Friday, January 31, 2014

Macaroni Grill offers tasting menu for Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day falls just a heartbeat behind Mother’s Day among restaurants’ busiest days of the year, with an estimated 70 million love-struck Americans expected to dine out on Feb. 14. Even the cheapest of dates can impress with this spread, including starters such as cheese-stuffed Ravioli, a pasta course (how fancy) with traditional favorites Spaghetti Napolitana and Fettuccine Alfredo, and entrees including Chicken Scaloppine, Chicken Marsala and Pork Chop Vesuvio.
If that isn’t impressive enough — most Macaroni Grill locations have roving opera singers (a little Ravel is sure to impress), and the chain features the memorable “wine wall” where guests can sign their empty house wine bottles and the chain keeps them on display, a little remembrance of a delightful Valentine’s Day. Speaking of which — Macaroni Grill always serves its house wine “on your honor.”

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Lord Baltimore Hotel and Classic Catering People cook-up in collaboration

The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel and The Classic Catering People have announced a unique collaboration in which Classic Catering People will serve as the exclusive caterer for the Lord Baltimore Hotel. 

With this collaboration new and previously booked meetings and events at the Lord Baltimore Hotel will be arranged and coordinated by Classic Catering People. This includes large-scale events and celebrations in the Calvert Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,200 people for a reception, as well as events in the new 19th Floor roof-top parlors and other function rooms suited for more intimate gatherings.

“The Baltimore community will be the beneficiary of the extraordinary synergy between the Lord Baltimore Hotel and Classic Catering People,” said Gene-Michael Addis, General Manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. “This partnership will elevate all events held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, including those that are already under contract, and will allow our guests to have the extraordinary advantage of a top-notch venue and a premier caterer under one roof.”  

A Baltimore company with more than 40 years of experience in the arenas of social and corporate catering, Classic Catering People believes that a passion for food is at the base of every event. Along with talented Account Executives and catering staff, Classic Catering has an accomplished culinary team of inventive chefs that continually craft new menus with traditional and contemporary flavors as well as presentations.

“The Classic family is delighted to partner with the Lord Baltimore Hotel in achieving excellence in event service for its clientele,” said Harriet Dopkin, president and co-owner of The Classic Catering People. “Our company has deep roots in the Baltimore community and shares a similar vision as the Rubell family, the new owners of the hotel, in putting the city’s celebrated assets—such as the Lord Baltimore Hotel—at the forefront, and we look forward to embarking on this exciting new journey.”

Purchased last spring by Rubell Hotels, The Lord Baltimore is currently undergoing a total renovation to restore its prominence as one of the most significant hotels in Baltimore. Renovations to The Calvert Ballroom will be completed by mid-February, The new LB Tavern (which replaces the Lobby bar), the LB Bakery, a new gift shop and health club will be completed by mid-April.  The first phase of new guestrooms and suites were completed and opened this past week and all hotel guests are now enjoying the fully renovated guest rooms.   Renovation design of The Lord Baltimore is by Scott Sanders, a New York based interior designer.

“We are thrilled and honored to partner with a Baltimore institution such as the Classic Catering People that shares the rich and illustrious history of this amazing community,” said Mera Rubell, owner and operator of The Lord Baltimore Hotel. 

In December 2013, the hotel’s first new restaurant, The French Kitchen, opened under the direction of Chef Jordan Miller who will continue to oversee its operation.  Chef Miller will also oversee the food operations of the LB Tavern and Lord Baltimore Bakery, both of which will be opening in the coming months.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Fogo de Chão Dinner for 2 Giveaway

The Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão will be sending a fan on an expedition into the heart of Brazil, where Fogo de Chão originated. The winner is chosen based on whoever has the most exciting submission describing why they are perfect to win this journey.

In honor of this giveaway they gave my readers a chance to win a Dinner For 2 at any U.S. Fogo de Chão.

My husband and I have been a few times and we can't wait to go again.  

Enter to take a chance to win this giveaway!

Valentine's Day dinner at Eddie's

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If a romantic gourmet Valentine’s Dinner for Two is your heart’s desire this Valentine’s Day, than Eddie’s of Roland Park is your one-stop-shop.  A Baltimore culinary landmark for three generations, Eddie’s of Roland Park has everything to make Valentine’s Day 2014 delicious, romantic and special.  With two convenient locations on Roland Avenue and North Charles Street, Eddie’s of Roland Park offers a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two packaged in a complimentary Eddie’s tote, available Thursday, February 13 through Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Eddie’s Valentine’s Dinner for Two include a delicious selection of appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts, all made from the freshest seasonal ingredients.  Customers choose from appetizers such as lobster bisque and shrimp cocktail; indulgent entrees, including flounder stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp, grilled filet mignon, rack of lamb, jumbo lump crab cakes and lobster tail; flavorful side dishes, and a decadent dessert to share. Valentine’s Dinner for Two is prepared to order.  The menu is available on Eddie’s website, and a minimum of 48 hours’ notice is required to order.

