Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar
Address: The Quad, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Status: Opens at 10 a.m.
The day is here, truly here, when Las Vegas can find out whether the food at Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Quad is better than at Fieri's Time Square outpost, Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar, the restaurant behind that epic take down by New York Times food critic Pete Wells, all in the form of questions.
Fieri promises it will be. "I only do things the best I can do them in the moment that I'm doing them. Have I learned from that experience? Yes. But I was doing the best I could do. Also, remember it's a licensing deal. I'm the chef, I make the recipes, I make the idea and I give it to a group. Let's be realistic about what this was. But there was nothing realistic about what was being said," he tells Las Vegas Weekly.
Fieri says that Vegas is its own entity, completely different from New York. "There's no way you can come to Vegas and do a sequel. Vegas has got to be its own premiere…You name it, it happens in Vegas, and from day one the objective was to put it at that level."
The 6,500-square-foot restaurant for 200 features an outdoor patio. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Strip while inside, Fieri wanted the space to feel like his own kitchen in his home. Woods, metals and tiles are found throughout with cowhide lining the chairs at the bar. His tattoos play a prominent role in the decor while UNLV memorabilia is found throughout. "This is your local joint from back home times 10, in the middle of the Strip," Fieri says.
Dishes here range in price from $15 to $25. Look for Big Bite Burgers including the Off-The Hook Smash-Burger, the Mayor of Flavortown, Triple B, Mac+Cheese Bacon and the Tatted-Up turkey burger described as a "work of art like Guy's tattoos."
The Ain't No Thing Butta Chicken Wing section includes fireball whiskey, margarita fajita and the parmageddon wings.
Salads are equally rugged with Morgan's Gnarly Greek and Brutha's Badass Caesar Salad.
Desserts featured are Guy's Cheesecake Challenge with potato chips, Mexican churros, S'mores Monte Cristo, triple double mint pie and fried ice cream boulder sundae.
The restaurant is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., with a brunch expected on the weekends.
Is Fieri excited? You betcha. "The only thing you can tell me to top this is I'm opening on the moon next week."
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