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July 2021 Archive

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Longtime classic bar and music venue The Sand Dollar Lounge will open a second location inside the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. Opening this fall in time for the Plaza’s 50th anniversary this year, The Sand Dollar also has a long history in Las Vegas, as it opened its doors on Spring Mountain Rd. in 1976 as the Sand Dollar Blues Bar, and over the years hosted legends including Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Mick Jagger. The Sand Dollar Downtown will be in a nearly 5,000-square-foot space adjacent to the casino floor and plans are to offer its full menu of craft cocktails with pizzas made by the Plaza’s Pop Up Pizza. Both local acts and other headliners will take the stage in the evenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and the vintage outlet will focus on recreating the classic age of electric blues and rock ‘n roll. The Sand Dollar Downtown, 1 Main S., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-386-2110.
Gabi’s Gorditas has opened on Blue Diamond Rd. just west of Decatur in southwest Las Vegas. The gorditas are air-fried using flour instead of oil-fried corn masa, and non-traditional ingredients such as cactus, jicama, Peruvian beans, plantains and roasted poblano are used, creating a healthful Latin fusion. Gorditas include tinga de pollo with brined chicken; picadillo, a house blend of beef and pork; and the vegetarian Peruvian beans with oven dried tomato and caramelized plantains. For dessert, the ube pudding contains ube (a purple yam), local honey, agave Greek yogurt, toasted coconut and pickled blueberries. Beverages include house-made mint lemonade and seasonal water—a low calorie drink obtaining its sweetness from the juice of the seasonal fruits. A small dining area is decorated with colorful faux tile wallpaper, pressed repurposed wood and “I Love Gorditas” in red neon encased in a frame. To view the menu and to place an order, visit Gabi's Gorditas, 5095 Blue Diamond Rd. #110, Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-689-0941.
After a renovation of the interior space and a re-engineered menu, Hakkasan Restaurant at the MGM Grand has reopened. New menu items include A-5 wagyu scallion pancake with sweet cilantro soy and chili aioli; crispy Guangdong whole lobster with crispy garlic and black bean chili soy; and 32oz aged bone-in ribeye with black garlic steak sauce. Popular dishes remaining on the menu include vegan dim sum basket with wild mushroom and truffle, edamame jade, crystal vegetable and pea shoot; roasted Chilean seabass with bumble bee honey; crispy duck salad with pomelo, pine nuts and shallots; and jasmine smoked wagyu short rib with sweet glaze and pickled lotus root. A fresh lineup of cocktail creations includes Han Dynasty with Old Forrester Bourbon whiskey, plum wine, grapefruit bitters and hickory smoke; and Heart & Seoul with Absolut Elyx vodka, soju, Luxardo Maraschino, cold pressed lime, pineapple and raspberry. Hakkasan is open Thu.-Sun. from 5:30 p.m. Hakkasan, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7888.
El Dorado Cantina has opened its third Las Vegas location, with its newest restaurant situated at 8349 West Sunset Road, near the 215 Beltway in the Centra Point center in Southwest Las Vegas. The 4,500-square-foot space accommodates up to 170 guests including an outdoor patio, and features dark wood, leather booths, intricate stained-glass light fixtures, elegant gold and red accents, hand-painted art installations and El Dorado’s signature red rose walls. Popular dishes include tableside guacamole, fajita platters, enchiladas, street tacos, a selection of vegan options and flan; and signature margaritas, specialty cocktails and a selection of domestic and imported draft beers. The new location joins its two others, one in Tivoli Village and one on Sammy Davis Jr. Blvd. El Dorado Cantina uses organic, non-GMO ingredients and sustainably raised beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, fish and produce from carefully selected farms in the U.S. free from antibiotics, pesticides and steroids. El Dorado Cantina, 8349 W. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113, 725-208-1903.
The modern-day supper club Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas opened on July 14 in the Tower Suites enclave. The kitchen is overseen by local chef Joshua Smith and helming the cocktail program is resort mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini. In addition to a wide selection of premium steaks and seafood, the menu includes wagyu beef Wellington; chef Smith’s take on a chicken TV dinner featuring Bobo Farms chicken, peas n’ carrots, pomme puree and vin jaune gravy; smoked salmon & caviar latke with acme salmon, Russian Osetra caviar and garnitures; Delilah fish & chips featuring potato-crusted dover sole, pommes soufflé, malt vinegar beurre blanc and classic tartar sauce; and the  flambéed dessert strawberry shortcake baked Alaska. Signature libations include Champagne Papi featuring Virginia black whiskey, velvet falernum, lime and mango served with a personal bottle of Moët Impérial. Delilah at Wynn will be open Wed.-Sun. from 5:30 p.m. Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
A good indicator that Las Vegas is back is the return of the resorts’ buffets. Weeks earlier several reopened, including Garden Buffet at South Point, Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan, Bacchanal at Caesars Palace, The Buffet at Wynn, Circus Circus Buffet, The Buffet at Excalibur and the MGM Grand Buffet. Now joining the ranks of the resurrected buffet is The Buffet at Bellagio, which reopens on July 16 for daily brunch from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. It will feature live-action stations such as an omelet station and carving station slicing up marinated flank steak, rotisserie chicken and St. Louis style ribs; traditional breakfast items; pasta and pizza; extensive eggs Benedict options; fried chicken and waffles; a toast bar; a seafood selection of Alaskan king crab, poached shrimp, smoked salmon and scallop ceviche; Far East delicacies such as Hong Kong BBQ buns and shrimp shu mai; fresh pastries; and a personalized gelato stand. The Buffet at Bellagio, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8111.
After being closed since March, 2020, NoMad Restaurant has reopened at Park MGM and has been renamed NoMad Library. The new names reflects the focal point of its dining room: the more than 25,000 vintage books lining the floor-to-ceiling shelves of the two-level library including several from the personal collection of the late philanthropist David Rockefeller. Executive chef Michael Rellergert returns to helm the kitchen, executing a menu that includes acclaimed starters, seafood and succulent meats that feature dramatic tableside presentations, such as the large format signature roast chicken that comes stuffed with foie gras, black truffle, brioche with dark meat fricassée and sauce supreme and is delivered for your inspection before being returned to the kitchen for carving; and the American wagyu prime rib, which is carved tableside. The hours are Fri.-Sun. from 5-10 p.m. NoMad Library, NoMad Las Vegas, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6785.

