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Strip Search Food and Las Vegas Specials

by Steve Kieva

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     Silverton Hotel and Casino has a special called, “Eat Your Heart Out.”  This deal costs $30.00, but you get a full day of food.  The offer includes breakfast at the Sundance Grill, lunch at Season’s lunch buffet, and dinner at Mi Casa.

You can add Palms’ restaurants Nove and N9NE to the price-fixe list I mentioned a few issues ago.  They’re both awesome restaurants and with prices of $55.00 at Nove and $65.00 at N9NE, this is a great deal.  It’s available from 5 to 7 p.m.

Aww shucks:  Oysters are available for only $1 at P.J. Clarke’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace from 3 to 6 p.m.

Cheap drinks:  Michelob beer and frozen margaritas are $1 at the main bar at Casino Royale 24/7.  Coors Light draft is 75 cents.

Don’t forget that at many Station Casinos, you can get a $4.99 breakfast buffet, a $7.99 lunch buffet, and a $9.99 dinner buffet just by showing your Boarding Pass card.  The closest Station casino to the Strip is Palace Station on West Sahara.

Some of the city’s best and least expensive Asian cuisine can be found at Ginseng 3 at the Imperial Palace (soon to be The Quad).  The restaurant is located on the fifth-floor dining plaza.  It features traditional Korean cuisine and is similar in concept to owner In Chun Lee’s other Las Vegas restaurants, including the acclaimed DJK.  Best of all, this restaurant is open 24/7, so you can take your taste buds on an exotic dining adventure anytime.

There’s a great Early Bird special at Billy Bob’s Steakhouse and Saloon at Sam’s Town.  From 5 to 7 p.m. you can get two petite filet mignon medallions served with sweet and spicy mesquite rub served on top of caramelized onions.  The meal is also served with soup or salad; potato or rice.  The cost is $13.95.

At Lanai Express, inside the Fremont Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, you can get a two-item combo for just $6.95.  Choose from:  Sweet & Sour Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork, Orange Chicken, and Pepper Steak.  Combo plates are served with your choice of chow mein and fried or steamed rice.

The Gold Coast buffet now offers an All-Day Pass for only $24 daily; except Fridays when its $27.  This averages out to just $8 per meal and $9 on Fridays.

Inside the lounge at the Gold Coast’s Cortez Room, appetizers and drinks are 50% off from 5 to 7 p.m.

Roxy’s Diner at the Stratosphere offers these specials.  From 2 to 7 a.m., treat yourself to a one-pound cured ham steak served with eggs, hash browns and toast for $6.99.  Come back from 2 to 7 p.m. and order a ¾ lb. Prime Rib dinner with a baked potato and veggie for the same price.

Skyline Casino specials:

The 2-for-1 special for Casino Player readers remains in effect at the Skyline Casino on Boulder Highway in Henderson.  This offer is valid Tuesday-Sunday and applies to any item on the menu.  Just mention to Marty, the manager, “Steve sent you.”  With low menu prices to start, you can purchase dinner for two for under $15.00.  All-you-can-eat Jumbo Fried Shrimp, Cole slaw and fries is available for only $10.95.

Thanksgiving dinner at the Skyline is only $10.95.  It includes turkey, cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, vegetable du jour, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

On Sunday’s during football season, a free taco bar is provided.  For Monday Night Football, free hot dogs are served throughout the game.  Plus Skyline recently completed a major renovation.  Take a trip out to Henderson to check it t out and to take advantage of these specials.


This Month’s Strip Search Hidden Treasure


If you’re a fan of the television show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, you’ll probably recognize the name of this popular Las Vegas restaurant.  Las Vegas residents shouldn’t need any reminders about this unique Creole restaurant located at 241 West Charleston.

Chef Lola Elizabeth Pokorny was born in New Orleans and raised in Louisiana in a family of chefs and restaurateurs, so cooking is in her blood.  She relocated to Las Vegas in the 1990’s.  As an owner of the Cajun Connection in Las Vegas, Pokomy has been a successful part-time personal chef and caterer for 15 years.

Upon entering Lola’s you might forget you are in Las Vegas and instead think you’re in New Orleans, specifically the French Quarter during Mardi Gras.  The walls are filled with New Orleans artwork, mementos, trinkets and memorabilia. There are also a lot of New Orleans Saints collectables throughout the restaurant.  The menu selections are 100% Cajun/Creole; authentic both in name and preparation.

