Oct 24, 2014

LIFF 2014 Winners Announced

3rd Annual Laughlin International Film Festival  - 2014 Winners

In a ceremonay at the Tropicana Laughlin’s Pavilion Ballroom the winners of the four day festival were announced. 

For Immediate Release:

Winners announced for Laughlin Film Festival

LAUGHLIN, Nev. – Team LIFF is proud to announce the winners for the third annual Laughlin International Film Festival, which was held from Oct. 16-19, 2014.

“We are so pleased with the turn out we have had this year,” said Erik Karsen Puhm, director of LIFF. “There were so many great film entries submitted and we hope to keep seeing it grow as we prepare for next year.”

The event kicked off on Oct. 16 with the red carpet premiere of “Deuce of Spades” a hot-rod 1950's era film by French filmmaker Faith Granger. Following the film Granger answered several questions from the packed audience and signed autographs.

“It is a joy to see these movies have a good audience showing. It helps support those who create these independent movies,” said Dave Davidson, director of operations for the film fest. “We'd love to see more local filmmakers involved and get a chance to show their masterpieces.”

And that is just what two Needles residents did over the weekend.

Brian Brown, a third year LIFF participant previewed his fourth film “Verdict”, while newcomer Andrea Z. Smith premiered her first-ever crime documentary “Verdict: The Terrifying Story of Sunny Coleman”.

Over the four days, participants got to attended close to 75 films, workshops, social events, awards dinner and director panel breakfast.

The winners of the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival are as follows:

Best Short Documentary—Jesse and the Fountain of Youth--directed by Tracey Anarella
Best Web Series—Royals the Series--directed by Niki koss
Best Soundtrack/Score—Moustache—directed by Carl Evans
Best Experimental Work—Only in LA—directed by Jus Riddick
Best Animation Video—I Need My Monster—directed by Stephen Baker
Best Music Video—Look Away-by Eliza
Best Local Film—Verdict—directed by Brian Lee Brown
Outstanding Production Value—What Future—directed by Harry Kakatsakis
Best Cinematic Film—Our Father—directed by Linda Palmer
Best Storytelling—The Long Wait—directed byWolfgang Bodison
Best Ensemble Cast—Goin' Guerilla—directed by James Christopher
Best Thriller/Horror—Antisocial Behavior—directed by Kenneth Guertin
Humanitarian Award—One in a Million—directed by Trevor Baierl
Best Lead Actress—Christina Harding for Moustache
Best Lead Actor—Michael Gross for Our Father
Best Comedy Film—The Backseat—directed by Ryan O'Leary
Best Drama Film—The Badger Game—directed by Joshua Wagner
Harry “Bud” Holland Award—Victim: The Terrifying Story of Sunny Coleman by Andrea Zindel-Smith
Best University Film—A Plush Life—directed by Bryn Hubbard
Tropicana Award/Best University Film—Into the Silent Sea—directed by Andrej Landin
Best International Short Film—Remembering the Fallen—directed by Julien Grincajgier
Best International Documentary—Shunned—directed by Janice Villarosa
Best International Narrative Film—Blackbird—directed by Jamie Chambers
2014 LIFF Pick—Deuce of Spades—directed by Faith Granger
LIFF Director Award—Penance—directed by Jeff Wolfe
Best U.S. Short Film—Premium Harmony—directed by Daniel Algarin and Toby Louie
Best U.S. Narrative Feature—Three Holes, 2 Brads and a Smoking Gun—directed by Hilarion Banks
Best U.S. Documentary—Music City USA—directed by Chris McDaniel
LIFF 2014 Grand Jury Award—Moustache—directed by Carl Evans

The winners for Audience Pick Feature Film and Short Film were not yet announced at press time.


Lost in the Outback (Again)

If you are into a really good steak in Laughlin and stop in the Outback Steakhouse, disappointment might be your dinner companion. But if you want what seems to be the fast food of steak you can find it at there.  Sadly, the prices are not that of fast food either.

After the visit one of our guests said:

Outback Steakhouse is to Steak as the Olive Garden is to Italian Food*

The Outback we recently visited is in the Aquarius Resort Casino in Laughlin Nevada.  As one walks in you are welcomed with a nicely and recently remodeled restaurant.  The location is steps off the Casino floor and even features patio seating virtually steps from the gaming tables and machines.

