Feb 26, 2015

The Lodge Steakhouse - Review

Laughlin, NV
The Lodge Steakhouse at the Laughlin River Lodge

Restaurant/Dinner Review




Three of us visited recently on a weeknight for dinner.  Everyone wanted steak or prime rib. We had very good Prime Rib a few months ago when they were offering a special and figured this would be a good chance to check out the new menu.

There is an early bird menu, which runs from 4 to 5:30 (Wednesday-Sunday).  See the end of this review for details.

We were seated promptly by the window, overlooking the Colorado River.  Wine and a beer were ordered, they have a good wine list but we went with simple choices by the glass. 

We were disappointed to see the Shrimp Cocktail and Lobster Bisque was missing from the menu. They were among two of the very good items that had been on the menu on our last visits.  Who has a steakhouse without these?   


The salads and basket of rolls were fresh and good as in the other visits we have made.  


The Prime Rib dinner now goes for $23 (10oz) or $31 (16oz) Served with thin but nicely done asparagus and a large backed potato (other options available).  The Prime Rib was seasoned nicely and the portions of it that were edible where very good. Unfortunately, there was 5-6 ounces of it that were inedible fat rather than marbled prime rib. Much of that part was even uncut-able.  We also had ordered it medium and as you can see it came a cross between medium well and well.  Since two of us were splitting it and one of us thought it was fine, we didn't send it back for the proper done-ness.


The Filet Mignon (6 oz) for $30 was a nice cut of steak. The taste, consistency and flavor was excellent and nearly cooked to a perfect medium.  For a thick filet they did a good job on it. The seasoning was perfect and it melted in your mouth.  

Staff was very friendly, although they seemed a bit hurried in trying to manage a only half full dining room.  No one bothered to come back and check if we wanted additional drinks.  Once the food was dropped off that was it.   


The lighting and decor are nice and there was music from a piano player who was playing and singing by the large fireplace. This nice touch was a bit obscured by the volume of the staff when taking orders or talking to other guests.  In a "nicer" steakhouse as the Lodge is obviously striving to be, the atmosphere shouldn't at times sound like a diner or cafe

No dessert or after dinner coffee was ordered, in part because we were full from the meal and secondly because of the slowness of the staff coming by to check if we wanted anything else. 

The Lodge Early Bird Menu (subject to change by them) is currently on the LRL website as this:
Wednesday-Sunday, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • Prime Rib – English Cut: Three slices carved to enhance the rich beef flavor. Features our creamed fresh spinach. Your choice of baked potato or house garlic mashed potatoes. $14
  • Chicken Marsala: Breast of chicken sautéed in this rich, classic wine sauce that includes tender mushrooms. Fresh vegetable du jour and choice of baked potato or house garlic mashed potatoes. $12
  • Pan Seared Tilapia: Seasoned and sautéed to a golden finish. Accompanied with our house tartar sauce. Fresh vegetable du jour and choice of baked potato or house garlic mashed potatoes. $12
  • Shrimp Scampi: Ten succulent shrimp sautéed in garlic, white wine and butter. Served over linguini with a spear of garlic toast. $14
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs: House made meatballs with our fresh marinara served over spaghetti with a spear of garlic toast. $11
  • LRL Burger: Fresh ground burger with your choice of toppings below. 
  • Served with house potato chips. $10  Choose from: Romaine, tomato, shaved red onion, bacon, pickle, smoked gouda, American cheese, cheddar cheese, sautéed wild mushrooms, spiced bacon jam, roasted garlic, bourbon bbq sauce, house burger sauce

Split Plate Charge: $5  We appreciate your understanding that there are no substitutions on our Early Bird Menu Early Bird menu is available for restaurant dining only.


The new, full menu, as of this writing, is not on the LRL website.  

The Lodge Steakhouse is open Wednesday-Sunday, starting at 4 p.m.

In summary:

Two meals (one split), for three including 2 glasses of wine and a beer came to just over $100 with tax and tip. You could do worse, for a steak dinner in Laughlin but you can also do better. 

