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Bomb Tacos has opened its 2nd Las Vegas location, downtown at 616 E. Carson Ave., joining its other outpost at 3655 S. Durango Dr. Décor is inspired by restaurant owner-executive chef Robert Solano’s life in Mexico and is reflective of an authentic taqueria with brightly colored furniture (much of which was personally built and painted by Solano to ensure quality and authenticity of the space), corrugated tin walls, Mexican artwork and a hand-painted mural reading "bienvenidos" done by Solano. On the menu are tacos al pastor, crispy beef brisket tacos, Baja-style fish tacos, wet burritos, carne asada fries, nachos, tortas and house-made churros topped with vanilla ice cream. Vegetarian and vegan options are offered. A variety of sodas, beers and Mexican drinks like Jarritos and horchata is available. Bomb Tacos is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bomb Tacos, 616 E. Carson Ave., Ste. 140, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-826-3515.
Sam Fox’s healthy fast-casual restaurant Flower Child will open its first location in Nevada on May 2, 2018, in the Rampart Commons, serving bowls, wraps, grains, greens, kombucha and a large variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The kitchen will be helmed by executive chef Sean Rainaldi, who will use responsibly-sourced ingredients prepared from scratch. Power-packed proteins including all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak and organic non-GMO tofu can be added to any salad, plate or bowl. Menu highlights include Vietnamese crunch, organic kale salads, avocado hummus and gluten-free chocolate pudding, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. The 5,590-square-foot restaurant will offer lunch, dinner and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new restaurant will be Flower Child’s 9th in the U.S. and founder Fox’s third culinary concept in Las Vegas, joining Culinary Dropout and North Italia. Flower Child, Rampart Commons, 1007 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-507-2545.
The healthy-casual eatery Portion Control has brought its guilt-free gourmet menu to Henderson with the opening of its second location, joining its other outpost at 9275 W. Russell Rd. Using high-quality ingredients that are preservative and additive free, executive chef Vince Upperman puts a healthy spin on classic comfort food with signature dishes including a Margarita cauliflower crust pizza with non-fat cheese, basil and tomatoes; a breakfast skillet with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach and feta; mac and cheese with barbecue seasoned chicken, turkey bacon, veggie pasta, broccoli and vegan cheese sauce; bang bang chicken with grilled chicken breast, stir fry vegetable medley, zucchini noodles and a house firecracker sauce; and pesto shrimp made with asparagus, quinoa and house-made pesto sauce. Prices range from $5-$12 and Portion Control is open for dine-in, take-out or meal prep services Mon.-Sat. from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Portion Control, 2560 St. Rose Pkwy., Ste. 150, Henderson, NV 89074, 702-844-5680.
Once is now open in the space formerly occupied by Table 10 in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo. Pronounced “on-sey,” the name is Spanish for the number 11, representing Peruvian-born chef Ricardo Zarate’s spot in his line of 13 siblings. Zarate designed the décor to mimic his home country, with floor-to-ceiling living plant walls, a patio with five communal tables and live plants throughout the venue. Zarate’s menu introduces the Peruvian Nikkei dining experience, blending the flavors of Peru and Japan, with 11 sharable dishes inspired by his childhood, with items rotating weekly, such as shrimp and scallop dumplings, red snapper ceviche, braised duck leg, oxtail bibimbap and kampachi and calamari. In keeping with the numeric theme, 11 cocktails are offered, including V.I. Beet containing rye, Carpano Antica, Pierre Ferrand and bitters garnished with beet jerky and beet dust (dehydrated beets). Once is open daily for dinner from 5 p.m.-midnight. Once, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-3797.
Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Group has opened China Tang, the company’s first expansion to the Western Hemisphere, at MGM Grand. Décor evokes 1930s Shanghai glamour, with inspiration from Art Deco nostalgia and artwork from around the world. Serving Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing dishes, the expansive menu includes steamed pork xiao long bao dumpling soup filled with broth and pork with a tangy black vinegar sauce; traditional Beijing roasted duck, roasted for more than 24 hours in an imported duck oven; baked hammer chicken stuffed with mushrooms, pork belly, ginger, shallot and garlic doused in rosé wine and lit ablaze tableside as the server uses a hammer to crack the clay open; and braised Chilean sea bass and roasted pork belly stir-fried together and stewed in double-boiled meat broth with Shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce and oyster sauce. China Tang, MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-3110.