Despite the new decor there has not been any additional attention to the quality of the food.

After swearing off eating at this particular location, we have been back a couple times.  Each time we have re-visited it was out of convenience or because friends or guests wanted to eat there.

Want to know why we vowed not to return in the past?  Check Here   Or Here 

Be warned, lines are usually long. Especially on weekends. They weren't this time as it was early dinner on a weeknight. We got seated right away. Lines are usually long most likely because of the convenience factor we mentioned or that it always seems like it would be a good place to eat.  +See a suggestion of ours at the end of this review.

The menu selection is as good just as at any Outback Steakhouse.  After all it is a chain. Our service this time was better than in the past. Our only complaint was that the food came out too fast.  Salads were out before we finished appetizers.  Main meals were dropped off while we were only half done with salads.

The Food:

We had enjoyed the Ahi Tuna appetizer in the past at the Outback.  Although it wasn't as good as the one we had at the Saltgrass Steakhouse (Golden Nugget Laughlin).  We had also tried the Crab & Avacado stack before and enjoyed it. Based on this the Great Barrier Trio Appetizer sounded like a good choice.

Advertisement for the Great Barrier Trio Appetizer

The actual Great Barrier Trio Appetizer

The Great Barrier Trio appetizer is described on the menu as Sashimi-style Ahi Tuna with a drizzle of soy dressing, crispy coconut shrimp and a mini version of the tasty Crab & Avocado Stack.

None of us liked it.  The coconut shrimp were semi-crispy and not very large, only 3.  The stack was very light on the crab and tasteless.  The Ahi Tuna was terrible, one bite each and we left the rest.  It was a texture thing, although it wasn't unfresh, it didn't seem quite right.  Pieces wouldn't even cut easily.  Apparently this is new and for a limited time.  Good thing. We won't ever have it again and now won't even try the regular Ahi Tuna here.  Hopefully, it doesn't ruin Ahi Tuna for us everywhere.  This was a bad start. $12.99 for an appetizer to share isn't terrible if it is good.  This wasn't.

Luckily, there were drinks and a Fosters to get the bad taste of the tuna out of our mouth.

Salads were dropped off quickly, which in this case wasn't so bad since the appetizer was so bad.  We have come to realize the single best thing you can order at the Outback Steakhouse is a salad.
The best part of the Outback Steakhouse

Not sure if their blue cheese is really from a Danish Island but it tops a very nice salad.  They do charge you additional for the Premium salad.

As usual the Pecan Blue Cheese Chopped Salad was very good.  However, they seem to have downsized it a bit since the last time we visited.

 We were surprised to see the steak and lobster tail special on the menu.

The Advertisement for Victoria's Filet Mignon
and Lobster at Outback Steakhouse

The actual Victoria's Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail Served
Sometimes at various Outback locations, including this one in Laughlin, the specials advertised in the media are not available.  

Our party ordered:

  • Sirloin and Lobster Tail 
  • Filet and Lobster Tail (2 orders)
  • Baby Back Ribs

We advised our guest to get the Victoria's Filet Mignon instead of the Sirloin.  Years ago we used to love the Outback Special Sirloin. The past few times we had it the quality is just low.  Usually the Filet is much better. Not great but better.

This time taking just a couple bites it is obvious this is just not great steak. Both cuts of steak seemed almost the same.  The Filet was slightly better but had a far too mushy texture and both steaks had virtually no seasoning. The sides, Baked Potato and Broccoli was average. They could of trimmed the long stems on the Broccoli a bit.

The lobster tail was small, perhaps 4 oz., and slightly overcooked, dry and not very sweet tasting. Searching for a word to describe it the best that comes to mind is unspectacular.  The $26.99 tab for steak and lobster seems reasonable and the meal isn't terrible or worth sending back but the quality and satisfaction isn't there. We started thinking of all the other things we could of gotten elsewhere for the same price. The steaks we made on the grill at home a couple weeks ago were much better.

The Ribs were surprisingly tender and fall off the bone good.

As we had experienced it before we knew that their BBQ sauce wasn't our favorite.  Too much bite covering up the flavor of the ribs. But this is a matter of personal preference. The ribs were good enough to make it worth ordering.  The plate the ribs and fries were served on was far too small. Nothing was given to put the bones in and to top it off the server put the wet napkins under the ribs on the plate.  Why?
Discovered under the rack of ribs
Ribs are Full order 20.99 1/2 order 16.49  The Aussie fries were tasteless and served only semi-warm and lacked seasoning.

