By Burt Davis
Photos by Burt Davis or Dianne Davis unless otherwise noted
Virgil's Real BBQ Review - BBQ at The Linq in Las Vegas is a hit
Virgils is located at The Linq
It isn't surprising that a new Las Vegas restaurant celebrated its opening in mid-December 2016 with a cutting of a rack of ribs. Virgil’s Real BBQ at The Linq Promenade specializes in Barbecue. Alicart Restaurant chief Jeffrey Bank made the trip to Las Vegas from New York to celebrate the opening with Virgil’s chefs, managers and back and front of house employees who joined the celebration and erupted into cheers as ribs were cut.
This is Virgil’s third location in the country and the second Las Vegas location for the Alicart Restaurant Group, joining Carmine’s at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace that opened in 2013. ( see http://www.lasvegasroundtheclock.com/index.php/columnists/dianne-r-davis-views-of-vegas/1398-views-of-vegas-carmine-s-italian-restaurant-review-second-anniversary-celebrated-with-summer-italian-festival )
The spacious dining room Photo courtesy Magnetic Public Relations
The 14,000 square foot restaurant seats up to 300 guests and boasts of three private dining rooms where patrons can dine from a menu that includes BBQ tastes from Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri.
I jumped at the chance to attend a tasting where I sampled many of the items on their extensive menu. Virgil's placemats immediately caught my attention. The placemat listed several well known BBQ restaurants in the Midwest and South which were researched in developing Virgil's cooking methods and menu. Since I had been to and enjoyed over half the places on the list, I was looking forward to sampling Virgil's offerings.
Like Carmine's, it's sister restaurant, the food items at Virgil's are high quality. Bottled water is natural Arkansas spring water. The biscuits are light and served with tasty maple butter. Our waiter told us that their cornbread which is spiced with bits of jalapeno peppers is baked fresh every 20 minutes.
You could easily make a meal out of the appetizers or starters that Virgil's offers. The BBQ nachos with pulled pork, pulled chicken and beef brisket are covered with a BBQ sauce containing tasty cheddar and jack cheese and sprinkled with jalapeno peppers.
Smoked and BBQ sauce flavored chicken wings Photo courtesy Magnetic Public Relations
The Popcorn shrimp served in a bag over tasty popcorn
Trash riblets are pre-smoked, covered with BBQ sauce, and served with a vinegar based mustard Cole Slaw
The train-wreck french fries are hand cut and smothered with melted cheddar and jack cheese sauce, jalapeno's, bacon bits and scallions with ranch dressing
BBQ ribs, brisket and pulled pork are the cornerstones of Virgil's menu. These items have spent a minimum of 14 hours in special smokers infused with a combination of hickory, oak, and fruitwood.
Memphis Smoked Pork Ribs
Texas Beef Brisket
Our waiter explained to us that the smoking leaves a bright red colored ring on the meat showing that the cooking has not been rushed. The color was especially obvious on the incredible Memphis style ribs.
Kansas City Fried Chicken
These meats as well as smoked and fried chicken and chicken fried steak are served in meals in combination with traditional barbecue sides such as collared greens, mac and cheese and baked beans.
Hamburgers and a variety of salads are also on the menu. Our waiter told us that they have an excellent Vegan burger made from black and garbanzo beans.
Peanut Butter Pie
Banana Pudding Photo courtesy Magnetic Public Relations
Be sure to save room for dessert. We sampled their Banana pudding, Key lime pie and peanut butter pie. The peanut butter pie is made from scratch and if you like peanuts, the selection is a must for you.
Texas Ranger Margarita
The restaurant has two large bars, one on the main floor and one in the upstairs area, which offer an extensive selection of beer including 14 beers on tap, margaritas and traditional cocktails.
There is a bandstand in the main room where Local talent performs country, bluegrass and classic rock genres nightly from 9 p.m. to midnight with special guest appearances from noted names.
Virgil’s Real Barbeque at THE LINQ Promenade is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers take out and off-site catering. Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling 702.389.7400 or online at www.Virgil'sbbq.com. If you a real fan of good BBQ, definitely check out Virgil's the next time you are on the Strip.