“Good food and love go hand in hand, so what better way to celebrate the day of love than with a delicious, romantic Valentine’s Day dinner that has been prepared for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home,” said Nancy Cohen, owner of Eddie’s of Roland Park.  “Our Chef has designed this delicious and indulgent menu especially for Valentine’s Day.  At Eddie’s of Roland Park we have loved helping Baltimore celebrate special occasions like Valentine’s Day for nearly 70 years.”

In addition to Valentine’s Dinner for Two, Eddie’s of Roland Park features a unique selection of chocolates, candy and flowers to make the day of love extra special.  Chocolates from A Kirchmayr, Naron and Scharffen Berger can help say “I Love You” to that special someone and make the day extra sweet. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Maryland Live! introduces new menu offerings at Phillips Seafood

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Maryland Live! Casino has introduced a new, enhanced menu at its Phillips Seafood location filled with Maryland favorites, including Phillips’ famous all-lump crab cakes, savory seafood soups, blackened fish, and a selection of sandwiches and wraps.

New menu items feature classic Eastern Shore seafood, such as a Double Premium Crab Cake Platter, made with Phillips’ famous all-lump premium crab ($25); Premium Crab Cake & Shrimp Platter($23); Bite-sized Crab Cake miniatures ($14); and Blackened Fish Fillet, catch of the day, coated with spices and flat-grilled ($13).

Additional specialties include a variety of Dips, Soups and Sandwiches, including Crab Dip with Sourdough Pretzel Rolls ($9); a velvety smooth Lobster Bisque ($8); New England Clam Chowder, filled with tender chopped clams ($7); and Cream of Crab ($7). Rounding out the menu are a Buffalo Chicken Wrap, served with lettuce, tomato and blue cheese dressing ($9); a Chicken Salad Sandwich ($8); and a Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich ($8).

Phillips Seafood is open 24 hours a day, 7 day a week. The restaurant is located on the casino floor; guests must be 21 to enter.

In addition to Phillips Seafood, Maryland Live! Casino also offers a wide variety of dining options, including the multi-station Live! Buffet; Noodles, an authentic Asian wok and noodle bar; The Cheesecake Factory, featuring more than 200 menu items and 50 varieties of cheesecake and specialty desserts; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; and The Prime Rib, a Zagat rated #1 Steakhouse.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Langermann’s is GETTING A JUMP on Restaurant Week!

Langermann’s is GETTING A JUMP on Restaurant Week! Baltimore’s premiere restaurants for Southern inspired cuisine are offering a special menu from January 27th through February 2nd

Managing Partner David McGill said “Our customers have been asking to make reservations for Baltimore City Restaurant week-which typically begins in January. This year, the event is scheduled for February 16th through the 23rd and we’re excited about participating in that event, however we also want to please our customers. So we’re offering our special Restaurant Week menu a little early. Chef Neal Langermann is preparing some of his most popular dishes and, of course, the special menu is available at both Langermann’s Canton and Langermann’s on Light.” 
A special 2-course menu has been designed for lunch for $15.14 per person and a 3-course dinner menu is available for $30.14 per person. Langermann’s on Light will be offering the dinner menu only. (They are not open for lunch during the week and open for brunch only on the weekends). Langermann’s goal is to establish a comfortable environment for diners to enjoy excellent food prepared in their “fresh kitchen” and provide superior service.

Langermann’s specializes in Southern inspired, Lowcountry (Land along the coast of South Carolina with Charleston lying at the heart) dishes prepared by award winning Executive Chef/Partner, Neal Langermann – a seven time James Beard Guest Chef at the prestigious James Beard House in NYC. Prior to opening Langermann’s, Chef Neal received numerous accolades as Executive Chef at the world renowned Georgia Brown’s in Washington D.C and was voted Chef of the Year there in 2001.