Our server went through the motions of asking us if we wanted dessert, but didn't ask if we wanted more drinks previously. We declined and paid our bill.

Our Recommendation:

Overall the prices are too high for the quality of food.

When enough time passes we tend to forget why we said "No More" Outback.  We just got another reminder.

Go for a salad.
Go for a drink.
Skip the Steak.

How long can we stay away this time?

*No offense to Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse lovers. This is our opinion based on our tastes and preferences. Your results may vary depending on your own! 

+ If you have to or want to eat at the Aquarius, the Vineyard restaurant is a few steps beyond the Outback Steakhouse. For virtually the same price you can get a far better quality dinner.  In a nice, quiet location with good service.  Yes, it is primarily an Italian spot but they also have steak, fish and other choices.   Keep in mind they are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.  However, at the Cove Lounge they offer the same appetizers that are served at the Vineyard (after 4pm).  

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Oct 20, 2014

Just announced- Alan Jackson in Laughlin. Again.

Laughlin, NV

Alan Jackson will be at the Laughlin Event Center on February 21, 2015

Tickets go on sale at the end of October.   As of today it is not yet listed on the Laughlin Event Center website. 

We did see on the official Alan Jackson site this ticket information:

Laughlin Events Center
Laughlin, NV
Fan Club Presale begins Tuesday, October 21st at 10 a.m thru Wednesday October 22nd at 5 p.m., (Local Venue Time)

VIP Packages Presale Begin Tuesday, October 21st at 10am

Public Onsale - Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fan Club Members: Front Row/Pit Ticket Sign Up available until 02/09/15.

Fan Club members get preferred seating to many of Alan's shows and chances to win free tickets and MORE!  JOIN NOW

- See more at: http://www.alanjackson.com/tour.html?dc_id=4710#sthash.xpxlfYde.dpuf

Alan Jackson just did a show at the Laughlin Event Center on May 17th of this year. 

Apparently, Laughlin is a hot Alan Jackson market and part of his tour.  If you are a fan watch the Laughlin Event Center website or check with local Casino's for packages/tickets.   You may even want to join the fan club listed above to get tickets even earlier. 

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for more about the area.

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Oct 19, 2014

Laughlin Outlet Mall Sold

Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin Preferred Outlet Mall Sold

The Laughlin mall has a new owner and will soon have a new name: 

Priceless Outlets of Las Vegas at Laughlin

Priceless Outlets of Las Vegas at Laughlin, LLC, a member of the Moonbeam Capital Investments group of companies, purchased the mall on October 9, 2014. 

Moonbeam Capital Investments is based out of Las Vegas and has already has a track record of successful revitalization of projects similar to the Laughlin mall. 

We believe this is a wonderful thing for the mall, which has steadily lost stores and generally seems very empty except on weekends.   Hopefully the new owners will attract some fresh, new tenants and even improve the food court and services offered. 

No word has been received on when the re-branding and new name will take place.

Below is the official company Press Release announcing the sale:

Laughlin Outlet Center Has a New Owner
Moonbeam Capital Investments 
For Immediate Release
Laughlin Outlet Center Has a New Owner
October 9, 2014—Laughlin, Nevada, on the banks of the Colorado River, is one of the most visited casino and resort destinations in the Silver State.  Soon, there will be another reason to visit Laughlin.
On October 9, Priceless Outlets of Las Vegas at Laughlin LLC, a member of the Moonbeam Capital Investments group of companies, purchased the Laughlin Outlet Center, located on South Casino Drive across from the Aquarius Casino Resort.
“The Laughlin Outlet Center is in a prime location,” stated Steven Maksin, CEO of Moonbeam Capital Investments, “and has a lot of potential. Moonbeam will be deploying its in house expertise and resources in management, leasing and marketing to assist in turning the property around. We will evaluate the needs of the community, tourists and tenants and develop the right strategy to make this once again one of the main shopping destinations of Las Vegas.  To start, we will re-brand the Center as the Priceless Outlets of Las Vegas at Laughlin”.
Las Vegas-based Moonbeam Capital Investments is one of the fastest growing, unleveraged, private equity funds in the country.  Moonbeam specializes in acquiring delinquent commercial real estate loans and underperforming assets and focuses on stabilizing and enhancing its properties as long-term investments. Over the last few years, Moonbeam has acquired more than 50 properties totaling over 13 million square feet of gross leasable area, including enclosed malls, shopping centers, office buildings, an apartment building and a hotel.
Moonbeam has already had several notable success stories.  At the Greeley Mall in Greeley, Colorado, sales have been trending up every year and are now at a pre-recession high.  At Spectrum Plaza near Houston, Texas, physical and economic occupancy increased from 30% to over 87% in the first few months of ownership.
For more about the Laughin, Nevada area visit us at    LaughlinBuzz.Com

