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 NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS 

Chef James Trees and LEV Group Development Partner Carlo Cannuscio have announced the opening of Al Solito Posto (“At The Usual Place”), offering a menu with a fresh take on Italian favorites such as minestrone, eggplant parmigiana, chicken piccata and house-made pastas featuring linguine & clams, cacio e pepe and pappardelle Bolognese. Trees, who also owns and operates the popular Esther’s Kitchen in the Downtown Arts District, said, “In creating Al Solito Posto, we wanted to take the opportunity to look at Italian food, and really the whole neighborhood restaurant experience, in a truly new way.” Highlights of the sophisticated bar menu include a clarified milk punch, fig-infused Old Fashioned twist, Italian-inflected Apple Martini and a cellar dominated by Italian wines. The restaurant and lounge is situated in the former space of Brio facing the fountains at the main entrance to Tivoli Village. Al Solito Posto, Tivoli Village, 420 S. Rampart Blvd. #180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-463-6781.
 
Bāng Bar, an original concept from Momofuku and David Chang, will debut in spring 2021 at The Cosmopolitan’s Block 16 Urban Dining Hall, serving take-out lunch and dinner options. Since opening in New York in 2018, Bāng Bar has focused on bāng bread—freshly made flatbread griddled to-order on a piping hot flat top—and spit-roasted meats carved from vertical spits. Menu favorites in New York include The U wrapfeaturing bāng bread filled and rolled with a choice of spicy pork, chicken or spicy eggplant; and the rice bowl made with rice, pickles, cabbage and a choice of spicy pork, chicken or spicy eggplant. In addition to taking inspiration from Bāng Bar’s New York location, Momofuku’s culinary team will work to create unique-to-Vegas menu items as well. Bāng Bar will replace Pok Pok Wing on the North end of the Block 16 Urban Food Hall. Bāng Bar, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
Los Angeles-based ramen franchise Jinya Ramen Bar has opened its newest location in Henderson. The contemporary Japanese style ramen bar has a fresh, sleek hard-surface look with neon reading “ramen is all the craze” and a heated outdoor patio. The menu features vegan selections, salads, mini tacos, small plates, authentic Japanese ramen and toppings, rice bowls, mochi ice cream and panna cotta. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients, a Fuji water filtration system to prepare its broth and a special aging process of the noodles. Founded in 2010 by Tomonori Takahashi, Jinya Ramen Bar now has 33 restaurants in the US and two in Canada, with this new location the first in Henderson and third in the Las Vegas area. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are offered and hours are 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Jinya Ramen Bar, 10740 S Eastern Ave. #155, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-867-4240.
 
Lotus of Siam has reopened its second location at 620 E. Flamingo Rd. (joining its other location at 953 E. Sahara), and this marks the first time both its locations are operating concurrently. To celebrate the occasion, three new prix fixe menus are being offered: signature menu ($147, feeding 2-4 people), offering several of the restaurant’s most popular dishes like steamed sea bass served on top of shredded cabbage tossed with lime juice, fish sauce and sugar; Northern Thai ($61, for 1-2 people), chef Saipin’s version of a “typical” Northern Thai meal featuring northern Thai spices such as shredded young jackfruit, ground pork and tomatoes with northern Thai spices and seasoning; and family favorites ($99, for 1-2 people), the dishes chef Saipin’s family requests most, such as minced steak with fresh herbs and soft shell crab salad. Lotus of Siam, 620 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-735-3033.
 
Pizzaiolo Vincent Rotolo opened a new Good Pie location in the Arts District on December 1, replacing his Las Vegas Blvd. location, which closed on Nov. 25. Five styles of pizza are offered: gluten-free (as seen on Chopped), Grandma (thin, crispy), Sicilian (thick crust), Brooklyn (four types of cheese), New York Street (fresh mozzarella) and Detroit (caramelized cheese crust with sauce applied after coming out of the oven). The 2,350-square-foot space’s décor features the vintage building’s red brick and tile floor, an NYC manhole cover, black walnut bar and a door handle replicated from Rotolo’s grandmother’s spoon. For the first 4-6 weeks there will only be no-contact delivery and take-out, with an outdoor patio providing space for customers to dine. The menu also has lasagna, appetizers and salads; and specialty cocktails, 8 taps of local and regional brews and canned beer and wine. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thur. and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Good Pie, 1212 Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-844-2700.
 
