Category Archives: Las Vegas Food

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vegas!

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New Years Eve 2011 - Vegas.Com
New Years Eve 2011 - Vegas.Com

“The Strip fills with revelers. Fireworks light up the sky. The casinos are body-to-body, the showrooms filled with A-list entertainers and Vegas is more gloriously alive than you’ve ever seen it. New Year’s Eve in Vegas is a world-class celebration. Below you can book your room, buy nightclub party tickets, show tickets and get information about the fireworks.”

Visit Vegas.Com to find the perfect gig for bringing in The New Year…


Denver’s New Year’s Eve 2011 Party Guide
“clubZone[sic] ranks the top New Years Eve parties in Denver based on how they’re selling. Review the events below, find the best party for you, buy your tickets in advance… and have a great New Years Eve!”

Find Denver New Year’s Eve information here…


Bring in the New Year information for your city – visit ClubZone.Com.

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The Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas

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I’ve been getting a number of search inquiries on this website for something called The Wicked Spoon. Never one to miss an opportunity to give our readers what they want, here’s some scoop on The Wicked Buffet.

Well, The Wicked Buffet is the name of the new buffet at the New Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Although I’m out of town for the time being, I do know that the Cosmo is set to open today – December 15, 2010. What are the chances that the buffet is opening at the same time?

Buffet information will soon be posted on the main website pages. Although there’s not a tremendous amount of information on The Wicked Spoon as yet, here’s some info on The Cosmo Hotel:

Here’s a re-post from the Review Journal – December 12, 2010:
Make way for the Cosmopolitan
Hotel-casino is opening amid hopes it will lure new visitors, not take them from its neighbors

“Even before The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opens Wednesday, gaming industry analysts are saying that to succeed financially the hotel-casino will have to offer something different from what is found at other properties along the Strip.”

“The Cosmopolitan also needs to generate income for Deutsche Bank AG, which acquired the property out of foreclosure in 2008 and spent $3.9 billion to complete the 2,995-room hotel-casino.” read more about the financial stuff…

“Continuing: The 100,000-square-foot casino will feature 83 table games and 1,474 slot machines, according to the company.”

“Cosmopolitan officials also signed a deal with Cantor Gaming to run the property’s race and sports book. The book is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011, pending regulatory approval.”

“An agreement with Marriott International Inc. that will provide The Cosmopolitan with access to a database of travelers is also expected to help attract visitors.”

“The property features 36,000 square feet of high-end retail shops, including British-brand AllSaints and Beckley, a boutique featuring women’s clothing and accessories.”

“The Cosmopolitan is unique among Strip hotel-casinos in that its vertical design places shops, restaurants and other amenities on multiple floors throughout the two 50-story towers.”

Good luck on the opening Cosmopolitan.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Cosmopolitan’s Official Website
The Cosmopolitan Hotel’s Food Pages
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Cave Diving: The Strip’s New Wine Cave

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This is a repost from UrbanDaddy.Com – from November 26, 2010

La Cave - UrbanDaddyCom
La Cave - UrbanDaddyCom

Vegas and wine.

They’ve had their disagreements over the years, but there was always a certain passion between them.

They just needed some place where they could work things out.

Perhaps a cave of some kind…

Introducing La Cave, a dimly lit wine cavern conveniently tucked into the heart of the Strip, opening December 3.

This is how Vegas does a wine bar: all dimly lit corners, hand-cut crudo and hammered gold. You’ll start by escaping down an escalator into the Wynn’s pool-level restaurant nook, then follow the maître d’ through the slope-ceilinged front bar, under the neon “In Vino Veritas” sign and a few dozen karats of that gold, to the door of an ornate caged wall that cordons off the back room. It’s where they keep the Very Important Wines…

There, you’ll find the cave of vino-related pleasures you came for—250 varieties, at last count. Now you can get down to the business of drinking Spanish wine, nibbling farmhouse cheeses and sampling the Bacon-Wrapped Dates and Ham, Egg and Cheese Flatbread. (It’s a very serious business.) And if you feel the urge to explore the patio, you’ll have three pools at your disposal.

