Las Vegas Restaurant News & Culinary Events
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino reopened on October 8th and is one of the very last resorts on the Las Vegas Strip to do so. For now, the hotel is only open Thursday through Sunday, but the gaming floor and restaurants are open daily. Reopened restaurant and bar outlets include Gordon Ramsay Burger, Starbucks (located in the lobby), Heart Bar, Extra Lounge, Café Hollywood, Earl of Sandwich, Chick-fil-A and Strip House. Senior vice president/Planet Hollywood general manager Jason Gregorec said, “We look forward to welcoming guests back with a continued emphasis on our enhanced health and safety protocols. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino , 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-785-5555, 877-333-WISH.
Triple B—Brooks Brothers Burgers is now open at the Rainbow Club Casino in downtown Henderson. The décor features an old school soda parlor counter and seating with booths and banquettes. The kitchen is helmed by chef Scott Pajak, who won an episode of Food Network’s Chopped and spent 18 years with the Emeril Lagasse organization, including almost 10 as executive chef at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo. The menu lists several burger options, all of which are priced at $10.99 and include fresh 10 oz 100% USDA Choice Angus beef patties; French fries or tater tots; coleslaw; kosher dill pickle; and Coca-Cola beverage of choice. Non-beef options include a turkey burger, caprese grilled chicken sandwich, fried shrimp po-boy, fried chicken sub, grilled portobello mushroom burger and beer battered fish sandwich. Desserts are hand dipped chocolate, vanilla or strawberry milkshakes or root beer floats served with fresh whipped cream and topped with a cherry. Triple B—Brooks Brothers Burgers, 122 S Water St., Henderson, NV 89015, 702-565-9777.
Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas have reopened, marking the final MGM Resorts’ properties around the world to open following COVID-19 closures. A new facet of the resorts is that they are the Las Vegas Strip’s first smoke-free casino resort. Restaurants reopened include Eataly Las Vegas Italian Marketplace—walk-up and sit-down venues making fresh pizzas, pastas and sandwiches and a retail store featuring hard-to-find Italian products; Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar—serving multi-tiered seafood towers, dry-aged bone-in ribeyes and lamb chops with décor paying homage to Gilded Age opulence; The NoMad Bar—inspired by the old theaters of Paris, a casual cocktail and dining venue reminiscent of the famed New York City destination; and Primrose—South of France-inspired restaurant featuring approachable breakfast and lunch menus filled with fresh produce, with an emphasis on open-fire cooking. Park MGM, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
Lucky Day—Tequila & Mescal House is now open in the Fremont East Entertainment District. The new 3,000-square-foot bar offers an expansive selection of rare mezcals, small-batch tequilas and signature cocktails paired with housemade tortilla chips, salsa fresca and guacamole flights. The décor is a blend of knick-knacks, eccentric art, stained glass windows and a canopy of 15,000 custom handmade programmable LED lights in all shapes and sizes, which is an art installation created by renowned artist Keegan Olton; and the walls showcase a dozen pieces by Bob Dob, a Southern Californian artist known for paintings that celebrate the surf and skate punk rock culture. Signature cocktails include the Jalisco Fashion featuring Añejo tequila, black cinnamon tea syrup, blood orange liqueur and cassia bark bitters. Lucky Day is reservation only Wed.-Sun. from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with limited walk-up service during those hours. Reservations can be made by texting 702-291-7599. Lucky Day—Tequila & Mescal House, 516 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-291-7599.
