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May 2021 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Brothers and acclaimed restaurateurs Michael and David Morton have unveiled One Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The two-story restaurant and lounge presents a striking entry with a chandelier made of 3,000 pieces of glass lit by LED lights which change colors throughout the night and the main dining room is awash in rich woods with oversized booths and playful artwork. The second level features a 23-foot-tall skylight framed by succulents and a 12’ x 8’ foot LED screen wall. Executive chef Patrick Munster’s menu offers cuts of Snake River Farm wagyu, bone-in filet mignon, dry aged bone-in New York strip, 32 oz. tomahawk and Japanese Satsuma wagyu. Other selections include Alaskan king crab pasta, pan-roasted Alaskan halibut, baked short rib rigatoni and citrus-cured Hamachi. One Steakhouse takes the place of the Morton brothers’ first collaboration, MB Steak, at the former Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. One Steakhouse is open daily at 5 p.m. One Steakhouse, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-522-8111.
 
Sticks Tavern, located directly across from the Lifeguard Arena, the Henderson Silver Knights hockey team’s practice arena in the Henderson Water Street District, is now open. The menu is created around rotisserie chicken, available in whole, half or quartered and can be paired with a seasonal selection of rotisserie fat-roasted vegetables and sauces made in-house. The menu also features elevated pub fare classics like roasted chicken poutine consisting of house fries topped with cheese curds and roasted chicken gravy; and chicken wings, salads and sandwiches. The bar program led by flair mixologist Tom Alley includes a selection of craft beers, hockey-themed cocktails and boozy milkshakes. The sports bar will also be the new permanent home for the ghost kitchen, To Be Frank, serving its specialty dogs and sides available for takeout and delivery, set to open in the coming weeks. Hours are Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-12 a.m. and Tue, Wed and Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sticks Tavern, 203 S Water St., Henderson, NV 89015, 702-900-3969.
 
Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar, known for its Spanish-inspired menu of small plates and house-made sangria, will re-open its Paradise Rd. location on May 17. The restaurant will again offer selections including bacon-wrapped dates; Padron peppers; fried calamari; vegan items like avocado toasties, patatas bravas and Firefly fries; wine flights; and house cocktails. The restaurant will return with an 80% capacity per Clark County’s current mitigation and enforcement plan, will be open seven days a week and will serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday. “Over the last year, we’ve stayed connected with our customers through to-go orders, meal kits that came with cooking lessons over Zoom, catering small events and at our Southwest location, but there’s nothing quite like the energy that fills Firefly on Paradise,” said owner John Simmons. “With conventions and travelers returning to Las Vegas, we feel that now is definitely our time to reignite that light." Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar, 3824 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-369-3971.
 
The Vegas buffet continues to rebound, with the latest reopening being the renowned Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, which after being closed for 14 months and following a multi-million renovation, will reopen on Thursday, May 20. Bacchanal’s seafood, carving, American and Latin kitchens, as well as the entrance and dining room, have all received major upgrades. The new design will again allow guests to serve themselves in an all-you-can-eat format. Menu enhancements include dim sum-style food carts roaming the dining room offering dishes like foie gras PB&J, spicy seafood boil bags, Japanese wagyu hot dogs and traditional dim sum; innovative dishes like turmeric grilled baby octopus with XO chili jam, cheeseburger bao, chipotle bourbon barbecue oysters and duck carnitas quesadillas; plant-based and vegan items such as quinoa-stuffed baby sweet potatoes with fried kale, tomato tartar and coconut-carrot gazpacho; Roman-style pizza; and a wider selection of Laotian, Filipino, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese specialties. Hours are Thursday-Monday from 4-10 p.m. Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7928.
 
