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Michael Bauer Visits Las Vegas and Hell's Kitchen Specials

Plus dreams of a buffet that goes on forever.

Andiron Steak & Sea
Andiron Steak & Sea
Amelinda B Lee

The San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic and editor at large Michael Bauer scoured Las Vegas to find out if the city has a "culinary soul." And while he tours Bardot Brasserie, Giada and Lago by Julian Serrano on the Strip, he devotes most of his article to restaurants on the west side, Downtown and in Chinatown. Of note, Eat, Chow, Andiron Steak & Sea, Flock & Fowl,  Arawan Thai Bistro, Therapy, Glutton and Carson Kitchen are just some of the places that make an appearance. "Las Vegas is on the road to being a culinary destination that transcends the glitz and jet-setting celebrity chefs." [SFC]

The New York Daily News dreams of the day when the Oakland Raiders make the move to Las Vegas, an idea Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson is heading up with a proposed $1 billion stadium. One hope, instead of concession stands, "install the world’s longest buffet line, wrapping around every level of the stadium." Wouldn't a Michael Mina Tailgate be more in tune with the times? [NYDN]

pan-roasted scallops en fuego

Pan-roasted scallops en fuego at BLT Steak

BLT Steak at Bally’s has two specials coinciding with Hell’s Kitchen, the Gordon Ramsay show where the winner this season will earn a head chef position at the restaurant. Starting today, guests can order The Inferno, a cocktail with Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Woodford Reserve, Campari and orange juice. Also order up pan-roasted scallops en fuego that includes paprika paper that stands on the dish to mimic flames. Chanterelle mushrooms, chervil and thyme are all part of the dish. [EaterWire]

Looking for something different for lunch? Head to El Cortez for the new 30-minute express lunch at Siegel’s 1941. Options include the Carolina pulled-pork sandwich, iceberg wedge salad, a cup of soup and half salad, spaghetti and meatballs or seven-layer lasagna Bolognese. [EaterWire]

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar out at Red Rock Resort has free wine and appetizers every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The event this week features Joseph Phelps wines, while next highlights Whispering Angel and Nicolas Feuillate Champagne. [EaterWire]