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 NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS 

Tacos & Tequila (T&T) is now open at Palace Station and is the Mexican eatery’s first location off the Strip. The décor celebrates Mexican culture with oversized photographs of Mexico City and HDTVs throughout provide prime sports viewing. The kitchen is under the leadership of 10-year T&T veteran executive chef Casey Houghton with menu favorites like “#1 Alambre” taco with filet mignon, applewood smoked bacon, Oaxaca cheese and poblano chili; quesadilla with grilled shrimp, black beans, Oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli; and beef barbacoa enchilada with slow-roasted brisket, roasted Guajillo-tomato sauce and gouda, Oaxaca and jack cheese. Margarita flavors include pineapple chipotle, strawberry agave, pomegranate acai and white peach; and an extensive list of more than 100 different tequila selections includes Don Julio, Milagro, El Jimador, Clase Azul, Casa Dragones and Patron. T&T is open daily for lunch and dinner and happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. offers 50% off appetizers and buy-one-get-one margaritas. Tacos & Tequila (T&T), Palace Station, 2411 W Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411.
 
Toscana Ristorante & Bar by Eataly is now open at the Eataly Las Vegas location at Park MGM. Situated adjacent to the Gran Caffè Milano, a 94-seat dining room inspired by the famous gardens and historic architecture of its namesake region is set behind ivy-covered arches with an open woodfire grill and contemporary Tuscan-style decor. Highlights of the Tuscan cuisine include ribollita, the staple Tuscan comfort dish of stewed beans; ravioli Maremmani—pillowy pasta squares filled with ricotta and spinach and topped with Così Com’è tomato sauce; bistecca “alla Fiorentina” porterhouse steak; and house-made gelato served tableside with an array of toppings. The cocktail menu includes the Negroni Toscana where guests are invited to build their own cocktail with a selection of gin, bitters and vermouth. An extensive selection of more than 450 Italian wines and 30 by the glass is offered. Toscana Ristorante & Bar by Eataly is open Wednesday-Sunday from 5-10 p.m. Toscana Ristorante & Bar by Eataly, Park MGM, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7617.
 
Rosa Ristorante is now open in Henderson near Saint Rose and Eastern. The decor provides a welcoming ambiance to honor executive chef/owner Rob Moore’s Italian-American heritage, with dark wood walls, exposed brick, wooden tabletops, an expansive patio and artistic elements from mother and daughter team—Doris Paessler Martinez and Cerissa Lopez. The menu offers small plates like cheesy risotto fritters and beef carpaccio; Caesar, tomato & mozzarella and baby beet salads; pizzas with crunchy, chewy, crispy and bubbly crust; linguine & white clam sauce and tagliatelle Bolognese pastas; 40-day wet-aged steaks; and seafood options such as roasted branzino, lobster fra diavolo, swordfish piccata and cioppino. The beverage program features renditions of classic cocktails including the St. Rose Blvd, a play on the Boulevardier with bourbon, Cappeletti and Cocchi Torino; reserve wine and top-shelf liquor; local draft beers; limoncellos infused with flavor profiles such as grapefruit and licorice root; and an extensive digestif program featuring an Amaro tableside presentation. Rosa Ristorante, 3145 St. Rose Pkwy., Suite 120, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-478-9200.
 
Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series Cake Boss, has opened his 5th Las Vegas eatery: The Boss Café by Buddy Valastro at The LINQ Hotel, joining his Buddy V’s Ristorante and Carlo’s Bakery at The Venetian/Palazzo, PizzaCake at Harrah’s and Jersey Eats at The LINQ. Inspired by neighborhood delis and markets in New Jersey and New York Valastro and his family grew up with, The Boss Café features sweets and pastries; the Mozz Bar, where guests can grab fresh mozzarella creations served with warm rustic bread and topping including basil pesto, roasted peppers, spicy peppers, tomato-olive relish and tomato, fresh basil and aged balsamic; and counters including House Salads, Sandwich and Nonna Style Pizza Squares featuring the “bakery pizza” Buddy’s family pioneered in their famous bakery with a thicker, yet light and fluffy, focaccia crust. Boss Café by Buddy Valastro, 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 800-634-6441.
 
