Tacos &Tequila at the Luxor Las Vegas Review & Photos

 

Tacos & Tequila is a great place to go if you’re in the mood for Mexican food!
It is located on the atrium level inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The atmosphere is trendy and relaxed.
We met up with the manger Brian before we were seated. He was super nice and talked over the menu with us.
We were seated right away and our waiter Andy came for our drink and appetizer order.
They brought the drinks and chips & salsa right away. The chips were great as were the smoky and tomatillo salsas.
After filling up on chips Brian brought out the guacamole which was fresh and creamy and the Queso Fundio which is a do it yourself quesadilla.

Our orders came out super fast! We had the alambre Tacos. These are fabulous! Inside the fresh tortilla are steak, bacon, chees, chile poblano, and salsa rojo.
The Pork carnitas, chicken tamale, cheese enchilada plate was excellent! We were impressed by the tamale! We have not found a restaurant that can make a decent one! This one was tasty! The enchilada had just the right amount of cheese and the Pork carnitas had just the right amount of spice.

Lastly was the dessert. We kind of shared the fried ice cream and a sundae. The sundae had cinnamon ice cream, brownies and strawberries. This was gone by the time I was done taking pictures. The fried ice cream was perfection!

Excellent food and service. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is very lively.
A must visit place if you love Mexican food. They have a great assortment of beers, wines and of course tequila!
Would we recommend Tacos & Tequila? … You bet!! We love it and know you will too!

About Tacos & Tequila:
Tacos & Tequila, a highly-stylized Mexican restaurant and bar with a fun, high-energy vibe and flavorful menu is located at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The 8,000-square-foot venue is open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. for lunch and dinner, as well as for a Mariachi Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The design embodies Mexican culture, and the flavorful menu is collaboration between the talents of world-renowned restaurateur and chef, Richard Sandoval, and Executive Chef Saul Ortiz. Guests may call T&T at 702.262.5225, visit the web site at tacosandtequilalv.com, follow Tacos & Tequila on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tacosandtequila or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tacosandtequila.

Our Waiter Andy
Chips and Salsa
Guacamole and Queso Fundio

 

Fried ice cream
Sundae

R Steak & Seafood at Riviera Hotel & Casino Review

Have you been looking for that great seafood/steakhouse restaurant. Well vegas24seven.com has found the answer. We had the pleasure of experiencing ultra fine dining at the R Steak and Seafood restaurant in the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Restaurant manager Odette greeted us and was very friendly and helpful. We were seated at a nice table with perhaps the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in to eat. We were introduced to our waiter Bobby and our journey began. Bobby was super helpful, funny and charismatic. We enjoyed his service and the help that Michelle provided as well. Chef Jason Bradley has put together an outstanding menu of sensational foods. I wanted them all.

We ordered drinks, appetizers and salad and knew from the get go that this was going to be a great evening. First they brought us loaves of their famous bread with butter, seasoned butter and seasoned sour cream. It was warm, very tasty and a pleasant start for the evening. When our calamari and habanero wings arrived we got much more than just an appetizer. They were cooked and prepared to perfection. The wings were blazing hot just the way we like them and the sauce for them was a great compliment to that. The calamari just melted in your mouth with an equally great sauce. Our party ordered Caesar salads and I chose the R Salad. I like salad and this one had Asian pears, walnuts, tomatoes, greens and and sweet mustard dressing that was fantastic. But it just kept getting better. Then they brought our main dishes. The girls had the filet mignon with steak fries and the rib eye with garlic mashed potatoes. Us macho boys had the 24 oz porterhouse steaks,. I had the traditional giant baked potato with bacon and cheese. My son had the macaroni and cheese. The portions were nice sized and shareable and we did just that.