For more information, go to

Stop by one of the 2 locations:
  • Langermann’s Canton, 2400 Boston Street in The Can Company, Baltimore, Maryland 21224  
  • Langermann’s on Light, 1542 Light Street in historic Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Eddie’s of Roland Park Hosts “For the Love of Chocolate” Event

Eddie’s of Roland Park, a Baltimore culinary landmark for three generations, will host a chocolate tasting event on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm. “For the Love of Chocolate” will feature tastings, demonstrations and tips to showcase many different ways to enjoy chocolate.  Shoppers will sample such items as chocolate cheese, gourmet chocolate sauces, mocha java coffee and savory dishes made with chocolate.

Local vendors and Eddie’s of Roland Park experts will be on-hand to demonstrate techniques for enjoying chocolate and answer shoppers’ questions.

Eddie’s of Roland Park, Charles Street location
6213 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21212

Saturday, January 25, 2014
11 am to 2 pm

For more information, visit or call 410-377-8040.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wine Forecast 2014 with the Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club with Laurie Forster

Gather your girlfriends, sisters and new friends and join The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club with Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach®, for Wine Forecast 2014. Guests will discover and taste the top wine trends for 2014 while Laurie shares tips on innovative entertaining ideas and exciting new wine accessories. Chef Matthew Siegmund of The Oregon Grille will create masterful tasting plates to accompany each wine during the four course tasting event.   The event is all-inclusive and includes four tasting plates, wine parings, tax, and gratuity.  Visit to learn more and purchase tickets.

Thursday, January 23
6:30 p.m.

The Oregon Grille
1201 Shawan Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030

$75 per person
Tickets are all-inclusive and includes four tasting plates, wine tastings, tax, and gratuity
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The Oregon Grille, founded in 1997 by restaurateur Ted Bauer, is an award-winning restaurant located in Hunt Valley, Md. Known for its prime dry-aged steaks, the restaurant features five fix-priced menus, including lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, bar/lite fare, party, and wine menus. The renovated 19th century stone farmhouse is nestled in the heart of Maryland’s horse country, and has four unique dining rooms, a granite bar, and a newly-renovated bluestone patio with outdoor seating. Guests can make reservations on or by calling 410-771-0505. To stay informed of The Oregon Grille’s latest news, follow the restaurant on Twitter at @TheOregonGrille, on Facebook, or visit the website:

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Roy’s restaurant offers a savory winter trio available for a limited time

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Roy’s Restaurant is bringing plenty of heat this season with its mouthwatering Winter Trio, a sensational collection of dishes together in one irresistible meal. Enjoy it for a low price of $26.95 for a limited time, Monday, January 27th till Sunday, March 23rd.

The Winter Trio is a decadent new offering specially created to capture the classic flavors of the season while also taking guests on a culinary adventure. The three featured items include Hoisin-Glazed Duck, a Grilled Kalbi Beef Short Rib and a Singapore-Style Crab Cake with Asian vegetables and noodles.

Guests can enjoy this offering for $26.95, but only for a limited time.   Be sure to try it out - that Hoisin-Glazed Duck makes my mouth water!

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

The French Kitchen Opens at the Lord Baltimore Hotel

From French classics such as Tartare de Boeuf and Salade Nicoise to contemporary preparation of Poulet Roti and Boeuf Bourguignon, The French Kitchen is now open under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine Jordan Miller. Currently serving lunch and dinner, and with Sunday brunch beginning in January, The French Kitchen is located in the Lord Baltimore Hotel, the landmark property that was recently acquired by Rubell Hotels.   

“Every inch of the Lord Baltimore is being renovated to restore its prominence as one of the most significant hotels in Baltimore, and the opening of The French Kitchen marks the first public space to be completed,” said Gene-Michael Addis, General Manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel.   
The French Kitchen offers a full menu ranging from Hors D’oeuvres to Salades to Principaux along with an approachable selection of Sparking, Rose, White and Red wines. Hors D’ouevres include items such as Cured Saumon with dill, crème fraiche, potato, and everything bagel tuile; Soupe A L’Oignon with crouton and melted comte; Tartare de Boeuf with shallots, capers, garlic, herbs, poached egg, pear and crostini; and a selection of Fromage and Charcuterie. Salades range from Vegetables A La Grecque with mixed winter vegetables to Frisee Aux Lardon with arugula, bacon, poached egg, fourme d’ambert, pear and vinaigrette. Entrée selections – or Principaux – include Moules Normandes with apples, mushrooms, heavy cream, calvados, cider and fresh bread; Roasted Canard breast and confit of leg with lentils, orange, fennel and olive; Steak Frites with cippolini onions and french fries; and Raie, skate wing with brown butter, capers, fingerling potatoes and winter vegetables.