After being closed since March 2020 and being sold to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in 2021, Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas has officially re-opened and is making history as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. Along with the opening comes a diverse mix of bars and restaurants, including the return of Scotch 80 Prime fine dining steakhouse; Mabel’s BBQ by chef Michael Symon; Tim Ho Wan specializing in dim sum; Send Noodles with noodle bowls and Asian-inspired favorites; fast casual options at the Palms Food Court; and the A.Y.C.E. Buffet open for breakfast, dinner and weekend brunch featuring seven globally inspired stations and flame-broiled classics. A new casual dining option is the Serrano Vista Café, situated in the former Greene Street Kitchen space serving breakfast, lunch and dinner offering comfort food with a contemporary twist. Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777, 866-942-7770.
 
Restaurateur, television star and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd have opened Vanderpump à Paris, at Paris Las Vegas. The couple’s 36th establishment and second Las Vegas venue joins its Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace. Located adjacent to the Paris front desk, the space features approximately 200 seats with multiple seating areas, all with plush fabrics and intricate details. Similar to Vanderpump's other locations, the cocktail menu features unique and never-before-seen offerings including the Tickle Your Fancylightly-spiced white peach and pink peppercorn margarita; and the Riviera Rulesa play on a traditional cucumber martini but with basil, mint and a subtle lavender water rinse. The wine list includes several from France and the Vanderpump Family signature branded Rosé, Chardonnay and Cabernet. Hours are 4 p.m.-midnight daily. Vanderpump à Paris, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
 
Illuminarium Las Vegas, a tech-driven immersive 360-degree cinematic entertainment experience, is now open at Area15. Launching with the opening is Lumin Café & Kitchen, a partnership with husband-wife business partners Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla of Blau + Associates. The space features wood accents, floating white oak trellis interspersed with lush plants, natural light and an outdoor covered patio with a full-service bar. The menu offers breakfast items such as breakfast sandwich, Greek yogurt parfait and berry smoothie; small plates including pretzel bites and tater tot poutine; large plates such as fish & chips and Korean fried chicken; impossible, classic and Lumin burgers; sweet treats like dark chocolate chip cookies, s’mores nachos and milkshakes; and late-night items such as hot chicken sliders and crispy arancini. Lumin Café & Kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and the patio Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. till 2 a.m. Tickets to Illuminarium are not required to visit Lumin. Lumin Café & Kitchen, Area 15, 3246 W Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 725-527-3100.
 
Caesars Entertainment, in partnership with Nobu Restaurants, has opened a Nobu restaurant at Paris Las Vegas featuring chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature New Style Japanese cuisine. This new Nobu joins two other Vegas locations at Caesars Palace and Virgin Las Vegas. Situated adjacent to the newly opened Bobby’s Burger, the intimate space with 140 seats is adorned with natural wood design elements. The menu offers nigiri and sashimi from salmon and toro to jumbo clam and sea urchin; vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes; and Nobu favorites such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, black cod dry miso and wagyu tacos. The beverage menu includes an extensive list of Japanese sake, whisky, gin, vodka and beer; specialty cocktails like the Lychee & elderflower martini with Suntory Haku Vodka and Lychee & St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur; more than a dozen Mexican tequilas; and several single malt Scotch. Nobu at Paris is open daily from 5-10 p.m. Nobu Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
 
Toasted Gastrobrunch, conceptualized by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill owner Sami Ladeki, has opened a second location near the 215 Freeway and Rainbow. The décor features shelves lined with milk jugs, jars and porcelain chickens; a life-size Holstein cow; an open kitchen; and a large yellow awning in the patio. The expansive menu offers traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, steak and eggs, breakfast burrito, sandwiches and salads; and innovative creations such as Elvis French toast with peanut butter, bananas, bacon and honey; Cali Benny with tomatoes, avocado and nut-free pesto hollandaise; and smoked brisket hash with rosemary, eggs, potatoes and chipotle cream. Complementing the fare are a variety of breakfast cocktails such as prickly pear mimosa, boozy start (with coffee, brandy, Grand Marnier and Kahlua) and Green Monster (with vodka, green bloody mix, shrimp, roasted jalapeño, bacon and stuffed olive). Hours are Wed.-Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and till 3 p.m. on Sat.-Sun. Toasted Gastrobrunch, 7345 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89113, 702-263-7171.
 
Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar is open at SAHARA. One of the group’s 19 locations in the US and its first full sized restaurant west of the Mississippi, a sports theme is evident with signed jerseys of pro athletes including Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neil, Kolby Bryant and Las Vegas Raider Derek Carr; and the William Hill sports book situated inside the restaurant. The restaurant is known for its crab-centric menu items, including crab fries seasoned with Old Bay, crab cakes and crab pizza; and as the restaurant originated in Philadelphia, it’s no surprise that the menu features five Philly cheesesteak variations. More than 50 beers are offered like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler Sour; and several local brews such as Bad Beat I Love NV Amber Ale, CraftHaus Dry Heat IPA, Banger Morning Joe Coffee Kolsch, Tenaya Creek Bonanza Brown and Lovelady Love Juice IPA. Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 855-761-7757.
 
Las Vegas Brewing Company is now open and is the city’s newest brewery. The entrance features wall murals depicting iconic Las Vegas symbols and images, which is fitting, as co-owner Jamie Dolder is a fourth generation native Las Vegan. The kitchen is helmed by executive chef Hollin Rothmann, who has held positions at Picasso, Sage and Carson Kitchen. Her elevated taproom menu is designed to complement the house-made beers, with items including sausage board, beer cheese fondue, Pimento cheese made with the brewery’s Penny O’ Reilly’s Red Ale, spinach & artichoke flatbread, house-cured chicken wings with sweet and spicy citrus glaze and pretzel bread pudding with salted caramel sauce. The beer is crafted by local brewing legend Dave Otto, who previously brewed at Holy Cow!/Big Dog’s and PT’s Brewing. Currently the core beers are a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Blonde Ale, Irish Red, Irish Stout, Light Lager and a rotating Sour Ale. Las Vegas Brewing Company, 3101 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-333-4858.
 
Nacho Daddy has returned to Henderson, where it all started. Originally on S. Eastern, the new location is in the expanding area on St. Rose Pkwy just east of Raiders Way and is the 6th location joining three others in Las Vegas, one in Salt Lake City and another in Atlanta. The 4,500-square-foot restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, 14 high-def TVs, rustic brick walls, a wraparound bar, neon art, a live scorpion tank and an open kitchen. Signature gourmet nachos include filet mignon, vegan chick’n, lobster & crab, Thai chicken and spicy shrimp. There are also traditional Mexican-American favorites of flaming fajitas, Mexi-Cobb salad and several varieties of tacos, enchiladas and burritos; all-day breakfast; and a vegan menu. Complementing the fare are margaritas like the Daddy’s Original with 100% Weber Blue Agave Reposado, triple sec & house-made sweet & sour; and Nacho Daddy beers made by local Bad Beat Brewing.
 
Chef Bobby Flay has opened a third location of his fast-casual quick service brand, Bobby’s Burgers, at Paris Las Vegas. Situated in the Le Boulevard area, the menu features Flay’s signature burgers such as the Crunchburger topped with American cheese and potato chips; Bobby Blue + Bacon Burger topped with blue cheese sauce and bacon; Nacho Burger drizzled in hot queso and pickled jalapeños; and Bobby’s Veggie Burger with barbecue mushrooms, chickpeas, quinoa, lettuce and tomato. Side options include fries with a variety of toppings and dipping sauces and creamy milkshakes (including vanilla bean, dark chocolate, cookies + cream, strawberry and pistachio). Additionally, Bobby’s Burgers offers new breakfast menu items, including cinnamon maple oatmeal with Greek yogurt, dried cranberries and toasted pecans; and breakfast burrito with soft scrambled eggs, bacon, American cheese, avocado, Bobby’s sauce and potato chips served inside a whole wheat tortilla. Bobby’s Burgers, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
 
