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New noodles at the California are a good start.

Downtown’s casinos are in need of a flavor boost

January 28th, 2015

New noodles at the California are a good start.

  • Years from now, we might look back at 2014 as the year momentum on the Strip began to build again.

  • While some are working towards bringing MLS or NHL teams here, Vegas is a basketball city.

  • Annual checkup: The Downtown hotel and casino celebrated its one-year anniversary late last month.

  • Veteran chef Tsutomo Molde's just-off-Strip Japanese steakhouse draws a diverse, very Vegas crowd.

  • Why the property works, just the way it is.

  • “We’re not here to build a hotel and move on,” Sam Nazarian said at the pre-opening press conference. “This is who we are. And we’re ...

  • Somehow, among giants like the Linq, High Roller and Cromwell, this little slice of strange still belongs.

  • The hotel-within-a-hotel concept hasn’t exactly changed the game on the Strip. Could Delano change that?

  • "It’s all very pretty, embellished and ornate, but I can’t shake how Barbary Coast it still feels."

  • MGM Grand just finished refurbishing its 254-foot-tall, 94-foot-wide sign on Las Vegas Boulevard, retrofitting the big “MGM” letters with more than 13,000 custom-made LED pucks ...

  • In lieu of the tourist attractions of yesteryear (think: Sirens of Ti, the Bellagio Fountains), several properties are building shopping centers close to the Boulevard.

  • With its spiffy new look, the property's renovation is on par with those at the Tropicana and Downtown's Plaza and the D.

  • Much more than a renovation of the Sahara, SLS could have a larger impact on the Strip.

  • Robbed by the recession, we didn’t get to see what Las Vegas was supposed to be in 2013. The Incidental Tourist explores what the Strip ...

  • Food

    From Shake Shack to Guy Fieri and hangover burgers to jerk turkey burgers, let the battle for the best commence!

  • A&E

    In the end, the Las Vegas Wranglers skated full circle. Vanquished from their home ice at the Orleans Arena in December 2013, the team crisscrossed ...

  • As We See It

    Soccer moms in Summerlin? Too easy. Henderson residents watching the DIY Network and eating at Panera? Zip Code Lookup is kinda creepy ...

  • Food

    Bar bite buffets, open bars and butler-style service. Where are you watching this Super Sunday?

  • As We See It

    There’s no science here. Just silliness. But tell us we’re wrong about the mantis.

  • Adult

    Don't forget to send a thank-you card! No, really ...

  • Nightlife

    The brewery features a well-rounded menu for craft-beer lovers, as well as newbie hopheads.

  • Adult

    Porn stars and pinot noir—because why not, right?

  • Technology

    "Flying used to be this fantasy. We’ve realized it. Going to the moon. Going underwater in the deep. But people have yet to get the ...

  • Food

    New noodles at the California are a good start.

  • Sports

    Prop it up for the Big Game this year!

  • Food

    The empire-building chef and restaurateur just opened his new classic French brasserie at Aria.

  • As We See It

    Watch out for the giant sloth (fossil)!

  • Food

    We’ll mention these tasty legends even though we don’t have to.

  • Nightlife

    Few changes to four-venue roster, which includes Diplo, Zedd and Avicii.

  • Adult

    The annual porn convention returned this year with more space to explore and an expanded seminar series for fans.

  • Adult

    No, that's not just a stuffed animal ...

  • Food

    With the right embellishments, meat-free burgers can be great.

  • Food

    White Castle sliders resemble burgers about as much as a Velveeta-Rotel dip resembles Mexican food. Which is to say: There’s very little in common, but ...