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.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the reimagined and re-conceptualized casino resort replacing the former Hard Rock Hotel, has announced its roster of 12 restaurants. Highlights of the collection include the Vegas return of chef Todd English’s Olives, offering a Mediterranean menu; David and Michael Morton’s old-school steakhouse MB Steak, complete with a new look; and chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake Nobu with a fresh décor and expanded bar area presenting traditional Japanese cooking. Newcomers will include Night + Market, a lauded Los Angeles eatery behind chef Kris Yenbamroong bringing authentic Thai dishes; Kassi Beach Club, from restauranteur Nick Mathers, creator of Élephante in Santa Monica and LA’s Kassi Club, situated poolside combining coastal Italian flavors with the spirit of the Mediterranean; and Casa Calavera from the Hakkasan Group, a traditional Mexican cuisine concept. The hotel had planned to open in early November, but due to the pandemic is expected to postpone the opening and announce a revised date in mid-September. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
West Hollywood's Art Deco-themed supperclub Delilah will open at Wynn Las Vegas in 2021. Expect a lavish interior with elegant chandeliers, a fireplace and stage for entertainment. Delilah, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews will open Labor Day weekend at Town Square in the former Claim Jumper space. The chain launched in North Dakota in 2012 and is known for offering 50 burgers and 50 beers. It also features a tribute to auto shops with actual classic cars, trucks and motorcycles suspended from the ceiling. The burger patties, made from fresh Angus beef, American Kobe beef or ground turkey, include twin cam burger topped with peppered bacon and nacho cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns; glazed doughnut burger with American cheese and peppered bacon on a glazed doughnut bun; and Sickies burger with bacon, egg, pulled pork and onion rings. Also offered are wings; cheese curds; over-sized tater tots filled with bacon, cheddar and chives; and old-fashioned shakes and malts. This location joins six others in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. Hours will be daily from 11 a.m.-midnight. Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, Town Square, 6629 S Las Vegas Blvd., Building J, Suite B-120, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 725-735-5400.
AREA15, the soon-to-open immersive entertainment, retail and dining complex located minutes west of the Vegas Strip, has announced the addition of Lost Spirits Distillery to its collection of interactive experiences and restaurants. Planned for an opening in late 2020, the 35,000-square-foot space will be a fully functioning distillery, designed to showcase a series of new spirits developed specifically for Las Vegas. The distillery’s location in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District has been described as a high-end Willy Wonka booze factory and an adult theme park, and the new Las Vegas location will mirror that description with a boat ride, simulated undersea train ride, holograms, a small restaurant and whisky and rum tastings. The distillery will join AREA15’s other attractions including Emporium Arcade Bar, Oddwood Bar, Dueling Axes, a culinary experience by Todd English and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas. Additional details will be announced in the coming months. Lost Spirits Distillery, 3215 S. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-846-1900.
El Dorado Cantina will introduce the brand’s newest concept, The Lounge at El Dorado, set to open late summer/early fall 2020. Taking over the former Hamptons’ space at Tivoli Village, the new lounge will share the same courtyard and patio space as the neighboring El Dorado Cantina and maintain the same hours of operation. The combined 5,393-square-foot space will have a total of nine booths between the first and second floors, which gives the rooms ample social distancing naturally. Other details such as the menu and cocktail program will be announced at a later date. El Dorado Cantina was founded in 2014 by a private investment group led by Larry Rudolph, and is best known for being one of the first Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas to offer cuisine featuring organic, non-GMO ingredients; sustainably raised products free from antibiotics, pesticides and steroids; and an extensive menu featuring dishes inspired by regions across Mexico. The Lounge at El Dorado, Tivoli Village, 440 South Rampart Boulevard Suite 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, no phone.
Circa Resort & Casino, currently under construction on Fremont Street and expected to open in December 2020, has unveiled its selection of restaurants. Included will be Barry’s Downtown Prime, a steakhouse showcasing vintage glamour evoking a throwback vibe of the 50s and 60s from chef Barry S. Dakake, who was at the helm of N9NE Steakhouse and Scotch 80 Prime for nearly two decades; and 8 East, chef Dan Coughlin’s creative take on pan-Asian cuisine spanning Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai dishes. Additional venues will be Project BBQ by chef Rex Bernales, a permanent food truck and Carolina barbecue joint situated on the Fremont Street Experience; Saginaw’s Delicatessen, a family-style deli by Detroit restaurateur Paul Saginaw and his first restaurant outside of Michigan; and Victory Burger & Wings Co. from Chris Sotiropoulos and Grace Keros, third-generation owners of Detroit’s 102-year-old American Coney Island, which will be the first new concept from the brand’s founding family in more than a century. Circa Resort & Casino, 18 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, no phone.
Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese dumpling and noodle house with more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries, will debut in the former ARIA Café space at Aria Resort & Casino in mid-to-late 2020. The restaurant is renowned for its meticulously handcrafted dumplings and noodles served in an approachable setting and specializes in xiao long bao Shanghai-style soup dumplings, which are filled with high quality Kurobuta pork and broth fragranced with aromas of fresh ginger and green onion. Additional details on Din Tai Fung will be made available in the coming months. Din Tai Fung, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Fergusons Downtown Pour in the Alley will celebrate National Mezcal Day with a pairing of mezcal and a meal from Tacos & Beer. The virtual tasting package, priced at $110, includes a 750ml bottle of Ilegal Respesado; 750ml bottle of Ilegal Joven; an 8oz craft cocktail mix; and a paired meal from Tacos & Beer with Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, a trio of tacos (carne asada, baja and chile relleno) and churro cake with spiced mezcal chocolate sauce. Curbside pickup of packages will be at Tacos & Beer on Oct. 21 from 5-6 p.m. and the virtual tasting will be online at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.fergusonsdowntown.com until Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Tacos & Beer, 3900 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-675-7572.
Tuscany Gardens at the Tuscany Suites & Casino will host a five-course truffles and wine dinner featuring provocative wines of the world. Pairings are grilled fig tartine with French baguette crostini, caramelized shallots, prosciutto, honey goat cheese, truffle and balsamic glaze matched with Riefle Brut, Cremant d’Alsace; black truffle arancini with risotto, parmesan cheese, mascarpone, spinach puree and Urbani truffles paired with 2013 Bitouzet Prieur Meursault “Les Corbins”; beef carpaccio arugula salad with truffle butter-grilled brioche and truffle aioli matched with 2014 Charles Audoin Marsannay “Cuvee Marie,” Ragonneau; tournedos Rosini—filet mignon with foie gras, sliced black truffle, potato au gratin and roasted asparagus paired with 1993 Cantine del Castello di Conti Boca; and molten truffle chocolate cake and vanilla bean gelato matched with Port. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $125 (plus tip). To reserve, call 702-947-5910. Tuscany Gardens, Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-947-5910; 877-TUSCAN1.
Aces & Ales will host Pedals & Pints, a group cycling outing followed by a gathering with a special menu at its Tenaya location. Participants are invited to meet at Las Vegas Cyclery at 10575 Discovery Dr. at 8:30 a.m. Groups will be formed based on skill level and will depart at 9 a.m. to ride the nearby Bear’s Best Trail. Following the ride Aces & Ales will host an after party starting at noon in the restaurant’s patio and VIP room, with giveaways and 20% off the entire tab and first pint of beer free for all participants. The menu will include a dozen beers from Pizza Port Brewing and themed food, such as pizza Carlsbad with pesto, grilled chicken, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and feta; and Port salad with mixed greens, asparagus, portobello, butternut squash and gorgonzola. For more info visit tenaya.acesandales.com. Aces & Ales, 2801 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-638-2337.
Partage will team up with neighboring restaurant Kaiseki Yuzu to host a multi-course French and Japanese dinner. Included are foie gras hibiscus and chutoro (tuna) lollipops; soup with stewed Japanese snapper, lobster, shiitake, mitsuba open ravioli and candied chestnut; A5 wagyu and Hokkaido scallop croque monsieur with soy; yuzu flan and gyoza with wagyu oxtail wrapped with radish marinated in seaweed; frog legs breaded with lemon and serrano paste, wasabi sesame and squid ink; puffed tapioca risotto with shiso pesto; striped jack charbroiled on binchotan with shredded grapefruit scale, parsnip puree, grapefruit fish stock and beurre blanc; miso-marinated squab breast stuffed with foie gras, squab leg confit, French mashed potatoes, porcini and lotus root; orange-marinated tofu and selection of French cheese; and white forest cake with matcha tea cream, candied cherry, liquid cherry sake and white chocolate shavings. The cost is $200 with French wines and sake pairings available separately. Seatings are from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. and 8:30 to 9 p.m. Partage, 3839 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-582-5852.
October 29 & 30
Lawry’s The Prime Rib will host a musical mystery dinner theater production entitled The Family Reunion. The menu features a spinning bowl salad served with fresh sourdough bread; choice of 8-oz cut of roasted prime rib of beef, oven-roasted salmon filet or vegetarian entrée; chef’s choice dessert; and LavAzza coffee or Harney & Sons hot tea. The cost is $115 (inclusive of tax and tip) and the dinner will begin at 7 p.m. All tables will be at least 6 feet apart, only seating guests with members of their party, capping the tables at 6 people per table, requiring masks to be worn when not seated at a table with food or drink and setting the maximum occupancy to 44 people. To reserve, visit www.atouchofmystery.com. Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-893-2223.