The food was cooked exactly to our liking and right on time. The beef had a unique and unusual combination of seasonings and it worked. I’ve had plenty of steaks but I can say that I have never had a steak like this. In was great. Each bite was absolutely scrumptious and I didn’t want it to end. Everyone in our party was raving about how good the steak and their food was. I can’t wait to go back and try out more of the seafood. I’m sure that it’s just as great.

Were we done… nope. Already stuffed but not ready to end the experience we ordered “The Swan” to share for desert and I had to get an espresso as well. What a wonderful dessert. A light pastry cream puff shaped into a swan surrounding mounds of vanilla bean ice cream, sweet whipped cream and chocolate and raspberries. Even though we were full we finished every morsel of this exotic dessert. Now the evening was complete. An absolutely fine dining experience. Great facility, great staff, great selection and the greatest food. We didn’t partake of any spirits but the wine list and drinks are supposed to be top notch as well.

So when someone asks you if you know of any great seafood steakhouse…. tell them vegas24seven.com recommends R Steak and Seafood in the Riviera Hotel Casino.

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Our waiter Bobby
bread and butter
calamari and habanero wings
Caesar salad
R Salad
porterhouse steak with baked potato
porterhouse steak with macaroni and cheese
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The Riviera Hotel & Casino One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite Review & Video

The Riviera Hotel & Casino One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite

These gorgeous, spacious suites have a separate living area from the guest bedroom and include an additional powder room. Each suite comes with 32” and 42” flat screen televisions, pillow top mattresses, complimentary in-room safe, AM/FM alarm clock radio, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. Bathroom includes marble vanity and shower/tub combination.

All I can say is from the time we stepped out of the car to check in we were treated so well, and felt so special because of this. Everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable.

The Suite: Amazing! Large, clean, beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows with sweet views from the 23rd floor. The bathrooms have numerous amenities, clean, very roomy. Our view from the baclony was amazing!

The Bed, oh man the bed! That is where the relaxing came in. It is a heavenly cloud of a bed with luxurious sheets and pillows.  The living area was nice to have for use of the table, the couches and lounging. We love the old style Vegas atmosphere that the hotel is trying to preserve.
The Riviera Hotel & Casino has recently undergone a multi-phase renovation and we think you should stay there!

R Steak & Seafood Restaurant is in The Riviera Hotel & Casino. We had the pleasure of eating there too! The review and picture are coming soon!

The Riviera is home to the only Bingo Room on the Las Vegas Strip and offers four sessions daily. The new Lucky’s Race & Sports Book has 47 high-definition televisions, individual carrels for horseplayers and the first walk-up wagering window on the Strip. Nightly entertainment includes “Confessions of a Rock Star,” starring Pat DiNizio from The Smithereens. The Riviera Comedy Club offers a series of three comedians and Crazy Girls Topless Revue is ready to celebrate 25 years in Las Vegas.

Photos & Review: 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink Comes to a End

Vegas24Seven had the honor, pleasure and privilege of attending and covering the 48 Hours Festival powered by Rockstar Energy Drinks and presented by Revolver. The event was on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip just south of the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. 2 days, 22 bands and thousands and thousands of concert go-ers later we emerged drained, enlightened and entertained. I went wanting to see my personal favorites Hatebreed and Five Finger Death Punch but left the festival with a new-found respect for several local bands and several well known bands that I hadn’t seen before. The festivities began Friday night at a kick-off party at the House of Blues and Saturday morning there was a Topless Pool Party at the Mandalay Bay Moorea beach Club. We arrived at the main event early Saturday and picked up our press and photo passes and went to work. I walked the grounds and found The Rockstar tent, the Best Buy autograph centers, the Gibson/Revolver tent, the Metal Mulisha motocross Jump Show, the wrestling ring, the Rat Pack Vegas Lounge, the Old Mexico saloon, the Debauchery VIP tent, The VIP bungalows complete with pools, the Ricky Bobby lounge, the sponsor village area, the Ernie Ball second stage and the enormously impressive Rockstar main stage. Then we checked out the backstage compound, Godfather VIP area, media tent and the Red Carpet area. Now lets get to it!