Although the Filet Mignon was good, the Prime Rib disappointed this time.   Next time when we are craving steak we will probably pass on the Lodge Steakhouse for now.  Perhaps again in the future we will try it again. 

The Range at Harrah's and the Steakhouse at Tropicana are currently our favorites, in that order, for steak in Laughlin.   

Sadly, we much preferred the Lodge Steakhouse when we visited the previous 2-3 times last year BEFORE the changes and new menu.  





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Feb 16, 2015

Blues and Brews Festival 2015 - Laughlin

Blues and Brews Festival 
April 17-19th

Press release from the Colorado Belle:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LAUGHLIN, NV—Grammy-award winning Buddy Guy returns to the Edgewater E Center at 8 pm Saturday, April 18.  17TH ANNUAL BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL will be held outdoors on Colorado Belle's Riverwalk at the Loading Dock Bar & Grill Stage Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, 2015.  Event hours are 4pm-10 pm Friday, 2 pm to 10 pm Saturday and noon to 7 pm Sunday.  Buddy Guy concert tickets start at $30, available at edgewater-casino.com. 

BUDDY GUY IN CONCERT
At age 78, 7-time Grammy and 23-time WC Handy Award winning Blues giant Buddy Guy received his 7th Grammy--the Lifetime Achievement Award, February 8th.  Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and has been a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  A pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city's golden days of electric blues, Guy's 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards are the most any artist has received.  He has also received the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American culture, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".  Tickets from $30, available at edgewater-casino.com.

WE'VE GOT YOUR BLUES
Blues fans, enjoy great live blues and exceptional beer when great bluesmen perform all weekend on the Loading Dock stage!  Memphis bluesman Preston Shannon, a powerful guitarist with soulful vocals and the reigning "King of Beale Street", returns to the Belle for Blues & Brews.  Also returning are Las Vegas bluesman John Earl & The BoogieMan Band and Chris Hiatt.  New to Blues & Brews is rockin' blues guitarist Chris Duarte.  Entertainment at the Loading Dock is free to the public. The event will also feature great food and beer—including several Pints microbrews. 

WE'VE GOT YOUR BREWS
In addition to a wide assortment of brand named beverages, Blues & Brews will feature an assortment of beer from Pints, Colorado Belle's microbrewery, including Premium Golden Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Chili IPA, Imperial Red, American Pilsner and Watermelon Wheat.

Events, offers and promotions are subject to change without notice, management reserves all rights. The Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts are owned and operated by Marnell Gaming, LLC, a limited liability corporation which owns gaming establishments in Laughlin, Nevada. The corporation develops, expands and acquires gaming-related properties and is focused on providing a unique portfolio of gaming offerings to its guests.


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Keepin' It Country Weekend in Laughlin, NV

Laughlin, NV


Alan Jackson performs Saturday in Laughlin, NV

 Country Music is a big theme this upcoming weekend in Laughlin.




Alan Jackson brings his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY TOUR
on Saturday, Feb. 21st to the Laughlin Event Center.


The Colorado Belle is also hosting the

Keepin' it Country Riverwalk Festival

February 20-22, 2015



The festival includes 3 days of live country music by the Hollywood Hillbillies and Guitars and Cadillacs on the outdoor stage located on the Riverwalk.  




Video clips of Guitars and Cadillacs when they 
performed at the Aquarius Resort Casino in Laughlin



Hollywood Hillbillies


Food and beer will be available for purchase
Admission is Free!

Festival hours: 
Fri. 4-10 pm
Sat. 2-10 pm 
Sun. Noon-7 pm



The weather looks like it is going to be in the mid 70s and plenty of sunshine.
Come on out and enjoy some country music on the Laughlin Riverwalk.

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Feb 8, 2015

Oak Ridge Boys in Laughlin

Laughlin, NV






The Oak Ridge Boys are back in Laughlin, Nevada with with 11shows this week at Don's Celebrity Theater in Riverside Resort Casino. 




Show dates:  02/09/2015 - 02/15/2015   
Showtime at 7pm (Nevada Time)

There are also matinee shows starting at 3pm 
on 2/10, 2/11, 2/12 and 2/14

Their hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, and many others  They have scored 12 gold, 3 platinum, and a double platinum album, plus one double platinum single. In addition they have had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.