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.
Freedom Beat Brings Back Weekend Brunch
Freedom Beat at the Downtown Grand has brought back its Freedom 2 Brunch, offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A dozen dishes, such as chicken & waffles, sunny egg & potatoes, shrimp & grits and the Elvis waffle are “all you can eat,” priced at $24.99. All-you-can-drink options are mimosas or well bloody Marys for $10. The Classics section of the menu, with prices ranging from $8-15, includes eggs Benedict, steak & eggs, chicken fried steak and egg white and basil pesto frittata; and the Creations section, ranging from $12-14, lists smoked pork mac n cheese with poached egg, tater tot waffle & smoked salmon and spinach parmesan toasts. To view the full brunch menu visit full brunch menu and to make a reservation email FreedomBeatRes@downtowngrand.com. Freedom Beat, Downtown Grand, 206 N. 3rd St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-719-5315.
Gordon Ramsay Steak Multi-course Tasting Menu
Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas is offering a multi-course tasting menu priced at $155 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $75. Included are Scotch egg with Berkshire pork sausage and red wine braised cabbage paired with Taittinger, La Francaise, Brut, Champagne, France N.V.; hamachi crudo with pickled mushrooms, puffed rice, miso vinaigrette and lime aioli matched with Albariño, Agro de Bazán, Granbazán Etiqueta Verde, Rias Baixas, Spain 2017; saffron risotto with diver scallop, wild mushroom, haricot vert and mushroom crisp paired with Aurelien Verdet, “Le Prieuré,” Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, France 2016; land & sea beef Wellington with butter poached lobster, glazed petit vegetables and potato purée matched with Caymus, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2018; and sticky toffee pudding with brown sugar toffee sauce and brown butter ice cream paired with Broadbent, Malmsey 10 Year, Madeira, Portugal. Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-4663; 702-946-7000.
North Italia Offering Date Night Bundle for Two
North Italia is offering a date night bundle for two in celebration of National Pasta Month, available for takeout and delivery, from Oct. 14-Nov. 1. Priced at $50, couples get their choice of any two signature pastas, a side of freshly baked parmesan garlic bread and either a to-go margarita or red sangria. Pastas include the house-made chicken pesto, burrata tortelloni, Bolognese, short rib radiatori and squid ink mafaldine. For more information, visit the official website. North Italia, Rampart Commons, 1069 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-507-0927.
Americana Offering Mid-week Three-course Dinner with Wine Pairings for $50
Americana at Desert Shores, selected as one of Gayot’s Best New Restaurants in the U.S. in 2017, is offering a weekly Harvest Menu, a three-course meal with endless wine pairings for $50 per person. Available during dinner Tuesday-Thursday, the menu changes weekly, but a recent offering included bib lettuce with shaved fennel, radishes and Green Goddess dressing paired with Vista Point Chardonnay; pan-seared diver scallops with celery root, hen of the wood mushrooms and Hatch chili matched with Vista Point Cabernet Sauvignon; and banana split with market berries and Chantilly cream. To inquire about the weekly menu call 702-331-5565 or visit www.facebook.com/AmericanaLasVegas. Americana, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 118, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-331-5565.
Carmine’s Bringing Back Its Capellini Marechiara for a Limited Time
In celebration of National Pasta Day, Carmine’s inside the Forum Shops at Caesars will bring back its Capellini Marechiara pasta special, which features green lip mussels, littleneck clams, shrimp, scallops, Italian hot peppers, Carmine's pomodoro tomatoes, roasted garlic, basil, parsley, Carmine's white wine and baby arugula. Available for dine-in, takeout and delivery from October 17-24, the special serves 4-6 and is priced at $54. In addition, Carmine’s is offering its homemade classic red sauce, with 100% of profits going to Carmine’s Cares Employee Relief Fund. A 3-pack of 32 oz family-size jars is $45 and can be ordered for nationwide shipping at www.carminesnyc.com. Carmine’s, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-473-9700.
