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Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Will Whet Your Appetite for Las Vegas Restaurants

When you’re a Las Vegas blog, one of the most common questions you hear is “Which restaurants should I visit?” Another common question is, “What makes you think you can do a blog when you write as though you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury?”

Focusing on that first question for a moment, Las Vegas has so many great dining options, it can be overwhelming. That’s where Lip Smacking Foodie Tours comes in.

Therapy restaurant

Therapy restaurant’s soft truffled goat cheese and almond stuffed date wrapped in bacon served on Romesco sauce. Say that five times fast.

Interest in foodie tours has skyrocketed in recent years, mainly people are lazy and indecisive. Foodie tours take the guesswork out of deciding what’s for dinner.

In the case of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, recently named the “Best Las Vegas Tour” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” honors, guests choose between exploring restaurants on The Strip or downtown. We chose downtown, mainly because we work there. (You thought we were kidding about the “lazy” thing?)

In the downtown and Strip tours, guests gather at an appointed place and time. In our case, the tour began at Carson Kitchen. We didn’t eat there, but it’s sometimes included in the tour.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Let the appetition begin. Which, we should say, we’re only 40% confident is an actual word.

Right off the bat, you start to bond with your fellow tour mates. Foodie tours are a great way to meet new people, especially because there’s also alcohol involved.

The downtown version of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours includes visits to three restaurants and a bar, plus a guided tour around downtown, including the Downtown Container Park and other points of interest, some of them super top secret.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

We’ve walked by this wall a hundred times, but until our tour we didn’t know you could peek between the stickers into the super private Laundry Room at Commonwealth, a popular downtown bar.

Our first stop was Therapy restaurant, one of our favorite downtown Las Vegas eateries. And drinkeries, come to think of it.

The restaurants on the tour set aside special seating, and the food comes out very quickly, since everyone has the same dishes.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

It’s Therapy, in more ways than one.

The restaurants serve a selection of their signature dishes, which means guests get more variety, and the restaurants get to show off.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Foodie tours are perfect for people with commitment issues. Try everything!

One cannot live by signature dishes alone, so this was the panty-dropper cocktail we had at Therapy. We’d tell you the name, but it was a very, very good cocktail.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tour

This is The Smash, with Four Roses bourbon, blackberries, fresh limes and mint. Translation: Get in our belly.

Our next restaurant was Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whiskey, in the Ogden luxury apartment building. The day after our group visited, the restaurant closed its kitchen. They were like, “That meal was so good, we can never match it, so we’re dropping the mic and we’re out.” Or something along those lines.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

We probably shouldn’t bore you with photos of Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whiskey food which no longer exists. Moving on.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours changes up its roster of partner restaurants, so it’s not a big deal to lose one.

Next up, we hit the Wayfarer bar at Inspire, for a cocktail. That cocktail is included in the tour price ($125 downtown, $199 Strip), but there’s a cocktail package add-on for $40 ($60 Strip) where you get a cocktail at each restaurant. Oh, just do it, you big baby.

Part of the Inspire visit involved special access to a “secret,” members only bar, 365 Tokyo.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

According to the owner of 365 Tokyo, it doesn’t exist. Let’s pretend this photo never happened.

A bartender showed us how to chip a block of ice into a ball, as well as showing us his herbs. The other kind of herbs. What is wrong with you?

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Sharp object, dark room. What could possibly go wrong?

If you’d like to know where the bar is that doesn’t exist, just look for the mirrored part of Inspire’s exterior.

Inspire Las Vegas

It’s the protruding part, upper left. Now you know.

Our last restaurant stop was Glutton restaurant.

The food was great, and when you’re on a Lip Smacking Foodie Tour, you get the full VIP treatment from the restaurants. No waiting. Expert information about the restaurant and food, and just an all-around great time with 15 of your new best friends.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Glutton

Just power through, gang. It’s Glutton!

