El Cortez

El Cortez Restaurant Comps

In an interesting move the El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas has announced deals with local restaurants in the area so now players can redeem their club points towards their meals. While its not unusual for players cards to offer the ability to use comps points at in house restaurants such as the buffets, redeeming points at an external restaurant is a new option.  The local restaurants you can use your El Cortez players card points at include Rachel’s Kitchen, Taqueria El Buen Paster and Eurekat for more information talk to the El Cortez players club. 

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Father’s Day Dinner At Oscar’s

Oscar’s  steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is having a Porterhouse steak special just for Father’s Day; The special includes the Porterhouse steak with crispy onion rings as well as bacon mac & cheese and, roasted rainbow cauliflower. The special is just for Father’s Day Sunday June 17th and is $69 per person for reservations are important and can be made at oscarslv.com or by calling (702) 386-7227.  

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Eastside Cannery

Eastside Cannery Remodel?

It looks like changes are happening at the Eastside Cannery the Boulder Strip property that Boyd Gaming purchased in 2016 . Boyd Gaming recently closed the Carve Steakhouse and The Deli leaving the 24 hour Snaps Cafe as the only restaurant open at the Eastside Cannery at the moment. Boyd Gaming has said they are not closing the property although with the recent closing of the bingo room at the property and the downsizing of the sports book change is happening at the Eastside Cannery. At this point its not know if these moves are just cost saving choices or …

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Mandalay Bay

What No Straw In My Drink

MGM Resorts have announced that they are going to be phasing out the use of plastic straws at its various properties. The program has started at the Aria and Mandalay Bay and will soon happen at all MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas. As the program starts you will still be able to request your server or bar tender for a straw but one won’t be automatically added to your drink; The eventually goal of the program is to eliminate all straws from MGM operated clubs, bars and restaurants. The purpose of this program according to MGM Resorts is to …

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Venetian Bridge Las Vegas

Mario Batali LV Restaurants To Close

Las Vegas Sands has ended its business relationship with the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group which will mean the closure of the three restaurants at its Las Vegas properties. The three restaurants are Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B  Ristorante and Otto Enotoca e Pizzeria at the Venetian and Palazzo resorts with the loss of nearly 300 jobs. The announcement follows the reports of sexual misconduct surrounding celebrity chef Mario Batali and follows a report on CBS’s “60 Minutes” concerning one alleged victim. Mario Batali is well known to Food Network viewers and was a co host of ABC’s “The Chew” until …

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Southpoint Steak & Eggs

$4.95 Steak & Eggs At Southpoint

Finding inexpensive food options on the Strip isn’t always the easiest thing to do although there are a few options. One such option is the Coronado Cafe at the Southpoint Hotel & Casino on the South Strip which is known for its inexpensive food deals. the best of which run from midnight to 6 am. I arrived in Las Vegas early in the morning so stopped at the South Point before i headed further down the Strip for some breakfast after the long drive from Southern California. The Coronado Cafe is just off the main casino floor and is a …

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Mandalay Bay

CraftHaus Beer & BBQ Dinner

A tasty sounding event is happening Friday night at the Mandalay Bay with the CraftHaus Beer & BBQ Dinner taking place at the Border Grill. The event features Excutive Chef Mike Minor’s pairing of  CraftHaus beer with great BBQ as well as all the sides such as mac & cheese, baked beans, corn bread and potato salad. The meat will be slow cooked, grilled or smoked and include things such as burnt ends burritos, spare ribs, brisket tacos and my favorite pulled pork.  The event costs $72 but includes an unlimited feast, paired with the CraftHaus beers served on long …

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Four Queens Las Vegas

Hugo’s Cellar For Romance

If you are looking to take your partner to a romantic restaurant while in Las Vegas i guess yes you cold take them to the Eiffel Tower restaurant at Paris or other Strip options but there is a Downtown option; Yes amazingly there is a romantic restaurant with amazing service and, good food in Downtown Las Vegas called Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens. Yes the food can be pricey but not as bad as some Strip options, upon arrival your partner will get a single red rose and you will be led to your table in a room that …

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Noodle House For Mothers Day