Peng Zu is the newest dining experience at Suncoast Hotel & Casino, located along the casino’s wall of restaurants across from Du-Par’s. A casual Hong Kong and Shanghai noodle shop atmosphere is evoked via a bright and cheerful design with 50 eye-catching authentic, screen-printed parasols from China suspended overhead as a ceiling feature and a wall-to-wall custom art installation designed with imagery and symbolism representing joy, longevity and good fortune. In keeping with the moniker of the restaurant, which is named for the legend of Peng Zu – a figure said to have lived more than 800 years – the venue encompasses the inspiration of using cooking, herbs and spices to promote long life and good health. Asian fare comprises the menu with appetizers, soups, wok-fried specialties, noodles, house specialties, rice, vegetables, combination specials and desserts. Peng Zu is open daily for dinner from 4 p.m. Dinner nightly. Peng Zu, Suncoast Hotel & Casino, 9090 Alta Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-636-7111.
Eureka! has debuted in the Emergency Arts Building within the Fremont East District in downtown Las Vegas. The 23rd location in the Eureka Restaurant Group’s collection and the first in Nevada, the restaurant offers seating for 170 diners, an outdoor patio and a space filled with industrial and modern touches. The menu features American classics and all-natural Angus burgers matched with an all-American beverage program with 40 craft beer taps, more than 40 American whiskeys and classic cocktails. Menu highlights include Polish sausage corn dogs; a bone marrow burger with bone marrow shiitake butter, charbroiled onion and horseradish mustard aïoli; skirt steak with grilled broccolini, red chimichurri, chili flakes and Parmesan; and bourbon barrel cake with pecans, caramel and vanilla bean ice cream. Eureka!, Emergency Arts Building, 520 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-570-3660.
Flock & Fowl, a popular eatery by Sheridan Su and Jenny Wong known for its “perfect plate of chicken rice,” has opened its second Las Vegas location. Situated on the ground floor at The Ogden, a 21-story high-rise downtown, in the space formerly occupied by Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whisky, the new 2,500-square-foot spot features an expanded menu and longer hours. In addition to its staple Hainanese chicken rice with house-made chili sauce, dishes include kaya toast with Southeast Asian coconut egg jam, curry laksa coconut noodle soup with prawns and chicken, broccoli and quinoa salad, and black cod with Thai corn chowder, confit potatoes and truffle oil. The new eatery is open Sun.-Thur. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and till midnight on Friday and Saturday. The original location on W. Sahara is closed for renovation until late February. Flock & Fowl, The Ogden, 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-983-4880.
Pronto by Giada has opened at Caesars Palace Chef, author and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis has opened her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace. It is her second eatery on the Vegas Strip, joining Giada across the street at The Cromwell. It is located in the former Payard Patisserie & Bistro space adjacent to Bacchanal Buffet and MR CHOW and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Expect pastries, sandwiches, made-to-order smoothies, paninis, salads, antipasti, formaggi and salumi platters, gelato, sorbetto, cookies, cakes, an extensive coffee program, wine on tap and cocktails. Pronto by Giada, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Chef-TV personality Gordon Ramsay has opened Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas Chef-TV personality Gordon Ramsay has opened his Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace. The restaurant is Ramsay’s fifth in Las Vegas, all of which are located in Caesars Entertainment properties. At the centerpiece of the setting is the kitchen, and it is visible from every seat in the dining room. The newcomer accommodates nearly 300 guests indoors and on a Strip-adjacent patio. A daily themed lunch, dinner and bar menu comprise Hell’s Kitchen cast/chef recipes and dishes featured on the show, including many of Ramsay’s signature creations. Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7373.