Clique Hospitality’s Side Piece Pizza opened May 21, 2021, at Red Rock Resort in the resort’s food court. Naples-born chef Enzo Esposito has created a new chicken parm pizza smothered with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Other options include pepperoni, veggie, meat lovers, bianca white pizza and Sicilian-style pizzas in cheese or pepperoni options. Starters include pizza rolls, garlic knots, mozzarella sticks and pizza fritta with prosciutto and mozzarella layered on top of fried pizza dough. Salads include a Tuscan salad mixed with greens, pears, blue cheese, toasted walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette; Caesar salad tossed with a lemon pepper Caesar dressing; and caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and aged balsamic dressing. Hot sandwiches include classic Italian, chicken Parmesan, meatball, prosciutto panini and eggplant. To-go options include a deal for a 22-inch New York cheese pie for $10 on Wednesdays for delivery only. The restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Side Piece Pizza, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
 
Bungalow Coffee Co. is now open in the Downtown Arts District offering specialty classic caffeinated beverages, pastries with vegan selections, toasts, breakfast and light lunch. Menu items include rosemary latte with homemade rosemary syrup; bungalow matcha latte with whisked matcha, vanilla bean syrup, oat milk and cinnamon maple dust; croissants, scones, coffee cakes and assorted toasts like the "all I avo wanted" with avocado, hummus, feta, jalapeno salt and olive oil; fresh quiches; breakfast sandwiches such as the English muffin breakfast sandi with shaved ham, two eggs, American cheese and raspberry jam on an English muffin and deluxe croissant sandi with eggs, Swiss cheese, avocado and aioli on a toasted croissant; seasonal salads and paninis; and charcuterie board with triple cream brie, Vermont cheddar, P’tit Basque, spicy Calabrese, Toscano salami, grapes, huckleberry jam, Marcona almonds and sweet & savory crackers. Hours are Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Bungalow Coffee Co., 201 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 180, Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-331-4207.
 
Bravo Top Chef alumnus Bruce Kalman, who worked at prestigious kitchens in NJ, NYC, Chicago and became known for his time at and ownership of L.A.’s Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market and Pasadena’s UNION, has opened Soulbelly BBQ, his first Las Vegas restaurant. Sandwiched in between local breweries Nevada Brew Works and HUDL Brewing in the heart of the Downtown Arts District and set in a former automotive garage, murals showcase Queen of Texas BBQ Tootsie Tomanetz and musicians Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy. The menu includes smoker dishes salt & pepper brisket, Carolina pulled pork, chipotle cider glazed drumsticks, pork spare ribs, housemade Hatch chile, cheddar hot links and Texas sausages; sides such as mac and cheese with chicharrón breadcrumbs, Frito pie, pickled eggs, chicharrón chips and pimento cheese dip; and desserts including housemade banana pudding and cookie bars and a selection of pies from PopNpies. Soulbelly is open from 11 a.m. daily. Soulbelly BBQ, 1327 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-483-4404.
 
Chef Bobby Flay has opened Bobby’s Burgers inside the Forum Food Hall at Caesars Palace, taking over the former Smashburger space. Flay’s twist on a fast-casual, American eatery is inspired by his extensive travels around the country and love of the grill, of which he remarked, “Bobby's Burgers is my new, fresh and fun approach to the world of burgers, fries and shakes—the quintessential American fast-casual meal.” The menu features Flay’s original recipes including signature burgers, fries with sauces and milkshakes. Traditional burger varieties are offered, as well as nontraditional, such as crunchburger topped with cheese and chips; nacho burger with queso, tomato salsa and pickled jalapenos; and non-beef versions include Bobby’s veggie burger with barbecue mushrooms, chickpeas, quinoa, lettuce and tomato. Fries come with a variety of dipping sauces, including ranch, honey mustard-horseradish and Bobby’s special sauce; and milkshake flavors include vanilla bean, dark chocolate, cookies + cream, strawberry and pistachio. Bobby’s Burgers, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
 
Rebellion Pizza in the Anthem Village Center celebrated its grand opening on June 1, 2021. The name represents pizza business veterans Ricky Lewis and Ryan Perras launching their own venture after spending several years working for others. The focal point of the 1,650-square-foot space is a large pizza oven firing up to 800°, churning out styles of American hand-tossed (similar to NY style), Midwest tavern (cracker thin crust), Sicilian (focaccia thick crust) and Detroit (cooked in a pan packed with white cheddar topped with marinara sauce). Also on the menu are wings, tenders, pasta, sandwiches and plant-based items. The beer selection is unique in that is comprised 100% of Southern Nevada local brews. The décor features white and brown brick walls, large windows and a fun space themed mural by local artist Delano Yepes depicting an astronaut in a yoga pose, a flying saucer and floating pizza slices. Rebellion Pizza will be open daily from 11 a.m. Rebellion Pizza, Anthem Village Center, 2540 Anthem Village Dr. #100, Henderson, NV 89052, no phone.
 