The food was fast and fresh at Glutton, another downtown restaurant success story we completely forgot to take notes about.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

We have a vague memory this cocktail at Glutton is called ‘Merica. Just order the cocktail with the coconut. They’ll figure it out.

All the dishes at Glutton were shared, and you’ll feel relieved that’s the case, unless you’re wearing pants with an expandable waistband.

Everything was delicious, from the ahi tuna tacos to the Spicy Coppa Flatbread, from the wood charred broccoli to the pickled tomatoes. Yes, we just said the broccoli was good. By this time, the cocktail package was doing all the heavy lifting.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Flatbread is like pizza, but after it’s been to the gym.

Glutton did a masterful job of topping off the evening’s festivities with dessert, apple cobbler and caramel corn profiteroles, whatever those might be.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

It’s a cream puff, choux à la crème if you’re a blog trying to pretend you know something about food.

We chatted with Donald Contursi, President of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, for our podcast, so it’s worth a listen.

Contursi is not only a very likable tour guide, we were impressed with his vast knowledge of not just the restaurants and bars on the tour, but Las Vegas and downtown in general. And we don’t tend to be impressed by things that haven’t been enhanced with saline or silicone.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours take between two and three hours, but the time flies by.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

The tour pops in at the Downtown Container Park. There tend to be children, so they don’t stay long.

The company offers other packages, including one with five restaurant visits and a helicopter flight ($299).

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours are a great way to sample some of the best food in Las Vegas, while meeting new people and learning about the city from those in the know. Gratuities are included in the cost of the tour, so you can enjoy your night out without having do to any math whatsoever.

Thanks to Lip Smacking Foodie Tours for hosting our tour, and you can find out more at the company’s official site.

If you give it a try, let us know what you think. Oh, and you should probably avoid eating during the 48 hours prior your tour. You’re going to need the room.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

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Freedom Beat Restaurant Opens at Downtown Grand

Freedom Beat has opened at Downtown Grand, offering a shiny new menu with American favorites, live entertainment and an energetic vibe that could inject some new life
into the three-year-old resort.

Freedom Beat Downtown Grand

Freedom Beat was designed by Bunnyfish Studio, the company that also did Eat, Perch, Carson Kitchen (still no Captain Morgan, so suck it) and Nacho Daddy, among many others.

Freedom Beat replaces the casino’s original cafe, Stewart + Ogden, utilizing that restaurant’s space and more. Freedom Beat also incorporates part of another closed venue, Red Mansion.

Freedom Beat Downtown Grand

Unforgiving seats in this section for the Millennials, booths with cushioned seats for the rest of us.

Freedom Beat will operate 24/7, and the plan is to have a variety of artists perform in the space.

Music was front-and-center during our visit. We’re pretty much of the mind that the world is divided into two groups: Those who love live music in restaurants and those who don’t. We tend to be in the latter group, as we like our music as an undercard as opposed to the main event.

Yes, we made a sports analogy. Don’t freak out.

Here’s a walk-through of Freedom Beat.

We are as impressed with our videography as you are, especially since most restaurants discourage indoor droning.

But enough about us. What’s up at Freedom Beat? Well, for starters, we love the decor. It has a rock ‘n’ roll vibe, with guitar cases built into the booths and artwork fashioned from vinyl records. You remember those, right? They were a thing.

Freedom Beat Downtown Grand

A thing of beauty, but that paint is going to wreck your stereo needle.

Freedom Beat is a collaboration between Downtown Grand and 34th Floor Hospitality Group, the same folks who revamped the hotel’s Citrus pool deck with very pleasing results.

The restaurant’s menu was developed by Chef Scott Commings, a name that might sound familiar because he won season 12 of “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Here’s a look at the menu.

Freedom Beat Menu

Breakfast anytime, apps, sandwiches, salads and desserts. The prices don’t scream a locals play, but aren’t bad given there’s live music.

While you look adorable squinting, for a version of the menu you can actually read, click here.

