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April 2010 Archive

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If you haven't picked a place to eat tonight, you're in luck. Gayot has all the restaurant news for your area right here. Learn which new restaurants have opened in Las Vegas and which restaurants in Las Vegas have recently closed. Find out where your favorite chefs are cooking and locate special events. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has opened El Segundo Sol Taqueria and Margarita Bar at Fashion Show mall. The restaurant features the first Strip-side taco shack named Street Taco, and offers signature tacos and Mexican fare, a private tequila-tasting room and a selection of beers and margaritas. The shack is constructed from reclaimed wood and topped with a corrugated roof. Guests can choose from tacos priced from $2.09-$2.29 each, such as the street taco with all-natural shredded chicken with pico de gallo, a slow-braised beef brisket taco topped with diced onion and cilantro and an al Pastor (pork) variety topped with chili, radish, white onion and cilantro. The colorful interior of El Segundo Sol provides guests with a modernized experience of Mexico, complete with servers sporting Guayaberas and Chuck Taylors. El Segundo Sol features a tequila-tasting room, which can accommodate up to 14 guests for private dining and flights. El Segundo Sol Taqueria and Margarita Bar, Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-258-1211.
 
Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall and Bar-B-Que has reopened at Treasure Island. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, including its signature Gilley's Bar-B-Que, from a show kitchen. Dishes include Texas Nachos Grande smothered in chili, sweet potato fries served with homemade molasses catsup, steaks, fried chicken, 10-ounce burgers, barbecued ribs, rotisserie chicken and pulled pork. Retractable glass doors open to outdoor dining next to the Siren's Cove. Live entertainment, including bands and line-dancing lessons, takes the stage Thursdays through Saturdays. The restaurant also features a mechanical bull available to riders age 18 and up. Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall and Bar-B-Que, Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-894-7111 .
 
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and The Dolce Group present Johnny Smalls. Chef Scott Minervini offers small plates from a menu of more than 50 shareable dishes encompassing Spanish tapas, Asian dim sum, Italian antipasti, Mediterranean mezze, Mexican antojitos, classic American starters and skewers. Prices range from $6-$12. Signature menu items include hummus; tater tots with potato croquettes, Parmesan and truffle oil; a duo of filet bites and lobster in vanilla butter and mint; alligator bites with Fat Tire Ale batter; and Grilled PB & J. The center bar features an eclectic selection of beers, with more than 20 varieties on tap or by the bottle. An expansive cocktail list offers specialty libations such as the Mango Blossom, Chunky Monkey, Gobstopper and Monster Colada. For more information, call 1-800-473-7625. Johnny Smalls, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 
Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man plans to open in late summer at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The new location will be the largest Chocolate by the Bald Man location in the world, at 9,400 square feet. The menu focuses on chocolate. Enormous white vats mixing chocolate will flow into pipes that run through the entire space. The décor will also feature huge bricks, candles, pralines and crates overflowing with cocoa beans. When the Las Vegas location opens, there will be 30 total locations, with two others in the United States (New York and Philadelphia). Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-893-4800.
 
Three-time James Beard Award winner Todd English debuts his first pub concept with Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals at CityCenter. Featuring a modern interpretation on a traditional English pub, Todd English P.U.B. brings the best of England stateside. It's open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. The menu is served Sunday through Thursday until 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until midnight. For more information, please visit www.toddenglishpub.com. For reservations call 702-489-8080. Todd English P.U.B., Crystals , 3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-489-8080.
 
Smashburger, a burger restaurant opening locations across the country, opened at 7541 W. Lake Mead Blvd. The restaurant offers special menu items that highlight the spirit of the city, including the Sin City Smashburger. It starts with a one-third or half-pound ball of 100-percent Certified Angus Beef, fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, grilled onions, haystack onions and smash sauce on an egg bun. The restaurant is named for the cooking method used to create the burgers. Smashburger, 7541 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-982-0009 .
 
