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 NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS 

Raiders Tavern & Grill is now open at the M Resort The Raiders Tavern & Grill is now open at the M Resort.The first-of-its-kind official Las Vegas Raiders-themed restaurant spans 3,400 square feet and is set in the former space of Jayde Fuzion with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a private dining lounge for events. The eatery lives up to its name, with signed Raiders jerseys, posters, footballs and helmets framing the walls, a retail store featuring team merchandise and apparel and 45 TVs airing sports programming and Raiders games during the NFL season. On the menu are signature items such as seared salmon, barbecue, street tacos and seafood items; burgers and sandwiches; wood-fired pizzas; healthier, lighter fare; vegan and vegetarian dishes; and the breakfast menu served Sat. & Sun. lists traditional fare like eggs Benedict, omelets, French toast and pancakes. Two bars offer 20 beer taps and a variety of specialty cocktails. Hours are11 a.m.-7 a.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-7 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Raiders Tavern & Grill, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Henderson, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
 
Casa Calavera at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is now open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The Mexican culinary and cantina concept located poolside uses authentic flavors and techniques to create its own version of contemporary Mexican cuisine pulling authentic flavors from the northern and western coastal regions of Mexico. Its Taco Tuesdays menu, available weekly all day and night, offers $3 and $5 discounted tacos including roasted chicken with achiote chicken, carne asada with adobo marinated steak, shredded beef with slow-cooked beef barbacoa, pork carnitas with braised fried pork shoulder, grilled shrimp with adobo marinated shrimp, Baja fish with grilled aji amarillo-mahi mahi and portobello with pico de gallo, greens, avocado and salsa verde. In addition, there is a daily happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. offering $7 menu items, $20 buckets of beer and 50% off tequila and mezcal cocktails. Casa Calavera, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-522-8000.
 
Chef Florent Cheveau, the 2018 USA World Chocolate Master, after working at Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio and Aria and as executive pastry chef at MGM Grand, has moved from the Vegas Strip to open Burgundy Bakery & Cafe. Located in Village Square, the name represents Cheveau’s birthplace and the shop is filled with actual street signs from his hometown of Chablis, French newspapers dating from the 1890s epoxied into the tables, vintage French advertising posters and an outdoor patio provides an opportunity for al fresco dining. Everything on the menu is made fresh in-house from scratch with many hard-to-find items. The menu is comprised of both sweet and savory with Danish, frittata, bagels and croissants; hot sandwiches such as chicken pesto, Cuban and croque monsieur; ham & cheese, chicken and veggie crepes; bread, croissants and beignets; desserts including tarts, cakes, macarons, Napoleons, flan and assorted eclairs; and espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha and hot chocolate. Hours are Thursday-Tuesday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Burgundy Bakery & Cafe, Village Square, 9440 W. Sahara Ave. #105, Las Vegas, NV 89117, 725-204-6557.
 
Most Vegas casino resorts have a steakhouse, but with the opening of Saltgrass Steak House, the Golden Nugget now has two. This first Las Vegas outpost of the Texas steakhouse chain, which now boasts more than 80 locations, is decorated with nearly every inch of the walls filled with vintage photos of ranch activities, cattle skulls, lariats, rifles and chandeliers shaped like cattle horns. Highlights of the menu are the Certified Angus cuts of ribeye, porterhouse, center cut top sirloin and filet, and non-steak options including baby back ribs, chicken, Atlantic salmon, shrimp, burgers and appetizers like cheese fries with Jack & cheddar, bacon, sour cream and scallions. Desserts include made-from-scratch carrot cake and cheesecake. Breakfast features traditional fare such as country fried steak and eggs, pancakes and steak and eggs. Saltgrass Steak House is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Saltgrass Steak House, 129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-7111, 800-846-5336.
 
