) - price/location no object?

Blue Ribbon would probably be a quality option on-strip, as well. I head good things about Sen of Japan, as well.

Apr 08, 2015
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NIce Birthday Dinner suggestions?

Excellent to hear. I really need to get back down there.

Apr 05, 2015
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