The Station’s Casinos are well known to locals but not so much to the outsider. They recently added Palms to their family and now host the newest member of the Buffet party in Las Vegas. Although its was only lunch, we tried it for the first time on a late Thursday afternoon. The best ways to judge a buffet is on taste, cleanliness and value and we found out A.Y.C.E. has all three down perfectly.
Thirty-Five miles from the gambling mecca of Las Vegas, lies the small town of Goodsprings Nevada.
Goodsprings is home to the Pioneer Saloon, the oldest Saloon in Nevada. The town itself was once a thriving mining community. Today, we were told, they might have 200 people at the most and their pride and joy is the Pioneer Saloon.
Yes, I know there are a shit ton of Burger joints on the Strip.
So I only went to a couple this trip.
First we check out LVB BURGERS AND BAR at The Mirage then BURGER BRASSERIE at Paris. Two lesser known places after that. Vince Neil's Tatuado and Hennessey's Downtown.
When you sit at the bar at LVB Burger you get the opportunity to watch the cooks in action. The grill is a massive round Hibachi style unit. A couple small fryers on the sides out of the way and about 4-6 cooks doing there thing as the bartenders take drink and food orders. Very cool atmosphere. We liked the smell of the fresh burgers coming off the grill, never once did we see a disappointed customer and we were happy with our Mushroom and Swiss. Cooked exactly medium and we got to see it leave the grill and hit the plate seconds before our first bites. Flavors blended well (Marinated portobello mushrooms, gruyere, spinach, house aioli). As a side note the bun was also very fresh and toasted nicely. They have some really good looking aps and side dishes but we were just there for a snack.
With a major entertainment personality as part of your Pizza shop's name you can't go wrong. I think thats the initial draw to Evil Pie in Downtown Las Vegas. That's why I walked in the first time anyway. I wanted to play the Evel Knievel pinball machine and look at some memorabilia even if I was only going to get a water and cool down(it was hot as Hell that day). I didn't think I'd end up getting a piping hot slice of amazing Pizza then hang out for about an hour listening to music and watching people meander up and down Fremont. You can smell their creations from outside. They have a great little patio area to sit but plenty of seats inside as well. The orders are placed at the counter, prices are average and while you wait there's endless pictures, toys and other memorabilia on the walls to divert your hunger pains. It didn't take but a minute to get my slice and a water and to the window i sat to watch people. Friendly staff and pie makers, great atmosphere combined with a perfect location, not far from under the canopy makes Evel Pie one of my favorite spots downtown.
They do have a full bar that seats about 10, their Happy Hour is everyday from 2p-6p $3 beers and $4 wells but best of all is the pitcher of beer and whole pie for $20. They deliver through UBER EATS, open from 11a-2a everyday and Thursday-Saturday open until 4:20am. Yes 4:20am. Located between Park on Fremont and Red at 508 East Fremont.
In 2017 when Vince Rotolo left Evel Pie to open his own Pizzaria he had the name "Good Pie" already in queue. The name wasn't a play on his former employers it was put in his head at a pizza business convention. A man got irritated with some of the newer generation antics of pizza makers and proclaimed just make a good pie. That was the rumor and it was confirmed by the super easy to talk to counter girl when we visited Good Pie last week. The shop itself is pretty small with a little counter top eating area by the windows and a couple seats by the door. The walls are adorned with hats from other Pizzarias and items to remind you of New York such as a baseball jerseys, photos and news paper articles etc.
They call it "a Brooklyn style pizza shop in Downtown Las Vegas". They serve Brooklyn-style round slices and Detroit-style (square) or whole pies. They import their flour and tomatoes from Italy and take advantage of Nevada Farms for much of their other produce. The counter girl also told me about Rotolo's gluten free pizzas and his Vegan creations winning awards. His name is still on the menu for Evel Pie. We tried square slices as that was all they had available without a wait when we went. Classic bottled Coke was a nice touch and the prices were very reasonable, $3-$5 a slice. I'm not a big fan of square pizza but it was very good. One thing that especially stuck out was the great flavor from the mushroom slice I got. Plus the service was very fast and friendly. The owner is (said to be) a very awesome guy to work with and that shows in the quality and attitude of the store. We loved it.
They are located at Pawn Plaza next to the famous Gold and Silver Pawn from Pawn Stars. Seating is plentiful , especially on a nice day, outside all over the plaza, and its great for people watching. The location isnt ideal for the average tourist but the more the word spreads about Pawn Plaza I think it will be a hit. They are open 11a-9p Sundays, 11a-10p Mon-Thur and 11-11p Friday and Saturday.