The first Las Vegas location of the Chicago-based Emporium Arcade Bar has landed at Area 15. Open to guests 21 years or older, the two-level space is filled with classic arcade favorites like Frogger, Pacman and Star Wars; pinball games; pool tables; basketball hoops; skeeball; NBA Jam; and foosball. Murals by local artists decorate the walls and a schedule of live shows and DJs are slated. The beverage program features a rotating beer selection from Nevada breweries including 7Five, Able Baker, Astronomy Aleworks, HUDL, IMBIB, Lovelady, Mojave, Pigeon Head, Revision and Tenaya Creek; house-made cocktails on draft such as the Sonic Boom, an Old Fashioned crafted with Templeton Rye Whiskey, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and orange bitters; and an extensive selection of whiskeys, tequilas and mezcals. Hours are Mon.-Thu. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Fri. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat. noon to 2 a.m. and Sun. noon to 12 a.m. Emporium Arcade Bar, 3215 S. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-846-1900.
 
Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge will be opening at Resorts World Las Vegas when the 3,500-room luxury resort opens in Summer 2021, serving a cache of vintage and rare Champagnes, artisanal cocktails and aromatic wines. The Clique Hospitality 4,090-square-foot lounge will be located just off of the casino floor and will offer an upscale environment conceptualized by the design firm Kudos featuring spacious couches, high-top tables, a 360-degree bar and a congregation of hanging illuminated orbs being a nod to the bevy of bubbles available by the glass. In addition, there will be an evolving soundtrack including DJ sets, cultivated playlists, live music and a secret drink menu will keep the offerings fresh with a monthly rotating selection of featured Champagne, seasonal libations and limited-time spirits. Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge, 3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-676-7000.
 
Acclaimed chef James Trees and LEV Group have reopened Ada’s in Tivoli Village as Ada’s Wine Bar, offering wines of the world, accompanied by Spanish and Mediterranean small plates and shareables. Jackson Stamper, formerly of The Kitchen at Atomic in Las Vegas and Employees Only in NYC, is chef de cuisine. The wine list includes whites, roses and reds from around the world with nearly 100 bottle selections starting at $30, and nearly two dozen wines by the glass for $9-20. Sparkling wines, sherry, amaro and beers are also available. The food menu, inspired by chef Trees’ travels around Spain and the Mediterranean, includes Iberico chorizo croquetas, octopus patatas bravas, braised oxtail jam, skirt steak with chimichurri marinade, duck confit panini and red beet hummus. Ada’s Wine Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating and has a fresh look including a kitchen-facing wraparound wood bartop, tufted banquettes and hightop group tables. Hours are Wed.-Sun. 2-9 p.m. Ada’s Wine Bar, Tivoli Village, 410 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-463-7433.
 
The Wicked Spoon buffet at The Cosmopolitan has again reopened with breakfast and lunch service Thursdays through Sundays. Instead of the traditional buffet model where guests fill their own plates, the Wicked Spoon staff hand dishes selected by guests at nine different food stations. Reservations are encouraged, with dining limited to two hours per party and social distancing will be strictly enforced. Hours of operation and pricing are: breakfast 8-11 a.m. $38 adults, $19 children; lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $45 adults, $22.50 children; and bottomless beverages: mimosas, champagne, bloody marys or bud light draft packages are $21 per person. Holiday themed brunches will return beginning with Easter Sunday on April 4. This reopening brings the number of buffets open at Las Vegas casino resorts to two, with Wicked Spoon joining the Garden Buffet at South Point, which also has selections plated and served to guests by staff. Wicked Spoon, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 
After relocating from The Cosmopolitan to The Venetian’s Restaurant Row, Estiatorio Milos has opened in the former space of Aquaknox. The Greek seafood restaurant by Costas Spiliadis is known for its signature seafood market featuring fresh fish flown in from the Mediterranean and curated list of fine Greek wines. The new location introduces a new fruit and vegetable market where patrons can select fresh fruits and vegetables to accompany their meals, a raw bar offering whole fish sashimi using the day's fresh catch and a variety of crudo and tartare preparations and a "yogurt room" where yogurt is strained in the classical way. The décor features a horseshoe-shaped bar with marble bartop, hardwood floor, open kitchen, live olive tree and a pastel blue/off-white color scheme. Menu highlights include Maryland crab cake, grilled octopus, lightly-fried calamari, grilled loup de mer and baklava. Estiatorio Milos is open daily for lunch and dinner. Estiatorio Milos, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
 
