Chef and TV superstar Bobby Flay surprised everyone by opening Bobby’s Burgers, his twist on a fast-casual, American eatery, inside the Forum Food Hall at Caesars Palace. The restaurant takes over the former Smashburger space at the food court with burgers inspired by his travels around the country, fries, and shakes.
The burgers feature traditional ingredients such as bacon and cheese on the Palace Classic Burger and the Bobby Blue + Bacon Burger. A Crunchburger comes topped with cheese and chips; the Nacho Burger is made with queso, tomato salsa and pickled jalapeños; and the BBQ Smokehouse Burger comes with bacon, crispy onion, chipotle barbecue sauce, and American cheese. The outlet also has Bobby’s Veggie Burger with barbecue mushrooms, chickpeas, quinoa, lettuce, and tomato, or a fried chicken sandwich.
When desert dwelling Las Vegans find themselves craving water, the natural instinct is to hop on the highway and make the four-hour drive — well four hours on a good day — to the Pacific Ocean.
So many locals and visitors forget that Las Vegas is just moments from the sprawling Lake Mead National Recreation Area where opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and even scuba diving abound.
The 1.5 million-acre Lake Mead National Recreation Area is situated on the border of Nevada and Arizona and is comprised of both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave (a reservoir along the Colorado River). The bright blue body of water can make for the perfect day trip from the Strip or a weeklong voyage on a houseboat.
Here’s where to eat while exploring this oft-overlooked desert oasis
Tran makes a memorable debut on the cooking competition that heads to Portland, Oregon
Jamie Tran, the executive chef and co-owner of the Vietnamese-influenced The Black Sheep in the southwest part of Las Vegas, competes on Season 18 of Top Chef, the Bravo reality series that pits 15 chefs against each other through challenges and massive meals. The show heads to Portland, Oregon, for this iteration, with filming at the Hood River Fruit Loop, Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, Tillamook Bay, Tualatin Valley, and Willamette Valley wine country when it starts airing with two weeks of supersized premieres starting on Thursday, April 1, from 8 to 9:15 p.m.
“Any first time visitor in Las Vegas is surely overwhelmed by the plethora of places to visit. A food lover will already have a list of go-to spots to visit, while a newbie fresh off the plane might not come with an agenda. This list gives a little of both, with over-the-top experiences that come with a memory and a story to tell the friends back home.”