Brioche by Guy Savoy, the third Las Vegas establishment of world-renowned French chef Guy Savoy, is now open at Paris Las Vegas. Situated adjacent to the hotel lobby and front desk and open 6 a.m. to midnight, the quick-service eatery offers fresh pastries made in-house daily, with brioche varieties in sweet and savory options stuffed with mushrooms, Parmesan and nuts; or sweet candied fruit and Nutella. Also offered are muffins, butter croissants, Pain au Chocolat, quiche Lorraine, cheddar and broccoli quiche, ham and cheese croissant, yogurt cups, fresh fruit and chips. The coffee program is sourced by La Colombe, with options of house blended hot coffee, cappuccino, espresso, latte, café au lait and more. Brioche also serves wine and beer. Guy Savoy’s first Brioche location and his Restaurant Guy Savoy are both located at Caesars Palace. Brioche by Guy Savoy, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
 
Tailgate Social at Palace Station Tailgate Social at Palace Station took over the former space of bBd’s. A Clique Hospitality venue, a sports theme is evident, with more than 30 HD TVs throughout, and a shuffle board, pool table, foosball and NBA Jam video game. The food menu features elevated bar favorites, including hickory smoked baby back ribs, build-your-own burgers, pizzas, Philly cheese steak and the Tailgate Banana in the Tailpipe Sundae with chocolate covered bananas, honey toast custard, vanilla soft serve and chocolate sauce topped with strawberries and sprinkles. The beverage menu lists 16 drafts including locally-brewed 7Five Training Day Golden Ale, created by NHL Las Vegas Golden Knights “Enforcer” Ryan Reaves; and signature cocktails such as Thirst and Goal with Aperol, Martini & Rossi Prosecco, grapefruit and rose water. Tailgate Social is open Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m. to midnight and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to midnight. Tailgate Social, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
 
Victory Burger & Wings Co. at the newly-opened Circa Resort & Casino located within The Fremont Street Experience is now open. The concept was created by the founding family of the 103-year-old Detroit staple American Coney Island. The menu features massive ½ pound Angus, short rib and brisket blend burgers (which can be substituted for turkey, chicken breast or Impossible veggie patty), wings and milkshakes, such as Captain Crunch with berries, Cocoa Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Counter-service ordering is offered, along with the option to place orders via iPad from the sportsbook, which is situated below. The decor features an industrial design with exposed brick and rustic colors with a sports bar atmosphere with sightlines of Circa’s 78-million-pixel sportsbook screen and 16 TVs throughout the space. Hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. on weekends. Victory Burger & Wings Co., Circa Resort & Casino , 8 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-247-2258.
 
Searsucker has resumed operations at Caesar Palace. Featured dishes include ahi poke tacos; Las Vegas-style shrimp cocktail; New York strip steak with roasted shallots, charred tomato and bordelaise sauce; and Mary’s free range pan-roasted chicken breast with aged cheddar grits and pearl onions in a natural jus. With the reopening Searsucker has brought back its happy hour along with Las Vegas Raiders beer, cocktail and wing specials. Offered Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. and during all Las Vegas Raiders games, the deals include $20 buckets of beer, craft cocktails starting at $6 and .25¢ wings. Searsucker’s new hours are Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-8 p.m. Reservations are advised due to the limited capacity and can be made by visiting https://searsucker.com or calling 702-866-1800. Searsucker, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-866-1800.
 
Vegas Test Kitchen will open later this month in the former CHOW space at Fergusons Downtown. The city’s first test kitchen, sectioned into different vendor hubs, each operating independently around a central dining room, it will offer rotating restaurant concepts, popups and special events under one roof. Founder Jolene Mannina said, “This incubator kitchen will give chefs an opportunity to test concepts, see what sticks and get the community to fall in love with them and their food.” Kicking off his residency with the launch is Chopped winner chef Lanny Chin, who will test out his ramen concept, Slurp Society. Space will also be available for daily pop-ups with local chefs, including Bodega Bagel by Rooster Boy Café owner chef Sonia El-Nawal and Banichka by Forte Tapas owner Nina Manchev. For more information, visit vegastestkitchen.com. Vegas Test Kitchen, Fergusons Downtown, 1020 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, no phone.
 
David and Michael Morton’s first joint venture, MB Steak, will be replaced by One Steakhouse when the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opens in 2021. With the new steakhouse the brothers are following in the footsteps of their father, legendary restaurateur Arnie Morton, founder of Morton’s Steakhouse. Executive chef Patrick Munster will remain at the helm of the kitchen, and design upgrades include an open, expanded bar lounge, and the upper level will offer a social setting to mingle and take in sporting events on an LED video wall. The restaurant will be open starting at 5 p.m. daily and will offer a private valet and entrance. One Steakhouse, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 855-693-5500.
 