Mothers Day food specials are easy to find in Las Vegas, but a little more non traditional one is at the Noodle House in the California Hotel & Casino; The special runs from 4 pm to 10 pm on Mothers Day and for $16 you get a grilled Chinese chicken salad, Kung Pao shrimp, and finishes off with a chocolate crunch cake. The deal is for a minimum of two diners also you still have to add on your tip but its a good deal and something a little different than your traditional Mothers Day dinner. Address: 12 East Ogden …

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$6.99 New York Steak At California

In Las Vegas there is a long tradition of late night food specials to help fuel the late night gamblers and if you are up and can eat a meal late night you can get some amazing bargains.  Although this is less common on the Strip as their are less twenty four hour coffee shops there are available but its much more common to see these deals Downtown or off Strip. I’m not a big fan of the crowds during the prime evening hours so i’m often out and about when the crowds thin out so late night food specials …

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3rd White Castle Coming?

It looks like the Las Vegas area is gNoing to have a third White Castle location with Eater Las Vegas reporting that one will be part of the huge new travel center planned in Jean, Nevada near the Gold Strike on Interstate 15 about 28 miles from Las Vegas. The new location will be the closest location at the moment to California as the chain heads west again and, will most likely have many of the chains California fans stopping for some sliders. I have lived in Southern California since the mid eighties when there was White Castle locations in …

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Red Lotus Asian Kitchen

It seems that the addition of a noodle restaurant has become a common addition to a Las Vegas resort in recent times. If you are at the Tropicana you know have an option as one has opened with counter service right next to Robert Irvine’s Public House. The new restaurant is called Red Lotus Asian Kitchen which features many Thai and, Chinese noodle dishes created by chef Steven Leung. Apart from the noodle dishes with soups and rice bowls are items like nine spice pork spareribs ($13) and bao ($8) which are doughnuts filled with pork. The Red Lotus Asian …

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Zippy’s Coming To Las Vegas

A fifty year old Hawaiian favorite Zippy’s has announced it plans to open its first mainland restaurant in Las Vegas sometime in 2019. In the press release Zippy’s called Las Vegas its nineth island and, said the Las Vegas location will be the chains twenty fifth restaurant. The chain is know for an extensive menu with things such as Zip Pac bentos, chicken curry, Hawaiian stew, sushi and various chili’s among other things. The restaurant will begin the search for a location in Las Vegas for an approximately 10,000 square foot restaurant’ Las Vegas has a long history of Hawaiian’s …

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Indian Food At Venetian

I’m a fan of Indian food and if you are like me you might be happy to know that their is a new restaurant on the Strip to get your curry fix. The new restaurant is Curry Pot located at the Venetian and i don’t know how an Indian restaurant fits in with the Italian themed resort; but maybe there is an Indian restaurant in the real life Venice i just don’t remember seeing one when i was there. The new restaurant is called Curry Pot and has opened in the Italian themed Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel …

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ballys

Redneck Riviera Closes

  It looks like the rumors are true and the Redneck Riviera at the Grand Bazaar Shops located next to Bally’s has closed it doors after just over a year being open.  The Nashville style honky-tonky-tonk bar was the creation of John Rich one half of the country superstars Big & Rich in what was going to be a chain of bars under the same name with a location in Nashville now under construction. If you are not a country fan its possible you could have seen John Rich on the Apprentice or on the Wahlburgers television show where he …

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Masso At Red Rock Opening

A restaurant opening that has been getting a lot of buzz recently is Masso a new Italian restaurant from restaurateur and author Scott Conant which is due open Friday 16th at the Red Rock Resort. Masso means boulder in Italian which makes sense as the restaurant is in a resort called Red Rock, the menu includes Italian favorites such as handmade pastas and antipasti with savory wood fired sides. i love Italian food so i will have to add this to my restaurants to visit even though the Red Rock resort is a ways off the Strip i like the …

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China Tang Now Open At MGM Grand

The widely anticipated China Tang restaurant has now opened in a space across from Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand. China Tang is the first United States restaurant for Hong Kong’s Las Sun Company whose restaurants have earned ten Michelin stars the highest accolade for a restaurant. The Chinese fine dining menu features Cantonese cuisine but with inspirations from other regions of China such as Shanghai, Beijing and Sichuan. The 5,484 square foot restaurant includes a huge bar and lounge in a well trafficked area of restaurant row so business should be good. Hours: Monday to Thursday …

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Pronto Opens Next Weekend

Food Network celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis brings her restaurant magic to Caesar’s Palace next weekend with the opening of her follow up restaurant Pronto. Her first restaurant in Las Vegas called Giada at the Cromwell has been popular ever since it opened so no doubt the new restaurant will do well. The restaurant will feature her signature California inspired Italian food with breakfast sandwiches, paninis, antipasti, salads, sandwiches as well as her famous lemon ricotta cookies with deserts such as sorbet to and gelato.