The L.A. icon Randy’s Donuts, in operation since 1962 and known for a giant doughnut on its roof which has appeared in movies, music videos and television, is expanding to Las Vegas, with plans for several locations. The company has purchased an existing drive-thru restaurant at 2170 S. Rainbow and land at the intersection of Blue Diamond and Cameron, anticipated to open in early fall and winter of 2021. Additional locations may be placed within casinos throughout the region in 2022, as leases are currently being negotiated with an unnamed large gaming company. The donut shop operates five locations in the greater L.A. area (Inglewood, El Segundo, Torrance, Downey and Pasadena) with new locations set to open in Costa Mesa and Santa Monica and more to be announced throughout the state of California through 2022. Recently three locations opened in South Korea and Randy’s is currently negotiating deals in Texas, New York, Illinois, Arizona, Utah, Missouri and Florida.
 
Sushi Ichiban is now open at 520 Fremont St. at the base of the Emergency Arts building adjacent to the El Cortez Hotel & Casino. The 2,718-square-foot Japanese restaurant offers all-you-can-eat sushi for $27.95 per person; an a la carte menu with appetizers such as coconut shrimp, bacon and rice cake and cucumber salad with crab meat; and a wide range of nigiri including uni, scallops, yellowtail and red snapper. An expansive list of specialty rolls includes the Golden Knight Roll with soft shell crab, onion crunch and peanut butter topped with spicy crab meat, spicy garlic ponzu and yum sauce; Jackpot Roll with shrimp tempura and cucumber topped with shrimp, spicy crab meat, crunch eel and spicy yum sauce; and Red Rock Roll with spicy yellowtail and cucumber topped with tuna, avocado and spicy garlic ponzu sauce. Hours are Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m. and Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m. Sushi Ichiban, Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont Street, Suite 150, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-478-5333.
 
After being closed for several months in response to state mandates, Morton Group’s La Comida in the Fremont East Entertainment District reopened on March 4. Known for its impressive collection of tequilas, the bar offers an array of fresh fruit cocktails, several house margaritas, craft and Mexican beers and Jarritos Mexican sodas. The menu of authentic Mexican cuisine made with traditional cooking methods and ingredients by chef Mario Garcia, includes carne asada with cucumber, radish, charred red onion and aji Amarillo dressing; authentic pozole made with hominy, pork, onion, shredded cabbage and radish; chicken tamales with tomatillo, sour cream and house-made slaw; sea bass a la Baja taco tempura battered and served with house-made slaw, chipotle mayo, pickled radish and pico de gallo; puerco ahumado (smoked pork shoulder) with avocado sauce and pickled onion; and chili relleno—battered stuffed poblano pepper with queso fresco, ranchera sauce, cilantro and jalapeno cream. La Comida, 100 Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-463-9900.
 
The Silver Stamp, situated in the Gateway District in Downtown Las Vegas, is now open. The craft beer bar offers 20 taps and 40+ bottles and cans of rare and exclusive beers not found anywhere else in town, along with several brews from local breweries, including Andrew’s Hips Don’t Lie, a sour golden ale with rose hips made exclusively for The Silver Stamp by Juxta Nomad and Astronomy Aleworks. The décor features an old school vibe with vintage beer memorabilia, with the likes of a wall of old beer cans, several beer signs, neon lights, Christmas lights, a 1960s era TV and a stuffed javelina. A limited food menu of hot dogs, house-made pickled eggs and snacks is served and guests are welcome to bring in their own food. Hours are Wed.-Sun. from 5 p.m.-midnight. The Silver Stamp, 222 E Imperial Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-527-1784.
 