After 16 years at Caesars Palace, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill will close after service on November 14, 2020. Replacing it and opening in late spring 2021 will be Amalfi by Bobby Flay, inspired by Flay’s extensive travels to Italy and the Amalfi Coast, and will be his first Italian concept. A focal point in the dining room will be a fish and seafood display inspired by authentic Italian markets staffed by a knowledgeable fishmonger, and guests will be able to order a whole fish grilled over charcoal or roasted. Antipasti selections will include crispy soft-shell crab salad with blood oranges and green olives; and squash blossoms with corn, basil and ricotta. Pastas—both house-made fresh and dry—will include green tomato risotto with sea scallops and Osetra caviar; and paccheri with scorpion fish, cherry tomatoes and green garlic. Desserts will include pistachio olive oil cake with pistachio gelato and a dark chocolate tiramisu. Amalfi by Bobby Flay, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
 
To Be Frank, a new ghost kitchen serving specialty hot dogs and sausages, is now open for delivery, takeout and catering. The new venture has set up shop in the popular downtown eatery Every Grain, located at 1430 E. Charleston Blvd. As Every Grain closes at 2:30 p.m., To Be Frank is operating Mon.-Sat. from 5 p.m. to midnight. The menu offers hot dogs sourced from Nueske's, Isaan sausages from Thailand and buns made fresh by a local baker. Traditional hot dogs are available, as well as those with a global influence, such as Thai Dog—Isaan Thai sausage with green papaya slaw, Kewpie mayo, red onion and crunchy peanut; Banh Mi—pork pate, seasoned mayo, pickled carrots and radish and cilantro; and kimchi dog—glazed dog, creamy gochujang, white kimchi, scallion relish and goldenaise (made with Kewpie mayo, seasoned soy sauce, mustard powder, parsley and chives).
 
Din Tai Fung, a Taiwanese restaurant specializing in xiao long bao dumplings and noodles with more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries worldwide, including seven in California, has opened its first Las Vegas location at ARIA Resort & Casino. Situated in the spacious 5,580-square-foot space of the former Aria Café, diners have a view through floor-to-ceiling windows of Nancy Rubins’ Big Edge canoe sculpture and an open kitchen that gives a glimpse of the handiwork involved in preparing the steamed pork soup dumplings, precisely made with 18 lucky folds, 16 grams of meat and 5 grams of dough, which are carefully weighed. In addition to the Shanghai-style soup dumplings, also on the menu are pork chop fried rice, sweet & sour pork baby back ribs, Shanghai rice cakes with Jidori chicken, sauteed Taiwanese cabbage with garlic and chocolate-filled dumpling for dessert. Din Tai Fung is open nightly from 4-11 p.m. Din Tai Fung, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
 
One day after it was confirmed that Estiatorio Milos would be closing its location at The Cosmopolitan, The Venetian sent out a press release telling of its relocation to the resort just down the street. Expected to open at The Venetian Resort in spring 2021, the restaurant by Costas Spiliadis will bring a Mediterranean seafood restaurant with the flavors of Greece to the resort’s restaurant collection. Like its sister Milos locations, the seafood will be flown in daily from the Mediterranean then put on display in the restaurant’s signature fish market where guests can make their selection. The eatery is also known for its extensive list of fine wines with a focus on Greece. The new restaurant location will be set in the former space of Aquaknox, a seafood restaurant that closed in January 2019. The new digs will span 13,624 square feet and filing paperwork list a $10 million budget for construction costs. Estiatorio Milos, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
 

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 LAS VEGAS FOOD EVENTS 

January 29
Wynn Las Vegas is continuing its behind-the-scenes Master Class Series led by master chefs, sommeliers, bakers and artisans. Its Master Caviar Tasting will be led by Lakeside executive chef David Walzog and Jim Miller of the fabled Kolikof caviar house for a tasting and immersion into the world of caviar. Jim will explain how caviar came to be so popular, how to choose and store caviar and the flavors to look for when tasting premium caviar. The class will be held at Lakeside and will begin at 2 p.m. The cost is $175 per person (plus tax and tip) and tickets are available by contacting the Wynn Las Vegas concierge at 702-770-7070 or by emailing conciergeservices@wynnlasvegas.com. Participants must be 21 and over. Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-248-3463.
 