Villa Azur restaurant and lounge will open this summer at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. The cuisine will feature a taste of the south of France and the east coast, pairing seasonal ingredients and international flavors with stunning presentation. Signature items will include truffle burrata, seared octopus, truffle French ravioles and Dover sole meunière. Many dishes will be prepared tableside by the servers, such as pâtes a la meule served in a Parmigiano Reggiano wheel and cognac flamed. There will be late night entertainment, glamorous greeters, DJs, musicians, dancers and other entertainers performing throughout the restaurant, evoking the effervescence of an authentic cabaret and giving guests the energy and after-dinner vibe of the French Riviera. Additionally, the restaurant will offer a curated wine and champagne list and cocktail menu with master mixologists handcrafting signature drinks. Villa Azur, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
 

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 LAS VEGAS FOOD EVENTS 

June 4
The Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour wine tasting will be held at Resorts World, and will feature more than 200 wines scoring 90+ and a chance to mingle with wine owners and wine makers. General admission tickets, which includes unlimited wine tasting from 7-10 p.m., a buffet and souvenir Riedel wine tasting glass are $275 per person. VIP, which also includes early admission at 6 p.m., are $375 per person. To purchase tickets, visit grandtour.winespectator.com.
 
June 10
Gaetano’s Ristorante will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a wine dinner featuring the DAOU Family Estates with Daniel Daou. Courses are watermelon salad with goat cheese and arugula paired with DAOU Rose; homemade casarecce pasta with Bolognese sauce matched with DAOU Bodyguard Red Blend; intermezzo of lemon sorbet; pistachio-encrusted mahi mahi with brown butter sauce and vegetable cous cous or ossobuco with saffron risotto paired with DAOU Reserve Chardonnay; and homemade tiramisu with dark chocolate matched with DAOU Estate Port Wine. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7. The cost is $145 plus tax and tip. To RSVP call 702-361-1661 or email info@gaetanoslv.com. Gaetano’s Ristorante, Siena Promenade, 10271 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-361-1661.
 
June 11
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host Paired, a celebration of cuisine, bourbon and culture. Held atop the Boulevard Pool from 7-9 p.m., an authentic Japanese barbecue menu curated by Cosmopolitan executive chef Mark Crane will include grilled duck breast skewers; Okinawa purple sweet potato with ginger scallion sauce; BBQ wagyu short ribs carved from the bone coated with Legent Bourbon BBQ Sauce and served with a potato roll and housemade dill pickle; and Derby Pie, a chocolate and walnut filled pastry. The evening will also feature an interactive, educational mixology experience by James B. Beam American Whiskey Ambassador Edwin Cruz creating complimentary cocktails featuring the new Legent Bourbon—the first East-West collaboration between the Japanese Suntory and the American Jim Beam; and musical performances from Asian-American musicians Hollis and Katherine Ho. Tickets are $150 plus tax and are available for purchase HERE. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
June 16
Ada’s Wine Bar will host a wine dinner prepared by chef de cuisine Jackson Stamper paired with Sonoma Coast wines selected by Fort Ross Vineyard vice president Johanna Bernstein and Market Right president/owner Sandra Hinkelbein. Courses are white peach with triple creme, rhubarb vinaigrette and mint paired with 2021 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir Rose, Sonoma Coast; live scallop crudo with popcorn custard, corn shoots and  finger lime caviar matched with 2019 Sea Slopes Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast; porcini braised boar caramelle with fresh tomato and blackberry paired with 2017 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast; duck three ways with Jamaican dough and spiced plum jus matched with 2014 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage, Sonoma Coast; and orange blossom with mascarpone, strawberry powder and Honey-Nut Cheerio shortbread paired with 2017 Charles Hours ‘Clos Uroulat’ Petit Manseng, Jurancon France. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person plus taxes and fees and can be purchased at adaslv.com. Ada’s Wine Bar, 410 S. Rampart Blvd #120, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 17024622795.
 