Day 1 kicked off with Orange Blossom Special playing the Ernie ball second stage stage at 2pm. This California band played a quick and energetic set and got the whole festival going. Later I had the chance to talk to them on the red carpet and they said they felt a little pressure kicking off the biggest rock and roll party ever to hit the Las Vegas strip. But they pulled it off and had fun doing it.

 

Next was the Butcher Babies. They were a late addition and most of the guys at the festival were glad of that. They are from LA and are the undisputed darlings of the Sunset Strip. I’m not gonna argue with ’em. Scantily clad and brutal front women Heidi and Carla really whipped they crowd into a frenzy. They were a heavier metal sound and that’s just what this metalhead likes.

 

 

Leading off on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage at 3pm was Las Vegas own Otherwise. The crowd had been gathering there waiting and were it wasn’t long until the full festival feel was present at the overwhelming stage constructed just the day before.

Brothers Adrian and Ryan Patrick put together a great set and it’s no wonder they are billed as #1 unsigned act in America by Fox news.

The next couple of hours I was bouncing back and forth from the main stage to the second stage to the red carpet and it got a little hectic. But hey I like hectic. Next on second stage was up and coming California band Hell or Highwater. Playing songs from there debut album Begin Again it was a great sound and set. By now the crowds were getting bigger and bigger and louder and louder. Art of Dyings guitarist Tavis later told me this was one of the bands he wanted to check out at the festival.

 

Back to the main stage at 4PM for our very own Adelitas Way. This band is really making some noise on the music scene and it’s no wonder. They kick ass!. Frontman Rick DeJesus pounds it out while guitarists Rahji and Keith sizzle. Derek’s on the Bass and manager Trevor pounding out the drums. Fresh off the Carnival of Madness Tour they played songs from recent CD Home School Valedictorian and self titled debut CD Adelitas Way. We had conflicting schedules all day and I didn’t get the interview I wanted but I did talk to Rick some and we’re going to get together later here in Vegas. Maybe at a show or maybe at Kevin Churkos Rock and Roll Hideout studio opening. Look for that interview and story in the future on Vegas24Seven.com.

 

4:30pm and Black Tide is tearing it up and the Ernie Ball stage. An intricate and powerful set of songs from recent Cd Post Mortem and previous releases. I was kind of rushed away from this one, to the red carpet and then to the main stage. But I enjoyed what I did hear and the crowd did too.

 

Now we’re starting to get to the more well known bands with Las Vegas Escape the Fate hittin’ the big stage. This band made a very quick rise to the top and has played the Sunset Strip Music Festival with Mötley Crüe and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. And to think I saw them a couple of years ago at Extreme Thing here in Vegas. Of course this band has a HUGE local following and their crowd was ready and waiting to really get into it and lose themselves. It was a great performance and I know everyone enjoyed it.

 

 

Now I don’t have a clue why mega star metal band Hatebreed was stuck on the Ernie Ball stage but I was kind of glad they were. It’s not often you can get that close to performers the way I was. Lead singer Jamey Jasta was right beside me in the photo pit until I retired to the crowd with my pit buddy Justin. I knew most of the vocals and about screamed my brains out when played In Ashes They Shall Reap (Born to bleed, fighting to succeed Built to endure what this world throws at me) and when they finished with Destroy Everything. It was a rowdy set with probably the best moshpit of the festival. I also ranked it as the best performances of the festival. Maybe a little biased but definitely the best METAL performance of the 48 hours, This was the last artist on the second stage for the night and a fitting way to close it.

 

Back to the main stage for one of the crowd favorites Hollywood Undead. Even though their rap-rock style is not one of my favorites I do appreciate the way they get through to their crowd. I saw them last year at Extreme Thing and again they worked the crowd into a frenzy of hardcore dancing. They’ve also had a lot of recent success with their new CD American Tragedy.