January 31
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian will offer three fried chicken packages, available from 9-11 a.m., from chef Adrian Vela. The packages are: 24 pieces of Yardbird’s signature 27-hour-brined fried chicken, mac and cheese and homemade buttermilk biscuits for $127; fried chicken, savory cheddar cheese waffles, bourbon maple syrup, house-made bacon, potato hash, scrambled eggs and buttermilk biscuits and gravy for $102; fried chicken, full rack of St. Louis-style pork ribs, smoked brisket over bacon baked beans, mac and cheese, buttermilk biscuits, spiced cracklins and housemade pickles for $190; and a 12 pack of crispy chicken biscuits, mac and cheese and cornmeal-dusted okra with homemade buttermilk ranch for dipping for $115. Customers can pick up their meals at the restaurant and order via Secret Burger. All packages feed six and prices are inclusive of tax. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
 
February 10
The Underground speakeasy and distillery, located in the basement of The Mob Museum, will host a whiskey seminar/tasting on single malt scotch whiskies. Single malt specialist Jennifer Wren will participate via live stream, and Kyle Cardin, portfolio consultant at E&J Gallo Winery, will co-host locally with a Mob Museum representative. Included will be a diverse flight representing the spirit’s different regions. The event will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person. Guests must be 21 years or older to participate. To purchase tickets, contact The Mob Museum at 702-229-2713 or sales@themobmuseum.org. The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-229-2734.
 



  ONGOING EVENTS 

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Launches Self-Guided Sister Company: Finger Licking Foodie Tours
After the reopening of dine-in restaurants in Las Vegas, the Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which consist of a group of people moving from restaurant to restaurant sampling a dish at each one, have resumed, but company owner Don Contursi has also launched a sister company called Finger Licking Foodie Tours. This new model of 2.5-hour private self-guided tours offers visits to three different restaurants with immediate VIP seating, where diners experience three signature dishes at each eatery for a total of nine dishes. Tours are offered daily and can be booked at a time of your choice from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The approachable price point is $79 per person (includes all gratuities) and participants receive a 15% discount on any additional food they wish to purchase. For more info or to book a tour, visit fingerlickingfoodietours.com.
 
Wednesdays
El Dorado Cantina is hosting weekly tasting of its handcrafted infused tequilas every Wednesday at both of its locations (430 S. Rampart Blvd. in Tivoli Village and 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr.). Dubbwed Infused Wednesdays, flavors include coconut, orange and cinnamon; mango; mango, jalapeño and tamarind; orange and warm spices; pineapple; and strawberry jalapeño. On Wednesdays the infused tequilas are available for $5 apiece (normally $15 each) or a flight of three is $12 (normally $35). Flavors and availability are subject to change.
 



 NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

MTO Cafe Launches Delivery Only Family Meals and New Menu Items
Both locations of MTO Café are offering two delivery-only fully-prepared party packs large enough to feed up to six: build-your-own buttermilk pancakes served with butter, syrup, fresh berries and bananas; and build-your-own tacos with choice of marinated chicken or steak, served with corn tortillas and all the fixings (rice and beans are available for an additional $10). Each pack is priced at $40 and is available through Postmates or Grubhub. In addition, both locations are offering new healthy menu items for the new year: Mediterranean salad with chickpeas, quinoa, grape tomatoes, balsamic, cucumbers, bell peppers, Kalamata olives, hummus, watermelon radish, zucchini and cranberry vinaigrette; harvest bowl with chicken, sweet potatoes, apples, parmesan, spicy almonds, brown rice, kale and creamy balsamic; and guacamole green bowl with chicken, avocado, tomatoes red onions, red cabbage, tortilla chips, spring mix and cilantro lime dressing. MTO Cafe, 500 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-380-8229.
 
Bar Bites at Bar Centro Menu Bazaar Meat by José Andrés Bar Bites at Bar Centro Menu
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at Sahara Las Vegas has introduced its Bar Bites at Bar Centro, a special menu of food and beverage specials priced from $3 to $22 served in its bar near the restaurant's entrance. Food menu items, available during opening hours, include cotton candy foie gras with crispy amaranth ($8), creamy béchamel and chicken fritters ($5), pork skin chicharron with Greek yogurt and za’atar spices ($6), grilled Galician-style octopus with potato and aioli ($12), Chistorra sausage and chickpea stew ($18) and 50/50 Wagyu shortrib and brisket blend Bazaar burger with served with fries ($22). Drink specials, available from 5-6 p.m. and priced at $8, include the Blood and Sand featuring blended scotch, Cherry Herring, sweet vermouth and orange; the Scarlet Pimpernel with Tito’s Vodka, Pavan, lemon juice, raspberries, mint, bitters and cava; Stella Artois and Kirin Light; and featured red and white wines. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Sahara Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-761-7610.
 