June 19
Soulbelly BBQ in the Arts District will offer takeout packages for Father’s Day. BBQ lovers can choose from packages with a combination of meat and sides feeding 2-4 guests for $160 and 4-6 guests for $240. Meats include Carolina pulled pork, choice of pastrami tri tip or brisket and choice of Hatch chile & cheddar hot links or chipotle cider glazed chicken drumsticks. Sides include choice of Texas ranch beans or mac and cheese, choice of potato salad or cole slaw and banana pudding for dessert. All packages include white bread, pickles and sauces. To order, email catering@soulbellybbq.com. Soulbelly BBQ, 1327 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104, 17024834404.
 



  ONGOING EVENTS 

Ongoing
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has launched its newest excursion, “Afternoon Culinary Adventures,’’ which spotlights restaurants in The Venetian and Wynn. Offered daily at 1 p.m., the 2.5-hour tour takes guests to four restaurants to enjoy more than 10 dishes. The tour, led by an expert guide who will offer insightful information about the resorts, restaurants and other landmarks along the way, begins at The Venetian with Smith & Wollensky steakhouse with its own dry-aging room and on-site butcher shop, Sugarcane raw bar grill specializing in South and Southeast Asian cuisine and Estiatorio Milos with Greek specialties and fresh seafood; and concludes across the street at the Wynn’s Cipriani for an authentic taste of Venice. The all-inclusive price is $125 per person and an optional beverage package is available for $60, for pre-selected signature drinks at three of the stops. The “Afternoon Culinary Adventures’’ is available for private and large group requests. In the future an evening, dinner-time version of this tour will be offered, as well. For more info and to book a tour visit Lip Smacking Foodie Tours.
 



 NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Sushi Roku Offering Three-Course Meal During Las Vegas Restaurant Week
Sushi Roku at The Forum Shops at Caesars will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner during Las Vegas Restaurant Week June 6-17. Priced at $80 per person, included are trio of hamachi serrano, seared salmon togarashi and blue fin truffle appetizers; entrée choice of a sushi plate (toro, tuna, kanpachi, salmon, shrimp, madai, baked crab hand roll and a toro jalapeno roll) or filet mignon “Japonaise” served with mashed potatoes and asparagus; and green tea tiramisu or mochi ice cream. Sushi Roku, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7373.
 
Shake Shack Gets Back to Its Fine Dining Roots with Launch of New Burger and Chicken Sandwich with Bourbon Bacon Jam
Shake Shack, the fast casual eatery founded by Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group, has released its new bourbon bacon cheddar burger and bourbon bacon cheddar chicken sandwich. Both feature a bourbon bacon jam made with Maker’s Mark that marries the bourbon’s notes of vanilla, caramel and oak with bacon that is smoked for six hours using hardwood applewood, creating a sweet and savory sauce with smoky flavors with a bit of heat. Also released are two new shakes: chocolate churro with cinnamon churro frozen custard, spiced dark chocolate sauce, whipped cream and cinnamon waffle cone crumbles; and Oreo funnel cake with OREO cookies, funnel cake crunch, vanilla frozen custard and chocolate whipped cream. These items are available at all four local Shake Shack locations—The District at Green Valley Ranch, Downtown Summerlin, North Premium Outlets and Strip-side at New York-New York—through early Sept.
 
Las Vegas Restaurant Week Returns June 6-17
Three Square, Las Vegas’ only food bank, will convene Restaurant Week June 6-17. More than 100 of the city’s finest restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus—some offering breakfast, lunch and/or dinner—at price points ranging from $20 to $80. A fixed portion of the meal’s cost will directly support Three Square and the one in six Southern Nevadans who are food insecure. Last year, funds donated during Las Vegas Restaurant Week provided more than 180,000 meals to the nearly 364,000 valley residents struggling with hunger. Since 2007, more than 5.5 million meals have been provided for those in need through the event. Two weeks before Restaurant Week the mobile-friendly website RestaurantWeekLV.org will provide a list of participating restaurants, menus and special promotions with the ability to search by price point, type of cuisine and location type. Restaurant owners and chefs interested in participating should contact Three Square’s Restaurant Week team at 702-909-5519 or restaurantweek@threesquare.org.
 