Caesars Palace plans to debut the all-new Stadia Bar, replacing its Slice Bar and located adjacent to the Forum Food Court and across from Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. The 2,186-square-foot 120-seat bar and lounge will feature an elevated bar, numerous large HD TVs, five VIP leather-wrapped domes and sports-inspired design details such as net-like chandeliers, sconces that look like deconstructed baseballs and glove-like leather banquettes. The spirits menu will feature sought-after brands so rare the entire state receives less than a case, such as Kentucky Owl 10 Year Rye, Pappy Van Winkle 13 Year Rye and Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute; and signature blends of whiskey purchased by the barrel that can only be tasted at Caesars Palace. Food items will also be available via mobile ordering. Stadia Bar is expected to open this spring. Stadia Bar, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
 
El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina has entered the ring at Mountain’s Edge in Southwest Las Vegas. Conceived by hospitality veteran Andy Hooper, the new eatery’s décor features an epoxy floor, red brick wall, colorful luchador masks and a spacious outdoor patio. On the menu are a variety of enchiladas, burritos and chimichanga; steak, chicken and shrimp fajitas; six types of tacos: mahi mahi, shrimp, carnitas, chicken, adobo beef and portabella; and several vegan dishes such as tableside guacamole with housemade chips and elote en plato made with charred corn, pico de gallo, Fresno chili and tajin. Accompanying the American-Mexican cuisine are more than 80 tequilas and mezcals in categories of silver, rested and old. An excellent deal is the happy hour Mon.-Thu. from 4:40-6:15 offering adobo beef, carnitas ala mandarin, pollo rojo and jardin verde tacos for $2 each; $4 draft beers; $6 glasses of cabernet and chardonnay wine; and the El Luchador margarita for $8. Hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 4:30-9 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 4:30-10 p.m. El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina, 7825 Blue Diamond Rd. #101, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-260-8709.
 
Bāng Bar, an original concept from Momofuku and David Chang, is now open 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 has created unique-to-Vegas menu items as well. Bāng Bar replaces 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.
 
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.
 

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 LAS VEGAS FOOD EVENTS 

May 20
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will host its annual The War of the Rosés, a wine tasting event that gives attendees a chance to taste and vote for their favorite from eight Rosés. After the votes are in the winning pick will be featured in all Double Eagle Restaurants nationwide this summer. Rosés being poured will include Hartford Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River, California; Cenyth Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Sonoma, California; Gran Moraine Rosé of Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon; Copain “Tous Ensemble” Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, California; Tomaresca Calafuria Rosé Negroamaro, Salento, Italy IGT; Altered Dimension, Rosé of Syrah, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec, Columbia Valley, Washington; H3, Rosé of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cincsault, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington; and Chateau Ste. Michelle, “Le Rosé,” Rosé of Cabernet and Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington. The tasting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the night includes hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $45 per person and can be ordered here. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 3925 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-796-0063.
 
May 23
Grape Vine Café Wine Bar & Cellar will host a four-course wine dinner featuring the wines of Jayson by Pahlmeyer & Pahlmeyer Estate. Pairings are crab cakes on field greens with Louie sauce paired with Jayson by Pahlmeyer Chardonnay, mushroom ravioli with portobello mushroom sauce matched withJayson by Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir, French-style braised short ribs with mashed potatoes paired with Pahlmeyer Estate Merlot and chocolate ganache cheesecake and raspberry coulis matched with Jayson by Pahlmeyer Red Blend. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and the cost is $125 per person plus tax and tip.There will also be raffles and discounted bottles of wine. Seating is very limited. To reserve, call 702-228-9463. Grape Vine Café Wine Bar & Cellar, 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-228-9463.
 
May 24
Honey Salt will welcome guest chef Sonia El-Nawal for its next Farm Table Dinner titled “Journey to the Mediterranean,” featuring ingredients found throughout the Mediterranean. Included are Sparkling Southside welcome cocktail with Meyer lemon-infused gin, Pomp & Whimsy gin liqueur, elderflower, mint and champagne; baba ganoush with marinated olives, stuffed grape leaves and grilled pita bread; crispy whitebait with parsley, tahini and lemon; falafel & tabouleh with bulgur wheat, fresh herbs, tomato and romaine; Moroccan chicken tajine with saffron, preserved lemon and olives; Israeli couscous with toasted pine nuts, chickpeas and  mint; and tahini and halva brownies and cinnamon rice pudding with cherry compote and toasted pistachios. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are required and are available at www.honeysalt.com for $54 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $25. Due to safety protocols, all dishes will be served individually instead of family-style as in dinners past. Honey Salt, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-445-6100.
 