The Front Yard Offering Football Game Day Packages
The Front Yard at Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery is offering three football game day packages. The First Down package, for $50 per person, includes one raffle ticket, all-you-can-drink Ellis Island beer and Micheladas, one appetizer and one entrée. The Field Goal, priced at $65 per person, offers three raffle tickets; all-you-can-drink Ellis Island beer, Micheladas, bottomless mimosas and call liquor; one appetizer; and one entrée. The Touchdown, for $85 per person, includes five raffle tickets; all-you-can-drink Ellis Island beer, Micheladas, bottomless mimosas and premium open bar; one appetizer; one entrée; and choice of an extra appetizer or one dessert. Packages start 15 minutes before kickoff and run for three hours. Drinks must be ordered one at a time and there is zero tolerance for sharing a package. For the full listing of available menu items visit www.ellisislandcasino.com. The Front Yard, Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, 4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-8901.
 
Caesars Palace Offering Take-N-Bake Packages
Three Caesars Palace restaurants are offering take-n-bake packages. Hell’s Kitchen has Gordon Ramsay’s world-famous beef Wellington with potato puree, glazed root vegetables and red wine demi-glace for $59; Old Homestead baked Maine lobster halved and filled with lemon aioli and creamy spinach paired with a classic Caesar salad for $79; and Rao’s its signature meatballs served with penne vodka for $39. All orders must be placed with a minimum of two hours’ notice. To order and to view available pick-up times visit clv.playbytr.com. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
 
La Strega Launches Secret Pop-up “Sandwitch” Shop with Curbside Friendly Focus
La Strega has launched a fast casual limited engagement provisional menu for takeout or curbside pickup featuring Roman-style piadinas, salads, snacks and more. Executive chef Gina Marinelli said, “I wanted to create a secret sandwich shop featuring piadinas, which are traditional Italian flatbreads from Rome. We use our pizza dough baked to perfection in our pizza oven, and then we throw them on the grill so that they hold and travel well.” Standout items on the limited menu include smoked salmon piadina ($12) made with locally smoked salmon, marinated cucumbers and pickled shallots; tri-color sciaini salad ($12) with salami, mozzarella and pesto vinaigrette; house-made parmesan chips ($3); and Piccola Aperol Spritz made with Blood Orange Pellegrino that is canned in-house ($10). The Piadina menu is available only for lunch and curbside pickup Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and can be ordered in advance by calling 702-722-2099. La Strega, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-722-2099.
 
The X Pot Debuts Robot Servers
In September, founders Haibin Yang and David Zhao debuted The X Pot, paying tribute to traditional Chinese cuisine with its hotpot technique, at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. The high-tech dining experience has now entered the next phase of its opening plan, unveiling the VIP Spectrum dining room featuring multi-sensory dining by high-tech smart-robot technology. As guests order from an expansive tasting menu with an array of Asian-fusion selections such as A5 wagyu beef and certified Kobe beef, they are served by The X Pot’s robotic technological program in conjunction with human servers. In addition, 5D animations and interactive cartoon animations are projected on the dinner table, providing step-by-step visuals on how to cook the separate tasting menu, exclusive to this private, VIP dining room. The room seats up to 24 guests; however, due to current state coronavirus restrictions only groups of four are permitted. The X Pot, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-888-9768.
 
8 East at Circa Resort & Casino Launches Happy Hour Offerings
Chef Dan Coughlin has introduced a new happy hour at his 8 East pan-Asian restaurant, offered daily from 3-5:30 p.m. Food selections, all priced at $8, include pan-fried or steamed ginger chicken dumplings with sweet soy vinaigrette; pork belly bao with pickled cabbage slaw and a sweet and sour marmalade; Tokyo crepe prepared with sauteed wild enoki, oyster and shitake mushrooms; carpaccio with a yuzu glaze and coriander creme served with ubi potato chips; salt & Szechuan pepper chicken wings tossed in a secret Szechuan rub; and deep-fried chicken skins seasoned with salt and pepper. Drink deals are $5 well drinks, $6 sake bombs, $6 Sapporo and Big Dog’s Las Vegas lager drafts and $9 red and white house wines. 8 East, Circa Resort & Casino, 8 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-247-2258.
 
Vegans, Baby Vegan Dining Month Returns for 4th Consecutive Year
To encourage people to go vegan for the month of January, Vegans, Baby is bringing back Vegan Dining Month for the 4th consecutive year in Las Vegas. More than 20 restaurants are participating, offering vegan dishes during January or beyond. A sampling of the special menu offerings includes Honey Salt—chickpea and pumpkin curry infused with flavors of lemongrass, ginger and cilantro; Bronze Café and The Juice Box—tofurky sandwich with vegan bacon, bacon jam, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber and basil aioli with a side of chips and Ube milkshake; Lucino’s Pizza—pizza topped with a butternut squash and cauliflower puree, Good Planet mozzarella, golden raisins, cubes of squash, candied walnuts and basil; and Tacotarian—pre-fixe menu with two empanadas potosinas, carne en su jugo soup and two buñelos (crispy fried bite covered with cinnamon sugar). For a full list of Vegan Dining Month restaurant partners and menus click here.
 
