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Behind The Scenes of One of America’s Top Buffets

Buffets often get a bad rap. I get it. For the most part, the concept plays to the strength of only quantity. Trays of food sit endlessly under heat lamps, scorching whatever little life it had away. Each batch of it made it large quantities that give more room for error. They earned this rep. But thanks to a select few standouts clustered in Las Vegas, namely The Buffet at the Wynn Resort & Casino, folks can experience a glorious meal in all you can eat form.

The latest episode of Taste the Details has me right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip to go behind the scenes of one of not only the city’s, but also the country’s, top buffets. Whether it be That Drunken Noodles or Southern-style fried chicken or hand-rolled sushi using real crab meat, The Buffet does it all superbly. Sure, the quantity factor comes into play big time given the amount of patrons that come in, yet the remarkable feat here is how quality is not sacrificed one bit.

So trust that I’ll have plates stacked of the same dish just on the fact that its lowkey better than restaurant quality. And in a town where I’ll more than likely need to stress eat to soothe the sting of all the money I lost in the casino, that’s crucial.

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Roy Choi’s Changing Your Vegas Buffet Routine With AYCE Korean BBQ

Staying true to both Korean BBQ culture and Vegas buffet culture, Best Friend by Roy Choi has announced that it will be doing all-you-can-eat Mondays, where you can grub on all the restaurant’s meats and banchan side dishes for $65.

That means you can go in on two plates at a time, for as many rounds as you want. On any other day, the meats (Kalbi, Spicy Pork, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Veg, BBQ Shrimp) are individually priced, so this gives you a chance to try them all, as well as the banchan in one sitting.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to whet your palate, as their sake and champagne magnums will be priced half off on Mondays, as well.

If you’re a noob to the K-Town-inspired restaurant, it is good to note that the menu also consists of “L.A. Shit,” such as carnitas tacos, elotes, and even an ode to Choi’s Kogi BBQ Truck short rib taco. But it also features grandiose Vegas-inspired menu items such as dry-aged tomahawks and Lobster Kung Pao.

In early 2019, Chef Roy Choi brought the streets of Los Angeles to the Las Vegas strip, opening up his “Best Friend” Korean restaurant at the Park MGM Resort and Casino.

“I wanted anyone that was from LA, that grew up around hip-hop as a brown skin, black skin or minority in Los Angeles, to walk in this thing and be like, ‘Oh f*ck yeah! This is it!” Choi told Foodbeast.

The $65 price point is definitely a little steeper than your usual Los Angeles Korean BBQ dinner, but is still pretty on par with high-end buffets on the strip. Plus, it gives you a chance to deviate from the typical prime rib/crab leg/oyster buffet combination you’ve probably been dining on since your parents took you to Vegas as a kid.

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16-Pound Tomahawk Steak Is The Regal Feast Of Your Carnivorous Dreams

Las Vegas is the capitol of decadence and there have been many instances where larger-than-life dishes satiated our eyes before they melted in our mouths. One such dish is a massive 16-pound Tomahawk Crown Roast found on the menu of MB Steak at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas that may or may not be a boss from Shadow of the Colossus.

The luxury steakhouse serves the $1,200 meal with a table side presentation, designed for 10 to 12 diners. Executive chef Patrick Munster slow roasts the 16-pounds of beef overnight at a low temperature to keep the cut as succulent as possible. It’s then cooked to a medium rare and carved in front of patrons in a spectacle of beef and bone.

MB’s tomahawk dinner comes with a selection of side dishes that are shared family style including lobster mac & cheese, creamed corn with king crab, maitake mushrooms with aged goat cheese, and creamed spinach with a poached egg and truffle gouda.

If you’re heading to Vegas and want to share this experience with a dozen of your closest friends and meat lovers, just be sure to call ahead. The tomahawk roast requires a minimum of 72 hours of advanced notice.

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Shaq Is Trying To Take Over The Fried Chicken Scene

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is causing some waves throughout the City of Sin by opening his Big Chicken restaurant, right as fried chicken is having a moment in the food world.

With five restaurants already sprinkled around Las Vegas, Shaq decided to open another, this one with a little more hooplah surrounding it, thanks to his collaboration with Facebook.

The NBA legend’s Big Chicken restaurant opened off the strip this October, and the “Big Aristotle” built an entire Facebook Watch show around the process, from the ideation period all the way to the celeb-driven grand opening.