Lola’s appetizers include Lump Crab Cakes in special blends of spices, pan fried and served w/Lemon-garlic Aioli; plus there are oysters, charbroiled the Crescent City way, with lots of garlic, lemon, and a blend of cheeses prepared in front of you at the Charbroiler Bar.  This is something you don’t want to miss!

Salads include a Shrimp Remoulade, Lola’s version of a Caesar salad; and a House Orange Bowl signature that includes Crisp Romaine, celery, green onion, mandarin oranges, and dried cranberries, tossed with a sweet/spicy dressing and topped with caramelized almonds.

     There are two featured house specialties:  Bronzed Catfish and Grits – fresh Catfish, bronzed, served over Smoked Gouda Grits with an Andouille Sausage and Mushroom Ragout; plus there’s New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp – large Gulf Shrimp steeped in goodness; served with steamed white rice.  You’ll need plenty of French bread to sop up the juices.  The spiciest dish on the menu!

This wouldn’t be a Creole restaurant if there weren’t Po Boy’s on the menu. Choices include:  Fried Oyster, Fried or Blackened Catfish, Fried, Grilled or Blackened Shrimp, Grilled, Blackened or Fried Chicken, and Sizzled Ham.  All of Lola’s Po Boy’s are made on authentic French bread that is flown in directly from New Orleans.

Save room for dessert.  There’s Lola’s Famous Bread Pudding, moist and delicious, covered in Jim Beam Praline Sauce; or Sweet Potato Pecan Pie.  If you like Pecan Pie and Sweet Potato Pie, this is a winning combination!  Try it with Chantilly Cream as an add-on.

Lola’s prices are reasonable with Po Boy’s under $10 and most entrees under $20.  Lola’s is open for lunch and dinner, but closed on Sundays. Reservations are recommended.  Call 702-227-5652 to make yours today.




Even before the opening of his second Las Vegas restaurant, plans are in place for Gordon Ramsay to open a third restaurant at Planet Hollywood next year.  Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas has been so successful, the waiting list for reservations can be as long as three months.

Tom Colicchio, of both Craftsteak and Wichcraft fame at MGM Grand, will open a new steakhouse at the Mirage next summer.  The new restaurant will move into the space currently occupied by Kokomo’s steakhouse.

Not all news for Las Vegas steakhouses is good.  Bill’s Steakhouse has closed.  This classic restaurant, once known as Michael’s, was widely considered the best steakhouse in Las Vegas.

Taylor Hicks‘ show in the Indigo Lounge at Bally’s has been extended through the end of 2012 and most likely will extend into 2013.  The former American Idol winner has been getting rave reviews.

After being banned from the MGM Grand, Jeff Beacher is returning with his rowdy and off the wall show, Beacher’s MadhouseThe show will take over the Crazy Horse Paris Theatre when the show bearing that name departs.

Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity celebrated its ninth anniversary recently.  It was the first production show to accentuate sexuality as a theme in Las Vegas.

Congratulations also go to producer David Saxe.  His show V-the Ultimate Variety Show celebrated its 10-year anniversary at Planet Hollywood.  The show includes comedy, magic, and acrobatic acts and was featured this year on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  V originally opened at the Venetian in 2002.

Bacio chef, Carla Pellegrino, will be a contestant in the 10th season of Top Chef.  The show will originate in Seattle and feature 21 chefs competing for a grand prize of $125,000; a feature in Food & Wine magazine; and a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado.

Only in Las Vegas:  Look for your favorite stars from the hit  TV show Pawn Stars to be the subject of a new slot machine.  Bally’s Technologies unveiled the new game at October’s Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.  It should be on casino floors soon.

The Neon Museum has reopened after a $1.5 million dollar renovation.  The museum, located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, will offer tours every half hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for students; children age 6 and under are free.

Shania Twain, international recording superstar and the world’s best-selling female country artist of all time will be returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace beginning Dec. 1, 2012.  Tickets may be purchased at The Colosseum Box Office (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.); by phone at 1-800-745-3000; or at Ticketmaster, keyword: “Shania.”   For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851.

Both Lynyrd Skynyrds’ BBQ and Beer and American Burger Works have closed at the Excalibur.  In addition, Little Buddha and Guardinos restaurants have closed at the Palms.


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