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Manchu Wok Opens Today

Today is the grand opening of Manchu Wok a Chinese cuisine restaurant at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, with all the popular Chinese food as well as their signature dishes such as General Tso’s Chicken or Orange Chicken. Manchu Wok is a chain of about 130 restaurants worldwide and its menu includes dishes from many regions of China including Cantonese, Szechwan, Hunan and Mandarin. Grand Opening Special: As part of the grand opening today through Sunday February 4th you can buy a 2 item plate for $5 instead of the normal price of $8.99 with options …

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Bellagio Fountains

Patisserie’s Get Renamed

Because of the split of Jean Philippe Maury and MRI properties the two former Jean Philipe Patisserie’s have been renamed with names reflecting their location with the newly named Aria Patisserie as well as the Bellagio Patisserie. It’s not known if these will be the permanent names for these locations, but I do know the pastries are amazing and worth checking out.

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Spago At Forum Shops To Close

A longtime fixture of the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace the famous restaurant Spago by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has announced that it will close this Saturday January 27th. But fans of Spago in Las Vegas shouldn’t worry the restaurant will return this Summer at a new location at the Bellagio in the former space of Todd English’s Olives which had been at the property since 1998. When Spago opened in 1992 at the Forum Shops Las Vegas was a very different city and some doubted that a celebrity chef restaurant especially one inside a mall would work, but Spago …

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Steak & Shake At Hooters

A third Las Vegas location for Steak ‘n Shake is coming soon at Hooters where it replace the now closed Mad Onion. I have been to one of the chains other two Las Vegas locations at the South Point resort and must admit it was a good burger and shake served in a room with a 50’s diner feel. The other current location is on the UNLV campus with a fourth Las Vegas restaurant planned for the Henderson area.

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Oscar’s NFR Specials

Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza downtown has always been a good option for perfectly aged steaks which are cooked over a 600 degree grill. During the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo they have added three special menu items just for the event; The first braised short ribs over country grits with fried onions, the second is a slow roasted prime rib with loaded mashed potatoes and green beans and finally a Whiskey BBQ glazed sirloin steak with baked potato and brussel sprouts for $35 each. If you get there early request a window seat so you can see the Fremont Street …

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Halal Guys On Strip

The popular Mediterranean fast food restaurant from New York, Halal Guys is going to open a second location in Las Vegas this fortime on the Strip at the Forum Shoppes Food Court. The new location is also going to be open late for the late night club crowd and, should prove popular at its new location. The first Las Vegas location at Spring Mountain and Valley View is going to also remain open.

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Deli Changes

A twenty three year old fixture at MGM Grand, Stage Deli near the sports book has closed with no word yet what will replace it. If  you are missing your pastrami fix at Stage Deli there is two new options for you as franchised versions of one of my favorites Los Angeles own Canter’s Deli have opened at the Linq Promenade and also at Tripoli Village.

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Market Street Cafe Graveyard

The Market Street Cafe inside the California in downtown Las Vegas has long been a good place to visit for fairly priced food in as you can in the picture above a nice room. In the past all the resorts would offer late night food specials but that has become less common as the large Strip resorts have cut the hours of their coffee shops or replaced them with a themed restaurant. Many downtown as well as locals properties still have still have these specials which are worth checking out if are up and, want to save money. On my …

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Wahlburgers In LV

I live in Southern California home of In and Out Burgers but while in Las Vegas I decided to check out one of its newer competitors that’s heading West namely Wahlburgers. If you have caught an episode of the A&E reality show of the same name you would have known that the chain was started by two famous boy band members now actors Mark and Donnie Whalberg with their less famous brother Paul is the chef behind the food. As you can see from the picture above the burger in this case the double decker isn’t a bad burger although …

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White Castle Downtown Now

The new White Castle is now open on Fremont Street at Fremont and Fourth in the former Harley Davidson shop space. For the fans of White Castle so now there is a second Las Vegas location to enjoy their mini burgers. The first location at Casino Royale on the Strip had to be closed down briefly several times at the opening to restock food although as this is the 2nd Las Vegas location I don’t foresee the same issues at this location. If you are not familiar with White Castle they are famous for selling mini burgers where instead of …