Brezza Launches Sunday Brunch
Brezza at Resorts World is now serving Sunday brunch, along with live entertainment by Christina Amato accompanied by a jazz trio. Served from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the dining room and on the olive tree-lined patio featuring views of the Las Vegas Strip, the brunch features chef Nicole Brisson’s cuisine including shellfish di giorno tower with raw and cured shellfish and seafood with a selection of house sauces; caviar gnocco fritto with creme fresh, chive and shallot; Tuscan beef tartare with Creekstone filet, lemon and capers; frittata with candied tomatoes and prosciutto; farmhouse tart with sausage, mushrooms, walnuts and Fontina cheese; housemade waffles with bramble syrup and mixed berries; and mortadella melt—dry-aged burger and Milanes sandwich served with Jidori chicken, basil aioli peperonata and house chips. The beverage program delivers mocktails, cocktails and a build-your-own mimosa and bellini presentation served with sparkling options of varying price points. Brezza, Resorts World Las Vegas, 3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 115, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-676-6014.
 
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Offering Special Menu During Las Vegas Restaurant Week
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar will offer a prix fixe menu during Las Vegas Restaurant Week from June 6 to 17 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Three Square Food Bank. Priced at $80 per person, the menu includes choice of mixed spring salad, pasta fagioli or soup of the day; pasta combo of rigatoni al pistachio pesto and bucatini Amatriciana; main course choice of 8 oz Prime filet, Scottish salmon, airline chicken breast or veal scallopini; and tiramisu, pistachio passion or cannoli. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
 
Virgil’s Offering BBQ and Whiskey Pairing During May
Virgil’s Real Barbecue at The LINQ Promenade will celebrate National BBQ Month with a BBQ sampler & spirit tasting. Available throughout the month of May and priced at $59 per person, the pairing includes Memphis Style spare ribs, Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, BBQ wing, trash ribs and cornbread paired with three hand-selected whiskeys & bourbons: George Dickel, Knob Creek and Woodford Rye. Virgil’s Real Barbecue, The LINQ Promenade, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-389-7400.
 
La Comida Launches Weekend Brunch
La Comida, the Mexican eatery by Michael and Jenna Morton in Downtown Las Vegas, is now serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Highlights of the brunch menu include ranchero bowl with seasoned potatoes, pinto beans, rice, chorizo and jalapeño bacon topped with a sunny side up egg, fresh guacamole and pico de gallo ($16); Mexican-inspired eggs Benedict with poached egg and ham topped with a chipotle hollandaise ($16); and pan Francés—cereal crusted French toast topped with bananas Foster ($16). The cocktail menu offers a twist on the classic bloody Mary with jalapeño-infused tequila and a house mix garnished with a Tajín rim ($13); Cafesito—espresso shot with Licor 43 topped with whipped cream ($13); and bottomless mimosa served with a variety of fresh fruit juices including papaya and prickly pear ($26 per person). La Comida, 100 Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-463-9900.
 
Delmonico Steakhouse Brings Back Lunch Service
Back by popular demand, lunch has returned to Delmonico Steakhouse, the Emeril Lagasse restaurant at The Venetian. Served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., highlights of the menu from chef de cuisine Ivan Rojas include Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin sandwich on focaccia bread with tomato balsamic chutney, savoy spinach and herb emulsion ($28); mushroom crusted Creekstone Farms petite filet medallions with smoked apple bacon and Emeril’s homemade Worcestershire sauce ($35); housemade pappardelle pasta with broccolini, wild mushrooms and nage butter sauce ($32); Delmonico’s bacon cheeseburger on brioche bun with cheddar cheese and apple bacon ($26); and strawberry shortcake on a sweet biscuit with vanilla pastry cream and fresh whipped cream ($11). Also offered is a lunch prix fixe menu for $50 per person inclusive of a starter, entree and dessert. Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1992.
 