 

I’ve seen Five Finger Death Punch numerous times and can’t get enough of them. They are one of my favorite bands and Ivan Moody is a character. He’s the first artist I admired for switching back and forth between clean and hard vocals. Zoltan is a great guitarist and they compliment each other well. The main stage show area was packed by now and it was electric when they hit the stage. They opened with Under and Over It from their new CD American Capitalist, They played Way of the Fist, Bad Company, No One Gets Left Behind, a Never Enough medley, White Knuckles, Bulletproof and finished with Burn It Down. I though Ivan was going to burn the place down because show administrators had to ask him to stop playing. He probably would have played all night if they would have let him, FFDP is not used to being on the undercard (and maybe shouldn’t have been). I just couldn’t seem to get close enough to the pit area during this show to get into it. The pit wasn’t quite what I am used to but it was fun and the rest of the crowd seemed to enjoy it as well.

 

 

Day 1 of the 48 Hours Festival ended with Avenged Sevenfold. They’ve got it goin’ on in 2010 they tore up the charts with CD Nightmare and really got the crowd going this night. Immediately it sounded like an arena show and probably got more response from the crowd that any other performer of the festival. They opened with Nightmare and Beast and the Harlot and by now you couldn’t move, everyone was a little lit up, hot and worked up. The concert staff did a great job of making sure everyone was OK. Almost Easy and Bat Country were really good and they finished with Unholy Confessions. This was a fitting way to end the largest rock and roll party ever to hit the strip. But was it really over…. Nope. Now on to the afterparty at the House of Blues Mandalay Bay All-Star Jam hosted by Jamey Jasta and then the limos began rolling to the O.G. Gentlemen’s Club. So even though the performances were over for the evening the party continued Vegas style right into the next day.

 

 

Day 2 continued for some people at the Mandalay Bay Beach hangover brunch with a bevy of Bloody Mary’s, some great food and Korns Jonathan Davis DJ’ing. I arrive early but not quite as early as Saturday and went straight at it. It seemed a little more organized on Sunday with more regular and scheduled arrivals on the red carpet. I was bouncing back and forth again from the red carpet to the second stage to the main stage.

California band Valora went off right on time at 2pm and started day 2 off great. Front-woman Syd Duran was a hit on the red carpet and a crowd favorite onstage as well. It was a short set but big on appeal. Look for Valora to rise quickly as their first single is due out any day now

 

 

Next on the Ernie Ball stage was Arizona band Eyes Set To Kill. Back to back lady lead singers had the male audience mesmerized and they put on a good show. By now the crowd at the event was getting bigger, the weather was heating up and so was the concert

 

Kickin’ off our day two main stage experience was Tennessee band 10 years. They are a well respected veteran band and put on a great show. With their recent more aggressive, harder, darker style they fit right in with the kind of music I like. The crowd liked them a lot as well.

 

Vegas band Taking Dawn was next and again we got the heavier music that I favor so much. A no nonsense in your face here’s our music approach is refreshing with all the “fake” bands out there. Not only did they kill this stage the next night they killed local hotspot Count Vamp’d with Adelitas Way as well.

 

Australian band Sick Puppies hit the main stage next and the place was really hoppin now. This one of the bands I have a newfound respect for. How could a band this good be “off my radar”? Well they’re not anymore and there were a LOT of fans there for this band. I found that ever since this band moved to LA they have been in the right place at the right time and are doing great.

 

I met Canadian band Art Of Dying on the red carpet, interviewed them a little bit and immediately hit it off with these guys. We joked around about them playing hockey against other bands (they’re undefeated), visiting Vegas and other bands they wanted to check out at the festival. I took a couple pictures that are a big hit on twit-pic with the chicks. They had just wrapped up the Uproar Festival also and were ready to tear up Vegas. Frontman Jonny ruled the stage, Greg and Tavis ripped the guitars and bass-man Cale and drummer Jeff completed this polished act that is just tearing up the music scene right now. They have a fairly new CD out now called Vices and Virtues and look for them to rise to the top.