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Last Pastrami Is Sold

The last pastrami sandwich at the Stage Deli located inside the MGM Grand has been sold as the longtime fixture of the property as closed for good. The east coast inspired deli has been at the property in a location next to the MGM sports book for twenty three years and apart from its formentioned huge pastrami sandwiches was also known for its matzo ball soup as well as bagels and lox. MGM Resorts hasn’t announced a replacement for Stage Deli yet although it such a high traffic area by the sports book and Hakkasan I sure they will try …

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Monte Carlo Makeover Continues

The ongoing revamp of the Monte Carlo continues with two restaurants now closed as the property makes the transition from the Monte Carlo to the Park MGM. The two restaurants are Dragon Noodle Company and d.vino and, no word yet on when the newly named Park MGM will make its debut. Some people love the Monte Carlo for its reasonably priced rooms compared to its Strip neighbors but for me the casino and property seemed a little bland. The revamp should give it more character although with a remodel, higher room rates always follow. 

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Robert Irvine Restaurant Opens

Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine’s restaurant at the Tropicana has finally opened after months of extensive promotional advertising for the restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Robert Irvine’s Public House and as the name suggests is a pub style restaurant so expect English pub style food kicked up a notch. Robert Irvine has hosted many shows on cables Food Network but rose to fame as the host of the show Restaurant Impossible.

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ballys

Dirt Dog On The Strip

Los Angeles based hot dog resaturant Dirt Dogs has opened a small kiosk at the Grand Bazaar Shops which located in front of Ballys on the Strip. The company is know for selling a bacon wrapped hot dog, which the compnay has called “The Official Hot Dog of Los Angeles.” Im from Southern California and i would say one of Pink’s hot dogs is the official hot dog of Los Angeles or even the Dodger Dog but to each there own. The new Dirt Dog location is on the South side of the Grand Bazaar shops and is just a …

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mirage

No More Samba At Mirage

The Samba Brazilan Steakhouse at The Mirage has announced they will close on August 31st and be replaced by another restaurant to take over that space by the end of the year. The Samba Brazilian Steakhouse opened at the Mirage in 1998 as the Samba Grill and became known as a meat eaters heaven with amazing meats carved tableside such as roast pork loin, lamb and Portuguese sausage served with options such as black beans, rice and vegatables that come to you table family style. The Braziilian rainforest decor restaurant will be missed by many but you still have up …

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The Cromwell

Cromwell Adds Quick Serve

The Cromwell is one of the smaller properties on the Strip and up until now other than the popular Giada restaurant didn’t really have a good food options other than bar or club food; The new food option is a quick service counter called Eatwell which is located just off the north side of the casino floor. Eatwell serves beautiful deserts as well as grab and go food items as sandwiches which are each priced around $11 each. Eatwell also has a menu of Starbucks drinks so I’m sure this will be a busy place every morning.

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Restaurant Week Time In LV

Running now through June 30th is the 11th Annual Restaurant Week in Las Vegas with many of the resort and local restaurants participating; A portion of the money from each meal will be donated to the Three-Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. Restaurant Week in Las Vegas is a popular event for tourists and, locals alike with restaurants offering special menus as well as special prices for the duration of the event.

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Monte Carlo Adds Chicago Steakhouse

The space formally occupied by Brand at Monte Carlo is going to become a location of Bavette’s Bar & Bouef a critically acclaimed steakhouse from Chicago. The Chicago location of Bavette’s Bar & Bouef has dark panel walls and leather seats in a darker speak easy look and its possible some of that look could make it to its new Las Vegas location. The Chicago restaurant is known for of course amazing steaks but also food with a French flair but less formal than most French restaurants. The Las Vegas location is due to open in October at this time …

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New Food Court On The Strip

The new Boulevard Food Court has now opened on the South Strip north of the MGM Grand and, just north of the Coke Cola store where the giant Coke bottle is. The new food court is 13,000 square feet and includes nine food tenants. The food is getting good reviews and includes El Dorado Express yes, a offshoot of El Dorado Cantina which is located next to the Sapphire strip club; Other restaurants in the food court to name just a couple include Red Dog as well as a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf which is a nice alternative to …

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May Military Discount At SLS