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Landini’s Pizzeria is offering a cool incentive to lower the price of its pizzas which is a timely offer during the hottest days of the year in Southern Nevada. The deal for 50% off of its entire menu kicks in whenever the thermometer hits 110 degrees or more. The menu includes New York-style pizza (available whole and by the slice), paninis, salads, sandwiches, hot wings, an assortment of pasta dishes, beer, wine, house-made sangria and mimosas. Signature pizzas include the Sopranos, topped with pepperoni, sausage and meatballs; la picante, served with no sauce and layered with ricotta cheese, pepperoni, jalapeños and pineapple; rustica, with Brussels sprouts, pancetta and balsamic glaze; and Michelangelo, topped with spinach, olives, green bell peppers, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes. Some restrictions may apply to the offer. More information is available by calling 725-205-2249 and the complete menu can be viewed at Landini’s Pizzeria, 9440 W. Russell Road Suite 104, Las Vegas, NV 89148, 7252052249.
Grimaldi’s Launching Give Back Campaign to Support the American Heart Association
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is offering a give back campaign in support of the American Heart Association. Throughout the month of August, guests who donate to the American Heart Association inside Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations nationwide will receive a bounce back card to use for a later visit to the restaurant. For every $5 donated, guests will receive a $5 bounce back gift card, and the cards can be combined up to a total of $25 per visit. The bounce back cards expire December 31, 2022, and are valid at most Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations nationwide, including the two Las Vegas locations. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Boca Park, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-479-1351.
CATCH Launches Weekend Brunch
CATCH at ARIA has launched a weekend brunch, served Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Highlights include truffle sashimi with tuna, Hamachi, chili ponzu, caviar and black truffle purée; CATCH roll with crab, salmon and miso honey; steak and eggs—6-ounce New York strip with two sunny side up eggs which can be upgraded to A5 Miyazaki wagyu cooked tableside; egg white omelette with turkey bacon, artichoke, arugula, caramelized onions and goat cheese; tuna poke bowl with avocado, tomato, sour apple, pineapple, yuzu- chili, brown rice and crispy taro; grilled Spanish octopus with crispy potatoes, sofrito and garlic aioli; and cinnamon roll pancakes with brown sugar cinnamon swirl, candied almonds and cream cheese frosting. The brunch fare is complemented by classic bloody marys, mimosas, bellinis and a variety of cocktails like the One Too Many, made with strawberry-infused Absolut Elyx vodka, coconut, avocado and lime; and Grapefruit Spritz, featuring brut Champagne, gin, Aperol, Pamplemousse, and Lillet Rose. CATCH, Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-590-5757.
Soulbelly BBQ Introduces Several Weekday Specials
Chef Bruce Kalman at Soulbelly BBQ will host his restaurant’s very first Bluegrass Sunday brunch on July 18 from noon-3 p.m. with brunch specialties accompanied by live music from Las Vegas bluegrass band Pitchfork. In addition, the BBQ restaurant has launched several bar specials throughout the week, including happy hour Tue.-Fri. from 2-5 p.m. with $5 well drinks, cocktails and Shiner drafts and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon; Industry Night Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-midnight (Tam cards, work IDs or food handler’s cards must be shown) with $5 smash burgers, $5 boilermakers and $5 Adios cocktails; live band karaoke with the band Hot Sauce on Wednesdays from 8 p.m.-midnight with $2 PBRs and $5 well cocktails; and Thirsty Thursdays with BOGO on Tenaya Creek Brewery’s Hefe and $5 picklebacks. Soulbelly BBQ, 1327 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104, 7024834404.
Cabo Wabo Cantina Relaunches Breakfast Menu
Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has relaunched its breakfast menu. Available daily from 8-11 a.m., Mexican-inspired dishes, priced at $15.95, include chilaquiles con huevos with tortilla chips, shredded chicken, onions, Oaxacan cheese and sour cream topped with two eggs and red or green salsa; breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, Wabo potatoes, chorizo, queso sauce and cheddar and Jack cheese, served with fresh fruit; breakfast quesadilla with scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, pico de gallo and  cheddar and Jack cheese, served with Wabo potatoes; and huevos rancheros with crispy corn tortillas, queso sauce and cheddar and Jack cheese, topped with two fried eggs and ranchero sauce, with a side of Wabo potatoes. Featured beverages include mimosas, bellinis, bloody Marys and Cabo Wabo’s signature Paradise Punch, infused with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, Grand Mariner, and orange, cranberry and passion fruit juice, topped with sparkling wine. Cabo Wabo Cantina, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-385-2226.

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Costa Di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas has closed its doors, after dinner service on July 18. The fine dining seafood restaurant helmed by chef Mark LoRusso replaced Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare in 2015 after chef Paul Bartolotta departed, and featured Italian specialties, pasta and Mediterranean seafood, including fresh-caught langoustines and a large variety of fish flown in daily from Italy. Wynn Las Vegas, which four days earlier opened its opulent Delilah fine dining supper club, has not announced a reason for the closure and it’s rumored that the space will be converted to a retail store. Costa Di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.

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