May 29
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar will host its monthly Taste & Learn wine-tasting event with a menu of small plates crafted by chef Mimmo Ferraro paired with wines of Italy’s Allegrini Estate, which has been an essential part of winemaking production in the Veneto region since the 16th century. The  menu includes fiore di zucca due modi (squash blossom fritter and ricotta-stuffed squash bloom with white wine sauce) paired with Vermentino Solosole Allegrini, 2018; zuppa di fungi selvatici (wild mushroom soup with sherry, thyme, truffle and  crème fraiche) matched with Allegrini Palazzo dell Torre, 2016; risotto all’Amarone radicchio e crema di gorgonzola (red wine risotto with radicchio and bleu cream cheese) paired with Allegrini “La Grola,” 2017; and spezzatino (traditional meat and vegetable stew) matched withAllegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella, 2015. The tasting will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $75 per person (all inclusive). To reserve call 702-364-5300. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
 



  ONGOING EVENTS 

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 

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Adds New Tour of The Venetian and Wynn Restaurants
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.
 
The Front Yard Hosts Pop-up Tiki Bar
The Front Yard at Ellis Island will transform its second floor into a tiki bar with island-themed cocktails and kitschy décor from June 3-July 4. The temporary bar features a 15-foot swordfish, staff wearing tropical-themed attire and tiki-style vignettes. A special menu will feature teriyaki chicken burger, tiki quesadilla and coconut shrimp; beer cocktails; 10 island-themed specialty drinks; brunch and dinner menus such as stuffed crunch toast, salmon and lox flatbread, bacon mac and cheese and giant pretzel; and Ellis Island’s beers served in specialty glassware made specifically for the pop-up. In addition, the pop-up will feature two blackjack tables and a variety of slot machines in a lounge area located by the Terrace Bar. Hours are Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m.-midnight; Mon. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.; and Tue.-Thu. 4-10 p.m. The Front Yard, Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, 4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-8901.
 
The Underground Offering Tequila and Mescal Tasting Flight
Throughout the month of May The Underground at the Mob Museum is offering a tequila and mezcal tasting flight. Available Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and noon to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, the cost is $35 for a flight of four spirits with flavor profiles ranging from smooth to smoky and earthy to oaky. The tasting includes Xicaru Reposado Mezcal, Siete Blanco, Espolon Reposado and Maestro Dobel Anejo. In addition, patrons who spend a minimum of $50 on food and drinks during May will receive a complimentary bottle of The Mob Museum’s Signature Moonshine. The Underground at the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-229-2734.
 
North Italia Introduces New Seasonal Menu
North Italia has rolled out a new menu of seasonal selections perfect for dining al fresco on its spacious outdoor dining patio. New dishes include Farmer’s Market Board—grilled asparagus, broccolini, heirloom tomato, watermelon radish, sugar snap pea, heirloom carrot, basil pesto, trinity sauce and hearth bread; tuna crudo mixed with agrumato, avocado, Castelvetrano olives, capers, pine nuts, mint and Espelette pepper; contadina salad with romaine tossed with rosemary ham, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, watermelon radish, cucumber and pickled red onion dressed in a roasted garlic vinaigrette and topped with creamy crescenza and croutons; burrata anolini—hand-crafted pasta with blistered heirloom tomatoes, basil and pecorino cheese in a traditional tomato sauce; wagyu skirt steak tagliata with grilled asparagus, arugula and red wine mushroom ragu served with creamy Cambozola polenta; and Veni Vidi Vici cocktail featuring Iwai Japanese Whisky, aromatic Amaro Montenegro, lemon, hibiscus and orange Aperitivo. The menu will be available through summer. North Italia, Rampart Commons, 1069 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-507-0927.
 