SAHARA Las Vegas Announces Exclusive Limited-edition Whiskey Label
SAHARA Las Vegas is debuting its new exclusive whiskey label in partnership with Rare Character Whiskey Co. The extremely rare IRT-23/BG#38 barrel—never released before and never to be released again—is a five-year high-rye, straight bourbon aged in TN and bottled in Bardstown, KY. “This distinctive high-rye bourbon is one of Rare Character Whiskey Co.’s finest small batch selections,” said Nate Hedlund, director of beverage, SAHARA Las Vegas. “It’s distilled in the same style pioneered by bourbon legend Jim Rutledge, who worked in the bourbon industry for more than 50 years.” The limited-edition SAHARA high-rye bourbon barrel is available at Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar, CASBAR Lounge and The Tangier while supplies last. In addition,SAHARA Las Vegas will have another barrel release of Rare Character Whiskey Co.’s straight Kentucky rye whiskey in the coming months. SAHARA Las Vegas, 2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-761-7000.
 
NoMad Bar Resumes Weekend Brunch
NoMad Bar within NoMad Las Vegas at Park MGM has resumed its weekend brunch, served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Served in the main dining room or al fresco on the adjacent patio, the brunch features live music from a rotating list of artists. The menu includes truffle chicken sandwich for two with black truffle and foie gras; smoked salmon tarte topped with crème fraiche, trout roe and an ‘everything’ crumble which can be upgraded with up to thirty grams of caviar and blinis; breakfast burrito with suckling pig, eggs, potatoes, spinach and chile de arbol; short rib hash with a poached egg and shallot marmalade; and lobster Benedict topped with a tarragon and brown butter sabayon. Libations sharable for up to eight people and bottomless bubbles are also available, with a selection of fresh-pressed juices including orange, peach, mango and pineapple grapefruit. NoMad Bar, Nomad Las Vegas, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6785.
 
Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Returns
The Gospel Brunch at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay will return for the first time since March 2020 on Easter Sunday with seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids will receive eggs filled with prizes and sweet treats and adults can vie for raffle prizes. The all-you-can-eat brunch features live gospel music and a menu of Southern cooking including omelet and ham carving stations, biscuits & gravy, BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, cider-braised Brussels sprouts, andouille sausage & chicken jambalaya, chicken & waffles, salads, fruits, desserts and breakfast pastries; and create-your-own bloody Mary and mimosa bar. (Menus may change from event to event). Tickets are $54.50 for adults and $27.50 for children 3-11 plus fees and can be purchased at LiveNation.com, HouseofBlues.com and the House of Blues Box Office. Additional dates include May 15, June 19 (Father’s Day), July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 11 with seatings at 10 a.m. House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7607.
 
El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina Launches Weekend Brunch
El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina has introduced a new brunch menu available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at both of its locations. The menu reflects chef Aaron Bryan’s twists on Mexican cuisine staples thanks to his SoCal roots. Current brunch specials (subject to change), include chorizo burrito with flour tortilla, chorizo, eggs, potatoes, onions and peppers served with fruit ($13.99); sopes Benedict—traditional sopes with choice of meat, poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise and breakfast papas ($13.99); breakfast sandwich—Telera bread topped with chipotle aioli, choice of meat, egg, cheese and fresh guacamole served with fruit ($11.99); and chef’s brunch special with rotating offerings such as churro French toast, breakfast torta, skillets and huevos rancheros. In addition, on Mondays margaritas are half off with signature renditions such as the El Luchador with silver tequila, lime juice and organic agave nectar. El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina, 7825 Blue Diamond Rd. #101, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-260-8709.
 
ONE Steakhouse Introduces Wine and Shellfish Happy Hour
ONE Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels, from restaurateur brothers Michael and David Morton, has launched an upscale happy hour for wine lovers. Available at the bar Sun.-Thu. from 5-7 p.m., offered are half off a rotating list of hand selected wines chosen by wine director Anthony Ramirez, including high-end labels. In addition, a petite shellfish platter featuring a premium selection of shrimp, oysters and crab, is $25. The luxury steakhouse is open daily at 5 p.m. One Steakhouse, 4455 S. Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-522-8111.
 