Depending on how much wine you’ve had.

La Cave
at Wynn Las Vegas
3145 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Wynn’s Official Website
UrbanDaddy.Com’s website

Battista’s Hole In The Wall Italian Restaurant

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Battista’s Hole In The Wall Italian Restaurant
4041 Audrie St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 732-1424

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Las Vegas “Battista’s Hole in the Wall” is old-school Italian, serving good food for over 30 years.

Behind the Flamingo Hilton, just across the street from Bally’s, Battista’s is a freestanding restaurant with a warm, old-world ambiance that welcomes the visitor with a blanket of security from cold Las Vegas. Of course we’re not talking about the temperature here.

With several prix-fixe menu choices, one can settle in for a night of Old Vegas dining. And yes – accordingly – there is a strolling accordionist.

Minestrone Soup or Italian Salad, Garlic Bread, Pasta Side & Homemade Cappuccino.

Red or White

Pasta Dishes
1. Ravioli (Cheese)
2. Lasagna
3. Manicotti (Cheese)
4. Canelloni (Meat)
5. Eggplant Parmegiana
6. Fettuccine Seafood Sauce
Any one of the above for $22.95

Spaghetti or Ziti
with choice of one sauce
7. Sausage Cacciatore
8. Meatballs (2)
9. Meat Sauce
Any one of the above for $20.95

10 oz. Boneless Breast of Chicken
11. Chicken Rio
12. Chicken Parmegiana
13. Chicken Cacciatore
14. Steak Pizzaiola
15. Linguini Chopped Clams
16. Chicken Alfredo
Any one of the above $26.90

White Veal
16. Veal Piccante
17. Veal Marsala
18. Veal Parmegiana
Any one of the above $29.95

19. Steak Caruso
20. Shrimp – Garlic-Butter or Marinara
21. Fresh Fish of the Day
Any one of the above $31.95

22. Battista Style Cioppino
23. Filet Mignon (10 oz.)
24. New York (12 oz.)
Any one of the above $37.95

Side Orders of Italian Sausage or Meatballs $8.50

Minimum charge of $10.00 per person

For the menu, directions, reservations, photos and more visit Battista’s Official Website.

There is a parking lot in front of the restaurant.

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Mexican Fiesta in Las Vegas – 200th Mexican Independence Day Celebration

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Las Vegas is letting out all the stops for the 200th Mexican Independence Day Celebration.

On September 16, Mexico is celebrating 200 years of independence from Spanish rule and Las Vegas is joining in on the festivities all weekend long with parties, food and special headline entertainment. Here’s a roundup of what’s going on: (more below from

Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas
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MGM Resorts Intl. introduces VIVA, an extended Las Vegas weekend spectacular from September 15-19. This will be a party to remember! Come to Vegas and celebrate Mexico from one end of the strip to the other.
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The VIVA celebration [MGM]begins Wednesday, Sept. 15 with a sold-out concert by Mexican sensation Alejandro Fernandez and the traditional “grito” – a ceremonial late-night declaration of independence – at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Latin Grammy Award-winners Marco Antonio Solis and Pedro Fernandez continue the Latin music extravaganza Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. A hilarious mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects by Gabriel Iglesias will bring the Monte Carlo Theatre to life Thursday through Saturday.


Experience a uniquely Vegas five-day fiesta presented by MGM Resorts International

LAS VEGAS – Just in time to celebrate 200 years of Mexican independence, MGM Resorts International is proud to introduce VIVA, an extended weekend spectacular, September 15-19. The red, white and green blowout takes place across all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties and welcomes Latino travelers, and anyone wishing to join the party, to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Mexican Independence Day from one end of The Strip to the other.

Room specials – check with an MGM hotel.

From Blog.Vegas.Com
On September 16, Mexico is celebrating 200 years of independence from Spanish rule and Las Vegas is joining in on the festivities all weekend long with parties, food and special headline entertainment. Here’s a roundup of what’s going on:

In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will launch the worldwide premiere of “Viva T&T” Wednesday, September 15 at 8 p.m. The wacky rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” will showcase an entertaining routine choreographed to DJ Ernan’s mariachi mash-up, starring a mini mariachi Elvis and the sexy Elissa cast as a modern-day Ann-Margret.