Buddy V’s Ristorante Reopens with New Vegetarian Menu Items and New Happy Hour
Buddy V’s Ristorante, after undergoing a renovation this summer, has reopened within the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort with new vegetarian menu items and a new happy hour. New vegetarian dishes include roasted vegetable, tomato and basil (with rigatoni, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccolini, spinach, zucchini and basil pesto), porcini whipped potatoes and Tuscan style broccolini. The new happy hour, served in the bar, lounge and indoor patio from 4-6 p.m. daily, offers meatballs, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella sticks, Roma-style gnocchi, Hoboken chicken wings and eggplant parm for $6; and domestic beer, red & white house wine, Prosecco and sangria for $5. Other deals are kids 10 and under eat free every Sunday and Monday with purchase of an adult entrée, wine Wednesdays with 50% off all bottles and through the end of 2020 a 25% discount (not valid for happy hour) and free cannoli to locals with valid Nevada ID and essential workers and first responders also get 25% off. Buddy V’s Ristorante, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2355; 877-883-6423.
Carson Kitchen Now Serving Sunday Brunch
Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas has added Sunday brunch to its repertoire. Served every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the menu includes sweet to savory items such as oatmeal brûlée ($10) with bourbon, smoked pecan, fruit compote and chantilly cream; B.E.C. ($12) with pork belly, easy egg, white cheddar, herb mayo and arugula; sopapilla French toast ($14) with citrus mascarpone, berry compote and Thai chili maple syrup; oxtail hash ($12) with potato, bell pepper, red wine demi and a sunny egg; egg white frittata ($11) with mushroom, red pepper coulis and whipped goat cheese; and shrimp & grits ($13) with Fresno chile, cilantro, mint, shallot and nuoc cham. Carson Kitchen, John E. Carson Building, 124 6th St., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-473-9523.
Golden Steer Steakhouse Offering Direct-to-home Shipping
Golden Steer Steakhouse, a staple of the Old Vegas steakhouse offering classic cuts of steaks since opening in 1958, is now offering direct-to-home shipping of its signature USDA Prime wet-aged bone-in ribeye, filet mignon or combination packs. Each package of steaks is shipped with the Golden Steer’s “Maitre D’ Butter,” formulated with a proprietary blend of herbs; and a generous helping of the Golden Steer’s au jus. Also available are a selection of Las Vegas Raiders game day at-home meal kits with options of burger, meatball, mac 'n' cheese, seafood stuffed mushrooms and twice baked potatoes. For more info and to order the steaks visit www.goldensteerlasvegas.com and for the game day meal kits go to www.goldensteerlasvegas.com/news-item/be-a-fan-with-our-game-day-box-go-lv-raiders. Golden Steer Steakhouse, 308 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-384-4470.
The Front Yard at Ellis Island Casino & Brewery Brings Back Weekend Brunch
The two-story indoor-outdoor setting and beer garden concept The Front Yard at Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Mondays following holiday weekends. Served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the menu curated by executive chef John Alers includes sweet eats like the French toast waffle stuffed crunch toast, savory bites like the brisket Benedict and brunch staples with a twist like the avocado toast with a beet glaze. Accompanying the brunch menu are 13 of the brewery’s beers on tap, intense bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas, all day rosé packages and Sangria served by glass or fishbowl. “I take a lot of pride in this menu as I feel that it’s both innovative and fresh while having options that everyone can enjoy,” said chef John Alers. As the brunch is first come, first served, guests are encouraged to call ahead to check availability and capacity. The Front Yard, Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, 4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-8901.
