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Where the locals go: Downtown emerging as dining destination

Where do the locals go? It's a question that travelers ask again and again, the beginning of a search for the authentic heart of a place, the effort to feel the reality behind the made-for-tourist veneer. In any major travel destination, there are businesses that primarily cater to visitors, and there are visitor

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BEST Restaurant in Las Vegas

The Fremont East district used to be a spot that people avoided. Then it became a place for hipster-friendly bars. Suddenly, over the last year or so, it's become a hot spot for new restaurants, led by Carson Kitchen. This casual neighborhood hangout does�

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Standard & Pour to Bring Simon Hospitality Group to Henderson

The new restaurant will occupy the second-story space on Eastern Avenue that was once home to Henderson's Firefly. S.H.G. president and managing partner Cory Harwell says there will be an 'extensive remodel's of the space that will include opening up walls and realigning dining rooms. He says the new spot will.

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Secret Sunday Chicken Sandwiches @ Carson Kitchen

John Courtney, culinary director for Simon Hospitality Group and Carson Kitchen, makes a mean chicken sandwich, especially after recently introducing the pasture-raised free-ranger from Crystal Lake Farms in Decatur, Arkansas, to his menu. The Secret Sunday chicken is dipped in rice flour, potato starch, dehydrated buttermilk, a blend of�

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STANDARD & POUR GEARS UP FOR A SUMMER OPENING IN HENDERSON

New restaurant Standard & Pour is set to open in late August in the Anthem-area space once occupied by Firefly. But this one promises to be more than just another promising new eatery along Eastern Avenue.

Standard & Pour is the first team-up between Simon Hospitality Group (Downtown Las Vegas� Carson Kitchen) and Titan Brands (Hussong�s Cantina, Slice of Vegas), but perhaps more notably, it�s the last restaurant from Kerry Simon. The iconic Vegas chef was working on

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Carson Kitchen Flatbread

Sit at the massive butcher-block bar and nosh on some crispy fried chicken skins with smoked honey and hot-sweet bacon jam at "Rock 'n' Roll Chef" Kerry Simon's downtown Carson Kitchen restaurant.

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Must Mix Cocktails from Carson Kitchen

Get Shorty!

Nothing quite captures the feeling of summer like sipping on that perfect cocktail during a backyard barbecue. The Get Shorty! is a new take on the margarita (with a spicy kick!). This tequila treat is made with El Jimador Tequila, grapefruit, fresh lime and cayenne simple syrup. Get all of Carson's recipes.

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Downtown Las Vegas is now a place to stay, shop and play after a glitzy makeover

The small, charming Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas was among the first restaurants to take root in the on-going efforts to transform the downtown area in a chic, trendy place to hang out. Carson Kitchen's quiet ambiance is wonderful for lunch when you'd like to have a conversation and a glass of great wine. The late chef Kerry Simon..

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What's up with Carson Kitchen's massive swear jar?

The purpose of swear jars usually is to make people use a little less of the blue-tinged language, but the one at Carson Kitchen doesn't work that way. And that may explain why it tends to be stuffed, and why seeing a $100 bill in it isn't unusual.

Cory Harwell, who co-owned the restaurant in downtown Las Vegas with the late chef Kerry Simon and continues as co-owner of Simon Hospitality Group, said the jar...

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Downtown Las Vegas is now a place to stay, shop and play after a glitzy makeover

New (or newish) restaurants include Carson Kitchen, where the small plates are ideal for sharing, but choosing may be difficult. Tasty options include bacon jam with baked brie and toasted baguette and "devil's eggs" with caviar and crispy pancetta.

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Carson Kitchen's Cory Harwell Shares His Go-To Las Vegas Restaurants

Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's food players to share their recommendations for a ly feature dubbed Dining Confidential. Know a chef who wants to share some top dining spots.

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Carson Kitchen adds seasonal items to menu

Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas continues its unmistakable vibe and award-winning quality with the introduction of new spring menu selections to complement the warmer weather and highlight fresh, seasonal flavors.

Developed by Cory Harwell and Culinary Director John Courtney, Carson Kitchen's new menu selections include...

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TOP GYROS IN LAS VEGAS

Celebrity chef Kerry Simon offers his own creative take on the traditional gyro at this inventive downtown restaurant: gyro tacos. Made with lamb, tzatziki...

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The other Vegas: Where to eat, drink and read books with rabbits

Just around the corner, is Chef Kerry Simon's Carson Kitchen; great food, what a menu...

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Carson Kitchen Downtown Las Vegas

You might have a vision of what Downtown Las Vegas is like and I can assure you that Carson Kitchen does not fit into your standard memory sequence. In fact I will go on record and explain to you right now...

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10 BRILLIANT NEW BURGERS TO EAT RIGHT NOW IN LAS VEGAS

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, Simon Kitchen & Bar

Let the burger battle begin! Ten new contenders have stepped into the ring, adding to the mouth-watering conflict that is the Las Vegas burger scene. You can't choose the best bite in the city until you've sampled these recent arrivals, so get ready to rumble's

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VEGAS' 11 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS OF 2014

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, Simon Kitchen & Bar

If there's one thing you can say definitely about Vegas, it's that things change a ton over the course of a year. Luckily, that means in 2015 there will be... um, no more Britney Spears (hopefully!), and there will definitely be a slew of epic new restaurants, at least if this list of the 11 best new restaurants of 2014 is anything to go by....

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PALM SPRINGS: Rock 'n' Roll Chef feeds the desert

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, Simon Kitchen & Bar

The transformation of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs's restaurant gives the desert area a bona fide celebrity chef, or at least one degree of separation .

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Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, Simon Kitchen & Bar

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Review of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

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Openings And Demolitions: What's Going On In Palm Springs

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As the temperature drops from "inferno" to "tannable" in the Coachella Valley, there�s lots going on in the Palm Springs hotel scene. A new restaurant? A hotel opening? A sad demolition?

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New Simon Kitchen + Bar emphasizes small plates, bold tastes

New Simon Kitchen + Bar emphasizes small plates, bold tastes

Simon Kitchen + Bar, the new restaurant within Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, is putting emphasis on the social aspect of dining. The menu was conceptualized around small tastes with bold flavors.

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PALM SPRINGS: Hard Rock Hotel cooks up a restaurant change

The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is bringing in celebrity chef Kerry Simon for a restaurant makeover. Simon Kitchen + Bar will open in mid-September, the resort announced in a news release.

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Kerry Simon Brings Rock 'n' Roll Rep to Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Kerry Simon Brings Rock 'n' Roll Rep to Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Dubbed the rock 'n' roll Chef by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon seems a natural fit to bring his restaurant to the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.

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Iron Chef's Kerry Simon to Open Restaurant at Hard Rock

Iron Chef's Kerry Simon to Open Restaurant at Hard Rock

PALM SPRINGS, Ca.-``Iron Chef'' competitor and restaurateur Kerry Simon will open a restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs next month, it was announced today. Simon Kitchen + Bar is slated to open in mid September and will feature``social'' plates that encourage sharing, hotel spokeswoman Therese Everett said.

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Hard Rock Hotel hires celebrity chef

Hard Rock Hotel hires celebrity chef

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -The Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs is adding a new restaurant that's scheduled to open in September, courtesy of celebrity chef Kerry Simon.

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Guess where Chef Kerry Simon is performing his culinary magic

Guess where Chef Kerry Simon is performing his culinary magic

Los Angeles foodies are familiar with Chef Kerry Simon who is created culinary magic around town at his eponymous restaurants the last downtown and before that at the Sofitel Beverly Hills. A big big of the super chef we were delighted to discover that he has taken his toque to, wait for it, wait for it, okay here it is, Hard Rock Palm Springs.

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Chef Kerry Simon to open Hard Rock restaurant

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Celeb Chef Kerry Simon's latest restaurant creation Simon Kitchen + Bar is slated to open at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs in mid-September.

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Simon Kitchen + Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Hires Executive Chef Jeremy Saccardi

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Simon Kitchen + Bar, the latest venture from celebrity chef Kerry Simon, set to open September 24th at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, proudly announces Jeremy Saccardi as executive chef.

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Grand Opening of Simon Kitchen Hard Rock Hotel Palms Springs

Simon Kitchen Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Grand Opening Designer Kikki Chu and TV Personality Julissa Bermudez "Lend a Hand Foundation" were at the opening.

Cory Harwell, President, Simon Hospitality Group

Kerry Simon Andy Carpiac, Owner, Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.

LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

- Simon was a rock-star chef before he moved to Las Vegas in 1997, and his accomplishments span

Carson Kitchen a winner except for one little problem

Over a decade ago, Simon brought Las Vegas fun food for adults including the sweet treats of childhood

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It is resolved

:Deep-fried pork rinds should replace popcorn in all movie theaters and crispy chicken skin should be the new potato chip...

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Las Vegas, Off the Eaten Path

LAS VEGAS Perched at the counter of Sweets Raku, a small, year-old dessert restaurant where almost everything is the gleaming white of a new iPhone charger, I chose a three-course tasting from a rice-paper menu printed in gold.

Mio Ogasawara, the chef and a native of Japan, set a drum of coconut panna cotta in a wineglass, and surrounded it with buttons of mango mousse, balls of cantaloupe sorbet and bananas she had caramelized with a blowtorch. She covered the glass with something that looked like a coaster. Then, raising a pitcher that stood on little feet with red toenails, she poured hot mango syrup over the top. The sauce pooled and spread and was about to cascade over the edge when the coaster, made from white chocolate, melted away and dropped into the glass.

Las Vegas, Off the Eaten Path

Kerry Simon Memorabilia Case Dedication at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

This place has always honored rock stars and we think of Kerry as a rock star," explained Marrandino during the ceremony. He also made note of the impact that Simon and his culinary talents have had on not only the property but the city. In addition, Marrandino acknowledged his friend's courageous battle with Multiple System 7_17_14_kerry_simon_case_kabik-46Atrophy (MSA) but that he can't wait to one day bring another Simon restaurant concept back to the resort.

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KERRY SIMON PHOTOS WITH CULINARY MEMORABILIA CASE

Kerry Simon, dubbed the "rock 'n' roll chef" by Rolling Stone magazine, was honored with the inaugural culinary memorabilia case at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.Don Marrandino and Warwick Stone of Hard Rock Hotel were on hand to unveil the memorabilia display with Simon.

The display boasts a photograph of Simon and longtime friend actor Bill Murray in matching Elvis suits, a bust of Simon painted purple, black chef coat from Simon Kitchen & Bar, autographed guitar, culinary knives, image of him as a young chef with Bianca Jagger and various awards.

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Peer Inside the New Memoralbilia Case for Kerry Simon



Kerry Simon, dubbed the "rock 'n' roll chef" by Rolling Stone magazine, now has his very own culinary memorabilia case at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Inside the display find a photograph of Simon and his longtime friend actor Bill Murray in matching Elvis suits, a bust of Simon painted purple, a black chefs coat from Simon Kitchen & Bar, an autographed guitar, culinary knives, an image of him as a young chef with Bianca Jagger and some of his awards.

In 2002, Simon partnered with restaurateur Elizabeth Blau to open Simon Kitchen & Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel. The venue was selected as one of "America's Best New Restaurants" by Esquire in 2003. Simon, the chef behind Simon Restaurant at Palms Place, Carson Kitchen downtown and KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers at Harrah's Las Vegas, was diagnosed with MSA last year and his been confined to a wheelchair.

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KERRY SIMON HITS ANOTHER GIANT HOMERUN!

While you're in Las Vegas, you should take everything to the next level. That includes your burger and fries experience!

Celebrity chef Kerry Simon opened his restaurant KGB, KGB, Kerry's Gourmet Burgers inside Harrah's Las Vegas: . KGB offers the ultimate Vegas burger selection with the signature Simon flair. Located in the heart of Harrah's Las Vegas resort, KGB serves lunch and dinner.

Simon, dubbed the "Rock 'n Roll Chef" by Rolling Stone magazine, created a brand of sexy restaurants with a distinct vibe. At KGB Las Vegas, Kerry Simon took inspiration from his Ultimate Burger victory on Food Network's "Iron Chef America."

WHAT TO EAT AT THIS BURGER RESTAURANT

Here at Kerry's Gourmet Burgers, you can play "Iron Chef" for yourself by customizing your own Las Vegas burger or trying one of Kerry Simon's favorites � creative sandwiches like the Cheddar Cheeseburger, Thanksgiving Turkey Burger, Lamb Burger, or Short Rib Sloppy Joe.

Starters at KGB Las Vegas include bite-sized tastes of triumph in Simon's Iron Chef Sliders, Waffle Fry Nachos topped with short rib sloppy Joe, and Mac & Cheese Sticks, with or without pancetta. Wash your meal down with is KGB's milkshakes, including the Captain Crunch shake.

And make sure you don't forget to checkout the Burger of the Month, check this burger lover's dream�.

Kerry Simon joins the Downtown dining scene



The area surrounding East Fremont has become ground zero for everything new and cool to eat Downtown�O Face Doughnuts, Container Park, EAT. Now Carson Kitchen (pictured), inside the revived John E. Carson building, joins the pack. Chef Kerry Simon's latest venture is a graceful shift from the sleek, ultra-chic Simon at Palms Place�hands down still one of the most fun brunches in town�to a more hipster, neighborhood-feel kind of a restaurant.

Carson Kitchen's menu still has Simon's edge, from the Social Plates section that features bites such as Spam croquettes with jalape�o mustard sauce and deviled eggs topped with pancetta and caviar, to the sustainable, ingredient-driven selection of entr�es such as oxtail and black rice risotto and rabbit ragu with spaghetti squash. For dessert, Carson Kitchen dips into neighbor O Face Doughnut's stash for the glazed doughnut bread pudding with three-rum caramel and vanilla cr�me Anglaise. This is Downtown after all, so craft beers and "urban masculine influenced" cocktails with names such as Old Wooden Shed and Drinks With the Ms. made with organic spirits and from small-batch distilleries are mandatory.

Carson Kitchen is the neighborhood restaurant we've all been waiting for, with a reasonably priced and an interesting, well-executed menu. Kerry Simon really got this one right. 124 S. Sixth St., Suite 100, 702.473.9523; carsonkitchen.com


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BURGER OF THE MONTH

April: Chef Reg's Burger Special

2 1/4lb beef patties topped with American cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, grilled tomato, pickles, and secret sauce on a brioche bun. Burger is served with our Pralines and Cream Milkshake topped with whipped cream & praline pieces.

CHUCK'S, A KERRY SIMON KITCHEN @ HARDROCK CHICAGO

The Rock n' Roll Chef Has Come Home's

Famed Chef Kerry Simon has returned to his hometown of Chicago to bring his contemporary and flavorful approach to classic American cuisine at Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen.

Enjoy the mouth-watering sandwich sensation that won "Iron Chef America - Battle Hamburger" along with many of Chef Simon's other signature bites, sips and sweets in this retro chic setting.

The front of the restaurant features a full bar with plasma TVs and front facing floor to ceiling windows, providing guests with a dining experience overlooking Chicago's lively Michigan Avenue.

Slick, shimmering, mod, and very, very cool, with hints of gold metallic snaking along black lacquer pieces as ebony matte candelabras mingle with gilded skulls. Crisp patterns and clean lines complement a welcoming Namaste from Chef Simon himself, as his image beckons from the far wall of the space.

Crafted cocktails begin their journey at the sleek, long, bar flanked by a hive of screens; an ideal spot for enhancing your view, and unwinding with a highball.

During the summer months guests can enjoy al fresco dining directly on Michigan Avenue, centrally positioned between the world-famous "Magnificent Mile" and Millennium Park in the heart of downtown Chicago.

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IN THE PRESS WITH KERRY SIMON

A New Kerry Simon Hard Rock Restaurant

Original Publisher: Urban Daddy Publication Date: November 19, 2013

You traveled to Vegas recently. Met someone at the Hard Rock. There were drinks, dinner, a few laughs. Then you went on your merry way.Well, you know the saying: what happens in Vegas's follows you and sets up a flashy Michigan Avenue restaurant.

Meet Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, opening tomorrow in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Yes, the name involved. But you remember Chuck's Manufacturing:pink lights, PVC pipes everywhere's sum, yeah. All that's gone. Now there are black lacquered tables, silver chandeliers and the occasional gold skull.

The man behind all this: Kerry Simon. He's a West Coast chef with some big-name hotel-restaurant cred (Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel, LA's Sofitel) and an Iron Chef win under his belt. And he's reimagined this place with a rock-vibe thing. Translation: the DJ may play Incubus.

Your plan: duck in after the Lights Festival this weekend for a Pirate's Booty (rum, cinnamon syrup) and a test-drive of some waffle-fry nachos. But keep their big tables in mind when you're corralling your office for a holiday steak dinner. There are even a few nooks near the back for cozier meals over crab fondue.

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