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Expected to receive permit approval from the City Council later this month, the eight-year old local brand will move inside the corner space at 900 S. Rancho Drive, close to the intersection with Charleston Boulevard.
A complete transformation will create a 3,300-square-foot main dining room, offering plenty of regular seating options, plus corner booths, a long communal table in the center of the space, and a 23-seat bar that has already allocated room for five potential gaming machines.
Outside, the 1,200-square-foot patio will sit across two slightly raised levels, following the existing contoured layout of steps and ramps. Under the shade of umbrellas, guests will have views of neighbors Pad Thai, Broadway Pizzeria, and a Roberto’s Taco Shop within the same retail hub.
Designed by downtown’s Jawa Studio, the exterior will be remodeled with metal sidings and a wood finish that will dramatically improve the building’s facade.
Serving the self-described “MOST INSANE GOURMET NACHOS” since 2010 and also the place to go to brave a scorpion shot, Nacho Daddy has yet to announce the new move or reveal an estimated future debut date.
A new home for steakburgers, melts, and hand-dipped shakes
An immediate hit on arrival at the South Point in December 2010, Steak ‘n Shake will make a second debut inside a Las Vegas casino today, with another big expansion planned for later in the year.
There will be plenty of room its ”steakburgers,” melts, fries, and “hand-dipped shakes,” inside the former home of Mad Onion Fine Food & Spirits at the Hooters Casino Hotel. The 6,475-square-foot restaurant is close to double the standard size of its almost 600 international locations.
On the menu, the ability to stack a burger, creating the food challenge worthy, seven-patty, 1,330-calorie, “7x7 Burger.” Also available, a range of chili options, including the “Chili Mac,” created with a spaghetti base, “Classic Melts” like the famous Frisco and its special sauce, sandwiches, salads, and milkshakes in flavors such as “Orange Freeze,” “Birthday Cake, “Turtle Caramel Nut” and Nutella.
A counter-service outpost opened at UNLV’s Student Union food court in January of last year and offers a trimmed down menu.
And a fourth home has been announced for 150 St. Rose Parkway Trail in Henderson. An estimated debut date has yet to be revealed.
The secret restaurant from David Clawson serves 10-people only on Saturdays
One of the most exciting restaurants in Henderson closed too soon when David Clawson went out of business in October 2015. Now fans of his refined dishes have a new chance to try his food through the Underground DCR, his new secret supper club with a super hidden location and a menu for $95 per person with an optional $40 wine pairing plus an 18 percent service fee.
First, the particulars. Diners have to sign up for the newsletter to find out when the dinners for up to 10 people on Saturday nights take place. A menu for the dinner is posted, and fans sign up for the night that works for them, plus pay for the dinner. The restaurant reveals the location 48 hours before the dinner.
Two locals’ nights are on the books with a reception that runs from 6 to 7 p.m.
For the March 31 menu, diners choose three dishes to start, including salmon belly with pomelo, Jenga pork ribs with green tea, “stuffed tomato” bay scallops with yuzu aioli, avocado wrapped in ahi sashimi, lamb tartare with apricot tomato chutney, a hamachi shooter with truffle ponzu, ahi won ton crisps, a lamb flatbread with caramelized onions, and bao bun mini slider with wagyu beef.
Then comes Japanese furikake milk bread, followed by Cremini mushroom soup with white miso, another soup with Oregon spring tomatoes and truffle Gouda grilled cheese, salmon belly with grapefruit, a 63 degree egg with dashi and bacon, chevre with beets and avocado, Kennebec potatoes with ham hock, an oak-grilled artichoke, and marrow bones with orange bacon marmalade and grilled brioche.
Each course features a wine or beer pairing, but keep in mind, the menu changes every Saturday,
So far, reservations are available for Saturday, March 24, March 31, and April 7, with additional openings in May and June.
Note that none of the dinners take place at the former home of David Clawson Restaurant. New Day Cafe plans to take over that space in Anthem.
As much fun as it can be to stroll the Forum Shops at Caesars or window shop Chanel and Tiffany’s at the Bellagio, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the glamour — and high prices — of the Strip and plan a day of shopping elsewhere. One of the best places to do just that is at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Unlike the South Premium Outlets, which are located near McCarran International Airport and Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard, the North Premium Outlets are just a short ride from Fremont Street via the free Downtown Loop shuttle.
For those who find themselves at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets this weekend, here’s where to grab a bite to eat.
Gelato just might be the ideal mid-day indulgence during a long day of shopping. At Amorino, the gelato is a treat for both the taste buds and the eyes. Here, gelato is served in the shape of a rose inside of a cone with flavors including tiramisu, stracciatella, and pistachio. Macaroons can be added for an extra dash of fun.
Amorino, 875 S. Grand Central Pkwy. #1258; 702-229-2807
The wildly popular New York-based Shake Shack is known for its simple, yet delicious roadside burgers and its custard, which owes its creaminess to egg yolk. Located at the North Premium Outlets, this Shake Shack features all of the burgers, hand-spun shakes, and cheese fries that devotees already love, plus the signature Pie Oh My concrete with frozen custard blended with mix-ins that is made with a slice of seasonal pie and a promise that 5 percent of sales will benefit Vegas’ own Three Square food bank.
