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Move Over Hard Rock!

by John R. Bonds

The first night of the Palms Casino Resort ranks as one of the greatest openings that many of us can’t remember. But over the past couple of weeks, I’ve returend eaten my way through most of its new restaurants. And by George, I’m even starting to feel younger, hipper and more happening! Thank you Mr. Maloof.

The first thing I noticed when walking into Little Buddha is the cool tunes wafting in the background. I feasted on traditional Chinese specialties and fresh sushi. Numerous statutes of Butsu add to my enlightenment. It’s sister restaurant is in Paris, but stay here, save the airfare, and enjoy some fun and delicious cuisine...

I’ve always liked the first Vegas Garduño's at the Fiesta. This is not your “run-of-the-mill” beans and rice joint. You’ll find authentic New Mexican specialties, that pack some distinct flavors. The margaritas aren’t bad either. And ask for the back room overlooking the pool area for some great, albeit seasonal, rubber necking...

My childhood fear of elevators filled with sexy woman precludes me from making it this high, but local Chef André Rochat promises to bring his culinary excellence to the top-story of The Palms with “Alize.” Expect top notch French cuisine, with a neat glass wine cellar and incredible views....

I spent the entire VIP opening of the Palms holed up at N9ne (pronounced nine). And for good reason. This place is “cool” and they were serving caviar! It’s the second restaurant for Michael Morton and Scott DeGraff of Chicago. They’ve been best friends since age nine, hence the name. Prime steaks and seafood served up in a futuristic decor make it a must visit at the Palms, which is now the newest and hottest place in town to have fun.

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