Jaleo Offering Tasting Menu
Jaleo by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan is offering its menu rápido, a five-course tasting menu. Priced at $35, it includes pan de cristal con tomate y Manchego—toasted slices of crispy bread brushed with fresh tomato and Manchego cheese; Tichi’s gazpacho—classic Spanish chilled tomato soup with pipiranna; ensalada verde—mixed green salad with sherry dressing, tomato, piparra peppers and shaved onion; paella of the day; and pollo a la parilla—grilled chicken thigh with olive oil potato purée and parsley purée. Add-ons include carne asada featuring grilled hanger steak with piquillo pepper confit for $8 and gambas al ajillo—tapa of sautéed shrimp with garlic for $6. Jaleo by José Andrés, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
STK Offering New Happy Hour
STK steakhouse at The Cosmopolitan has launched a new Vegas-inspired 777 happy hour. Available daily from 4:30-6 p.m. in the lounge, specials include 7 bites for $7 each, such as tuna tartare, grilled chimi filet and parmesan truffle fries; half off specialty cocktails; and $10 glasses of Justin Cabernet and Vievité Rosé. To view the complete happy hour menu visit stksteakhouse.com. STK, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés Offering New Dining and Drink Specials
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SAHARA Las Vegas has announced new dining and drink specials. On Sundays guests can enjoy half off select bottles of wine, as well as a cocktail and appetizer special for two available only at Bar Centro, featuring two glasses of red or white sangria and an order of croquetas for $30. In addition, chef Alex Pitts has developed a burger featuring a blend of Wagyu short rib and brisket topped with shredded iceberg, special sauce and pub cheese. Served with fries and house-made ketchup, the burger is available for $22 in both the restaurant and Bar Centro during operating hours, which are 5-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Sahara Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-761-7610.
LAVO Launches Dolce Supper Club
Dolce, a new supper club within LAVO at The Palazzo, is now open on Sundays. The supper club experience begins at 9:30 p.m., as the restaurant transforms with live entertainment and a DJ while guests can select from a menu that includes the restaurant’s signature one-pound meatball, seafood, pasta and prime meats while taking in the performances. Also offered are decanter and bottle service, along with interactive desserts such as the new Tartufo, a Neapolitan gelato cake with vanilla stracciatella, strawberry and pistachio gelato and a flaming chocolate shell that is unveiled by poured flaming hot syrup and incorporated into a grand tower with tiramisu, cannoli, zeppole and strawberries. LAVO, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-1800.
Downtown Container Park Offering Local Specials
The Downtown Container Park, Downtown Las Vegas’ open-air shopping center & entertainment venue, has launched its “Local Lives Here” tenant specials, to encourage the local Las Vegas community to support small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of the specials are food & beverage related, including Simply Pure: buy 1 fresh juice, get 50% off a second fresh juice; Pizza Zazza: $7.99 10-inch cheese pizza; Cheffinis: free soft drink with any signature hot dog and 10% off any side; Las Vegas Kettle Corn: buy 1 bag of any medium flavor and get a small bag free; Downtown Terrace: happy hour Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m.; Pinches Tacos: happy hour Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m.; and Bin 702: happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m. For more info and the complete list of specials, visit downtowncontainerpark.com.
Fresco Italiano Offering Chef Selection Menu
Fresco Italiano at the Westgate Las Vegas is offering a chef selection three-course menu by executive chef Steve Young. Priced at $40 per person, included are choice of Tuscan white bean and kale soup, chopped salad or Caesar salad; fettuccine Alfredo with wild mushrooms and chicken breast, salmone in padella (salmon with artichoke hearts, basil, capers and lemon butter), pollo arrosto (lemon & rosemary roasted half chicken with wild mushroom marsala and creamy polenta) or lasagna; and bomboloni, tiramisu or gelati. An option wine pairing add-on of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon is available for $7 a glass. Fresco Italiano, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-5276.
Honey Salt Introduces Vegan Menu and Weekly Vegan Specials
Honey Salt has introduced a new vegan program and menu with more than a dozen items, most of which are also gluten free. Items include avocado toast with pickled fresno pepper, cherry tomatoes, arugula and rustic bread; chickpea hummus with sumac, California olive oil and papadum; grain power salad with quinoa, beluga lentils, avocado, pomegranate seeds and lemon vinaigrette; slow roasted cauliflower steak with sweet corn succotash, English peas, oven roasted tomatoes and chimichurri; and green goodness juice salad in a glass: kale, apples, fennel, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger. The Green Garden Mondays are also on the calendar with a rotating three-course menu for $29 including a starter, entrée, dessert and boozy detox shooter. An organic, vegan bottle of wine is also available to add on for $20. Past items have included heirloom tomato tartare, artichoke scampi linguini, cauliflower & red quinoa risotto and warm blueberry lemon cake. Honey Salt, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-445-6100.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés Offering Summer Tasting Menu
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at the Sahara is offering a summer tasting menu. Priced at $99 per person, the menu includes green apple “banh mi” sandwich with Thai basil, pickled veggies and duck liver; bagel & lox cone with dill cream cheese and salmon roe; esquiexada salad with salted cod, farm-ripe tomatoes, olives and basil seed; cured beef leg with burrata cheese; Padron peppers; josper-roasted suckling lamb shawarma with grilled flatbread, piparra peppers, lemon, mint and honey; choice of grilled Wagyu flank steak with Israeli couscous and mojo rojo or Brandt beef tenderloin with sauce “espanol,” both served with fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and josper-roasted asparagus with Romesco sauce; and desserts of cream puffs and assorted tarts and little cakes. There is also an optional wine pairing for an additional $25 per person. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Sahara Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-761-7610.