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Offering Three-course Wine Pairing Menu
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering its Spring Vine & Dine, a three-course menu paired with three organically grown wines from Long Meadow Ranch. Priced at $90 per person and available through June 15, courses are macadamia citrus salad with arugula, crispy watermelon radish, toasted macadamias, shaved parmesan and citrus vinaigrette paired with Long Meadow Ranch Chardonnay; trio of tournedos of beef, succulent butter-poached lobster and a seasonal vegetable with ratatouille accompanied by spring pea puree matched with Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and Long Meadow Ranch Pinot Noir; and Dreamy Espresso Delight—chocolate espresso semifreddo with accents of vanilla, cocoa chili crumble and tart strawberry coulis and house made pistachio brittle or chocolate truffle. For more info and to make a reservation visit here. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Town Square, 6515 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-407-0019.
 
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar Spices Up Mondays with Dinner for Two and Half-off Wine
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is spicing up Monday nights with a three-course prix-fixe menu for two priced at $50 and half-off bottles of wine. The three-course dinner rotating options include beef and pork meatballs; apple and quinoa salad; hearth-roasted chicken paillard with seasonal vegetables, potato puree and truffle au jus; chicken or shrimp pasta rosé with sun dried tomato and roasted garlic cream sauce; shrimp risotto with pan-seared jumbo shrimp, roasted butternut squash risotto and heirloom tomatoes; seared scallops with spring pea and asparagus risotto, heirloom tomatoes and citrus vinaigrette; and butterscotch pudding and cookies or cranberry orange pudding for dessert. The meal can be paired with half-off bottles of red, white and sparkling wines. To reserve click here or call 702-797-7344. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7344.
 
Dinner and Show at The STRAT
The STRAT is offering three dinner and show packages. The Casual Package, includes dinner at PT’s Wings & Sports with choice of a burger, sandwich or five-ounce boneless wings, dessert and the option of seeing “Banachek’s Mind Games Live” for $55, “Xavier Mortimer: The Dream Maker” for $65 or “iLuminate” for $75. The Premium Package, offers dinner at McCall’s Heartland Grill with soup or salad, lemon and herb marinated half chicken or Atlantic salmon and cheesecake or chocolate cake and the option of seeing “Banachek’s Mind Games Live” for $75, “Xavier Mortimer: The Dream Maker” for $85 or “iLuminate” for $95. The Extravagant Package, includes dinner at Top of the World with glass of champagne, Caesar salad, entrée, side dish and warm butter cake and the option of seeing “Banachek’s Mind Games Live” for $155, “Xavier: The Dream Maker” for $165 or “iLuminate” for 175. The STRAT, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-380-7777, 800-998-6937.
 



 UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS 

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa has appointed Donald Thompson as executive chef. His culinary inspiration began while growing up in Texas with a love for smoke, big meats and the simplicity of comfort food. Thompson has 23 years of experience in dining and has worked at fine dining destinations such as Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Chef Thompson’s new spring dishes include a roasted beet salad with honey yogurt goat cheese, pistachios and beet chips; hearth-roasted Scottish salmon with steam veggies, lemon glaze and fresh lemon; and a 32-ounce, 25-day-aged Tomahawk steak with garlic mashed potatoes and truffle jus (available as an off-the-menu special). Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7344.
 



 LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS 

After a 15-year run, the iconic Rao’s at Caesars Palace closed the location after service on Sunday, November 28. The Las Vegas Rao’s location was the second and much larger outlet for the Italian restaurant from East Harlem that opened in 1896 with seating for only 40 guests. Rao’s co-owners, Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci, provided the following statement: “When we opened Rao's Caesars Palace in December of 2006, we didn't fully understand the impact it would have on all of our lives. Nearly 15 years later, as we prepare to close these doors for the final time, we are filled with a variety of emotions and will always look back and cherish the memories made within these walls. While our future in Las Vegas is not yet decided, we are very excited about the possibilities of what lies ahead.” Rao's, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 



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