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Jaleo Celebrating Ibérico Week May 20-27
Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan will celebrate Ibérico Week May 20-27 with a special Ibérico Tasting Menu. The menu is available through the duration of the week and priced at $95, with a $55 wine pairing option. Some of the dishes that will be included are grilled Ibérico tenderloin with apple purée and cider sauce, steamed brioche bun filled with braised bellota cheek, and suckling Ibérico pig with summer truffles, cone with Ibérico de bellota cream and royal osetra caviar. In addition, on May 24 Jaleo will host “An Evening in Salamanca” in its private dining room at 8:30 p.m. The intimate dinner of 10 seats total will cost $250 per person, with an additional $150 for a wine pairing option. For reservations call 702-698-7950 or email Jaleo, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
Silverton Brings Back Wine Down Wednesdays
Silverton Casino Hotel is hosting Wine Down Wednesdays every Wednesday from April 11 through May 16. It’s held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mermaid Lounge. Guests will receive two complimentary wine tastings and there will be live entertainment, live remote by Sunny 106.5 radio and weekly prizes and giveaways. Expect all-you-can-eat small bites for $8 and additional glasses of wine available for purchase. Silverton Casino Hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
Rí Rá Celebrates Grilled Cheese Month with Toastie Week
In honor of Grilled Cheese Month, Rí Rá Irish Pub at Mandalay Place will celebrate the ultimate drinking sandwich with five unique, yet traditional, Irish grilled cheeses from Monday, April 23, through Sunday, April 29. Each are priced at $10 and include a choice of chips or salad. Options include broccoli and Brie: steamed broccoli, garlic butter and Brie on Texas toast; rasher and Worcestershire: grilled Irish bacon, Swiss and Worcestershire on rye; tomato and goat cheese: heirloom tomato, avocado and goat cheese on wheat; bacon, apple and cheddar: smoked bacon, green apple and sharp cheddar on Turano loaf; pork belly and pickle: seared pork belly, pickle chips and muenster on Texas toast; and spinach and artichoke: spinach and artichoke dip and muenster on pita. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7771.
Weekend Lunch Trio Menu at Delmonico Steakhouse
Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian is offering a three-course weekend lunch menu for $38 every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through summer. While lunch menu items are subject to change based on seasonality and availability, options may include a choice of heirloom tomato soup with whipped ricotta and fresh basil, organic baby mixed green salad, French onion soup or beef carpaccio; bacon cheeseburger with apple bacon and sea salt fries, torchio pasta with wild mushrooms, Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin salad, Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin sandwich with sweet onion rings, fried young chicken with warm black-eyed pea salad or grilled all-natural chicken sandwich with fingerling potato salad; and banana cream parfait with caramel sauce, German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting or pecan pie with oatmeal shortbread crust, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. In addition, bottomless sangría is available for $17. Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1992.
Mob Museum Partnering with Oscar’s Steakhouse on Dinner & Admission
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (Mob Museum) is partnering with Oscar’s Steakhouse at Plaza Hotel & Casino on a package combining admission to the museum with a prix-fixe dinner at former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s namesake restaurant. The package, priced at $99, includes a cocktail and three-course menu consisting of Oscar’s chopped salad with onion strings; main entrée selection of 8-ounce filet mignon, chicken or salmon served with the chef’s choice of vegetable and potato; and dessert of New York cheesecake or trio of chocolate mousse. The package is available for purchase on the Oscar’s Steakhouse or Mob Museum websites or in person at either location. Package price does not include gratuity, blackout dates may apply and guests are encouraged to make dinner reservations online at the restaurant’s website or by calling 702-386-7227. Oscar’s Steakhouse, Plaza Hotel & Casino, 1 Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-386-2110.
Zuma Serving Secret Menu Item: Golden Toro Maki
Zuma Japanese restaurant at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has introduced its newest sushi roll experience: the Golden Toro Maki. Priced at $125, the decadent sushi roll contains eight pieces and features chopped blue fin tuna, tempura flakes and takuan (pickled daikon) topped with toro (fatty tuna), fried ginger, 24-karat gold leaf and oscietra caviar. To complete the lavish experience, it can be paired with Zuma’s most rare Japanese whisky, the 30-year-old Hibiki, priced at $640 for a single shot. The Golden Toro Maki roll is not listed on the menu, but is available upon request. Zuma, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-2199.