While Shaq told Foodbeast he didn’t really plan on expanding the chicken restaurant, his mind changed a few weeks later, as Carnival Cruise announced that the big man would be setting up his Big Chicken shack aboard the brand new Carnival Radiance in 2020.

With the emergence of cult chicken shops such as Howlin’ Ray’s in Los Angeles or quickly-expanding chains such as Raising Cane’s, fried chicken is being sought after more than ever.

 

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Shaq is now entering this competitive arena, not just putting his name on a building, but carefully constructing it from the ground up, as has been documented on his Big Chicken Shaq show.

“I don’t really like doing cash grabs in my life,” O’Neal said. “Everybody loves fried chicken, and I just wanted to do it differently.”

From the textures in the design, with his footprints on the floors, to using his mama’s secret recipe on top of giant “antibiotic-free” chicken breasts, Shaq made a point to have say in the restaurant’s entire makeup.

As far as the chicken itself, Mama O’Neal sure knew what she was doing.

Being at the soft opening, and being asked to be brutally honest by Shaq himself, I can honestly say that he has a game-winning free throw here.

The spice-filled batter is delicious, with the chicken fried to order being a nice touch. The flavor combinations work, and having fresh guacamole on deck is always a plus.

 

If this was going to work for Shaq, in a city that is already rife with great food options, this chicken was going to have to be top notch, and at least in the opening, it was.

It’s still early, but the reception on Yelp seems to be good, as well. Aside from some wrong orders being sent out —which was also a problem during the soft opening—customers are digging the food and friendly service.

While Shaq might not have intended Big Chicken to be a chain, it’s quickly looking like it might end up in that direction.

With the “Big Diesel” working closely on this passion project, he could shake up the fried chicken scene the way he shook the basket with every monstrous dunk.

Featured Photo by Paul Ryu
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Italian Food Wonderland Eataly Finds New Home In Las Vegas

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The first time I visited Southern California’s Eataly location in Century City, I was floored by all the wonders the Italian marketplace and food hall had to offer. They had authentic Italian meats, pastas, cheeses, as well as a bevy of restaurants that highlighted the spirit of traditional Italian cooking. It was a veritable playground of sorts for anyone in love with the culture and its expression through food.

Now, one of the most iconic cities in the country will be getting their very own spot to boast.

Eataly is opening its first-ever location in Las Vegas and the authentic Italian market place will find a home at the new resort Park MGM in December.

“Eataly Las Vegas will showcase our continued evolution,” Nicola Farinetti, CEO of Eataly USA, said. “We are integrating our retail store and restaurants further than ever before to create a more immersive and interactive experience surrounding premier food offerings.”

Las Vegas will be the sixth US location for Eataly, with 35 total locations worldwide. The new Park MGM will feature culinary programs which include Roy Choi’s Best Friend, Bavette’s Steakhouse, and NoMad restaurant.

With the hundreds of activities that Las Vegas has to offer, Eataly’s newest spot has just climbed to the top of the list

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One Enterprising And Hungry Bride Created A Gown Out Of Taco Bell Wrappers

One woman wants to win the Taco Bell wedding contest so badly, she has fashioned a dress as tribute to the fast-food chain

The wedding industry meets Crunchwrap couture.

Here comes the bride, all dressed in… the remnants of yesterday’s fast-food lunch?

Last month, Taco Bell announced that they would be hosting a contest for one lucky couple to get married at Taco Bell in Las Vegas, and one woman is determined to win. Diane Nguyen entered the social media contest wearing a surprisingly chic wedding dress made entirely from Taco Bell burrito wrappers. We can’t say whether we’re befuddled or impressed at such an ardent dedication to Mexican fast-food, but perhaps it’s a hearty mixture of both.

The couple even submitted a cheeky photoshoot holding hands over the counter at their local Taco Bell.

“IT’S TIME TO VOTE!!!!!!!! We didn’t know until recently that it was our dream to get hitched at a Taco Bell,” Nguyen said in an Instagram post. “We also didn’t know about this contest until we were out of the country and halfway around the world. With help from our friends and a bit of extra hot glue we got off the plane and immediately scrambled to shoot a photo at our local restaurant before the deadline.”

Taco Bell will be announcing the winners later this month after voting ends on March 5. We imagine if Nguyen comes up empty, she’ll have some beef with Taco Bell… but guac’ you gonna do about it?

This article was written by Joanna Fantozzi, (The Daily Meal)

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7 Taco Bell Weddings That Truly Show Us What Love Is

Have you ever considered getting married at Taco Bell?