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.
 

News Bytes

Locale Italian Kitchen Introduces Family-Style Sunday Dinners
Locale Italian Kitchen in the heart of Mountain’s Edge has launched its family-style Sunday dinners available every Sunday for dine-in service and priced at $80 (serves four). The dinner begins with oven baked garlic & mozzarella bread for the table served with housemade pomodoro sauce. The salad course includes choice of Bronx chop salad with red leaf, romaine, mixed salumi, crucolo cheese and red wine vinaigrette; Caesar with housemade Caesar dressing, romaine lettuce and housemade garlic croutons; or arugula salad with candied pistachio, lemon honey vinaigrette and parmigiano. The pasta course features rigatoni or spaghetti with Bolognese, Sunday sauceor pomodoro. Entrée choices are chicken parmigiana with house breadcrumbs, pomodoro sauce and fresh mozzarella; Anita’s meatballs with calabrese peppers, Chris Bianco’s tomato and polenta; or hanger steak (+$10) with escarole, olives and crispy polenta. The meal finishes with Locale’s signature cannolis. Locale Italian Kitchen, 7995 Blue Diamond Rd., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-330-0404.
 
The STRAT Debuts Highest Happy Hour in Vegas at 108 Drinks and 108 Eats
The STRAT has introduced “Sky High Happy Hour,” at its 108 Drinks and 108 Eats in The STRAT SkyPod on the 108th floor. The new happy hour, which runs 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, features two-for-one SkyPod admission access and two-for-one cocktails, draft beer, bottle beer, wine by the glass, and well & call cocktails at 108 Drinks, complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows revealing stunning views of the Las Vegas Valley 829 feet below. In addition, happy hour bites including artisan cheese plate, house-made hummus served with taro root and sweet potato chips, fresh baked mozzarella cheese served with crostini and tomato sauce and bacon wrapped dates served with Boursin cheese, bacon and spiced jelly, will be available at 108 Eats, located directly adjacent to 108 Drinks. For more info visit here. The STRAT, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-380-7777, 800-998-6937.
 
Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar Debuts Caviar and Cocktails
Caviar tacos and captivating cocktail pairings are taking center stage at the Petrossian Bar, located in the casino of the Bellagio. New cocktails include Worldly Old Fashioned with Yamazaki 12-Year Japanese Whisky, WhistlePig 10-Year Whiskey, Craigelliache 13-Year Scotch, Demerara Syrup and Angostura Bitters served in a glass globe; Poof!, a concoction of Bulleit Rye, Copper & King Apple Brandy and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth encapsulated in a glass of smoke served with duck confit croquettes; and The Bellagio Martini, the quintessential vodka-based martini featuring lemon essence for a splash of citrus. Caviar creations are caviar taco—thin and crispy potato shell filled with hamachi, lemon, chives and olive oil and topped with Daurenkie caviar; caviar pie—crème fraiche and brown butter filling upon a flaky crust garnished with green apples, lemons and flowers; and dark chocolate caviar with dark chocolate “pearls” presented with Meyer lemon gelee, fresh citrus supremes, Rose champagne sorbet and vanilla Chantilly. Petrossian Bar, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111.
 
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-August 1. 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 Sun.- Thu. 5-to 11 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 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.
 

Chef Shuffle

Steve Young has left his position as executive chef at Edge Steakhouse and Fresco Italiano at the Westgate to serve as executive chef at James Trees’ Al Solito Posto in Tivoli Village. Young grew up with a 100% Sicilian mother and grandmother who taught him to cook for his family. One of his first formative positions was working under chef Michael White at Due Mari in NJ and before opening Edge Steakhouse in 2015, cooked at The Cosmopolitan and the Mansion By Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand. “Finding the best ingredients, respecting them, keeping it simple. That’s the hallmark of great Italian food,” says Young. “I’m very excited to be working with chef James, Carlo and the whole team at Al Solito Posto. They’re all really dedicated to doing it right." Al Solito Posto, Tivoli Village, 420 S. Rampart Blvd. #180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-463-6781.
 

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