Las Vegas Bowl Announced

Memorial Day for many is the start of Summer but some are already looking forward to the fall, when college football returns; So if you are one of them we do have at least one piece of news the date of the Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl 2019 which will take place Saturday September 21st 4:30 pm at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

This is the last year that the Las Vegas Bowl is to be held at the Sam Boyd Stadium as its moving next year to the new Las Vegas Stadium. The teams playing will be from the top teams in the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences with the game being televised by ABC.

If you want to attend tickets go on sale July 6th with prices ranging from $35 to $250 plus the usual fees and can be purchased at unlvtickets.com.

Smith & Wollensky Now Open

Venetian Bridge Las Vegas

Even though it wasn’t a place i visited often some people have missed the restaurant Smith & Wollensky since it closed its Strip side location next to the Showcase Mall near MGM. The restaurant closed after the Showcase Mall sold for a reported $60 million which included the building that Smith & Wollensky was in.

The new location is further down the Strip at the Venetian with a 450 seat restaurant in the former location of Zeffirino Restaurante which closed in May 2017. It will be interesting to see how the restaurant does in a non Strip side location and if it will be as successful.

Masso Osteria Closing

A restaurant that seemed to have a lot of promise when it opened a year ago Masso Osteria at the Red Rock Resort has announced a May 31st closure date. The restaurant concept was from celebrity chef Scott Conant and, if you are a fan you still have a little time left to visit.

The restaurant space is going back to the properties owner Station Casinos who have plans for the space with a new restaurant concept that they would manage.

Saving Money At Buffets

For many years the buffets in Las Vegas with their seemly endless choice of food were seen by the resorts as loss leaders with their low prices just like the cheap rooms and inexpensive shows to get you to stay at the property and gamble in the casino.

This changed with all the celebrity chef restaurants starting to open in Las Vegas and the resort companies seeing the many things such as buffets as potential profit centers instead of a loss making service way to draw gamblers. The Cosmopolitan when it opened was a real game changer with its Wicked Spoon buffet that offered top quality food in small portions and became very popular so other higher end resorts  decided to up there game too with more expensive items.

If its your first time visiting Las Vegas and your budget allows i would go to one higher end buffets and experience one of the best buffets at resorts such as Cosmopolitan, Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio or Wynn just to name a few. But if you want to save money and not blow your budget at when eating at buffets there is ways to save money.

Meal Time:

One way to save money is to either eat early in the day as usually breakfast is less expensive than lunch and lunch is less expensive than dinner. Some people also like to arrive at the tail end of one sitting so they can get items off the next sitting without paying for it; Many buffets close down usually an hour while they change from breakfast to lunch and the same from lunch to dinner, some items may not be available as they switch but it’s one way to get items off the next meal for no extra charge.

Theme Nights:

Another option is to avoid buffets on dinner theme nights if you are not going to partake in the item that’s part of the theme, examples of are prime rib night, lobster night, seafood feast etc; If you are not going to have prime rib for example on prime rib night you are paying a higher price than normal for dinner for a item you aren’t going to eat anyways.

Less Expensive Hotel:

Most often the nicer the hotel the more expensive the buffet is but it’s also more likely they will have better quality and wider selection of food items available. If you are looking for less expensive options on the Strip then hotels such as the Luxor, Excalibur, Flamingo, Harrahs or even the Stratosphere are good options.

Caesars Buffet Of Buffets:

The Buffet of Buffets deal has been around for many years and i remember when it first started it was $19.99 but things have changed as the price now is considerably higher. The way the deal works is you pay the fee and then can eat as much as you want at five Caesars Entertainment buffets for 24 hours from when you pay.

Pricing is generally $10 higher if you are not a Caesars Reward member but its free to sign up and, you must be 21. The weekday regular price for Caesars Reward members is $59.99 and the weekend price is $69.99. If you want to add on Caesar’s Palace popular and expansive Bacchanal Buffet that is an add on starting at $25.

The question you might be asking does the Buffet of Buffets deal save you money that kind of depends on how you use it but to get your moneys worth you have to get three meals out of it which can be done with a little planing.

Near Strip Properties:

Las Vegas April 2012

Las Vegas April 2012

Another option is to head off Strip as prices are generally lower although there are several properties not too far off the Strip that can save you money. The Gold Coast, Palms and Rio are in a cluster a block off the Strip although if you walk you do have to navigate a busy freeway entrance and i wouldn’t advise walking when the temperatures are high. A free option to get to them is the Boyds shuttle that runs from the Strip to Gold Coast and another good choice the Orleans which is further off Strip.

The Palace Station which has recently gone through a refurbishment is another great option as thats also a long block from the Strip, i wouldn’t walk to this one its a long walk by a busy street but this buffet is also open at present 24 hours a day i would check current times before you visit.

