Border Grill – Las Vegas, NV

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Border Grill is a Mexican restaurant owned by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, two famous LA Chefs who collaborated on this chain. Most of us know them from their recent stints on Top Chef Masters. In trying to focus on non-NYC chefs while in Vegas, I chose this very casual spot for lunch while at Mandalay Bay. It is conveniently the closest restaurant to the Convention Center. It does have outdoor space if you … Continue reading

MGM Grand Hotel – Las Vegas, NV

MGM Grand

Ah, Vegas.  What a town.  Both occasions I visited were on business.  The first time I stayed at Excalibur.  This was years ago and even then it was horribly outdated.  So I was looking forward to my stay at the MGM Grand.  While not the Bellagio or the Cosmopolitan, which seem perhaps more my style, the MGM is quite an entertainment and dining center.  I also spent some time at Mandalay Bay, as the Licensing … Continue reading

Seablue – Las Vegas, NV

Sea Blue

Seafood, Notable ChefWe had tried Michael Mina’s RN74 while in San Francisco and really enjoyed the experience. Thinking since every NYC Chef has replicated his restaurant in Vegas, I decided to go with a West Coast chef who’s created a new and unique venue in Vegas.  I opted to go with what the MGM called ‘Specialty Dining’ as opposed to ‘Fine Dining’, as I was on my company’s dime and didn’t want to overspend.  Needless … Continue reading

Nobhill Tavern – Las Vegas, NV

Nob Hill

Nobhill Tavern was the first of my two nights of Michael Mina restaurants in Vegas.  It was the more ‘casual’ of the two restaurants and had a lively and large bar area.  Even though dining alone, I chose not to sit in the bar area.  I had made a reservation a month prior and sitting at the bar with the walk-ins wearing shorts seemed unappealing.  Perhaps that was the wrong choice, as the dining room … Continue reading