Sonny, the new face of "Ranch Breakfast" cereal, was once a prominent figure in the Rodeo circuit. Now he is reduced to little more than gimmicks for an advertising company. His next gimmick takes him to Las Vegas where he is to ride "Rising Star", a retired, prize race horse. The only problem is the mistreatment of the $12 million equine has him questioning his new found role as a public figure. When Sonny's wife corners him and demands he signs divorce papers he figures he has not much more to lose. He steals the horse and rides it down the Las Vegas Strip before taking a left after Circus Circus on his way to Mesquite.
Directed by Norman Foster and released in 1952,
Harley Williams goes by the Nickname "Tumbleweed", not sure why the but it works for him. He seems like a small town bronco buster who has a Big City Rodeo fetish.
He enters Vegas by bus, the LAS VEGAS - TOONAPA - RENO - STAGE LINES, to be exact.
Steps into downtown Las Vegas at what would be the Plaza (Union Bus Station) and the shot widens to show Las Vegas Club on the left, Sal Sagev on the right and and in between lies 1950's autos parked along the side of 1950's Fremont Street. Standing out towards the back is a Young Vegas Vic behind the Monte Carlo Club.
He comes to Vegas with what he thought was...
The American Casino Guide has been coming out every year since 1992. The driving force behind this book is a man named Steve Bourie, a name I first saw while on a flight to Vegas reading a magazine from the back pouch of the seat in front of me. This was approximately 10 years ago and the article was all about a Florida Casino and his adventure at this Casino. Makes sense seeing as Mr. Bourie worked in Marketing within the Casino Industry. He has written articles for many gambling and gaming magazines, and has over 30 years experience in Gaming. I subscribe to the American Casino Guide YOUTUBE channel and his interviews and informative videos are second to none. If you are serious about your gambling or just want to learn more about advantage play and Casino discounts I highly recommend them.
I have a passion for both gambling as well as saving money, so I purchase this book every year as well as the Las Vegas Advisor book as money saving tools.
This book is a little different from the Las Vegas Advisor book in the sense the American Casino Guide breaks down into 3 parts.
If you know me, then you know I am a fan of bargains and always try to get that “deal of the day”.
Not a cheap skate or tightwad, just frugal and find it rewarding when I can save money and apply it towards something I might not otherwise spend it on.
I am also a fan of a man named Anthony Curtis, I first noticed his name popping up around the mid 90s when I had my hand in the sports gambling market. Forums were all the rage back then and you could really get some good sports gambling advice from some of the local Vegas bettors and insiders like Fezzik, JK (Jon Kelly), Jimmy Vaccaro, Papa Jo, and my favorite Sports betting personality Dave “The Meatman” Scandaliato.
Anthony Curtis was on a few Vegas related documentaries and tv specials about saving money, spotting deals or catching scammers etc. He also published a newsletter and eventually a coupon book called the Las Vegas Advisor to go along with a membership to his website and forums. I already read the forums and I had nothing to lose by buying the book of coupons since there has always been one coupon that would more than pay for the book anyway. Well, I'm happy to say nothing has changed. The book still comes out every year and is a modest 37 bucks for a year membership to the newsletter.
This year I have decided to a note few of the better deals and discounts as I use them on my next 2 trips. I have compiled a list of the bargains below and plan on using many of them.
One of my favorite places in Las Vegas to relax or just "zone out" if you will, is a walkway between El Cortez and Las Vegas Boulevard downtown. The, palm tree lined, plaza has a few benches and picnic tables to soak up some sun or catch a quick minute of alone time away from the crazy of Fremont Street. The Plaza is named after former Casino owner Jackie Gaughan and some weird reason, without sounding to dramatic, I like to walk through it and think about his journey.
Jackie Gaughan moved to Las Vegas in 1950. He bought a 3% share of the Flamingo and worked there as well. After an argument with an associate of Bugsy Siegel named Davie "The Jew" Berman. He quit his job (which was probably smart) but kept his 3% share in the property (which was very smart).
I planned on writing more on this but latest reports say Steve Wynn's next big thing might not be complete until 2021 so this is a work in progress.
The plan for Wynn's "Paradise Park" was announced over a year ago and revisited in Mr. Wynn's latest quarterly report phone conference. It has yet to be named (officially) but the details are pretty huge.
Basically a 1600ft by 700ft luxury lagoon. In fact that will be my name for it, "Luxury Lagoon".
A 47 story tower built between the Encore and Wynn containing a Casino, restaurants, 1500 room hotel as well as retail and convention space.