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Virgil’s BBQ Officially Coming To The Linq In 2016

Virgil's BBQ

Virgil’s BBQ Rendering

Years ago Virgil’s BBQ was one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. There wasn’t much if any, barbeque in NYC at the time so Virgil’s felt almost like a delicacy.

I have many many fond memories and fuzzy times at Virgil’s in New York. For that reason alone I can’t wait for Virgil’s BBQ to open at The Linq.

Ever since Carmine’s opened at Caesars Palace a couple of years ago there have been rumors about Virgil’s opening since they’re operated by the same company. It looks like the rumors will finally come true. The rendering above looks cool. I can’t wait to see the real thing.

Here are details and the press release:

Alicart Restaurant Group will expand the company’s presence in Las Vegas with the addition of Virgil’s Real Barbecue at The LINQ Promenade, opening in the summer of 2016. Boasting locations in New York City and at Atlantis in the Bahamas, Virgil’s will expand west, joining Carmine’s NYC’s Legendary Family Style Italian Restaurant, which the company opened at The Forum Shops at Caesars in 2013.

The Las Vegas location of Virgil’s will span 14,000 square feet and be highlighted by live music programming nightly, private dining rooms seating up to 300 guests and three outdoor spaces, including a poolside patio at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

“The success of Carmine’s in Las Vegas laid the groundwork for expansion in this market,” said Alicart CEO Jeffrey Bank. “We are excited to bring barbecue and Virgil’s to the city and have found an ideal location at The LINQ.”

“The LINQ Promenade has become the epicenter of the famous Las Vegas Strip offering the most dynamic selection of restaurants, bars and retailers. It’s the perfect location for the first West Coast location of Virgil’s,” said Bob Morse hospitality president for Caesars Entertainment. “The restaurant offers a unique atmosphere for our visitors that will truly enhance The LINQ Promenade experience.”

The menu from Executive Chef Neal Corman, author of Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook, features the world famous BBQ tastes of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolina’s and Missouri to offer a true sampling of barbecue in its many and varied regional interpretations. The menu was developed after extensive research in the back roads of the south and highlights the best of the local styles including Memphis pork ribs and chicken, Carolina pulled pork and Texas beef brisket.

Virgil’s meats are smoked at a low temperature over indirect heat for up to ten hours with a unique mix of hickory, oak and fruit woods in order to impart the most flavor and to keep the meat from drying out. To complement the main menu of BBQ specialties, Virgil’s also offers a generous selection of traditional sides like barbecue beans, coleslaw and cheese grits and Southern-style desserts like banana pudding and Key Lime and sweet potato pies.

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Mr. Chow Plans to Open in early 2015 at Caesars Palace

Mr. Chow Caesars Palace

The Other Mr. Chow

When I think of ultra exclusive restaurants in New York City I think of Rao’s and Mr. Chow. It’s almost impossible to get a table at either restaurant unless you’re super rich, famous or both. While Rao’s in New York is famous because it has fantastic food and only 6 tables but Mr. Chow is different. Mr. Chow is a decent sized restaurant for New York and more famous for being famous. Kinda like Kim Kardashian.

Many moons ago I had a celebratory dinner at Mr. Chow and I couldn’t have been more stoked. Why? Forget any other famous person that may have been dining along side of my group – Jay-Z was in the house! Jay-Z came up to the table as smooth as can be to say hi and congratulate our table on being awesome. Then he knocked over someone’s water and said something that made him appear even smoother. I don’t think I was the only person who was a little swoony.

5 year’s ago Mr. Chow was being planned to open at either The Harmon or Vdara at City Center. Well, things have changed and Mr. Chow will now open next year at Caesars Palace which also is home to Rao’s. If someone wants to do something awesome together and celebrate at Mr. Chow, I’m down! Otherwise, you have a better chance of catching me at another New York favorite at Caesars Palace, Carmines.