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar Debuts New Weekend Brunch
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa is now offering a weekend brunch, served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the new menu curated by chef Lee Davidson and pizzas from resident pizzaiola Enzo Esposito. Highlights from the new menu include avocado toast, feta and watermelon salad, lollipop chicken wings, plant-based impossible burger, breakfast burrito, build-your-own three cheese omelette and breakfast pizza topped with bacon, sausage and poached egg; and liquid libations including a Bloody Mary cart and bottomless micheladas, Aperol spritzes or mimosas. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7344.
La Strega Serving 7-course Tasting Menu
Chef Gina Marinelli at La Strega has introduced a new tasting menu celebrating the Amalfi coast. The seafood-centric selection of seven courses is priced at $85 (plus tax and tip) and includes smoked white fish crostini; swordfish carpaccio with citrus olive oil, fennel and zucchini; grilled calamari insalata with shaved garden vegetables and ‘nduja vinaigrette; crab raviolini with lobster broth and Aleppo breadcrumbs; intermezzo of Aperol granita; seared diver scallops with cauliflower couscous and salmoriglio; and limoncello cannoli with white chocolate and candied lemon. La Strega, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-722-2099.
Valley Cheese & Wine Welcomes Diana Brier as New Owner and Director of Cheese
Valley Cheese & Wine, Southern Nevada’s oldest cheese and wine shop, has welcomed Diana Brier as the new owner and director of cheese. The Texas native is a well-respected cheesemonger, artisan cheesemaker and affineur, and one of only 45 people in the U.S. to hold a Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator Certificate from the American Cheese Society. Previous owner Solenne Peyronnin will stay on as director of wine to continue curating the shop’s wine selection along with providing wine education. Brier and Peyronnin will collaborate on classes and offerings where customers can learn about wine and cheese from the two experts in their respective fields. The shop will be adding an air purifier to provide antiviral proprieties and make the room safer and healthier for patrons and allow for a more accurate tasting experience. Valley Cheese & Wine is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Valley Cheese & Wine, 1570 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy #140, Henderson, NV 89012, 702-341-8191.
Old Homestead Steakhouse Offering Prix-Fixe Menu
Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace is offering a prix-fixe menu, served daily from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Priced at $69.95 per person, the three-course meal includes Caesar salad; 10-ounce Black Angus filet, with an option to upgrade to a colossal shrimp scampi style for an additional $10; and dessert of crème brulée. Old Homestead Steakhouse, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7560; 702-731-7110; 877-346-4642.
Chef Scott Pajak has been appointed executive chef of the Rainbow Club & Casino on Water Street in downtown Henderson. A graduate of UNLV’s hospitality and management program, Pajak spent 18 years with the Emeril Lagasse organization, including almost 10 as executive chef at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo until its recent closure; and won an episode of Season 13 of Food Network’s Chopped. Pajak said, “I'm excited to be a vital part in helping to re-open the nostalgic Rainbow Club & Casino on Water Street and am thankful for the opportunity to help the Brooks brothers (owners of Rainbow Club & Casino) with their second casino, the Emerald Island Casino right behind the Rainbow Club & Casino.” One of Pajak’s first tasks will be to finalize the menu for the new burger concept Triple B. Rainbow Club & Casino, 122 S Water St., Henderson, NV 89015, 702-565-9777.
