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BRADLEY OGDEN to Close in October

BRADLEY OGDEN to Close in October

John Curtas reports that the upscale Caesars Palace eatery likely will enjoy a grand goodbye.

It may be re-opening today for dinner service, but sources close to the situation have informed Eating Las Vegas® that Bradley Ogden — the only Las Vegas restaurant ever to win a James Beard national “Best New Restaurant of the Year Award” (in 2004) — will be serving its last supper sometime in mid-October.

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Help Out by Dining Out

Help Out by Dining Out

Dining out can help out one of the biggest charities in the Las Vegas Valley.

Some of the top restaurants in Las Vegas are offering special menus for the 5th Annual Restaurant Week which starts Monday and lasts two weeks. The event will help the non-profit Three Square. The prix fixe menus will be offered at 80 restaurants including several restaurants run by celebrity chefs on the Strip. The meals are priced at $20.11, $30.11 and $50.11, a portion of the proceeds will go to Three Square. 

The offerings range from steaks to seafood and from Mexican to Italian. The goal is to help end hunger in southern Nevada. The Capital Grille at Fashion Show Mall, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay, Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, TAO at The Venetian, and Diego Mexican Cuisine at MGM Grand are just a few of the great eateries participating in this year's event.

Local Pizza Joint Named Best Pizza in the State

Local Pizza Joint Named Best Pizza in the State

Las Vegans have long known that Metro Pizza offers some of the best pizza in the city but according to the editors of Food Network Magazine the local chain is also the best pizza in the state.

The Mulberry Street is the best pie according to the magazine. The pizza features breaded eggplant and ricotta cheese. The editors spent six months trying to find the best pies around the country from the basics like sausage and cheese to more elaborate concoctions like the Wild Nettle and Pecorino Pizza in California. All that mattered was that the pizza was delicious. The entire list is available in the magazine's September issue which goes on sale August 9.

Many restaurants have suffered in our economy but Metro Pizza has done well, in July it started work on its eighth restaurant in the valley's northwest side. That new location is expected to open next year.

Authenticity, Attention to Detail Put Ri Ra a Step Above Other Irish Pubs

Authenticity, Attention to Detail Put Ri Ra a Step Above Other Irish Pubs

Critic's take: good food balances out spotty service.

As Irish pubs in Las Vegas go, Ri Ra was rather late to the party. By the time it arrived on the scene earlier this year, Irish pubs weren't as novel as they once were, so that was one strike against it. It's also the case that Ri Ra -- one of the newest members of a chainlet centered mostly in the eastern United States -- is not as ornately detailed as some of its local brethren.

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Restaurant Critic: Our Usual at BEIJING NOODLE #9

Restaurant Critic: Our Usual at BEIJING NOODLE #9

Restaurant critic John Curtas raves about Chinese places that takes the simple to the sublime.

The food at Beijing Noodle #9 is so delicate, polished, and hyper-delicious, it’s almost scary. Chef de Cuisine Li Yu and his cooks present Chinese food on a level most Americans are unfamiliar with –  taking classics like kung pao chicken, black pepper beef and soup dumplings and elevating them to an almost pristine level of refinement that you will not find outside of a formal Chinese banquet. (For the uninitiated, Chinese banquets represent the ne plus ultra of their cooking arts.)

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Restaurant Critic: Sockeye to Me

Restaurant Critic: Sockeye to Me

Restaurant critic John Curtas says it is time to enjoy Sockeye salmon at Strip eatery. 

When it comes to salmon, the more natural, the better. Farm-raised “Atlantic salmon,” besides not tasting as good as wild, also messes with Mother Nature by fouling the environment and, in some cases, producing a genetically-modified species that looks like the fish equivalent of Barry Bonds’ love child with Mark McGwire.

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Zen City Serves its Tea with a View

Traditional tea with a spectacular view is served up at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

A couple sits by the window, their gazes fixed on the scene outside. 

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal