Sam Adams Menu Gives Reason To Visit Tilted Kilt At The Linq

View of Tilted Kilt from my cocktail table
View of Tilted Kilt from my cocktail table

I was skeptical about returning to Tilted Kilt at The Linq. However, the Sam Adams menu gave reason to visit again. First, let me give a little back story on my experience with Tilted Kilt. This will help you understand why I questioned ever returning.

I went to the media preview shortly after Tilted Kilt first opened at The Linq. My expectations for chain restaurants are rarely high. However, on that first visit to Tilted Kilt the food, drink and service were worse than the mediocre expectations.

I decided not to review the experience since it was only a media preview. Full service might be better but I wasn’t willing to find out.

I can hold a grudge for a long time. That was the case here but two years is long enough for a grudge. I didn’t even think of visiting Tilted Kilt again until last month when I was invited to try the new Sam Adams menu…

Sam Adams Menu at Tilted Kilt
Sam Adams Menu at Tilted Kilt

…Besides, I was staying at The Linq hotel (see review and pics at Top 10 Vegas) so it was convenient to give Tilted Kilt another chance.

The service on this visit to Tilted Kilt was much better than the first visit. The service and staff were what you would normally expect at a bar/restaurant/breastaurant. We talked to a few different people working during the visit and everyone was nicer and seemed more experienced than the first visit.

Tilted Kilt Bar
Tilted Kilt Bar

The setup at Tilted Kilt makes it a good option for watching football on the Vegas Strip. There are plenty of seats and TV’s to watch the action. I only snapped pictures of two viewing areas. There’s also a pull-down screen for a feature game that was behind the table where we ate.

The Linq has a lot of foot traffic but many of those people are just walking around The Linq and not actually going into bars, restaurants and stores. That could make finding seats to eat and drink on football weekend somewhat easy to come by. It’s located next to The Linq sports book (photo on Vegas Photo Blog) in case you need to wager on some games.

Wicked Boston Chicken Sandwich at Tilted Kilt
Wicked Boston Chicken Sandwich at Tilted Kilt

The Sam Adams menu offered a few different beer and sandwich pairing options to choose from. I planned on getting the Big Arse Burger but chose the massive chicken sandwich at the recommendation of the waitress.

The Wicked Boston Chicken Sandwich has a massive fried (or grilled) chicken breast, maple pepper bacon, cheese and Sam Adams Lager caramelized onions, which I got on the side to taste separate.

I may have chosen the chicken sandwich because Sam Adams Summer Ale was the recommended pairing. I love summer brews. The beer was a perfect complement to the chicken sandwich on a hot summer day in Vegas.

I think my friend and I only made it through about 3/4 of the sandwich before tapping out. Lunch was very good, but we had a full day of Vegas ahead and didn’t want to be sluggish from eating too much. Las Vegas is best in the summer when you don’t eat too much.

Lunch on the Vegas Strip will often run about $20 for food and a beer. The Sam Adams sandwiches and beer pairing is no different. I really enjoyed the chicken sandwich and thought that the price was right. This kind of meal is a great way to start the day. Looking back, I’m glad that I returned to Tilted Kilt.

I’m always looking for a new place to grab a casual bite on the Vegas Strip. It’s even better when that lunch spot has TV’s where I can watch the games. I’ll keep Tilted Kilt on my mind the next time (because there’s always a next time) I’m in the middle of the Vegas Strip on a Sunday looking for a place to watch football.

I’m 90% sure I’ll be ordering the exact same meal from the Sam Adams menu.

“Tyson” Review

I’ve read quite a few good reviews about “Tyson“; the documentary about Mike Tyson’s life.  Everything I read was about how this was a very “real” look at his life.  As I watched the movie I realized that this was indeed very real and a raw look at Tyson’s life.

Listening to Mike Tyson talk about growing up as a kid that was picked on and watching him grow into a bully himself and a petty thug was a little uncomfortable, but interesting.  Even more uncomfortable to watch was Tyson talking about sex, violence and his marriage to Robin Givens.

As a boxing fan I was more interested in his relationship to Cus D’Amato.  D’Amato was Tyson’s trainer and seems to be the person that saved Tyson from life in the hood.  Tyson seemed to look up to D’Amato as his savior and a father figure.  As he said “Cus broke me down and rebuilt me as a new person.”

Sure Tyson won the heavyweight championship after D’Amato died, but it seems as if Tyson began his downward spiral on D’Amato passed away.

In the latter part of the movie Tyson goes into graphic detail about getting whooped by Evander Holyfield, then biting Holyfield’s ear and the bad people he surrounded himself with.  As the movie went on, it got more and more brutal.

The movie had a lot of quick cuts, which made it easy to watch and digest.  This is definitely a well done movie that is easy to watch.  This probably isn’t a movie I’d watch too often, but I don’t watch many movies more than once.  I was happy to see the end of the movie because it started to get a little depressing.  I’ve lived through most of this movie and it was great to see everything I’ve seen on the news in 90 minutes.

SW Steakhouse Fantastic!

On my first night of this trip to Las Vegas I had dinner at SW Steakhouse at Wynn.  I went into this dinner with plenty of excitement based on feedback from others, but I had a little apprehension as well.

My only visit to Wynn wasn’t very fun as the casino felt stuffy and boring.  When I called to make reservations I was told that if anyone didn’t show for my reservation I would be charged $50 a person.  I felt somewhat threatened by this, but I understood why that policy might exist.  When I called back to adjust my reservation I was told that policy was never used.  Very nice.

When my friends and I walked in we were greeted with smiles and had a drink at the bar while we waited for a table.  I had a 9:30 reservation because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to wash up and change after the Thursday night football game (which paid for dinner).  I’ve found that a late reservation can be hit or miss with food preparedness.  Dinner was a hit on this night and was the beginning of a turnaround on my feelings about Wynn.

Dinner started with fantastic bread that is baked fresh daily on the premises.  I don’t like to fill up on bread because I like to try as many different foods that come to the table, but it was difficult to stop eating.  I’m happy to say that I stopped at one piece.  Even though it was highly recommended I didn’t have a bacon cheddar muffin.  The bread was a great sign of what was to come.

The others at table shared a variety of seafood appetizers and they all seemed to like it.  I stuck with a Caesar salad that was excellent.  We each also had a slice of bacon.  I don’t think this is on the menu and it was damn good.  A nice salty way to move the evening forward.

I almost always get a NY strip when I’m at a steakhouse for the first time.  Because of the lack of fat strips are usually pretty easy to compare.

My strip was fantastic.  In fact, it was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  The steak was perfectly cooked.  There was a nice amount of char on the outside of the steak and the inside was soft and pink as I wanted.  I believe the steak was seasoned with just salt and pepper.  The salt stood out, but wasn’t overbearing and the meat tasted fantastic.

I don’t recall all of the sides ordered, but the photo above shows that we had parmesan creamed spinach.  I’m pretty sure that we also had the truffled creamed corn, butter roasted fingerling potatoes, and steamed asparagus.  All of the sides were excellent.

If there was a down part of the meal it was our choice of wine.  It didn’t have the body and full flavor I enjoy with steak.

SW Art(?)

One of the things you’ll read about Wynn is that their service goes above and beyond and the service at SW proved that to be true.  Service was fantastic.  We had two waiters that handled different parts of service and their work blended seamlessly.

Dinner at SW was fantastic and I would definitely go back again.  The food, the service and the vibe were all really good.

If you’re on twitter I recommend following WynnLasVegas for info and tips on dining and everything at Wynn.

The Palazzo Suite Was Sweet

I stayed at the Palazzo on my last trip to Las Vegas.  This post is only for the room there will be plenty more reviews and info from my trip.

All of the rooms are suites and I had the basic “Palazzo Luxury” suite.  After reading the description of the suite I was stoked for the room.  Here are highlights of the specs:

  • 720 square feet
  • Sleeping area with king sized bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, 42″ HDTV
  • Sunken Living area with L-Shaped sectional sofa (pull out couch), 32″ HDTV, dining area (w/table), work desk w/fax, Strip view, dope ottoman/coffee table
  • Huge bathroom with 20″ TV, separate shower/bath, water closet, vanity, dual sinks, granite counter tops, marble floor

The size of the suite and the amenities are really what set the room apart from other rooms I’ve had in Las Vegas.  Yes there are nicer suites, but for a basic room this is the biggest I’ve seen and one of the nicest.

I’m using thumbnails for the room tour because there are a bunch of pictures and I want to keep this as a giant entry, not a “read more” post.  My digital camera died, so pictures are low-res.  Let’s take the tour!

Upon entry you immediately see how big the room/suite is and that the room is very long.

The bathroom has a grand double door entry that swing out to the main room (left above).

Upon entry to the bathroom you see the detailed marble floor double sinks and granite counter tops.  The bathroom was spotless and streakless – something I don’t always see.

One nice thing was that each day after cleaning the room my toiletries on the sinks were placed onto a new, clean wash cloth.  A nice bit of housekeeping.  (Not shown: a mirror above the sink and TV is in the upper right corner.)

The left side of the bathroom had the shower, tub and mirror.  Big soaking tub which I didn’t use and a decent sized all glass shower.  Nothing wrong with watching TV while showering, right?  I noticed one odd design element; the bath faucet was where you would rest your head to watch TV.  That seems awkward.

The right side of the bathroom had a vanity (not shown), water closet and TV.  The water closet was dark and the door shut automatically.  I didn’t like that the door closed me in.  When I’m alone in a giant bathroom I like to enjoy the space – not feel like I’m trapped in a closet.   The toilet was high and had a strong flush.  Another slight negative here is the phone in the water closet.  This may have been a “luxury” item in the 80’s, but their now unsanitary and kind of nasty.

You can see the 20″ TV in the far corner.  TV’s in a bathroom rule.  I definitely had all 3 TV’s on at the same time.  Is that a waste?

The bathroom was nicely designed, clean and spacious.  After passing the bathroom you hit the sleeping area which is highlighted by by a 42″ HDTV, the largest of the TV’s in the suite.

The Palazzo Luxury Suite had a king sized bed so there was plenty of room in the sleeping area.  The Bella suite features two queen sized beds in the same area to give you an idea of how much room I had.

I didn’t spend much time in the bed, but I slept great for a few hours every night.  The closet had a nice surprise inside – a couple of robes.  I used one as a snuggie while nursing a hangover one morning (Not to ever be shown).

At the end of the bed there was a bench to sit while getting dressed.  The velvet covering made things nice n comfy and was used a couple of times daily. Continue reading “The Palazzo Suite Was Sweet”