El Segundo Sol at the Fashion Show Mall is also celebrating all things Mexico on September 16th. “Loco Hour” includes special drinks and food at half price. Try the bottomless chips and three salsas, fried peppers or a quesadilla and wash it all down with El Segundo Sol’s signature Frozen and Shakin’ tableside margaritas. Live music and mariachis will add to the fiesta atmosphere. More from

MGM Grand Hotel’s Official Website
Circus Circus Official Website
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Here Piggy Piggy – More than you can eat in Las Vegas

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Dessert from Harrahs
Dessert from Harrah's
Pulse of Vegas Blog

Ten years ago, give or take a few years, I mentioned to Tony LaRocco (of The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas) that it would be really cool if you could buy an all day pass to the buffets. His response was: “they (the casinos) would never do it because they’d loose money.” This was said with his typical Brooklyn, New York / NYU arrogance.

Guess what Tony! It’s happening all over Las Vegas and it’s been happening for some time now.

I don’t remember who started it – maybe it was Circus Circus or Excalibur or…I do know that a bunch of casino hotels are offering the All-You-Can-Eat-All-Day-Long Buffet now and they have been for some time. I’ve been displaying AYCEADL Buffet links on this website since this world-class-all-American-pig-out started. Simply stated the AYCEADL Buffet is just what it sounds like: The buffet’ers can visit a buffet at a particular hotel as many times as they like (in a 24 hour period) from the first breakfast serving through lunch and through the last dinner serving for just one admittance price. The amount varies according to the particular hotel’s policy. For instance *The CIRCUS CIRCUS Hotel is charging $25.00 for their All-You-Can-Eat-All-Day-Long buffet, (kids 4-12, $20.00 per day – kids under 4 eat free.) EXCALIBUR HOTEL is offering an *All-You-Can-Eat-All-Day-Long-Buffet for $24.99 weekdays and $29.99 on Saturday and Sunday. LUXOR HOTEL is charging adults $29.99 for their AYCEADL weekday buffet and $34.99 on weekends. Kids 5+ pay $17.99. PALACE STATION has joined the AYCEADL list, offering “The Feast” Saturday thru Thursday for $19.99 adult / $16.99 child. Friday Seafood Night is $29.99 adult / $26.99 child. Visit the LasVegasBuffetClub’s Buffet Page for more information and links to these (hotel) websites.

Here’s more information:

Buffet of Buffets
Buffet of Buffets

The Buffet of Buffets refers to the All-You-Can-Eat-All-Day-Long-At-8-Hotel-Buffets.
And those buffets are:
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Bally’s Las Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas
Harrah’s Las Vegas
Imperial Palace Las Vegas

Visit one of the eight hotels for information.
Some hotels are also offering a Buffet/Hotel package that includes a room and an all day pass to all eight hotel buffets (two night stay required.)

For instance the RIO is offering a room (two nights stay required) and an all day pass to the eight hotels for under $50.00 per night.

The Buffets:
* Carnival World Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
* Flavors at Harrah’s Las Vegas
* Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo Las Vegas
* Emperor’s Buffet at Imperial Palace
* Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas
* Lago Buffet at Caesars Palace
* Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
* The Emperor’s Buffet at Imperial Palace

This is from Planet Hollywood’s website:
“Take advantage of great room packages featuring the best buffet offer in years! Stay at least TWO NIGHTS at the Vegas resort of your choice, and enjoy two all-day, unlimited-access buffet passes to any of seven world-class buffets.”

Before you go, check to see if the information is current.

*Book two nights at Circus Circus and pay only $20.00 per day for the AYCEADL buffet.

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Cosmopolitan Hotel Casino Las Vegas

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Cosmopolitan Resort Las Vegas, artists rendering from GreatLasVegasCondos.Com
Cosmopolitan Resort Las Vegas, artist's rendering from GreatLasVegasCondos.Com

The following is a press release from The Cosmopolitan Hotel Casino Las Vegas, the new resort is just south of The Bellagio on Las Vegas Boulevard.