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Oct 16, 2014

Buffalo's: Unpleasant Meal, No Management Response


Located/Partnered with FatBurger in the Riverside Casino, Laughlin, NV

Back in September we shared a story about the new Buffalo's restaurant in the Riverside Casino.  It is actually at the Fatburger located right off the Casino floor.

While we still haven't had an opportunity to try their chicken wings or tenders, we did hear from one unhappy customer who shared her experience with us on our Facebook page.   Not only was her meal very unpleasant (as you will see from her comments below), but she also received absolutely no response when contacting both Buffalo's and FatBurger about her complaint.

Here is what she wrote, which she gave us the go ahead to share.

October 4, 2014

We went to buffalos today located next to fatburger at the Riverside casino. I got the boneless and tenders combo that came with a small drink. You order at the fatburger register and I've learned if you say you're a local you get 10% off. My combo pictured came to $9.72 after discount.  
I got the honey garlic boneless and the lemon pepper tenders. None of the chicken were crispy on outside and was actually wet looking from the oil on inside. After a bite of each I didn't dare eat more. The lemon pepper sauce was pretty much no lemon flavor and 90% black pepper ....ewe! The honey garlic was only slightly better but still didn't have any decent taste to it.
The line was long and we didn't have time to complain and get different food. Unfortunately since I will be starting work soon I pretty much had some so so chips for lunch with a small diet coke. Guess I'm on a diet without knowing it.
Its a shame....I was hoping to have some good chicken this side of the river.
I plan on copying this "review" on their contact us page.
PS. My friends fatburger meal was good so this post is in regards to the chicken combo only.

Picture that was included:

October 12, 2014

So remember my post last week about Buffalos? One week later and neither Fatburger management nor Buffalo's contacted me about the experience. Wow. When a place doesn't respond that usually means they either don't care about their bad food or they get so many complaints they don't bother IMHO. There's plenty of other places to choose from in the area that do care.

We are posting her comments/review and reaching out to the managment or owners of Buffalos for a response, which she was unable to obtain.

The location is at the
1650 Casino Dr. Box 2682
Laughlin, NV 89029

Apparently, the Fatburger and Buffalo's in question are not owned by the Riverside Casino.

If you are a Corporate representative of either company or affiliated with this particular location, we would like to put you in touch with this customer directly.  If you have a response you would like to share publicly we would also be happy to share that.  

Please feel free to contact us at LaughlinBuzz@Gmail.Com

Have you visited the Buffalo's at Fatburger in Laughlin?  Let us know what you thought in the comments below.


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Bullhead City Farmers Market

Bullhead City, AZ
Laughlin, NV

The once a month Bullhead City Farmers Market takes place again on October 18, 2014 at 9am.  

25+ Vendors are expected plus a live band.  Free parking, Free Admission.  Get their early as it is very popular. 

The location is in Community Park at 1251 Hwy 95 in Bullhead City.  If you are coming from Laughlin this is on the right side of Hwy 95 after you cross the bridge.   You can't miss the park and the large turtle mascot beside the Highway. 

Visit the Bullhead City Farmers Market Facebook Page here for more information

The market is held on the third Saturday of the month.  

For more information about events in Laughlin visit

Oct 15, 2014

Laughlin River Lodge - Progress Update

Laughlin, Nevada
Laughlin River Lodge

Laughlin River Lodge?

The River Palms was sold and is in the process of becoming the new Laughlin River Lodge. 

In spite of all the construction and no gaming, they opened some of the hotel rooms on September 26, 2014. 

The casino portion of the property has been advertised to be opening on November 1st after they get the necessary gaming approval and license.   