The Goodwich Introduces Weekend Brunch Menu
The Goodwich sandwich shop, located on the ground floor of Soho Lofts in downtown Las Vegas, has introduced a brunch menu of handheld fare and stacked breakfast classics served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The handheld menu includes “fluffy stacked-rite pancakes” with candied bacon, hickory maple syrup, powdered sugar and sprinkles; “fried eggy” with beef patty, fried egg, pepper bacon, chipotle mayo and swiss; and “let’s get croque” with Sugardale ham, gruyere, whole grain mustard and sunny-side up egg. The classics menu includes “the daily” with two eggs any style, hickory bacon or sausage patty, tater tots and grilled baguette; “br-avocado toast” with poached egg, tomato basil relish and nine-grain bread; “prosciutto happiness” with prosciutto, scrambled egg, shredded parmesan, arugula pesto and croissant; “brekky bowl” with scrambled eggs and Sugardale ham; and “sundried rollie” with scrambled egg, chorizo, comte cheese, tots, red pepper aioli and sundried tomato wrap.
 
Esther’s Kitchen Introduces Greenhouse Village Dining Pods
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and current dining protocols, Esther’s Kitchen has launched a new outdoor dining Greenhouse Village, consisting of eight isolated dining pods created from portable greenhouses. Each pod is designed to serve four persons, with carpeting, heating, music and art to enliven the outdoor space, while keeping the dining party isolated from other diners. Diners will have the full menu available, plus exclusive specials; each party can check in at the restaurant host desk and then enter their pod from the outside rear of the restaurant, if they wish to avoid the indoor dining room; each party will be served only by one dedicated server, who has been tested and screened for safety; and each pod is fully sanitized in between every dining party. Pods may be requested only by booking verbally by calling the restaurant at 702-570-7864. Esther’s Kitchen, 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-570-7864.
 
North Italia Introduces Seasonal Menu Items
North Italia has rolled out several seasonal selections. Highlights include Sicilian short rib ragu—golden brown triangles of crispy polenta topped with melted fontina cheese and short rib ragu made with tender braised short rib, crushed tomato, olive oil and fresh spices; grilled branzino—7 oz. boneless filet topped with lemon butter sauce, roasted broccolini, cauliflower, Romanesco, cipollini onions and sweet roasted fennel; carbonara pasta (brunch only)—handmade cavatelli pasta with pecorino carbonara sauce, English peas, crispy pancetta, chopped croutons, Calabrian chili oil, pecorino and soft-boiled egg; seasonal vegetable salad with radicchio and kale tossed in with roasted Brussels sprouts, sweet butternut squash, cauliflower, farro and dates dressed in white balsamic vinaigrette and topped with cubes of pecorino cheese and roasted pistachios; and pomegranate mule made with Italian botanical gin, charred lemon juice, blended citrus bitters and sambuca spice. The winter menu will be available through spring 2021. North Italia, Rampart Commons, 1069 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-507-0927.
 
New Sausage Menu at CraftHaus Arts District
CraftHaus Arts District has introduced several sausage options. The new menu includes the beer brat ($9) with sauerkraut, caramelized onions and whole grain mustard on a warm spent grain pretzel bun; spicy chicken mango sausage ($9) with grilled peppers and siracha mayo on a toasted poppy seed bun; Polish sausage ($8) with grilled peppers, sauerkraut and yellow mustard on a toasted poppy seed bun; beyond brat ($12), a plant-based protein sausage with sauerkraut and whole grain mustard on a warm vegan pretzel bun; and the works sausage ($10), a Polish sausage with beer cheese, grilled peppers, caramelized onions and whole grain mustard on a warm spent grain pretzel bun. CraftHaus Arts District, 197 E. California St #130, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-888-1026.
 