 

Next on the mainstage was Seether and again this is another well known huge band that I had not paid enough attention to. Until you see this band you don’t really appreciate the fact that this is just 3 dudes making all this awesomeness. They have a CD just released this spring Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray and played this and songs from their 3 previous releases. Great Band, new respect, many happy fans.

 

4 big acts coming up in a row now and again I don’t know why the monsters Sevendust were on the smaller stage. But just like Hatebreed I was glad to get up close to this Atlanta band. Got some great pictures of Lajon up close and this was in my top three bands of the festival as well. The second stage area was completely packed for them and the few lightweights that were in the crowd were sent packing when the place erupted into a frenzy. Great presence and show put on by these guys.

 

No more running back and forth from stage to stage now and only one more red carpet to get to so I was able to really enjoy Canadians Three Days Grace. Big time band with big time performance getting the crowd into that “arena sound” and everyone was right on with them. They opened with The Good Life, played Break, Pain, I Hate Everything About You, Home/Lose Yourself, Never Too Late, Riot and ended with and extended Animal I Have Become. This set up the big two getting ready to assault Las Vegas.

 

Boston’s Godsmack took the stage at 7:40pm and look out. After shooting the opening pictures I had to go the the red carpet for a while and Voodoo came on the sound from the crowd was awesome. I had the old Goose bumps pop up on my bod when this happened. It was a strong, energetic performance that left most people drained. Most mortals would have packed it in. But not the 48 Hours Festival fans.

 

KOOOOOORN. Finally what this whole weekend had been building up to Korn!   Hailing from Bakersfield California this band put a whooping on Las Vegas. Started out with Blind, followed up by Here to Stay, Freak on a Leash and Shoots and Ladders what a way to start a set. And the crowd went nuts. They did 6 other songs and then a 7 seven song medley and finally ended with Y’All Want a Single. When Korn said thank you and good-night we were all so alive but completely drained and just like the concert – finished.

 

So the first of hopefully many 48 Hours Festivals came to a close. It was at times perfect, mostly chaotic, often risqué and lewd but enormously entertaining. Can’t wait until next year.

 

 

Jared Lee “Falling Through Holes” CD Review

 

Jared Lee  “Falling Through Holes” CD  Review

Ever since Judy and I interviewed Jared Lee I have been anxiously awaiting the cd release so we could check it out. Jared was so easy-going and nice that it was kinda like talking to an old friend. His new EP is called “Falling Through Holes” and it’s a diverse collection of songs that I think most people will enjoy. I sure did. Anyone that knows me also knows that Ilisten to some pretty heavy music. But I also have an appreciation for all genres of music and this CD has songs that I consider very personal. I don’t want to get all emotional but I must say that that the songs Beautiful World (track 3) and What It Beats For (track 6) somehow describe EXACTLY how I feel about my beautiful wife of 20 years Judy. It’s not that often that songs hit me the way these two did. The song Beautiful World it could easily be “our” song and I could see Judy and I lighting a few candles, dimming the lights, and enjoying a slow romantic dance to these songs. Right babe?

OK now for the rest of the CD. When I listended to it I thought that some of the songs could have different meanings to different people. These are refreshing songs about life, love, real stuff. The title track Falling Through Holes has a nice tempo/beat and tells a real life story. I really like the guitar work at the end of the song too. Also popular It’s Over (Goodbye) was featured as a background song on American Idol along with Beautiful World. The song Hold U Down showcases Jareds vocal range and powerful voice and is also very popular. Pop song Out of Breath also has a nice flow and I feel any of the songs on this CD could be “hits”. With his talent and powerful voice watch for Jared to have a streak of popular and successful CDs.So this metalhead likes Falling Through Holes and recommends that you listen to it and find out which songs are personal to you.