We did a quick walk through at the end of September and again yesterday.  Since our first walk through not much has changed.   Here is what we noticed and some of our speculations and opinions. 

The Restaurants and Food

During the construction (as of this post) they also are advertising the restaurants are open. 

BUT, the Denny's, which used to be open 24 hours, is only open on Saturday and Sunday and the Lodge Steakhouse seems to be open in the evenings.     They Lodge is currently offering  a Prime Rib Dinner advertised for $9.99 (Sunday through Thursday).

The Lodge Steakhouse

The gift shop is still closed with no merchandise inside.  

The Buffet, which is supposed to get a makeover too, is not yet open.  Nothing looked any different so far

Casino Floor, Dotty's and Gaming

They have two Dotty's gaming rooms just about ready.  The Dotty's signs are up and machines are in the rooms.  One is just past the bar and where the old sports book was.   The other is where the old Bingo room was.   

Since their new sign inside shows Bingo on the River Walk level, a new Bingo room must be planned.

Workers were busy finishing the configuration of the machines in the Dotty rooms.  The main Casino floor is still empty except for spots where the new machines will go.  

A worker told us that 175 more machines are set to come in next week.  At this time the owners are not seeking a license for Table Games, so don't count on rolling the dice or playing any blackjack at the Laughlin River Lodge.     

Another question remains as to how the Dotty's and Main Casino floor are going to merge?  The sign calls the main floor the Riverview Gaming area.  Will there be one players club or two?  

Dotty's Players Card

(this was not obtained at the Laughlin River Lodge. as of our visit their players club was not open)
A Dotty's card to be used in all machines?   Or a NEW players club as this sign suggests and a Dotty's card too?   Our best guess is Dotty's cards in all machines.  We hope not, but will we will see. 

Stay tuned, we will drop in there and see as things develop on the Casino floor and in Dotty's.  You can also find new updates and pictures in the Laughlin group on Facebook.   Many updates and pictures about things going on in Laughlin are posted there daily.  Not just about the Laughlin River Lodge. 

Behind the Walls

Walls are everywhere on the main floor and the second floor. Previously, from the main floor you could look down at the (empty) lower level.  This is completely walled in now, leaving only half the former Casino floor available. 

The lower level is now mostly a hallway with walls on both sides leading from the doors to the pool and the buffet at the other end.  It is obvious something new is developing behind all the walled in areas. The question remains as to what will be a part of the remodel and construction. 

River Palms Wall Mural as it was seen before they closed

River Palms wall mural still up but hidden behind the walls

Even the big wall logo for The River Palms is still up.  This is the one you could see from the lower level, now it is just peeking out behind the temporary walls.  That will need to be changed or removed as well.  

The Signs

Nearly all the signs inside have changed but outside is another matter. None of the outdoor signage has changed except a couple small ones by the doors and on the Riverwalk. 

Sign in the front of the Casino

Sign on the Riverwalk

On the big noticeable signs:

They stripped the River Palms wording and logo off the main marquee sign.  If they were NOT going to something new on the sign promptly, why strip it off when they left the rest of the River Palms signs everywhere behind it on the towers.     After spending $6.75 million for the purchase perhaps they should of torn this sign right down and put up a new one complete with a video marquee.  

The big River Palms signs are still present on the side of the hotel (seen from the Riverwalk) and on both the front and back of the hotel itself,.  

With half the month gone, will the Laughlin River Lodge get their outside look to actually match their new name before they "open"?   

River Palms logo on top of Hotel on the Riverwalk side and as seen from across the river.

Or will it be a soft gaming open with everything outside still looking like the old River Palms.  

River Palms sign/logo/decorative image on the front of the hotel
In need of some Paint while they are changing the signs!

The Hotel and Rooms

Their website is bare bones basic but they do seem to have a reservation system in place now.   They have no other restaurant info or other details other than below.  

According to the LaughlinRiverLodge.Com website (as of this writing) they say:

The casino portion of the property will open upon the receipt of our gaming license, which is expected to be November 1, 2014. So until that time, we will be welcoming guests to the property starting on September 26, 2014, and hope that you will pardon us for some amount of construction that will be going on during this initial phase of the remodel.   We have upgraded 200 of our rooms with amenity packages that include a refrigerator, microwave,  coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer, and flat screen TV. High speed WiFi is included is included at no additional charge. Upon check in, each guest receives a complimentary bottle of water, and each room comes with complimentary snack and candy tray. 