We haven’t tried the food at Freedom Beat yet, but it looked tempting on its way to customers, and we did try a signature cocktail. You know us so well.

The Bathtub Gin Daisy is a bone fide panty-dropper. All the cocktails run $12, and we expect to try them all over time. And by “over time,” of course, we mean our next visit.

Freedom Beat cocktail

Panties, consider yourself dropped.

Freedom Beat also has regional boilermakers, craft beers and a healthy selection of wine.

Overall, Freedom Beat is a huge leap forward from the previous restaurant, and there’s a lot to like about the joint. If loud, live music isn’t your thing, just plan to dine when there’s no entertainment scheduled.

Freedom Beat bar

In music, a “bar” is a segment of time corresponding to a specific number of “beats.” Freedom Beat has thought of everything!

We’re interested to see how live music is received in the casino floor, and how much of the ambient casino noise bleeds into the performance space. We’re also curious whether Freedom Beat will cannibalize business from Triple George Grill, just across the street, as it also serves American fare.

Now that Freedom Beat is open, we understand The Commissary at Downtown Grand will be put out of its misery, although that hasn’t been announced yet.

Freedom Beat private room

We’re a big fan of this smaller, quieter dining room area. The screen door wasn’t even installed yet.

Props to Downtown Grand for changing things up and striving to attract a younger crowd (an ongoing effort exemplified by the eSports lounge on its casino floor).

Let us know what you think of Downtown Grand’s new restaurant, Freedom Beat.

Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand

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Edge Steakhouse at Westgate Delivers the Quintessential Las Vegas Steakhouse Experience

Las Vegas has some of the best steakhouses in the world, so it must be daunting opening a new one on the Las Vegas Strip.

Edge Steakhouse has managed to fly mostly under the radar since it opened mid-2015, but delivers everything you’d expect from a classic Las Vegas steakhouse.

Edge Steakhouse Westgate

Edge Steakhouse features Tuscan columns, one of the five orders of classical architecture, ensuring this is the most research we’ve ever done for a stupid photo caption.

The interior of Edge Steakhouse will be familiar to those who visited its previous incarnation, Burger Bistro. Burger Bistro closed around the same time as its adjoining restaurant, TJ’s Steakhouse. TJ’s Steakhouse was replaced by an Italian restaurant, Fresco Italiano.

There will be a quiz.

Edge Steakhouse Westgate

Edge has a bar area. The bar has liquor. You’re right, we needed to make up some time after researching that last photo caption.

Edge Steakhouse at Westgate Las Vegas is a the sister restaurant to the original of the same name at Westgate Park City in Utah.

The Vegas outpost does a great job of providing a mix of familiar, traditional offerings along with more surprising fare.

For example, one of our favorite dishes of the evening was the Silk Road Spicy Shrimp ($18) with spicy cream sauce and a sweet chile reduction.

Edge Steakhouse Las Vegas

This blog is neither a spicy food person nor a shrimp person, however we loved this dish. Las Vegas steakhouse magic!

Another killer offering was the chopped salad ($16). It has roughly 20 things in it, all of them fresh and in the perfect proportions, but the killer part was a truffle deviled egg.

If Edge Steakhouse sold plates of a dozen truffle deviled eggs, there would be a line out the door and down the block. Food for thought. Literally.

Edge Steakhouse Las Vegas chopped salad

We would give up our first born child for that truffle deviled egg. Assuming you’ll help us have a first born child, if you get our drift.

Another must-try is the Crab and Avocado Salad ($18). It has apples, Fresno chilis and Green Goddess dressing.

Edge Steakhouse Vegas

It’s also so pretty you may feel guilty eating it. You’ll get over it.

This seems a good juncture to dive headlong into the specialty cocktails! As if there’s ever a bad time to dive headlong into a cocktail. Do you know this blog at all?

You can’t go wrong with Edge’s Last Dame Standing cocktail ($16), with muddled strawberries, Gray Goose vodka and fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Edge Steakhouse cocktail

Consider your panties dropped.

