Vegas Seven


  • Al a Carte

    Simon Closings, Yardbird’s New Burger and Westgate Menu Previews

    By Al Mancini

    It didn’t come as much of a surprise to most people in the industry when the news broke that Simon at Palms Place (702-944-3292) will close its doors when the restaurant’s lease expires in May. The fact that chef Kerry Simon’s hamburger restaurant KGB (in Harrah’s, 702-369-5000) will also be closing at the end of its lease was a bit more unexpected.

  • Dishing With Grace

    Steelhead Trout, Simon

    By Grace Bascos

    Chef Kerry Simon rocks out a nice fish choice as one of his specials for Christmas weekend. Steelhead Trout from Coos Bay, Ore., is pan-seared and roasted, then presented with crispy potatoes, celery, sweet cipollini onions and a bright Meyer lemon marmalade.

  • Dining

    Best Meal You’ll Ever Eat in Your Boxers

    Epitomizing the come-as-you-are party is the Sunday Pajama Brunch at Simon restaurant in Palms Place. For starters, just come in your pajamas; the staff’s in them as well (theirs, not yours, of course). Next, assuming last night was a typical Las Vegas Saturday night, make straight for the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. If the world has stopped spinning, you can head to the cooking stations for freshly pressed paninis, sushi and a bucket of peel ’n’ eat shrimp.

  • Dishing With Grace

    Meat Loaf at Simon

    Chef Kerry Simon doesn’t look like he eats his famous meat loaf, which is a fine, fatty creation based on beef but bound with a touch of ground pork. It comes blackened from a charcoal grill, drizzled with a touch of marinara alongside great lumpy mash and veggies. $25, in Palms Place, 944-3292.

  • The Latest Gossip

    Beware the Unicorns

    Chef Kerry Simon took Vanessa Marcil—she of General Hospital and Las Vegas fame—to cotton candy school Dec. 18 at his Palms restaurant. She was with a group that included co-star Maurice Benard in the Herb Room at Simon’s Palms Place restaurant. For her efforts in the kitchen, she earned a cotton candy scarf. We’d never wear one, of course, because that’s how you get set upon by a herd of ravenous unicorns, but she looked swell in hers.

  • The Look

    Elizabeth Blau and Cole Canteenwalla

    Style icons: (hers) Jackie Kennedy, Tom Ford, Donna Karan; (his) Tony Hawk, his dad (chef Kim Canteenwalla), Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter. What they’re wearing now: (her) Wolford body suit and tights, Prada skirt, Stuart Weitzman boots, Brunello Cuccinelli mink/ostrich cape, Kwiat jewelry; (him) True Religion jeans, Gap T-shirt, Skechers, Appaman jacket from Neiman Marcus.

  • feature

    7 Great Comforts

    Photo by Anthony MairMichael Mina’s Shrimp & Grits. Albertsons’ fried chicken.

  • Diner's Notebook

    Neros’ new crew and turkey dining deals

    By Max Jacobson

    New Caesars Palace food and beverage director Franck Savoy has had his hands full with chef changes. While the impending change at Bradley Ogden is still a mystery, at Neros, the casino’s venerable high-end steak joint, things are shaking.

  • Simon

    By Max Jacobson

    Celebrity chef Kerry Simon does a killer Sunday brunch in the Palms Place tower, a sixth-floor space with a pool view. Brunch centers on a lineup of live stations but also features hot à la carte items from the kitchen. The choices can be staggering: breakfast pizza slathered with country gravy, ham, bacon and a runny egg; pigs in a blanket; a sushi section where a bona fide Japanese sushi master makes food to order; hot panini; French toast; even the chef’s famous meat loaf. If you pay the extra $10 for the do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar, you may never leave.

  • Diner's Notebook

    Lunch on the clock, a retro sugar fix and modern barbecue

    By Max Jacobson

    When I heard that Simon Restaurant and Lounge at the Palms was offering a 30-minute power lunch, I had to try it. With a stopwatch, of course. What I discovered was that the staff members live up to their end of the bargain, but they give you so much food at once you might still go over the time limit.

  • Society

    Power Play

    The NHL Awards returned to Las Vegas on June 23, and hosted a VIP reception at Simon at Palms Place the night before the annual gala. The exclusive event provided the opportunity to mix and mingle with hockey royalty, including nominees such as Pavel Datsyuk, as well as retired All-Star Eddie Olczyk and legendary Hockey Night in Canada co-host Ron MacLean.

  • Summer Survival Guide

    Where to Drink

    By Xania V. Woodman

    The Palms Place Pool. Simon Restaurant & Lounge and Palms Place Pool. It’s cooler at higher elevations, right? Yep, even if it’s only the sixth floor of Palms Place, where you’ll find everything you need to escape the oven effect of the desert floor. From 3 p.m. on, the petite oasis is bathed in shade, […]

  • Dishing With Grace

    Junk Food Platter for Your Table at Simon

    If you have a sweet tooth for old-school junk food, this is the place to go. One of chef Kerry Simon’s most popular desserts is a platter that includes his miniature takes on the Hostess Cup Cake and Sno Ball, Rice Krispies and Fruit Loop treats, and caramel popcorn, tiny sundaes, milkshakes and cotton candy. $9, in Palms Place, 4381 W. Flamingo Road, 994-3292.