We were told they have a sample room you can visit on the 11th floor if you ask.  Here is the picture that was posted of it. 

"Model" room at the Laughlin River Lodge
 Plus another one we found on Twitter.

A public post on Twitter showing the Lauglin River Lodge Rooms

Rooms seem to range from a published rack rate of $49.95 to $56.62 for the Riverview rooms.  Only the Riverview rooms appear to have all the amenities listed above. 

In conclusion, we would of loved to see them remain closed and have a grand re-opening complete with everything in place from signs to the hotel to the restaurants to the Casino floor.  Stay tuned, we will post more updates as they are announced or when we see or hear new developments.

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Oct 12, 2014

17th Annual Community Achievement Awards

17th Annual Community Achievement Awards are Saturday, October 25th 

Below is a list of the finalist nominees for each category:

The event starts at 5pm at the Aquarius Casino Resort.   Tickets are $75 per person, or $750 for a reserved table of 10. For tickets or questions please call (702)298-2214

See who won last year's 2013 CAA Awards here

Visit the Laughlin Buzz for more about the area.

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Will Guy Fieri's Food Hit or Miss in Laughlin?

Laughlin  -  Las Vegas

 In anticipation of a December opening of a new Guy Fieri restaurant in Laughlin we dropped in to check out the food at Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar.

Although the Laughlin restaurant is as of yet unnamed and no menu has been announced, it is probable that it will be very similar with some added regional "favorites".

Below is our review of the items we tried in Vegas.  This is not what definitely will be available in Laughlin.  After that we will share our thoughts on how this all "may" translate to what we can expect or not expect at the new Guy Fieri restuaurnt coming to Harrah's Laughlin

The Food 

The Fireball Whiskey Wings (lollipop style), Chicken Wonton Takeout Salad, Mac-N-Cheese Bacon Burger, Street Tacos, and Triple T Fries were all interesting choices sampled by our group.

The plating and presentations were "off the hook" as Guy Fieri likes to say. The food itself was good, just not as good as we went in expecting.  Everything was fresh.  But we felt it took too far of a ride into "Flavortown".  Meaning there were too many combinations and flavors combined in most of the selections. Almost as if the chef was trying to hard. Sometimes, simple combinations that sync together works better.  Especially in choices like a burger or salad.

By far the best food item we tried were the Triple T Fries.  The triple T stands for Truffles and you get that flavor on steroids. The thin shoestring style fries are covered in black truffle and truffle infused Gouda and served with a creamy white truffle dip.

When it arrived we were shocked at the size of it. It was like a potato farm volcano erupted with cheese. This is easily an appetizer/shareable for 4 or  more people.  Two or three people could not take it down. The truffle and sauce were excellent with the nicely crisped fries. Even at the $13 Total Rewards Member *price we recommend it.  Just don't get it if you are also getting something else that includes fries.  Just how many potatoes would you want to consume?

The Chicken Wonton Takeout Salad (at $13) was a huge salad with another unique presentation, including a Chinese food take out box and chopsticks for effect.  The salad was delicious and included napa tips tossed with mixed greens, mandarins,cashews and fried chicken wontons on a skewer. A spicy Ginger vinaigrette topped the salad. Advised by the waitress that the vinaigrette had a bite to it, she suggested omitting the added jalapenos that come with it. This was a wise choice, without them the salad was just right.  The wontons were very tasty. Surprisingly, the salad was far better than the Burger or Tacos. The portion was huge too, easily a share for two people.

The Victor’s Street Tacos ($16) featured three grilled chicken tacos with cilantro and onions. The chicken was diced small and well flavored.  The side of a hot salsa and very creamy, fresh tasting guacamole helped make the average tasting tacos taste fairly good. To be honest though, other than the presentation and side sauces, these Tacos are only slightly better (maybe) than the special happy hour $2 chicken tacos you can get The Tequila Bar and Grille in Baily's.