Americana Offering Butler-Style Sunday Brunch
Americana is now offering an all-you-can-eat butler-style brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wide selection of chef/owner Stephen Blandino’s signature creations is served, including Merlot-poached pear tartare with red flame grapes and oak leaf lettuce; eggs Benedict with short rib; spiced lemongrass mussels; chocolate chip pancakes with toasted meringue and chocolate sauce; carne asada fries with flat-iron steak and melted cheese; chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup; grilled portobello with chimichurri; and ricotta and fig toast with strawberry balsamic and arugula. The unlimited brunch is priced at $42 per person, and bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys are an additional $17. Americana, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 118, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-331-5565.
Ferraro’s Serving Late-Night Prix-Fixe
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is now offering a late-night Mezzanotte prix-fixe menu of small plates served from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the lounge and on its al fresco patio. Priced at $25 per person and available for dine-in, pick up or delivery, the four-course menu includes a choice of fried quail lollipop, burrata cheese, classic Caesar salad, pasta e fagioli soup, fettuccine or spaghetti; main course of seared five-oz. chicken breast, grilled five-oz. salmon or tripe in a spicy tomato broth; and dessert of tiramisu cannoli duo. In addition, wines are 50 percent off (excluding red-marked collections) and specialty drinks and à la carte dishes on the Mezzanotte menu are all offered at 25 percent off the regular price. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
Park on Fremont Offering Bourbon Flights
Park on Fremont in the Fremont East District in downtown Las Vegas has introduced a specialty menu of bourbon flights. The menu features three flights, each selected based on aroma, palate and finish and consisting of three one-ounce pours of varying bourbons. The first flight tier includes Angels Envy, Woodford Reserve and Basil Hayden, priced at $32; the second small-batch flight includes Four Roses, 1792 and Col. E.H. Taylor, priced at $29; and the final rye flight includes Bulleit 95 Rye, High West Double Rye! and Templeton Rye, priced at $27. Park on Fremont, Fremont East Art District, 506 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-834-3160.
Hamptons Hosting Weekly Wine Therapy Wednesdays
Hamptons at Tivoli Village is hosting Wine Therapy Wednesdays with wine and food specials available all day long. Offered are $5 by-the-glass mimosas, sangrías and select wines; and $20 bottles, which includes the option to purchase bruschetta for an additional $5 and wine board with assorted meats and cheeses with honeycomb, nuts, pickled vegetables, grain mustard and dried fruit for an additional $10. Hamptons, Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-916-1482.


John Church has announced he will be leaving his executive chef role at Aureole to take the corporate chef position and become head of culinary development for Golden Entertainment. One of his first tasks in his new position will be revamping the Stratosphere’s restaurants, including Top of the World, and creating a pub and a steakhouse at the casino/hotel just north of the Vegas Strip, which was recently acquired by Golden Entertainment. Church will also be rebranding the culinary programs at other restaurants in Golden Entertainment’s holdings, which include PT’s, Arizona Charlie’s and casinos in Pahrump, Nev., Laughlin, Nev. and Flintstone, Md. Church has been at Aureole in Mandalay Bay since 2016 and before that had worked at Andre’s, Alize, RM Seafood, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, AJ’s Steakhouse, MTO Café and Artisanal Café. It has not yet been announced who will be replacing him at Aureole. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.


Spago will relocate across the street to the Bellagio Wolfgang Puck’s Spago is relocating across the street to the Bellagio, opening in summer 2018, replacing Todd English’s Olives, which closed January 13. The new venue will feature an open-air patio, brass fixtures, smoked-oak wood floors, modern art pieces, a neon light fixture and floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio. The globally-influenced seasonal fare will include Puck’s signature touches, such as gourmet pizzas topped with salmon and caviar, a multi-course California tasting menu, special bar menu of Wolfgang Puck favorites, an artisanal cocktail program and extensive international wine list. Spago, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Asian-themed Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, after recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, has temporarily closed its gaming and all but one of its restaurants. According to a statement from Lucky Dragon public relations, the resort “is beginning the process of repositioning and, in doing so, will have a reduction in staff while it temporarily closes all gaming and restaurant operations.” The statement also indicated the restaurants will reopen within six months and the hotel and gift shop remain open. Also remaining open is its lone eatery, Cha Garden, which will feature a full bar at night and an expanded food menu. The closure includes Dragon’s Alley, Pearl Ocean, Phoenix and Bao Now.

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