Downtown Properties:

If you are heading Downtown anyways the three main buffets there are going to be generally less expensive than the strip with generally the Fremont the least expensive and then the Golden Nugget and Main Street Station a little more expensive.

Players Clubs:

Having a players card will often get you a discount on a buffet or you may get a bigger discount depending on your players card level or by trading in points. Off Strip or locals casinos are more likely to give you discounts with your players club but by using it when you often pay you often add to your points to use for comps.

Coupon Books:

Generally as the prices on Las Vegas buffets have gone up you see less and less discounts appear in the free coupon books and magazines; This being said it doesn’t mean you won’t find one as 2 for 1 buffets deals do appear for example so still worth checking out.

EDC Opening Ceremony Shuttles

concert

If you plan on getting to the Las Vegas Speedway early today to attend the Opening Ceremonies there is a shuttle option for it as an add on when you buy you shuttles passes at the EDC website.

If you pay for the add on then you can take a shuttle from Circus Circus between 3 pm and 6 pm today to attend the Opening Ceremonies with Premier shuttle pass holders having expedited loading on the shuttles.

EDC Opening Show Schedule

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Tomorrow before the whole of the Electric Daisy Carnival opens is a grand opening show at the Cosmic Lounge with Rick Trainer performing at 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm when Malaa takes over to 6:45 pm when a special guest Bill Nye the science guy takes over to officially open the events and all the grounds at 7 pm. Yes i don’t know why they picked Bill Nye the science guy to open the show but he is a well known name i guess.

EDC Week started yesterday with events running until May 22nd with concerts at all the big nightclubs and dayclubs all over town. For more information check with your resort or the EDC website for the numerous events which are too many to list here.

Beauty Bar Is Closed

Fremont East, Las Vegas

Beauty Bar the popular bar in the East Fremont Entertainment District has closed after losing its liquor license after several issues which seemed to happen after new ownership took over the bar last year.

The bar was an early addition to East Fremont as they tried to change the area from having such things as a check cashing store, 7-11 and a dollar store that mainly served locals in to a area that would have bars and restaurants to attract tourists as well. Beauty Bar had been open since 2005 and they area does draw tourists from the Fremont Street Experience so the building won’t be vacant for long.

EDC Beating The Traffic

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Its Electric Daisy Carnival time in Las Vegas again as the huge crowds head out this weekend to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three nights of dancing and partying. One drawback of such a popular event is always getting from your hotel to the event and getting back again after everyone leaves; Well one company is offering a solution albeit an expensive one Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is offering helicopter flights from McCarren International Airport to the Las Vegas Speedway and back again all three nights of EDC.

The price for a helicopter to the event isn’t inexpensive as you would expect with the price of $499 per person for each night of the event and, that includes limousine pickup and drop off after the event to your hotel. The companies seven seat helicopters will depart McCarren each night at 6 pm 6:30 pm as well as 7 pm and 7:30 pm with the flight to EDC taking about 12 minutes and although it sounds expensive i’m sure they will do well.

Tilted Kilt At Linq

Linq Las Vegas

If you are familiar with Hooter’s then you will kind of have an idea what The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is at the Linq on the Strip. If you are not familiar with either the Tilted Kilt has attractive mainly women serve you in tight outfits and pretty good food in a pub like setting. I think many of the guests go for the view and i don’t mean the walls of the pub but i have seem families in there too.

The interior of the pub is themed like a Celtic pub although less dark wood with a more modern Celtic décor with bawdy limericks on the wall. The servers are the Tilted Kilt Girls who wear sexy mini kilts with the company’s own registered plaid pattern and are always friendly.

The food is mainly pub type fair of burgers and fries and is pretty good although in a town with many great burgers I don’t think people are there for the burgers. As the place is pub themed, they do have a good selection of draft as well as bottled beers with special monthly beers and beer cocktails.

Would I go out of my way to eat here the answer is no especially with all the great places to eat in Las Vegas, but the food is fine, and the service is friendly so it would be an option if I was by the Linq.

Location: 3545 Las Vegas Blvd L26, Las Vegas NV 89109

Phone: (702) 826-2100

Mother’s Day At Plaza

mothers day 2019, Oscars Las Vegas

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the United States and most Las Vegas resorts and restaurants have special menu’s just for Mother’s Day. One such special menu is at Oscar’s Steakhouse in Downtown Las Vegas at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

The Mother’s Day menu at Oscar’s starts with a heirloom tomato salad- buratta, red wine vinaigrette and basil for $14. The entrée is crispy branzino- arugyla, capers with buree blanc for $49.

If you want to pair an appetizer or side with your meal they are also offering a truffle risotto- parmesan, black tuffle and chive for $15.

On Mother’s Day restaurants get pretty busy so I would recommend reservations as soon as possible and, all prices do not include taxes and fees and of course tips.