Here are two pictures for the opening night show:

*Picture credit @KrisM32 on Twitter

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Did you know their Live Album, Boys Night Out was actually recorded in Laughlin, over a period of several days at the Riverside.





The Oak Ridge Boys in Laughlin
Photo via Twitter



Key to the Riverside presentation in 2013


In 2013 they were honored by receiving the  "Key to the Riverside Resort"  
for their 30 years of continuous playing at the Riverside in Laughlin.    





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Feb 6, 2015

Laughlin Event Center Concert and Show Line Up for 2015

Laughlin, NV
Laughlin Event Center



The concert line up announced so far for the Laughlin Event Center includes five shows.



Alan Jackson        - February 21st
Alabama                 - March 28th
Dirks Bentley         - April 11th
Ramon Ayala         - May 2nd
Hank Williams Jr.  - May 16th 

Each show has different seating and ticket prices.  Check with your favorite local Casino for tickets or ticket/room packages.  The official Laughlin Event Website and ticket source is at: laughlineventcenter.com 

Where is the Laughlin Event Center?

The outdoor venue is located behind the Laughlin Outlet Mall.  From Casino Drive you go up Bruce Woodbury Drive and you cannot miss it on the left side.  


There is no on-site parking at the Laughlin Event Center, but the mall (at the time of this post) does allow parking.  Most of the Casinos also offer free shuttles to and from the events.  The walk from Casino Drive is not very far but it is uphill on the way there.   A shortcut is to go through the mall from the lower entrance and out the back on the top floor.  The usually shut off traffic between Casino Drive and Thomas Edison from 4pm-11pm on the day of a concert. 



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Feb 3, 2015

Laughlin River Run 2015 Concerts

Laughlin, NV
River Run 2015



Concerts are lining up for the 33rd Annual Laughlin River Run, which takes place April 22nd-26th this year.   

River Run is a great time of year to catch music all along Casino Drive.  These are just some of the bigger concerts scheduled at the local venues.

Surprisingly, no act has been announced for the Laughlin Event Center as of this posting.

If you want to see any of these shows get your tickets early.  They are already selling fast.

These acts are already on the River Run 2015 schedule.

Slaughter
SLAUGHTER 
Riverside Resort - Don's Celebrity Theater
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: April 23-25th, 2015  9pm
Great price on these tickets just $20

Slaughter is a hard rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. The band reached stardom in 1990 with their first album Stick It to Ya, which spawned several hit singles including "Up All Night", "Spend My Life", "Mad About You" and "Fly to the Angels". The album reached double platinum status in the United States.  Still hitting the road and playing with such bands as Great White, Skid Row, Quiet Riot and Ratt.
Tickets purchased online must be picked up at the box office. You can also purchase tickets at the Riverside Box Office,  Ticket Info


ZZ Top

ZZ TOP 
Harrah’s Rio Vista Amphitheater (Outdoor)
Friday, April 24th, 2015   8pm

ZZ TOP a.k.a. "That Little Ole Band from Texas," lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with all original members.  Of course there are only three of them; guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, but it's still a remarkable achievement that they are very much together after more than 40 years of southern rock and blues.  ZZ TOP was a staple of FM radio in the 70's with classic songs like "La Grange," "Tush" and "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers," but became international superstars in the 80's when videos for their songs "Legs," "Gimme All Your Lovin" and "Sharp Dressed Man" ran in massive rotation around the world on MTV.  And in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  ZZ TOP's music is always instantly recognizable and profoundly soulful with 100% Texas American roots.  They have sold millions of albums over the course of their career.  Ticket Info


Foghat

FOGHAT 
Edgewater Resort - E Center
Friday, April 24th, 2015  8pm

The blues-rock band Foghat was formed in England in the early 1970s. The band has been together for 43 years, touring internationally and accumulating an impressive 8 gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record. Their popularity grew and was sustained through extensive tours, a huge fan base and home video games like "Guitar Hero III", numerous movies, TV shows and commercials. The band's hit singles include "Fool for the City", "Drivin' Wheel", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Stone Blue", "Third Time Lucky" and "Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed".  Ticket Info 