If you’re a Vegas steakhouse, you’d better do a solid filet mignon, and Edge doesn’t disappoint.

Edge Steakhouse

“Filet mignon” translates as “dainty fillet.” In Las Vegas, of course, we don’t judge. It can use whichever restroom it feels most comfortable using.

Also on the menu is Wagyu beef and Japanese A5 Wagyu, a distinction lost on us as we are not even remotely a food critic.

Japanese A5 Wagyu will run you $95 for six ounces (or $50 for three ounces), but it’s very popular with foodies, so just splurge and remember you’re in Las Vegas.

Edge Steakhouse Wagyu

Oh, just put it on your corporate credit card, already.

Edge has a bounty of sides, including our favorite, the Truffle Mac & Cheese ($12).

Edge Steakhouse mac and cheese

Shout-out to Gruyère cheese, whatever that might actually be. All due respect, Switzerland.

Edge Steakhouse rises to the occasion with an excellent Scottish Salmon ($30), with roasted fingerling potatoes, broccolini and tangerine gastrique. Bonus: Any of those things would make for an excellent band name.

Edge Steakhouse salmon

Salmon is one of the main exports of Scotland, along with rebellions and brogues.

Just in case your panties still require dropping, we’d highly recommend the Blueberry Thyme Lemonade ($16). It has Tito’s vodka, Limoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur), muddled blueberries and thyme.

Edge Steakhouse cocktail

Muddling is done with a muddler. Believe it or not, there are some things we don’t need to research.

See the full Edge Steakhouse menu at the restaurant’s official site.

For dessert, the crème brûlée is as good as you’d expect from a Las Vegas steakhouse. Edge advertises its desserts at “micro-desserts,” but they weren’t very micro, thankfully.

Edge Steakhouse creme brulee

The marks used above letters in words like “crème brûlée” are diacritical signs. We obviously have research issues.

Edge Steakhouse hits all the right notes, especially if you consider the fact it doesn’t have to be as good as it is. Seriously. Westgate caters to lots of convention-goers, and they’re going to eat at Edge Steakhouse no matter what. Captive audience.

Edge Steakhouse goes the extra mile and can count itself among the steakhouses that have made Las Vegas such a Meat Mecca. A phrase we should probably trademark, but we’d rather not cause an international incident.

Thanks to the folks at Edge Steakhouse for hosting our visit, and if you’ve tried it, we’d love to hear what you think.

Edge Steakhouse at Westgate Las Vegas

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Golden Nugget Serves Up Eight Bar Cocktail Crawl at an Irresistible Price

If you’ve ever needed an excuse to explore the bars at Golden Nugget, now you have an enticing one.

The downtown casino offers what it calls a “Sip & Stroll,” which includes eight cocktails at
different Golden Nugget bars and restaurants.

Golden Nugget bar crawl

Fear ye not, for while the libations are vast in number, thou art a master libator.

The price of the “Tour de Hooch” is $40, which works out to roughly $5 per cocktail (we are a
Las Vegas blog, not an abacus). Most of the drinks included in the stroll typically cost $10-15 a pop, so the cost savings are significant.

Now, while this blog was up for sacrificing its liver to complete the crawl in a single evening, lightweights will opt to spread out the crawl over two or more days, or do the crawl with a
friend and share the bounty of booze.

First, we hit Bar 46, a fairly new bar that straddles the casino and Fremont Street promenade. The drink was a Maker’s Mark Manhattan.

Maker's Mark Manhattan

This Manhattan is made with bourbon and sweet vermouth. Vermouth is either dry or sweet, presumably because somebody drunk on vermouth thought those were opposites.

Let’s say right up front that doing the “Sip & Stroll” without making friends with your various bartenders means you’re not getting the most out of your forty bucks.

This is Jesus. Yes, our first drink of the evening was made by Jesus.