New Luxury Resort Will Feature Inspired Designs, Original Collection of Diverse Dining Experiences and Expansive Private Terraces Overlooking the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (May 2010) – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas pairs stylish design with an adventurous and welcoming spirit – delivering a decidedly different kind of Las Vegas experience. The new 2,995-room resort will feature oversized residential style living space with expansive one-of-a-kind private terraces and spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects David Rockwell, Jeffrey Beers, Adam D.Tihany and the Friedmutter Group. Guests will enjoy diverse dining experiences from the country’s top chefs – all new to Las Vegas, unprecedented services and amenities, innovative new membership offerings, three distinct pool environments, a 110,000 square foot casino and breathtaking views of the Strip at every turn. The resort will first welcome guests in December 2010.

Situated at the heart of the Strip, The Cosmopolitan’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design on just 8.7 acres of land boasts sweeping views of the Las Vegas skyline, allowing guests to feel that they are truly at the epicenter of the vibrant city while maintaining a boutique style footprint. “The Cosmopolitan is about creating a resort experience that is truly different than anything that exists right now in Las Vegas,” says John Unwin, CEO of The Cosmopolitan. “When you combine spacious suites, high design from talent like David Rockwell, a curated award-winning dining collection, unparalleled service and gaming, we know we are giving guests an experience that’s been missing in Las Vegas and harkens back to an era when guests felt connected, inspired and engaged by their resort.”

The Cosmopolitan will offer culinary concepts from some of the country’s top chefs and restaurant brands, each opening for the first time in Las Vegas. To date, the prestigious roster will include: Jaleo and China Poblano, a new Chinese-Mexican fusion concept, both by Chef José Andrés, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ça by acclaimed Los Angeles chef David Myers; New York City’s Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G., a new casual wine bar, both by award-winning chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The One Group.

The 50-story East and West towers will be comprised of oversized hotel and condominium-style rooms ranging in size from 730 square feet to over 5400 square feet in addition to ten three-story bungalow-style suites adjacent to the west pool deck. Contemporary bespoke room décor by David Rockwell will feature spacious living areas, luxurious bathrooms, a hundred small but unique touches, and many with expansive terraces overlooking the heart of the Strip. Each room features state-of-the-art technology control panels, plasma-screen televisions, entertainment system, wireless internet and a custom in-room bar. The oversized bathrooms offer moments of unexpected tranquility combined with breathtaking views – Japanese soaking tubs, rain showers and marble floors complete the guest bath experience.

Purchased by Deutsche Bank in August 2008, The Cosmopolitan consists of 2,995 rooms, nightclub and ultra lounge, 150,000 square feet of convention and banquet facilities, restaurants, 50,000 square foot spa, salon and fitness center, retail and three pool environments. The Cosmopolitan will operate under the direction of John Unwin, CEO, with more than 30 years of management experience in the hospitality industry after serving most recently as general manager of neighboring casino giant Caesars Palace for more than five years.

“Deutsche Bank concluded that building a new brand, with a unique identity and guest experience, was central to the overall vision for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,” says John Gallagher, Director in Deutsche Bank’s media relations group. “As a result, rather than partnering with a existing hotel brand, the Bank brought on some of the best executives in the gaming and lodging space to form a highly experienced management and operations team, led by John Unwin. We’re confident that this team will help The Cosmopolitan become a premier feature of the city’s business and entertainment landscape. “

Situated at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is located at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South directly between CityCenter and the Bellagio. The resort’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. Resort features include 100,000 square feet of casino space; 60,000 square feet of world class shopping; 43,000 square feet of spa, healthclub and salon offerings; three unique pool experiences and multi-level integrated nightclubs. Signature restaurants include: Jaleo and China Poblano restaurants by Chef José Andrés, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ça by Los Angeles chef David Myers; New York City’s Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. by award-winning chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The One Group.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Hotel Casino Official Website

MGM Mirage execs gather to mark opening of CityCenter

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The water feature outside Aria makes a grand display during the opening ceremony for Aria at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009.
The water feature outside Aria makes a grand display during the opening ceremony for
Aria at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009.
photo Tiffany Brown

This is a re-post from The Las Vegas Sun.