For those that would consider it, they’d be glad to know that the fast food chain recently announced that they will be throwing a free wedding to one lucky couple in their newly opened Las Vegas Cantina location. This summer, they’ll also be offering full wedding packages for $600 at the Cantina. 

For those of you who can’t wait that long, and can’t leave your wedding to chance, perhaps you can draw a little inspiration from some past Taco Bell-inspired marriages

These seven people decided to Live Mas and began a lifelong commitment together on the foundation of the widely popular food chain. Check them out below!


The McCarthy’s

Kevin and Lauren had their first date at a Taco Bell. For their wedding, they decided to serve 200 tacos/burritos to their guests in a glorious fast food feast. Wonder if anyone would notice a few crashers?

The Hall’s

McKenna and Davis Hall shared their “I Do’s” with Taco Bell’s fiery hot sauce. Nothing says love more than having someone to bite open those stubborn hot sauce packets for you. That’s the real commitment.

Photography by Red Juliet Photography 

The Walter’s

Nick Walter loved Mountain Dew Baja Blast so much, he created a video in hopes of having Taco Bell provide some Baja Blast at his wedding. It’s safe to say, that October 27 was the best day of his life.

The Zarzour’s

A first meal as husband and wife can set the tone for the rest of the marriage. Mike and Summer Zarzour went all out and took their wedding party to Taco Bell to devour some Chipotle Chicken Loaded Grillers.

Photography by Shutterhead Studios

The Shah’s

Eating Taco Bell at a wedding can be a pretty bold statement, but even bolder is having a custom-made cake shaped exactly like a Taco Bell. Megan Shah surprised her new husband Amish with an admittedly mouthwatering cake of the fast food restaurant. 

The Cook’s

Everyone has that dream place they have to get their wedding photos taken at. For Courney and Chris Cook, that dream was Taco Bell. The couple needed a location they were both fond of to begin documenting their new life together, so naturally… 

The Chieng’s

What would you do if you had free reign of a Taco Bell Truck? This was Stacey and Peter’s big day as the newlywed couple were greeted by a truck that dispensed all the Taco Bell they wanted to eat. Doritos Locos Tacos and all.

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This Is What Y’all Thought About Taco Bell’s New Vegas Cantina and The Sriracha Big Mac [Feedback Nov. 18]

Welcome to another edition of our weekly Foodbeast “Feedback,” where we feature your Facebook comments, and respond directly to your views on our recipes, videos, and stories.

We’re finally dipping into the holidays, and food news is getting pretty hype.

This week was full of exciting food news stories, and you guys provided some fantastic comments, per usual.

This week McDonald’s announced it’s testing a Sriracha Big Mac, Matt Stonie chugged a giant pumpkin spice latte, and Taco Bell opened a sick 24-hour cantina in Vegas.

You guys responded to those stories through Facebook, and now it’s our turn to respond back.

We always appreciate that you read our posts, and take the time to add your own commentary.

Here’s what made the cut this week. Think you can make next week’s list?


 

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STORY:Watch Pro Eater Matt Stonie Drink The World’s Largest Pumpkin Spice Latte

That sounds like a pretty decent estimate. I think consuming large amounts of food like this, combined with scrolling through Instagram, and maybe even catching up on Black Mirror on Netflix, will cause you to spend a good amount of time in the restroom, but “No Ragrets” right?


Story:Taco Bell’s Vegas Cantina

Nothing says romance like dollar tacos and boozy slushies in Vegas. Taco Bell’s out here helping relationships thrive.


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STORY: Watch Kids Try Authentic Chinese Food For The First Time

Yooooo! They’re just kids, man! But yeah, they are little assholes.


STORY: Del Taco Has A Chicken Soft Breakfast Burrito I Can’t Stop Thinking About

I, too love them thick. There’s something about a curvy burrito that gets juices flowing and makes me feel some type of way.



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Story: 7 International McDonald’s Burgers The US Needs To Get Their Hands On

We live to torture you guys with delicious food stories. The hungrier you get, the more it fuels us to find photos and videos that’ll challenge your diet, and make you a stronger person as a whole.


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Story: McDonald’s Is Testing A Spicy New Sriracha Big Mac

Mmhmm, mmhmm. Or you can not waste all that time creating the sauce yourself and just order the Sriracha Big Mac.


Story: Cheesy Egg Shell Taco

That’s the spirit. Everyone’s seems to be hating on the egg yolk for this video, but we think it’s beautfiul. Just accept the calories.