Golden Nugget bartender

Bourbon is a kind of whiskey. It prefers to be called “bourbon” because in Vegas everyone uses a stage name.

Next up, it was a Peach Bellini at Grotto Italian restaurant.

Given there are several restaurant bars included in the “Sip & Stroll,” there’s some strategy to the order in which you imbibe. Do you want snacks along the way or a full-on meal? That was a rhetorical question, by the way. It’s strange how you answered it in your head. And now it’s even weirder that you’re noticing that voice in your head. It never stops. And if you think about it, a blog actually changes what the voice in your head is saying. See? Now, the voice is saying what we want it to say. Rest assured, however, we will only use this power for good. Probably. Why don’t you slip out of those undies while you gaze upon what turned out to be our favorite panty-dropper of the evening.

Peach Bellini

A Peach Bellini cocktail is made with sparkling wine and peach juice. And, if you schmooze the bartender, love.

The Peach Bellini at Grotto ended up being our favorite of the entire “Sip & Stroll,” but we’ve got a long way to do, so pace yourself.

Next, we hit the bar at Red Sushi for sake. Apparently, it is bad luck to drink sake alone. Thankfully, we refer to ourself in the first person plural, so it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Sake

“Fermented rice” just sounds so sexy, doesn’t it?

 

If you think about it, Golden Nugget’s “Sip & Stroll” is more than just a bar crawl. It’s a world crawl. The Manhattan was invented in (wait for it) Manhattan. The Bellini comes from Italy. Sake comes from Japan. The little coupons are like your passport, but instead of jet lag, you get a hangover!

Enough ruminating, let’s get back to the intoxicating.

Ice Bar is a stand-alone lobby bar near the hotel’s registration desk. Ice Bar provides a great view of the hotel’s shark tank and scantily clad dealers at the pool’s table games. Please stay focused.

Ice Bar’s cocktail was the easiest to make of all the featured drinks: A Sapphire Martini. The recipe? One part Bombay Sapphire gin, one part more Bombay Sapphire gin and one part glass. And possibly olives.

Sapphire gin martini

Bro. Everyone knows two olives are bad luck. It’s Vegas!

As we are not a gin drinker, the Sapphire Martini was our least favorite of the cocktails. However, having taken our own advice, we got to know the bartender and persuaded him to make up for his olive gaff by improving the drink immeasurably with sweet and sour and a little soda water. All was forgiven!

It was about time to have dinner, but not before another cocktail, a simple glass of Champagne at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse. The restaurant’s prix fixe menu is highly recommended. It’s not on the menu, but you can find it online if you know where to click. Typically, at the end of that last sentence.

Vic & Anthony's Golden Nugget

See, Efrain? We weren’t kidding when we said you’d be Internet famous.

It was time to peregrinate (a fancy form of staggering) to Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar for a margarita and grub.

Cadillac Mexican margarita

Margaritas are most-often associated with tequila, salted rims and people making asses of themselves.

We took advantage of the stop at Cadillac by ordering some tasty quesadillas. If you prefer not to have your face melted off, order them without the pico de gallo, teeming with what we can only assume were jalapeno peppers or possibly lava. Luckily, the margarita served as an effective cooling agent.

Quesadilla

Future promotion: “Munch & Stroll.” Or when the furry convention is in town: “Leg Hump & Stroll.” This is why we are a marketing genius.

Six drinks down, two more to go. Hey, we’re better at math than we thought.

It was time for Chart House’s contribution to the festivities, a Mango Mojito.

Mojito

Mojitos are Cuban, further advancing our belief the “Sip & Stroll” is a great way for one’s liver to see the world.

While at Chart House, don’t miss the aquarium. Although, that’s pretty much impossible given it’s the size of the actual Cuba.

Chart House aquarium

Chart House’s aquarium holds 75,000 gallons, so at this point in the bar crawl, we had that in common.

And, finally, we headed to Rush Lounge for the grand finale, a chocolate martini.