El Dorado Cantina Launches Sunday Brunch Menu
El Dorado Cantina at Tivoli Village has launched Domingo Divertido (Sunday Funday) brunch, a Mexican twist on brunch classics. Served Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., new selections include watermelon salad with serrano honey mint dressing, heirloom tomato, toasted pistachios, queso fresco, cucumber and arugula salad ($15); tres leches French toast—cinnamon-swirl bread soaked in tres leches crema with strawberries served with Chantilly cream ($16); macho Benedict with chorizo and two poached eggs topped with cilantro chipotle hollandaise sauce, guacamole spread and Fresno chiles served with breakfast potatoes ($19); and churro Belgian-style waffle coated in a cinnamon sugar topping with fresh berries, caramel plantain sauce and Chantilly cream ($14). In addition, bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas are offered for $25. Umbrella-shaded patio seating is available in addition to indoor dining. El Dorado Cantina, Tivoli Village, 430 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 110, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-333-1112.
 
Clark County Loosens COVID Restrictions as of May 1
On April 13, 2021, Governor Steve Sisolak announced Nevada would be allowed to open at 100% capacity as of June 1st and had previously announced that after May 1st the state would hand over control of COVID-19 restrictions to the counties. On April 20th the Clark County Commission set forth its plan to increase current restaurant and bar capacity from 50% to 80% beginning May 1st. Also, the six feet social distancing requirement is reduced from six to three feet; the maximum number of people who can be seated together is bumped up from six to 12 per table inside a restaurant and from two to four at bars; tableside service is allowed if patrons do not consume food at the time of preparation and all wear face coverings; and self-service buffets can return as long as each station is supervised by an employee, hand sanitizer is offered to patrons and service utensils are changed out every hour.
 
Makers & Founders Introduces New Spring Menu
Makers & Founders, known for its wide selection of Latin cuisine, craft coffee and innovative cocktails, has introduced a new menu at both its Arts District and Downtown Summerlin locations. New menu items include breakfast empanada skillet ($13) featuring two breakfast empanadas filled with chorizo, eggs, potatoes and cheddar cheese served with rice, beans, avocado, house sauce and queso fresco; la bandeja paisa ($20)—6 oz. grilled filet mignon, crispy pork belly, fried maduros, sunny side egg, Spanish rice, black beans, sliced avocado and queso fresco; ranchero burger ($18)—7 oz. house patty, rajas, caramelized onions, black beans, sunny side egg, crispy pork belly, cilantro lime crema and queso fresco on a toasted brioche bun; Spanish cioppino ($28)—octopus, shrimp, scallops, calamari and crispy sourdough crustini; and vegan espresso flan ($9)—coconut milk flan with espresso caramel, assorted fruits and coconut whipped cream. Makers & Founders, Downtown Summerlin, 2120 Festival Plaza Dr. #140, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-586-8255.
 
STK Now Serving Weekend Brunch
STK at The Cosmopolitan has added a weekend brunch, served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The menu includes truffle 8 oz. wagyu flat iron steak with fried egg, shaved truffle crispy potatoes and truffle buttered brioche ($48); lobster and eggs Benedict with lobster, baby spinach, poached eggs and caviar hollandaise ($39); hot chicken and waffle with a fried hot chicken thigh over buttermilk waffles with pickles, coleslaw and maple BBQ sauce ($28); egg white omelet with roasted pepper relish, caramelized onions, avocado, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, Emmental cheese and baby green leaves ($27); cinnamon French toast made with brioche topped with berries, cream cheese icing and maple syrup ($25); and eggs and avocado on sourdough toast with smashed avocado, cilantro, poached eggs, jalapeno, extra virgin olive oil and toasted pumpkin seeds ($28). Bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys are available for $35 per person. STK, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
 
Buddy V’s Offering 3-course Locals Menu
Buddy V’s at The Palazzo is offering a three-course menu for locals every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to close. Priced at $30.95, included are unlimited cheesy garlic bread, a complimentary box of homemade Italian cookies and the option to purchase a bottle of Chianti or Prosecco for $12. The courses (for dine-in only) are Caesar salad or Grandma’s meatballs; bucatini carbonara, Nonna’s lasagna al forno or chicken Parm; and cannoli or tiramisu. There’s also a similar family meal to go with curbside pickup priced at $75 to feed two to four for or $125 for four to six available Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m. To view the to-go menu visit here and to order call 702-607-2355. Buddy V’s, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2355; 877-883-6423.
 