By Richard N. Velotta (contact)
Published Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 | 8:51 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 | 12:04 a.m.

The countdown is over.

For months, MGM Mirage, the managing partner of the $8.5 billion CityCenter, has tantalized the public with a reminder of how many days it would be before Aria, the centerpiece of the development, would be “revealed to the world.”

Today, the wait wound down to the final 24 hours, 3½ years after the implosion of the Boardwalk hotel that once occupied a portion of the Strip frontage and five years after planning began.

Today, the wait wound down to the final 24 hours, 3½ years after the implosion of the Boardwalk hotel that once occupied a portion of the Strip frontage and five years after planning began.

Aria was busy Tuesday with last-minute touch-up work throughout the building while journalists and VIPs took guided tours showcasing room technology, CityCenter’s public art and water features and its signature entertainment offering, Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis.”

On Wednesday, activity was even more brisk and the company was graced with a warm, sunny day for the final push before the opening.

Aria Hotel Casino at Las Vegas CityCenter
The Aria Hotel-Casino is at the heart of CityCenter, a 67-acre complex of hotels, condominiums and retail on the Las Vegas Strip and the most expensive private construction project in US history.
Photo: Reuters

In a midday opening ceremony, CityCenter executives CEO Jim Murren and President Bobby Baldwin applauded the efforts of the 12,000 CityCenter employees who will be working at the development and thanked representatives of the various development teams that had representatives in attendance read the rest of the story from the Las VegasSun

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Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas

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-Photo credit: LasVegasBuffetClub
Photo credit: LasVegasBuffetClub

Above – Tuscany’s pool with Platinum Hotel and Spa in the background.

Tuscany Suites and Casino
255 East Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169-4708
Main: (702) 893-8933
Fax: (702) 947-5994

Tuscany Suites and Casino is a relatively new “locals” casino on Flamingo Road, a short distance east of The Strip

The Tuscan styled complex consists of several hotel buildings and the main casino building which houses the gaming area, the bars, restaurants, front desk and more. There are four restaurants: Tuscany Gardens (Fine Italian Dining,) The Cantina (casual Mexican,) Marilyn’s Cafe (24 Hours,) and Beachfront Coffee .

Two dudes (sounding like a quartet) “Cool Change” perform six nights a week in the Piazza Lounge. This intimate lounge is jam-packed with couples dancing on the weekends.

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Photo credit: LasVegasBuffetClub
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I got in on an internet special: $19.50 per night for four nights. My room had two huge beds, a sitting area with desk & chair, sofa, sofa-chair and cofee table. Then there was a small kitchenette with table/chairs, plenty of cupboards, a sink, small refrigerator, and a coffee-maker.

Although Las Vegas hotel construction aien’t what it used to be (there’s a sense that some parts of the hotel are made of cardboard,) the room was really commodious and comfortable, and well appointed. I was completerly surprised by the spaciousness of the room, and very satisfied.

Click Tuscany’s website link for video tours and more…
Tuscany Suites and Casino – Official Website

Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet at The M Resort in Las Vegas – Ranked No. 1 by

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The M Resort
Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet
12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Henderson NV 89044
Phone: 702-797-1000 ranks Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet No. 1 in an April [April 15, 2009] listing.

“Studio B brings you a buffet experience unlike anywhere else by integrating a state-of-the-art restaurant with a live-action cooking studio. In the main dining room, chefs prepare delicious appetizers, entrees and out-of-this-world patisserie desserts. Guests may also enjoy beer and wine selections at no additional cost.” read more…
“Choose from over 200 dishes daily · Beer and Wine Included with Dinner”

Breakfast: Mon – Fri 7:30am-10:30am $7.95 +tax & fee
Lunch: Mon-Fri 10:30am-2:30pm $10.95 +tax & fee
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 4pm-10pm $17.95 +tax & fee
Seafood Dinner: Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm $19.95 +tax & fee
Brunch: Sat-Sun 8am-2:30pm $19.95 +tax & fee

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