Chocolate martini

It’s believed the chocolate martini was invented by Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor in 1955. It’s on the Internet, so it has to be true.

So much liquor, so little memory of so much of that liquor.

Still, the Golden Nugget’s “Sip & Stroll” is a fun idea and we’d love to see it catch on at other Las Vegas resorts. We’ll take a 50-70% discount on nature’s perfect food (cocktails) anytime!

Find out more about the “Sip & Stroll” bar crawl at Golden Nugget. “Sip & Stroll” tickets can be purchased at the hotel’s box office, front desk or in VIP Services, whatever that might actually be.

Full disclosure: Golden Nugget is a member hotel of the Fremont Street Experience where we currently work in marketing. Our opinions are our own, unless our girlfriend says otherwise.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 6: Chumlee, Cheese Whiz and Cocktails

Our sixth installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast is live, so let the festival of WTF begin!

Vital Vegas Podcast

Vital Vegas is to podcasting as pig farms are to fragrances.

In this installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we purport to chat exclusively with Austin “Chumlee” Russell, of “Pawn Stars” fame, about his recent arrest on charges related to drug and gun possession.

Chumlee

The awkwardness runs deep for fan favorite Chumlee at the moment.

We also superficially discuss the latest Las Vegas news, and trot out some filler in the form of “This Week in Las Vegas History.”

Hard Rock Las Vegas

On March 10, 1995, the world’s first Hard Rock Hotel opened in Las Vegas, bringing with it a slew of rock stars. Which may explain the proliferation of pharmacies on the Las Vegas Strip, if you get our drift.

Our favorite part of this week’s show is an interview with renowned pizza god Tony Gemignani, the aforementioned “cheese whiz” and mastermind behind the best pizza joint in Las Vegas, Pizza Rock.

Tony Gemignani not only tells us how to pronounce his name, he also talks candidly about the International Pizza Expo recently held in Las Vegas, and also shares how he was banned from competing in the World Pizza Championships for winning too often. Gemignani also talks about the potential expansion of his growing pizza empire to the Las Vegas Strip.

Tony Gemignani

Tony Gemignani opened the International School of Pizza and certifies pizza chefs from around the world. This blog is certifiably nuts about Pizza Rock.

This week’s episode also features our quick picks of 10 great bars where one can grab a cocktail in Las Vegas. We break our picks into two parts, one devoted to fancy bars with great views, another consisting of downtown bars that are fun and cheap.

Here’s the list we slapped together in five minutes.

Upscale, Fancy Las Vegas Bars With Stunning Views

1. 107 Sky Lounge at Stratosphere
2. VooDoo Lounge at Rio
3. Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris
4. Skyfall at Delano
5. Mandarin Cocktail Bar at Mandarin Oriental

By the way, if it’s views you’re after, check out our list of the 10 Best Views in Las Vegas.

Fun and Cheap Downtown Las Vegas Bars

6. Longbar at The D
7. Triple George Grill
8. Therapy
9. Outdoor bars at Binion’s
10. F. Pigalle

Therapy

The bar at Therapy provides just that. Therapy, that is. Please try and keep up.

Las Vegas simply has too many great bars to make a definitive top 10 list, sorry. But our slapped-together list should keep you busy.

This episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast has as much Las Vegas as it’s physically possible to squeeze into an hour without the use of subliminal messages. Thanks for listening.

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Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho Las Vegas Opens, Could Bring Much-Needed New Energy to Rio

There are a few things you know about Guy Fieri’s restaurants before you even set foot in one, starting with what they’re not.

They’re not pretentious, they’re not understated, they’re not about nuance or gourmet dining.

What they most certainly are is over-the-top, indulgent, audacious and unforgettable. Just like Las Vegas, come to think of it.

Guy Fieri’s second restaurant effort in Las Vegas, El Burro Borracho, opened at Rio Las Vegas on March 4, 2016.

El Burro Borracho Las Vegas

Welcome to Ciudad de Sabor. Which we’re not translating when you have the whole Internet at your fingertips.