Chef Jordan Miller has nearly thirteen years of restaurant experience and began his work in restaurants at the age of fifteen as a dishwasher.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador in 2008 with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing, B.A. in Spanish and a certificate of Culinary Arts.  Miller has cooked professionally in New Jersey, Philadelphia, North Carolina, California and Ecuador and has recently worked with Plumpjack Hospitality group and winery in Olympic Valley California.

“Chef Miller’s food will be heavily influenced by his travels in the Americas and the chefs who have shaped him and his career. His menus feature the season’s best ingredients and aim to create an approachable, relaxed, comforting and delicious menu that can be enjoyed by both families and foodies, while still paying respects to the history and charm of classical French cooking,” said Addis.   

Rubell Hotels is a family-owned business devoted to transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs. Previous Rubell Hotels projects include the Albion Hotel in Miami Beach, Beach House Bal Harbour, Greenview in South Beach and the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C.  While guests of Rubell Hotels include luminaries from the fields of art, fashion, music and food, the Rubell Family’s core belief is that hotels should primarily be affordable, friendly, and unpretentious and should be a comfortable background for guests to express themselves and explore the city around them. 

The Rubell family – whose Rubell Family Collection in Miami is widely acknowledged as one of the top contemporary art museums in the world – is known for its talent in discovering emerging artists, emerging cities, neglected architectural gems, and emerging neighborhoods. The Rubells believe deeply that the key to the economic success of a city is dependent on its cultural relevance.  They often invest deeply in areas they feel have strong cultural potential, and their acquisition of The Lord Baltimore Hotel indicates the beginning of what is sure to be a long-term commitment to the cultural life of Baltimore City. 

Renovations to each of the 440 guest rooms and suites, the 24,000 square feet of meeting space including the historic grand ballroom, the lobby bar and work lounge, coffee shop and other public spaces are underway with expected completion in April 2014. 

The French Kitchen is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch between 11am-2pm and dinner between 5pm-10pm.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Maryland Live! wins 9 "Best Dining & Nightlife" awards

Maryland Live! Casino has received nine awards from Casino Player Magazine in their 1st Annual “Best of Dining & Nightlife” Awards issue, available now. The new annual survey asks Casino Player readers to vote for their favorite casinos in the country offering the best in food, cocktails, nightclubs, great entertainment, and more.

Maryland Live! Casino food, beverage and entertainment outlets swept the majority of categories among Maryland casinos, taking honors for The Prime Rib for Best Steakhouse; the Live! Buffet for Best Buffet; Bobby’s Burger Palace for Best Burger Joint; Phillips Seafood for Best Seafood; The Cheesecake Factory for Best Desserts; the R Bar as the Best Place for Cocktails; and Rams Head Center Stage as the Best Casino to See a Concert. Maryland Live! Casino was also awarded for Best Overall Entertainment and Best Overall Service.

“Maryland Live! Casino has always been about offering our guests a complete entertainment experience, filled with exciting gaming action, incredible dining options, and the best in live entertainment,” said Robert J. Norton, President and General Manager. “We are thrilled to be recognized by the readers of Casino Player in so many categories. These awards clearly reflect the excitement and satisfaction of our customers.”

Maryland Live! Casino is conveniently located at the Arundel Mills Mall, halfway between Baltimore and Washington, directly off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Arundel Mills Blvd. and Route 100 in Hanover, MD (Anne Arundel County), with easy access off I-95 at Route 100. Open 24/7, the $500+ million Maryland Live! Casino is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country with 174 live action table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, and a new Poker Room; more than 4,300 of the latest slot machines; and two High Limit rooms. A variety of irresistible dining options, such as Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; Phillips® Seafood; the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; the multi-station Live! Buffet; and Noodles, an Asian wok and noodle bar; along with a sizzling nightlife, including live entertainment at Rams Head Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar, completes the world-class gaming and entertainment experience. Other first-class amenities include the Shop Live! retail store; a bus lounge, and a secure covered 5,000-space parking garage with valet service, free self-parking and direct elevator access to the casino floor.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Contemporary cooking series at Wegmans Hunt Valley

There’s nothing like a new technique or two to liven up the home kitchen. Learning to cook with confidence is at the heart of the Contemporary Cooking Series, which resumes at Wegmans Hunt Valley in January 2014. This year, chefs from the Wegmans kitchen brigade, led by Hunt Valley executive chef Jason Hancock, will be joined by special guests Galen Sampson, chef and COO of the soon-to-open Farmstead Grill in Canton, and Barry Fleischmann, chef/owner of Innovative Gourmet, a catering company in Owings Mills.