Thomas Griese has been named executive chef at Jing, the global Asian cuisine restaurant in Downtown Summerlin. Hailing from Lafayette, Indiana, after graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 2006, Griese worked with renowned chefs including Thomas Keller, Andre Rochat and Michael Mina. Griese completed a stage apprenticeship at The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and afterward held a corporate chef position with the Mina Group that brought his talents to restaurants including Margeaux Brasserie in Chicago, Bourbon Steak in San Francisco and RN74 in Seattle; and also worked at resort properties including The Setai and Fontainebleau in Miami and Baha Mar in the Bahamas. In Las Vegas he honed his culinary skills at acclaimed restaurants including Bouchon, Andre’s at Monte Carlo, Alizé at the Palms, Le Cirque at Bellagio, Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons and most recently at Sage at Aria. Jing, 10975 Oval Park Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 725-735-7172.
Wynn Las Vegas has named Min Kim the new executive chef of Mizumi, the resort's fine-dining Japanese restaurant. A native of South Korea, Kim most recently served as executive chef of the Mizumi at Wynn Palace in Cotai. His career began in Seoul, where he worked alongside his father, who ran a traditional Japanese restaurant, before moving to Tokyo to hone his skills at Narisawa and Ryugin before taking the executive chef position at Wynn Palace. Upon his arrival to Wynn Las Vegas, Kim has added several of his signature items to the menu, including cold chawanmushi and steamed jidori egg-custard with grilled corn, snow peas and shiso flower; wild snapper sashimi usuzukuri with thinly sliced Japanese madai snapper, white soy and lime dressing, sesame seeds and konbu; and yuzu and passionfruit souffle with vanilla ice cream, passionfruit jelly and elderflower. Mizumi, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
After being the first Vegas buffet to reopen after the shutdown, the Buffet at Wynn has closed indefinitely after service on September 7, 2020. After reopening on June 18th with unlimited servings of 90 dishes, the reimagined Wynn buffet featured dishes brought to patrons by servers in unlimited quantities during a two-hour window. Wynn spokesperson Michael Weaver said, “Based upon guest feedback, we found that many guests prefer a more traditional buffet experience over the served all-you-can-eat format. We will continue to assess the situation and will make a determination on reopening at the appropriate time.” This closure leaves only two buffets open in Las Vegas: Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan and Garden Buffet at South Point, both of which offer plated servings; and Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace recently announced that its reopening, original slated for August, has been pushed back to a yet-to-be-determined date. Buffet at Wynn, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-3340, 888-320-WYNN.
MGM Resorts International has announced that celebrity chef Shawn McClain’s fine-dining restaurant Sage and casual eatery Five50Pizza Bar, both at Aria, will not be reopening. Aria president Steve Zanella said in a statement: “After a 10-year run as one of Las Vegas’ most beloved dining destinations, the iconic Sage has closed. We appreciate all that Shawn McClain and his team have invested in making this restaurant so special and successful.” McClain will still have a presence on the Vegas Strip as his McLain Camarota Hospitality company will continue to operate Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay, which is currently open for dinner Fri.-Sun. Sage, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo, one of Las Vegas’ premier celebrity chef restaurants, has closed permanently. The sports-themed eatery named for Emeril Lagasse, opened in 2009 and was known for its stadium seating, large-screen TVs projecting sports programming and an operating sports book, and for offering high-quality, approachable comfort food, which stood out from Lagasse’s other Las Vegas fine-dining venues. Lagasse is still operating his Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand. Lagasse’s Stadium, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2665.
View archived news: September 2020 | August 2020 | July 2020 | June 2020 | March 2020 | February 2020 | January 2020 | December 2019 | November 2019 | October 2019 | September 2019 | August 2019 | July 2019 | June 2019 | May 2019 | April 2019 | March 2019 | February 2019 | January 2019 | November 2018 | October 2018 | September 2018 | August 2018 | July 2018 | June 2018 | May 2018 | April 2018 | March 2018 | February 2018 | January 2018 | December 2017 | November 2017 | October 2017 | September 2017 | August 2017 | July 2017 | June 2017 | May 2017 | April 2017 | March 2017 | February 2017 | January 2017 | December 2016 | November 2016 | October 2016 | September 2016 | August 2016 | July 2016 | June 2016 | May 2016 | April 2016 | March 2016 | February 2016 | January 2016 | December 2015 | November 2015 | October 2015 | September 2015 | August 2015 | July 2015 | June 2015 | May 2015 | April 2015 | March 2015 | February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | March 2008