Grimaldi’s Launches New Seasonal Menu
Grimaldi’s is launching a new seasonal menu. The winter menu includes chicken alla vodka pizza topped with chicken, onions, mozzarella, fresh basil and Grimaldi’s house-blended tomato cream sauce; spinach pecan salad with spinach, house-made candied pecans, dried cherries, red onions and goat cheese tossed in Grimaldi’s house dressing; and red velvet cheesecake with cocoa and cream cheese on an Oreo cookie crust with whipped cream and Oreo cookie pieces. Seasonal cocktails include Ginger Apple Jack with Jack Daniel’s Black Label, granny smith apple puree and lime juice served with Gosling’s Ginger Beer; Holiday Cranberry Mule with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, cranberry juice, Aperol and lime juice topped with Gosling’s Ginger Beer; and Peach Sangria with Beso Del Sol White Sangria shaken with peach purée and lemon juice served over ice with diced peaches. The menu will be available for dine-in and takeout through March 1, 2021. Grimaldi’s, Boca Park, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-479-1351.
 
OU Kosher Certified Restaurant Burnt Offerings Launches Happy Hour with Jewish-fusion Bites
Burnt Offerings, Nevada’s only OU Kosher certified restaurant, has launched its first-ever happy hour menu, offered Sun.-Thurs. from 4-6 p.m. The menu includes Jewish-fusion small bites of deep fried matzo ball for $3, potato knish for $3, hand rolled BBQ brisket joints for $5, Black Angus USDA beef sliders for $5 and boneless chicken wings with truffle honey mustard dipping sauce for $7. The happy hour kosher-friendly drink menu offers Corona and Modelo beer and red and white sangrias for $5; handcrafted cocktails such as the All Beets Are Off featuring intense flavors of ginger, fresh beet juice, hint of citrus and aromatizing Moran Lychee wine for $7; and the Sake Colada with tropical flavors of pineapple, coconut and Hana Pineapple sake for $7. Burnt Offerings, 3909 W Sahara Ave Suite 10, Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-848-2876.
 
Osteria Fiorella Now Serving Weekend Brunch
Chef Marc Vetri’s Osteria Fiorella at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa is now serving weekend brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The new brunch menu features a selection of rustic Italian offerings including ricotta toast with plums, hazelnuts and honey; poached eggs with hollandaise topped with thinly sliced prosciutto; biscuit egg sandwich with Fiorella sausage and provolone cheese; bucatini with San Marzano tomato sauce and basil; and pizzas made in a wood-burning oven such as cacio pepe breakfast pizza with sunny side up fried egg and bacon. An array of specialty cocktails are offered, including the Chocolate Negroni with gin, cacao nib-infused campari, vermouth, crème de cacao, and cacao bitters; and Passion Fruit Aperitivo with blanco tequila rammazatto rosato, guava ice cider and rosé prosecco. To see the full brunch menu, or to make a reservation, visit www.redrockresort.com. Osteria Fiorella, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
 
The Vegas Strip's Only Brewery Has Reopened
Trustworthy Brewing Co. at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo, the only brewery on the Vegas Strip, has reopened. The brewery is also now brewing onsite, as previously beers were sent from its original location in Burbank, CA, while its brewing license was pending (which was ironically issued the day before the shutdown in March). New beers brewed onsite by head brewer Zach Johnson include Test Pilot, an unfiltered ale that was the initial batch; Palazzo Pale, an American pale ale; and A Year in the Making, an American amber ale named for how long it took to finally obtain their brewing license. There is also a new menu with dishes such as pulled pork slider with Carolina-style BBQ sauce and all-natural Wagyu beef brisket with maple bourbon BBQ. A new daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close offers $2 off drafts and ½ off select appetizers. Hours are Mon., Thu., Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sun. 1:30-9 p.m. Trustworthy Brewing Co., The Palazzo, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2337; 866-263-3001.
 
Sickies Signature Bloody Mary Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews Offering Football Specials
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews in Town Square has introduced a football happy hour, available during all NFL games. Specials include $1 off domestic pints or talls; $1 off house wine by the glass; $5.99 select appetizers; and the 22-ounce Sickies Signature Bloody Mary made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and topped with an onion ring, grilled cheese, traditional wing, rib tip, bacon, hot pickled egg, green olive, pickle, a lime wedge and a house beer chaser for $16.99. In addition, there is a “Pick ‘Em Football” weekly contest fans can play online at www.sickiesburgers.com with weekly prizes and a season grand prize. The restaurant opens early at 9 a.m. on weekend game days and is equipped with 30 TVs to view the games. Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, 6629 S Las Vegas Blvd., Building J, Ste. B-120, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 725-735-5400.
 
