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Five thoughts from a first visit to Double Barrel Roadhouse

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Fried chicken, topped with grilled poblano peppers and onions and ranch dressing, is just one of the slider options at the new Double Barrel Roadhouse restaurant and bar at Monte Carlo.

1. The menu calls them Crispy BBQ Springs Rolls ($9.95), but they eat more like a down-home version of a chimichanga—a crispy, crunchy, deep-fried shell encasing cheesy mashed potatoes and shredded barbecue pork and beef. Complemented perfectly by a tangy, mustard-based barbecue sauce for dipping, these rolls are a goofy-delicious appetizer that may have you considering ordering a second plate.

2. Double Barrel is the first restaurant project from SBE to hit the Strip. The next will be 800 Degrees pizzeria, which opens next door on April 4, and then again on Labor Day with a second location at SLS. That casino-resort, at the site of the former Sahara, is the LA-based company’s biggest project to date. Its restaurant lineup will include SBE concepts the Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Umami Burger and more.

The Crispy BBQ Spring Rolls at Double Barrel Roadhouse are an irresistible appetizer, cheddar mashed potatoes and barbecue beef and pork inside a crunchy wrapper with a tangy mustard-based barbecue sauce on the side.

3. With its patio space, multiple bars and late hours, Double Barrel is the perfect Strip-side venue, an easy and inviting spot. There’s a stage ready for live music in the back of the room, tons of TV screens and mighty mugs of beer ($14). Better yet, get a pitcher ($30) to wash down your second (or third) order of those rolls.

4. There are other addictive appetizers and snack-sized treats, from mini corn dogs and deviled eggs to smoked chicken wings and deep-fried meatloaf with sweet bacon ketchup. If you’re into sliders, Double Barrel serves them in threes with bread-and-butter pickles ($12.95). Check out the fried chicken option, crisp, juicy morsels topped with grilled peppers and onions with creamy ranch dressing.

5. Barbecue hasn’t worked well on the Strip. The Excalibur and Mirage have both attempted barbecue restaurants in recent years; they didn’t last long. The mouth-watering smoky smells emanating from Double Barrel hint at what’s to come, but the menu hedges its bets with those salads, fried chicken, burgers, seafood, even a grilled cheese sandwich. True ’cue options include surprisingly spicy St. Louis-style ribs ($14.95 for a half rack, $23.95 for a full rack), beef brisket and chicken, plus wood-grilled entrees like shrimp, swordfish, a pork chop ($21.95) and a portobello mushroom ($12.95). Something for everybody.

Double Barrel Roadhouse Monte Carlo, 222-7735. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 a.m.

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