“El Burro Borracho” translates as “drunk ass” in Spanish, so we’re not left to wonder what’s in store at this lively spot that’s taken up residence in the former Buzios Seafood space.

If you’re unfamiliar with Guy Fieri, you need to invest in a television. Fieri (real name: Guy Ramsay Ferry) hosts 90% of the shows on the Food Network. He’s the guy a lot of people love to hate, but unless you’re a food snob, his crowd-pleasing Vegas restaurants, including Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Linq Hotel, possess a lot to love.

El Burro Borracho, which will inevitably have a nickname, is a long, narrow space, with a bar (pictured below) as well as a long counter area running along an open kitchen.

El Burro Borracho Las Vegas3

You know you’re in for a good time when the hooch is right up front.

The menu at El Burro Borracho is in the realm of Mexican food, although purists are sure to discover a lot of WTF.

There’s a variety of comfort and bar foods in the mix, including nachos and street corn and jalapeno poppers and quesadillas and other favorites.

El Burro Borracho Rio Hotel

The chips are on the house. A lone fried pork rind is included to remind us about the resilience of the human arterial system.

You’ll also find soups and salads, hamburgers, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and chimichangas.

We went with the Al Pastor tacos ($17), with marinated pork shoulder, grilled pineapple serrano salsa, avocado crema, pickled red onion and cilantro. Delicious and filling.

El Burro Borracho drunk ass

Al pastor tacos were inspired by the spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico. Look how much more worldly you are now than five minutes ago. You’re welcome.

Desserts include house-made churros, fried ice cream, chocolate flan cake and other temptations.

Check out the full El Burro Borracho menu on the Rio Las Vegas Web site.

As for the cocktails, they were plentiful and strong, stealing the spotlight by appearing before the food in the restaurant’s menu. The signature cocktails are priced at $15, and most could easily serve four people.

El Burro Borracho

This is how the burro ended up so borracho.

We went with the Aztec Punch, a true panty-dropper cocktail if ever there were one.

The Aztex Punch has El Jimador tequila, Sailor Jerry spiced rum (regrettably not Captain Morgan, but we’re not entirely inflexible), orange and pineapple juices, peach syrup, strawberry puree and a dark rum float.

El Burro Borracho Rio Las Vegas

Pineapple juice contains bromelain, which is believed to help prevent cancer. You can totally use that as an excuse for having a sixth Aztec Punch.

El Burro Borracho faces the hotel’s pool area, and there are plans to open a “taco stand” in the back portion of the restaurant, accessible to those at the pool seeking munchies and libations in ridiculous quantities.

El Burro Borracho

This “taco stand” area should be hopping as things heat up in Las Vegas.

Currently, Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho is open 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The restaurant is technically in a “soft opening” until the official grand opening, April 1, 2016.

The copious amount of liquor, friendly staff and party atmosphere make for a fun night out at El Burro Borracho.

Rio Las Vegas could certainly use a shot in the arm, with many of its retail shops closing and a large section of its casino floor devoted to timeshare sales. We are not making this up.

The upstairs BK Whopper Bar has closed and will soon be replaced with a Smashburger.

BK Whopper Bar

Out with the old, in with the smashed.

KISS Minigolf will be moving into the former seafood buffet space (zero construction has started yet from what we could see), so that could also contribute a new sense of energy to the resort, as does the hotel’s show (recently relocated from the Venetian), “Rock of Ages.”

We hear a new “high-profile restaurant concept” is yet-to-come, and will sit in the space once occupied by Antonio’s Italian Ristorante.

If a hotel is looking to amp up its vibe, Guy Fieri’s brand seems a good fit. El Burro Borracho is a great place to kick back with friends, numb some brain cells and fuel up for a Las Vegas adventure.

Because when was the last time you saw someone wearing an “I Got Nuanced in Vegas” T-shirt?

Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho at Rio

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