Oh, and Jared remember next time your in Vegas we gotta go into the mosh pit together and cross that off your bucket list.

Click Here to view our interview with Jared Lee.

Click Here to buy or download the CD on iTunes

About Jared Lee: After a wild ride filled with a variety of unique and stirring experiences recording in studios all over the world, BMG Chrysalis Music singer/songwriter Jared Lee is ready to unveil his debut EP “Falling Through Holes”, on October 4th, 2011which was helmed by multi-platinum producer Mike K (Nelly Furtado, Natasha Bedingfield).

Jared’s initial effort showcases a collection of r&b infused pop-rock songs featuring radio-ready anthemic choruses, soaring guitars, powerful drum beats all highlighted with soulful vocals that cut right to the core.

The infectious lead single, “It’s Over (Goodbye) along with the emotionally charged “Beautiful World”, were recently featured in back to back episodes of American Idol Season 10, introducing Jared’s undeniable talents to a legion of new fans.

Further, Clear Channel Radio, a global media and entertainment powerhouse, selected Jared as an “Artist To Watch – Pop” on over 71 US Top40 radio websites in January 2011, while “It’s Over (Goodbye)” simultaneously impacts Top40 and Hot AC station playlists.

Jared’s 1st radio single “It’s Over (Goodbye) Debuted at #40 on “Adult Pop” BDS Chart August 29, 2011 and is getting spins on over 20 key HAC stations all over the country

No stranger to the stage, Jared Lee’s continues to headline venues and college campuses all over California and neighboring states with his dynamic live show and open for artists such as TRAIN, Brian Mcknight, Secondhand Serenade and many more.

As the buzz continues to build on this rising star, expect to hear a lot more about this newcomer in 2011 and beyond. To keep up with the latest news, release info, tour dates, videos, and everything else in the world of Jared Lee, visit www.jaredleemusic.com, like him on www.facebook.com/jaredleemusic and follow him at www.twitter.com/jaredleemusic.

Morton’s The Steakhouse Las Vegas – Review

We had the pleasure to make it to our first trip to Morton’s The Steak House Las Vegas for this past Fathers Day!
We have been to our fair share of steak places in Las Vegas and this is one of the best ones!

We arrived on time and were taken right to our table.
Once we were seated, we probably had the best waiter in the restaurant (Greg) who was very attentive, personable, but not overbearing.
He came up to take our drink order and hand over the menu.
He took the time to explain the menu and gave us a few minutes to see what we wanted.
Greg came back rolling a cart with fresh meat and vegetables and showed us the different steaks and vegtables we could order.

We all ordered the Filet Mignon and loved it! They were cooked to perfection!
My son whom just had his wisdom teeth removed two days prior, told me how he did not have to chew to much. It was that tender and juicy!

Our stand outs from the meal were:
Broiled Sea Scallops – Cooked to perfection!
Lobster Bisque – Was buttery and delicious.
Mashed Potato – These disappeared right away, I blame my daughter!
Sautéed Wild Mushrooms – Meaty, very tasty! This was my favorite side dish.
Colossal Shrimp Alexander – These were huge, succulent shrimps! Fried perfectly and the cream sauce is wonderfully delicious.
Hot Chocolate Cake – Yummy hot chocolate ‘lava’ center and scoop of vanilla ice cream

We highly recommend you visit Morton’s The Steak House Las Vegas! The service is fabulous and the food is out of this world.The steaks are perfect and the all the sides taste delightful.
They also gave us a free framed photo for Fathers Day. Pictured below.

Our waiter showing us the steaks. He looked amazingly like Steve Kerr
The onion bread was amazing

Center Cute Iceberg Salad. Big enough for a meal!

Filet Mignon and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake with Haagen Daz Vanilla Ice Cream

Espresso to finish off the night

The card with our picture in it. Morton’s gave it to us for free!