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse Introduces Locals Special
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas is offering a prix-fixe (appetizer, salad and entrée) locals special priced at $95 and available Mon.-Wed. The appetizer course offers choice of roasted bone marrow with onion bacon marmalade, pear gastrique, whole grain mustard and petit greens served with a baguettini; or cold smoked salmon tartare with dill crème fraiche, smoked trout roe and bagel chips. Salad choices are roasted heirloom beet and pumpkin salad made with honey yogurt goat cheese, sorrel, purple endive, caramelized pecans and toasted pumpkin seed; or Caesar salad. Entrée options are Kurobuta pork chop; seared diver scallops; domestic lamb chops; or chef Lamar’s famous Vegas Chef Prizefight finale-winning fried chicken made with free range Jidori chicken. Guests must present a valid Nevada ID when checking in to receive the special. Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse, Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-3111.
 
Scarpetta Launches Chef’s Table Tasting
Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan has launched the Chef’s Table at Scarpetta, an immersive, private dining experience. Currently available for parties of up to six guests and priced at $200 per person, chef de cuisine Michael Vitangeli leads guests through a six-course tasting menu of some of his family’s longstanding recipes. The experience begins with an aperitif cocktail, followed by selected wine pairings throughout the evening. Highlights of the tasting include homemade burratta with prosciutto, roasted bell peppers, cracked pepper, fresh crisini and super Tuscan olive oil; scampi comprised of homemade pasta, smothered jumbo prawns, heirloom tomatoes, capers, Vermentino wine, roasted garlic and Salmoriglio; porchetta—roasted pork belly with apple mostarda and horseradish crema; and homemade canoli and torta della nona for dessert. The private dining area features a view of the Fountains at Bellagio across the way and an unobstructed view of Scarpetta’s bustling kitchen. Scarpetta, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
 



 UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS 

Celebrity chef Hubert Keller is severing ties with his two local restaurants: Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay and Burger Bar in Mandalay Place, both of which have been closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19. A statement from MGM Resorts said, “After a 16-year-run as one of Las Vegas’ most popular burger destinations, Burger Bar at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place will not re-open under the direction of Hubert Keller. MGM Resorts hopes to reopen Burger Bar in the future with a new hospitality partner. Fleur by Hubert Keller, a restaurant known for its regional and seasonally driven French cuisine, will transition to be owned and operated by MGM Resorts. Details around its reopening schedule will be shared in the months ahead.” Before moving to Las Vegas, Keller earned national acclaim for his San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys, was one of the first celebrity chefs to open a gourmet burger restaurant and his numerous television appearances include his own PBS cooking show, Secrets of a Chef. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 



 LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS 

After the shutdown last March and gradual re-openings in May, only three Vegas casino buffets managed to reopen: The Buffet at Wynn, Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan and the Garden Buffet at Southpoint, all with new formats and restrictions. Abandoned was the self-serve arrangement and all three regrouped to offer staff-served presentations. The Buffet at Wynn bowed out in early September and now Wicked Spoon has announced it will “temporary cease operations” effective January 10. With the closure of Wicked Spoon, the only Las Vegas casino buffet still operating will be the Garden Buffet in South Point, which continues to be open daily with buffet items served by staff. Wicked Spoon, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 
Pamplemousse Le Restaurant, Las Vegas’ oldest French restaurant, situated on the corner of Sahara Ave. and Santa Paula near the Sahara Hotel, has closed permanently after a 44-year run. Over the years the restaurant attracted a tourist clientele and celebrities and was known for its interior ambiance resembling a charming cozy French cottage and dishes such as cold foie gras with tawny Port and aspic, escargots Bourguignonne, duck with armagnac-peppercorn sauce and an elaborate basket filled with crudite that was served before dinner. After founder George LaForge died in March 2019, his widow, Diana Maisondieu-LaForge, had hoped to reopen the restaurant after the COVID shutdown, but was hampered by the potential loss of convention business, which accounted for one third of sales, and another setback occurred in August after a stolen car was driven into the middle of Pamplemousse and got stuck and an ensuing battle with her insurance company. Pamplemousse Le Restaurant, 400 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104, no phone.
 
Flock & Fowl, featuring Hainan chicken rice by Sheridan Su and his wife, Jenny Wong, has closed its location at The Ogden. The restaurant had opened at The Ogden in 2017 and on Sahara in 2015 (which later closed). On Instagram the couple said, “Since we came back after quarantine in May, we’ve been slowly evolving into what our new vision for Flock & Fowl is. But that new vision, is not Flock & Fowl. Our new place will be a complete departure in name, and style, but not soul. The same team that has kept Flock & Fowl going through these difficult times will still be here (at the same location!), when our doors re-open.” The couple continues to operate Fat Choy at the Eureka Casino on Sahara Ave. and Every Grain on E. Charleston. Flock & Fowl, The Ogden, 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, no phone.
 



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