Burton Cummings

BURTON CUMMINGS 
Former lead singer for The Guess Who
Edgewater Resort - E Center
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 8pm

Few artists have achieved the level of public success and critical acclaim that Burton Cummings has
enjoyed in a career spanning more than 40 years. As lead singer and songwriter with the Guess Who and on his own, Cummings has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history. Cummings has received a variety of awards in his native Canada, and racked up an impressive 80 platinum and gold record awards. Hit tunes include "American Woman", "These Eyes", "Laughing", "No Time", "Break it to Them Gently", "Clap For The Wolfman", "Dancin' Fool" and "Star Baby". Recently the best-selling book The 100 Top Canadian Singles ranked "American Woman" as the greatest Canadian single of all time.  Ticket Info



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6 More Weeks of Winter Weather in Laughlin

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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Ground Hog day and predicts six more weeks of winter. However, he has nothing over on Laughlin Louie who was seen on the Laughlin Louie, who was seen on Riverwalk making his own forecast.  After seeing his shadow he predicted six more weeks of sunny, winter weather for Laughlin. 

Laughlin Louie
Laughlin averages over 300 days of sunshine per year, with an average annual rainfall of 1.78 inches. 


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Feb 2, 2015

Huey Lewis and the News in Laughlin, NV


Laughlin, Nevada


Huey Lewis and the News
Friday, February 6th (2015)
Edgewater Casino   E-Center
8pm

Tickets range from $30 to $90 and a quick check of the online ticket website shows some seats left but not that many.


Huey Lewis and The News is marking the group's 35th anniversary.

Information about the band*.

Huey Lewis and The News have been defying the rock odds makers for three decades. 2009 marked the group’s 30th anniversary. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, their contagious brand of straight-ahead rock n’ roll has outlasted countless trends, selling over 20 million albums worldwide in the process.

Huey Lewis & The News have carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band, endearing them to millions of fans and earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map. These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square” and “Workin’ For A Livin’”. The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love”, which was nominated for an Academy Award, went all the way to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart.

As great a recording career as the band has had, it’s their live performances that remain the stuff of legend. They have toured worldwide continuously for more than 30 years. Huey Lewis & The News incorporate a variety of musical influences, including R&B and soul, to create their own unique sound. One of the highlights of their show is their a Capella rendition of early rock n’ roll classics such as “Sixty Minute Man”, “Under The Boardwalk” and “It’s Alright”.


Huey Lewis & The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). Their live show features a horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries: Marvin McFadden (trumpet), Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone) and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).




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Jan 31, 2015

Nevada Gaming Revenue for 2014 Down; Laughlin Up

Tropicana Laughlin on Casino Drive - Laughlin, NV

Nevada’s Gaming Control Board reported a gaming revenue decline of 1.1% for the entire state, to slightly over 11 Billion dollars in 2014.

Of local interest- 
Laughlin, NV showed an increase of 1% for 2014 
after a double-digit increase for December of 17.84%.

Here are the numbers for 2014 and the month of December.
   
Overall 2014 Revenue Numbers:

  • Las Vegas Strip down 2.1% percent to $6.37 Billion.
  • Downtown Las Vegas up 2.1% to 511.4 Million.
  • Laughlin up 1%
  • North Las Vegas up 1.9%
  • Boulder Strip down 1.8%
  • Clark County (overall) down 1.3% percent to $9.55 Billion. 


For the last month of 2014 showed December Revenue Numbers showed:
Gaming revenue overall was $950.7 million, down 8.06% compared to the year before. 

  • Las Vegas Strip was down 16.41% to $555.2 million from 2013.
  • Downtown Las Vegas up 2.96% to 43 Million.
  • Laughlin up 17.84%
  • North Las Vegas down 3.74%
  • Boulder Strip up 13.28%
  • Clark County (overall) down 9.68 percent to $833.9 million 



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