Many Las Vegas resorts offer discounts throughout the year for active as well as retired military personnel. The month of May is Military Appreciation Month with many resorts adding discounts for military personnel but one of the best deals is at the SLS; The SLS deal is 50 percent off all its restaurants except for Bazaar Meats and the discount is also good at the Center and Monkey Bars. If you are interested in staying at the property the discount also includes 20 percent off rooms. To receive the discounts military identification is required, as the deals run through the end …

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Chica Restaurant Opens Today

Today is the scheduled opening of Chica a new Latin restaurant at the Restaurant Row located inside the Venetian near the casino floor. The restaurant is from John Kunkel the founder of 50 Eggs Inc with the menu crafted by partner chef Lorena Garcia who you might have seen on television shows such as Top Chef Masters among other shows. The new restaurants menu will draw from the chefs Venezuelan roots as well as other countries such as Brazil, Peru, Mexico and Argentina which sounds like an interesting concept. If you want to check out the new restaurant its open …

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China Tang Restaurant Coming To MGM Grand

MGM have announced that the first restaurant from Hong Kong based hospitality company Lai Sun Dining called China Tang is coming to the former Pearl space at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This is Lai Sun Dining’s first restaurant in the United States although the restaurant group has numerous restaurants across China and has received ten Michelin stars. China Tang will be in a good location at the MGM Grand across from Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak one of our favorite steakhouses and near the always popular Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House. The new restaurant will serve Cantonese cuisine with influences …

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Eastside Cannery Buffet Closes

The Eastside Cannery has closed their buffet which isn’t that much of a surprise as buffets at smaller properties are becoming less common. If you are looking for food at this property there is other food options available at this Boulder Highway local’s casino. First up is their twenty-four-hour café with a 1960’s theme called Snaps which isn’t a bad option for a quick meal. The other two options are Carve Steakhouse which is your standard Las Vegas steakhouse open evenings as well as a deli with the non-creative name as its simply called Deli.

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Rock & Reilly’s Coming To LV

There maybe soon a reason to visit the Hawaiian Marketplace which is a kind of outdoor market on the strip which lots of people pass through as they head down the Strip; Coming to the Hawaiian Marketplace soon in a space formerly occupied by the Heart Attack Grill is an Irish Rock Pub called Rock & Reilly’s from Los Angeles based LORE Group. The company already has locations in New York, Park City, Downtown Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and a soon to debut smaller location at Los Angeles International Airport. The Las Vegas location will be …

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New Steak Restaurant At Hard Rock

A new steakhouse is due to open in May at the Hard Rock resort and, the new name for the steakhouse has been announced it’s to be called MB Steak. The new steakhouse is from Michael and David Morton and is named MB Steak with the MB part of the name standing for Morton Brothers. The location of MB Steak is in the new lower section in the Southwest corner of the resort in a 7,000-square foot space.

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Du Pars At Golden Gate Closes

Repeat visitors to Las Vegas often have certain traditions or places they visit on every trip that could be having a drink at a certain bar or food at a certain restaurant or something else they generally do. One thing I do on most trips to Las Vegas be it at three in the afternoon or three am is a trip to Du Pars restaurant in the Golden Gate Downtown for their huge fluffy pancakes or a corned beef hash breakfast. It looks like I will have find a new Las Vegas tradition as last night Du Pars closed with …

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Zuma Opens At Cosmopolitan

The restaurant make over at the Cosmopolitan continues with the opening Saturday of Zuma a high end sushi place from London. The restaurants at Cosmopolitan were always really good but recently the property has added a whole host of new restaurants such as Eggslut, Beauty & Essex as well as Momofuku and, there is still the opening of Blue Ribbon Brasserie out of New York that is also due to open in the next few months. If you are a foodie visiting Las Vegas it looks like if you hadn’t before you might want to add a stop at the …

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Serendipity 3 At Caesars Has Closed

The popular Strip side Serendipity 3 has closed at Caesar’s Palace with a new in house restaurant called Stripside Cafe & Bar to take over the space and reopen almost right away. Serendipity 3 opened in 2009 and was known for its elaborate desert menu with items such as the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and will be missed by sweet toothed diners such as myself. Serendipity 3 was a Las Vegas off shoot of 62 year old New York restaurant when it opened in 2009. For the moment it looks like Caesars plans to run the new Stripside Cafe & Bar although …

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