El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina Adds Weekend Brunch Menu
El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina has extended its hours on the weekends, and is now serving brunch specials on Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. The specials include chilaquiles with verde sauce, crema, cotija cheese and sunny-side up eggs ($12); breakfast sandwich with al pastor bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese, tomato, guacamole and chipotle aioli on a focaccia roll ($14); breakfast tacos with choice of meat (chicken, beef, pork or al pastor), eggs, pico de gallo and Luchador cheese blend ($14); and huevos del diablo with two eggs, chorizo, cheese and spicy tomato sauce served with flour tortillas ($12). Bottomless mimosas are $20 per person. The dinner menu is also available during brunch. El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina, 7825 Blue Diamond Rd. #101, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-260-8709.
 
Carson Kitchen Launches New Spring Menu
Carson Kitchen has launched a new seasonal spring menu from chef/owner Cory Harwell and executive chef Scott Simon. The new menu includes jerk turkey burger with mango chutney slaw ($16); gyro tacos with lamb, tzatziki, feta and tomato ($14); mu shu mushroom flatbread with hoison, sesame and soft egg ($14); beet tartare toast with pistachio, mandarin and goat cheese ($12); short rib steak with sambal butter and kimchi chimichurri ($24); Hawaiian mac with spam, furikake and pineapple vin ($13); and Banoffee “pie” with Bailey’s whipped cream and chocolate digestive ($11). In addition, new cocktails have been added, such as Side Piece, a tropical mix of rum, pineapple shrub and mint coconut; and Peas and Thank You, featuring mezcal, sugar-snap pea syrup, chartreuse, fresh lime and tricolor peppercorn. Carson Kitchen is open daily for lunch and dinner and a brunch menu is served on Sundays. Curbside pickup is also available. Carson Kitchen, John E. Carson Building, 124 6th St., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-473-9523.
 
Henderson Artisan Booze District Offering Passport of Deals
The Henderson Artisan Booze District Passport is now available. Priced at $20, the Passport includes flights of beers, wine, spirits and other offers and incentives to explore the Booze District businesses including CraftHaus Brewery, Las Vegas Distillery, Bad Beat Brewing, Grape Expectations, Astronomy Aleworks, Vegas Valley Winery and Ambros Whiskey. The Passport is available for purchase at any of the Booze District businesses and offers are good through June 15, 2021.
 
Delmonico Steakhouse Resumes Lunch Service
Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian has resumed serving lunch on weekends in addition to dinner nightly. Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., entrees on the lunch menu include cuts of prime ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon ($56-$62); Delmonico’s bacon cheeseburger on a brioche roll with apple bacon and Grafton cheddar ($21); Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin salad served with romaine hearts, herb emulsion, pickled red onions, herb croutons, shaved radishes and Wisconsin blue cheese ($25); Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin sandwich served on ciabatta with roasted mushrooms, horseradish cream and savoy spinach ($23); Creekstone Angus beef medallions with house-cured apple bacon, Wisconsin blue cheese, sweet onion rings and housemade Worcestershire sauce ($25); and sauteed gulf shrimp & andouille sausage pasta with housemade penne, smoked soffritto sauce and parmesan cheese ($24). To view the full menu visit here. Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1992.
 