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has announced its new culinary partners, including some top chefs from New York and Los Angeles entering the Vegas market for the first time. The roster includes Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Comme Ca by Los Angeles chef David Myers, New York City's Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis (Estiatorio Milos), Scarpetta and a new wine bar by chef Scott Conant (Scarpetta in New York) and steakhouse STK from The One Group. In addition, chef José Andrés (The Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, Jaleo in Washington D.C., among others) will open two restaurants: Jaleo and China Poblano. Cosmopolitan plans to open December 15, 2010. Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3700 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 

News Bytes

Todd English P.U.B. Offers Nickel Beers on Tuesdays
Todd English P.U.B., the latest concept by celebrity chef Todd English, introduces Nickel Beer Night to the Strip. On Tuesdays from 9 p.m.-midnight, guests can purchase eight-ounce cups of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer for five cents each. This promotion is available to guests at the bar, seated in the main dining room or on the patio. A $12 food minimum will be imposed to guests seated in the dining room or patio; there is no food minimum when seated at the bar. Todd English P.U.B.
 
BOA Steakhouse Revamps Its Lunch Menu
BOA Steakhouse at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has added new dishes to its lunch menu. It now offers a three-course executive lunch for $23, with selections such as BOA's signature Caesar salad and a new brick chicken with Boursin mashed potatoes and green beans, plus sorbet and cookies for dessert. The Balboa half-sandwich combo allows guests to choose from three new sandwiches, including a grilled chicken panini, rib-eye steak panini and house-smoked turkey mozzarella sandwich, each served with a side of organic baby greens or soup for $11. BOA has also introduced several new à la carte dishes to its lunch menu, including a hanger steak salad with arugula, radish and peppercorn pecorino for $16; rib-eye steak panini with Gruyère, oven-roasted tomatoes and black pepper aioli for $14; spaghetti and Kobe meatballs for $15; surf and turf tacos for $12; and the vegetable linguini with spicy pesto for $14. BOA Steakhouse, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7373.
 
FIRST Food & Bar Announces New Late-Night Menu
FIRST Food & Bar chef Sam DeMarco has created a late-night menu filled with classics from the restaurant. The menu, served from 1 a.m.-4 a.m., includes fish and chips, breakfast mini burgers, tuna nachos, a 12-inch hot dog, a BLT, chicken fried steak, chicken Parmesan lasagna and the Big Dobranski Burger, a 21-ounce burger about a foot in diameter, with six pieces of cheese, six slices of bacon, half an avocado and LTO BBQ mayo. As with just about everything at FIRST, guests can add eggs or an additional patty. Items start from $12, and are meant to be shared. FIRST Food & Bar, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-3478.
 
Serendipity 3 Celebrates One Year with Specials
In honor of its one-year anniversary, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is offering Holly's Pink Peppermint Sundae, named for "Peepshow" star Holly Madison, for $10 throughout the month of April. The sundae includes pink peppermint ice cream, a pink blondie brownie, seasonal berries, red berry coulis and pink cotton candy. Serendipty 3, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7266.
 
Bellagio Hires Master Sommelier Darius Allyn
The Bellagio has appointed Darius Allyn, a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, to the position of sommelier for Osterio de Circo and Sensi. Allyn becomes the fourth on the team of master sommeliers, joining Joseph Phillips of Michael Mina Bellagio, Robert Smith of Picasso, and director of wine Jason Smith. Bellagio now has 17 sommeliers on staff. Bellagio , 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.
 
NOVE Italiano Adds High Society Brunch
NOVE Italiano at the Palms Casino Resort is hosting a dayclub affair dubbed High Society every Sunday at 1 p.m. The brunch menu from chef Geno Bernardo includes stations for salad, fresh fruits and fish, or you can create your own frittatas. The menu also features Italian sausage and pepper hash; crispy pancetta and chicken apple sausage; a variety of poached eggs served with crab cake, spinach and béarnaise sauce; or long-cooked greens mixed with a fontina cheese and fonduta. Other warm items include a variety of pizzas and panini sandwiches. You can pair brunch with a $99 bottle of champagne or half bottle of spirits. The buffet brunch costs $30 per person. NOVE Italiano , 10820 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-214-3500.
 

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