As we were contemplating which burger to try, our waitress suggested the Mac-N-Cheese Bacon Burger. She said that was one of the most ordered burgers and it had won an award in NY City. The burger choices for us were hard to decide on because each one had so many toppings. For the most part they seemed to either have something on it we didn't care for or a combination that didn't sound so appealing. Of course, we could of asked to customize a burger and have something left off but chose not to.  Ultimately, we went with her suggestion, in spite of the $19 dollar price. The 16 dollar Las Vegas Strip burger prices seem to keep inching up and up.

The menu says the burger is richly marbled 100%  USDA choice ground beef and is smash-grilled. The meat was topped with applewood bacon, a 6 cheese mac-cheese, and more melted cheese, lettuce, onion strings, and was on a toasted brioche bun.  This is one big burger, easily enough for two people.  Three types of fries were included with a Jalapeno ketchup.  The burger really was too thick with all the toppings.  There was no way to grab it and eat it as a burger.  You had to sort of cut it in pieces.  The cheese was smooth and tasty but overwhelmed the flavor of the beef.  The bacon was more chewy than crisp.  We ordered it medium and received well done.  Where we could taste the meat it was good and had a nice charred grill taste to it.  But one person in our party did not like it at all.  She didn't like the marbling, stating it was mostly a big piece of fat in her slice of the burger. The jalapeno ketchup was too hot and seemed like attempt to match the delicious Pub Ketchup served at Gordon Ramsey's.  We didn't hate the burger, but would not order it again, especially at almost 20 bucks.  We would love to see a good basic burger with a few flavors and one cheese or topping as a choice.  Complement and showcase the taste of burger, don't cover it up.

We wanted to try the chicken wings as they were one thing always recommended to us. We had the same dilemma as with the burgers.  Of the three choices of wings we weren't sure which one we would like. At another recommendation from our waitress we opted for the Fireball Whisky Wings ($15) as they were the most traditional style with classic buffalo sauce and an added hit of fireball whisky. It was served with a side of blue cheese-wasabi. $15 for an appetizer of wings seems a bit high, but this was Vegas pricing, and to be fair there was a huge platter of them.  More than enough for at least 4 people to share.  The wings were again good, just not among the best we have had. Would we order them again? Probably not.  The sauce was delicious though, and a side of veggies including cut up peppers, radish, carrots, and celery were a nice touch.

The Drinks

They have a nice selection of draft beer including several craft or mico-brews, all surprising priced from $6-$7.50.

The Anchor Steam California Lager was our favorite of those we tried.

Frozen Shots are also available.  They looked tempting but we did not try one.

Other signature cocktails are available at $12 a piece.  The bar menu is one you can easily run your tab up quick with the easy to drink cocktails at that price. The favorite we had from this list was the Austin Sweet Tea (Deep eddy sweet tea vodka, sweetener, white peach syrup, fresh lemon juice).

Portions were so big that even with sharing most of everything there was no room for dessert.

Even by Vegas standards we felt the cost and pricing was a bit high. If you do share items, and we recommend it, then it is somewhat reasonable in per person cost.  The atmosphere was nice, outdoor seating is available where you can hear the music from Carnival Court at Harrah's and do some good people watching. We doubt we will try this location in Vegas again.  Except perhaps for a draft and a app at the bar. The food just wasn't good enough with so many other options available in Vegas.

What about Laughlin?

If what we saw in Vegas is replicated, it may not go over so well in Laughlin. Laughlin is not Las Vegas or even a mini-Vegas for that matter.  In the Laughlin market this is going to be a unique restaurant and the only "celebrity chef" spot.  Will that be enough for it to be a hit?  We hope so and will certainly try it.  We just think that if the prices and the overabundance of combinations and flavors are similar they might not appeal to a good part of the demographic who visit Laughlin.  We did see a few older couples come in, sit down, look over the menu, and leave at Guy's in Vegas. Still, the younger crowd and those who know of Guy Fieri will come and try it.  We think the selections on the menu, the prices and the quality of the food is going to be what makes it a hit or miss here.  They may need to have a few simpler items, and some priced more Laughlin-Style.  Especially, since Harrah's Laughlin is more of a captive audience, not accessible from the Riverwalk.  We look forward to seeing what they announce very soon.

Update 10/18/14 -  on the Laughlin Buzz Facebook Page  it was posted by Matt A., that the Guy Fieri Restaurant at Harrah's Laughlin will be Mexican Food themed and go by the name of "Borracho Burro"   Newest info is the offical name will be Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho

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