Here are more details from the Mr. Chow press release

Caesars Palace is pleased to announce internationally renowned MR CHOW is expected to open its seventh restaurant location in early 2015. The luxurious Beijing cuisine eatery will be located in the impressive second story space currently occupied by Empress Court, which will close this spring.

With locations in Malibu, Beverly Hills, New York, Miami and London, MR CHOW has conceptualized and perfected refined Beijing cuisine dining with European style service. The menu will feature beloved dishes such as the Chicken Satay, Green Prawns, hand-pulled MR CHOW Noodles and famed Beijing Duck.

“Continuing with the tradition of offering Caesars Palace guests the best in customer service, hospitality and dining, I am honored to welcome the legendary MR CHOW to our award-winning culinary lineup,” said Regional President of Caesars Palace, Gary Selesner. “We look forward to guests experiencing the elevated cuisine, paired with the unique location and chic and stylish design MR CHOW is well-known for.”

Not only will the menu feature signature MR CHOW dishes, but also a selection of specialty cocktails made with fresh ingredients and carefully crafted by a team of mixologists.
“For MR CHOW, Las Vegas is a must,” said Mr. Chow. “After many years of hard work, at last, we are happy to announce that we found our perfect match in Caesars Palace. Caesars is the pioneer and cornerstone of Vegas and we are delighted to open in the year of the sheep.”

MR CHOW guests will enter through a set of private elevators, located on the casino floor level of Caesars Palace. The restaurant will be located on the second story, which will overlook the Garden of the Gods pool oasis. With design credits including boutiques for Giorgio Armani, Mr. Chow’s keen sense of design is sure to be reflected in the space.

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Buddy V’s At Venetian

Sunday Gravy At Buddy Vs at Venetian Las Vegas

Sunday Gravy At Buddy Vs

I had some friends in Vegas last night and recommended we go to Buddy V’s at Venetian. Reviews have all been positive so this seemed like a safe bet. And it was a safe bet. The food wasn’t anything special but it’s not made to be special. It was just good and tasted like food that a friend’s grandmother would make. Again, that’s the idea.

I had Grandma’s Sunday Gravy because it was Sunday and recommended. The dish was a pot of meatballs, sausage, lamb and beef with a nice sized plate of rigatoni. Most pasta dishes at Buddy V’s were around $20 but Sunday Gravy was $25 because of all of the meat. It was very good and the most full I’ve been in a long time. I didn’t even finish all of the meats. One of each (ok, 2 meatballs) was enough.

With appetizers and a couple of bottles of wine dinner came out to about $62 a person before tip. The food is on par with other good mid-range Italian restaurants on the strip like Carmine’s at Caesars Palace. I’d return if someone wanted to have Italian but wouldn’t go out of my way. It’s good but, again, nothing special. If you spend about $10 more per dish you’ll have better food with a better view at Lavo.

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Happy Birthday Caesars Palace

Classic Photo Of Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Caesars Palace

Every day I wake up and check the tweets from overnight and early morning. It’s the most peaceful time of the day on twitter because there’s usually no breaking news at 6am in Las Vegas. It allows me to learn a little and catch up with people. This morning’s education came from Caesars Palace.

When I was growing up Caesars Palace always seemed like the most grand place I could stay in Las Vegas. I stayed at Caesars Palace once and realized that I didn’t like the layout and have only returned once. The hotel and casino have expanded and been renovated so much, and in such a mish mosh pattern, over the years it’s difficult to really get a good vibe.

I did enjoy my stay in the Augustus Tower but that’s because I felt like I wasn’t staying at Caesars Palace. The Augustus Tower almost feels closer to Bellagio, across the street, than to the Caesars Palace casino. That’s probably a good thing, but I digress.

Caesars Palace has stood the test of time and is still seen as one of the best hotels in Las Vegas. While I may not agree with the general opinion there’s something to be said for that kind of longevity in this fickle city.

I think I’ll celebrate Caesars Palace with some chicken parm at Carmine’s in the Forum Shops! HUZZAH!

Photo: Caesars Palace 

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