The classes run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first (or second) Wednesday of the month, from January to May. The cost is $20 per class, which includes demonstration and tastings of four recipes, plus a gift bag to take home. Reservations are required. Please call 410-773-3900 or stop by the Hunt Valley customer service desk for tickets. Wegmans Hunt Valley is located at 122 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

How to Braise with the Best of Them
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Talk about versatile! The technique of braising, whether in the oven, on top of the stove or in a slow cooker, turns inexpensive cuts of meat into tender, luscious meals. Hunt Valley executive chef Jason Hancock kicks off the 2014 Contemporary Cooking Series with an in-depth view of this indispensable cooking method. 

Hearty Vegetarian Cooking
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
With the right recipes and a few simple techniques, vegetarian meals can be as hearty and satisfying as any meat-based cuisine. Executive Chef Galen Sampson of the soon-to-open Farmstead Grill in Canton will show you how to lose the beef, but not the flavor, turning beans, grains and more into soulful dishes for every appetite.

Winging It in the Kitchen
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ever stand in front of your pantry wondering how to pull together a tasty meal from whatever’s on hand? All it takes is an elementary understanding of how flavor works and in what combinations. Wegmans Hunt Valley chef Ian Carroll will present a basic tool kit for winging it with confidence in your own kitchen.

Sunny with a Chance of Meatballs!
Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Chef Barry Fleischmann, owner of the renowned catering company Innovative Gourmet, has a passion for…meatballs. But these aren’t just any meatballs. They’re creative concoctions, including seafood and vegetarian versions complete with special sauces and sides, as perfect for weeknight dinners as they are for weekend guests.

The Glories of Shellfish for Spring
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ready to lighten up for spring? Think shellfish. A new world of flavorful possibilities opens up when you know the correct techniques for cooking shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster and more. Wegmans chef Patrick Deans will offer a primer on how to select, store and cook shellfish and incorporate them into delicious recipes.

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Maryland Live! new executive food and beverage management team

Maryland Live! Casino has added an addition of two key executives to its Food & Beverage management team. Kevin Wills, a 30-year veteran of the international hospitality and gaming industry, joins the team as Director of Food & Beverage; and Kevin Sterling, who has held executive F&B positions in the Las Vegas and Atlantic City gaming markets, has been named Asst. Director of Food & Beverage.

This seasoned team of hospitality professionals are responsible for the day-to-day management and direction of all aspects of the food and beverage operations at Maryland Live!, including quality assurance, staff training and guest service programs. They will also oversee development of the property’s new Asian restaurant concept to be located in the center of the casino floor.

Kevin Wills brings a wealth of world-class hospitality and gaming industry experience, both domestic and international, to his new position at Maryland Live! Casino. He most recently served in Food & Beverage Operations for Marriott International, based at the Middle East Flagship property, JW Marriott Dubai. Prior, Mr. Wills held various Director of F&B and Director of Resort Operations positions with the Marriott Wailea Resort and Spa, and the Marriott Waikoloa Resort and Spa in Hawaii. He also spent nine years with Hyatt Hotels, spending much of that time in Asia Pacific, where he opened the Grand Hyatt Wailea, Maui, among others. Mr. Wills also held executive food & beverage positions at the Hyatt Regency Guadalajara; and the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

Kevin Sterling began his career in the gaming industry more than 20 years ago, working for a small Indian tribe at a Connecticut Bingo Hall, which grew to become Foxwoods Resort and Casino, one of the largest casinos in the country. Mr. Sterling was also on the opening team for Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas as Food and Beverage Director; and most recently served as Vice President of Food & Beverage at Showboat in Atlantic City, NJ.

Maryland Live! Casino is conveniently located at the Arundel Mills Mall, halfway between Baltimore and Washington, directly off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Arundel Mills Blvd. and Route 100 in Hanover, MD (Anne Arundel County), with easy access off I-95 at Route 100. Open 24/7, the $500+ million Maryland Live! Casino is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country with 174 live action table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, and a new Poker Room; more than 4,300 of the latest slot machines; and two High Limit rooms. A variety of irresistible dining options, such as Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; Phillips® Seafood; the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; the multi-station Live! Buffet; and Noodles, an Asian wok and noodle bar; along with a sizzling nightlife, including live entertainment at Rams Head Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar, completes the world-class gaming and entertainment experience. Other first-class amenities include the Shop Live! retail store; a bus lounge, and a secure covered 5,000-space parking garage with valet service, free self-parking and direct elevator access to the casino floor.

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