Landini’s Pizzeria Offering $1 Slices to Military and Firefighters
Landini’s Pizzeria will honor the men and women who serve our country with $1 pizza slices of its New York-style pizza in honor of Military Appreciation Month throughout the month of May and for firefighters on International Firefighters Day on Tuesday, May 4. Signature slices include the meatball ricotta with meatballs, ricotta and marinara; BBQ chicken with chicken, red onions and BBQ sauce; Mexican with bacon, chorizo, onions, jalapeños, pepperoni and cannellini beans; rustica with Brussels sprouts, pancetta and balsamic glaze; and more. Landini’s is open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m., with indoor and outdoor seating for on-site dining, in addition to takeout and free delivery within one mile of the restaurant.
 
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar Launching New Menu
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa is launching a new menu created by executive chef Lee Davidson, which will begin plating on March 1. New appetizers include spicy curry hummus, Wagyu beef tataki, tuna pizza, spicy shrimp scampi skillet, yellowfin tuna crudo, roasted tomato soup with salami and grilled cheddar cheese sandwich and beet salad with marcona almonds and whipped goat cheese. New entree items include crispy duck with steamed pancakes and julienne sliced cucumber and scallions, spaghetti lobster homard with maple smoked bacon and brandy cream, hearth-roasted Scottish salmon with steamed veggies and fresh lemon, Baja striped sea bass with cherry tomatoes and fennel ragout and hearth-roasted tomahawk pork chop with roasted apples and onions and bourbon au jus. Plant-based options include roasted baby carrots with sesame almond crunch and spicy vegan yogurt and buffalo cauliflower served with a vegan blue cheese sauce. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7344.
 
Red Rock Casino’s Seasonally Inspired Pop-Up Lounge Crimson in Bloom Blossoms this Spring
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa will reprise its Merry Crimson pop-up with a seasonally updated version: Crimson in Bloom. The garden-inspired indoor and outdoor terrace lounge will feature hand-crafted cocktails, extravagant floral décor and an energetic atmosphere with a tableside Rosé cart, floral candy made by the Red Rock pastry team and DJ-spun music. Several specially crafted cocktails will be available, with the cocktail menu divided by The Herb Garden, The Botanical Garden and The Produce Garden with unique garnishes consisting of floral ice cubes, edible flowers and flavorful dustings, such as Lavender—mix of Absolut Elyx, lavender, lemon, orgeat and Red Bull blueberry topped with an edible flower lollipop. Crimson in Bloom will be open Feb. 12 through May 16 every Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. and Sundays 5-11 p.m. Admission is complimentary and guests must be 21 or older. To make a reservation or book a table or cabana call 702-797-7873 or visit www.stationcasinosblog.com. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
 



 UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS 

Chef Nicole Brisson will be opening two restaurants at Resorts World Las Vegas when it opens this summer. Brezza, derived from the Italian word for breeze, will serve upscale modern coastal Italian fare, offering handmade pastas, premier seafood and premium beef cuts. Bar Zazu will showcase regional diversity through hot and cold tapas, cheese and charcuterie, sweet and savory pastries, wines from around the world and beer and cocktails from different regions of Europe. Brisson, who spent several years in kitchens on the Vegas Strip, was culinary director of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group’s Las Vegas operations and was the first female executive chef of an Eataly in the U.S., before moving off-Strip to open Locale in 2019. Brisson said, “Returning to the Las Vegas Strip feels like I am returning to my home. I really feel this is an environment that fuels my creativity and where I thrive."
 
Money Baby!, the sports venue from Clive Collective opening at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on March 25, has named Food Network star Beau MacMillan as culinary director. Chef MacMillan, host of Worst Cooks in America and judge on Guy Fieri’s Guy’s Grocery Games, will oversee culinary operations for the full-service restaurant, while remaining executive chef of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Arizona, where he has worked since its opening in 1998. The Plymouth, Massachusetts native is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and previously worked at Hotel Bel-Air, Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, La Vieille Maison in Boca Raton and in 2017 conceptualized and created the Nirvana food and wine festival. Chef MacMillan said, “When I heard about the concept, combining great food and beverage with sports and nightlife, I was sold. I can’t wait to share all of the ideas I’ve got up my sleeve for the entertainment capital of the world." Money Baby!, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000.
 



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