Shake Shack, 905 S. Grand Central Pkwy. #1700; 702-570-1613
Located on Charleston Boulevard, just minutes from the North Premium Outlets, Lola’s serves Louisiana-style cuisine. For lunch, diners can order from a selection of po-boys featuring ingredients such as blackened catfish, fried oysters, or soft shell crab. Other must-try items include Cajun hot wings, peel-and-eat shrimp and bronzed catfish served over Gouda grits.
Lola’s, 241 W. Charleston Blvd. #101; 702-227-5652
The dimly lit Mingo Kitchen & Lounge is punctuated by pops of colorful furniture, along with plenty of menu surprises as well. The creative menu features everything from hot dogs — including the fittingly titled Kanye, a Chicago-style bacon wrapped variety — and street-style tacos. A spicy, flavorful ponzu fried rice makes an appearance as do a variety of tamales and enchiladas.
Those eager to skip the food court at the North Premium Outlets in favor of something a little more local will find a lot to love at El Sombrero. The restaurant serves a Mexican brunch complete with pork belly eggs benedict smothered with chile morita hollandaise and a rotating selection of agua fresca flavors. Dinner includes fajitas, burritos, stuffed jalapenos in a bourbon reduction sauce and plenty of margaritas.
A taste of Taiwanese desserts arrives in Chinatown this weekend when Meet Fresh makes its debut on Sunday. The desserts come at the hands of “Brother and Sister Fu,” who grew up in the Feng Yuan District of Taichung, Taiwan. They stick to tradition with taro ball desserts, soft herbal jelly, a tofu pudding, shaved ice, herbal jellies, and more. Hot almond soups come in bowls and cups for $4.50 to $6.80, the typical range of prices here.
Since 2007, the brand has expanded from Taiwan to China, South Korea, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and California.Diners pick up a pager to start their order, entering an item, paying with a credit card, and then waiting for a dish to be delivered.
Some of the most popular dishes include boba tofu pudding, herbal jelly, taro ball with red bean, peanut tofu pudding, milk tea with purple rice, red bean soup with taro rice balls and another with sesame rice balls, purple rice porridge with taro balls, mochi with egg pudding, and boba milk tea. The operators of the Mongolian hot pot restaurant, Chubby Cattle.
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Amelinda B Lee
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Melon tea with whipped cream and small taro balls, left, and milk tea with purple rice porridge at Meet Fresh
Amelinda B Lee
Herbal jelly No. 2 with sweet Potato, barley, and boba at Meet Fresh
Amelinda B Lee
Q mochi shaved ice with Q mochi, noodle jelly, small taro rice balls, and ice cream at Meet Fresh
Delayed by the pace of building a 30,342-square-foot retail center, Classic Rock Coffee Co. has reset the clock and is now officially targeting a September or October debut in Spring Valley.
Serving rock themed food and beverages, the interior will be decorated with memorabilia, instruments and record sleeves and guests can groove to a soundtrack including Aerosmith, Heart and Led Zeppelin.
Located a quarter of a mile from the Ikea Las Vegas store, the built from scratch Durango Post Pavilion retail hub is moving foward and the coffee shop will occupy 1,800 square feet of a 3,500-square-foot stand alone building, adding its own drive-thru.
Joining a full menu of coffee, frappes, smoothies, protein shakes, pastries and flatbreads will be ”anytime breakfast options,” like the “War Pig” waffle sandwich, plus Greek chicken bowls, salads and flavored drinks, including the “Raspberry Beret,” “Cinnamon Girl” and “Sister Hazelnut.”
A second, yet to be announced Las Vegas location is also promised. Classic Rock Coffee’s currently under construction website gives a possible, but unconfirmed hint of where they are looking, indicating the coffee shop is “opening soon” at 5665 S. Fort Apache Road and downtown, on the ground floor of the Ogden.
First confirmed last June, Block 9 Thai Street Eats is almost ready to debut in Summerlin. The second concept from chef Nittaya Parawong, the much admired operator of local favorite Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen, plans to open in early April at the Retail Trails Center, close to the corner of Town Center Drive and the 215. This new venture will be more casual, with a compact, affordable menu.
Block 9 Thai Street Eats
The 2,012-square-foot restaurant is a short walk from the still under construction Peet’s Coffee & Tea, also close to an opening day.
On the Block 9 preview menu, “Urban Favorites,” Street Curries” and “wok fried noodles or rice,” all priced at $11 and featuring grilled pork skewers, Thai barbecue pork, drunken noodles, fried mussels, Bangkok fried rice, plus red, yellow, green, and panang beef curries.
Side dishes include soup, fried tofu, beef jerky, garlic spare ribs and Nittaya’s $8 “world famous spinach salad,” a very popular item imported from her original restaurant located seven miles away.
Drinks include hibiscus lemonade and Thai ice teas and for dessert, coconut ice cream, $4 banana rolls, and another Nittaya specialty, bread pudding.
Hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday
A new restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and brunch for the vegan crowd. The Modern Vegan sits across from the Double Down Saloon, sharing a parking lot with a 7-Eleven.
The massive menu with about 100 dishes features $7 12-ounce smoothies named for hotels on the Strip, $4 12-ounce milkshakes that can be upgraded to a protein shake for another $2, $4 wellness shots, $8 fresh-pressed juices, and $9 cocktails. Starters for $10 include breakfast potato skins, cheddar bites, Canadian poutine, avocado toast, and stuffed deep-fried tomatoes. Breakfast dishes such as a vegan eggs Florentine, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles, as well as skillets, omelets, waffles, pancakes, and crepes for $14 make the menu.
At lunch, fish tacos, green coconut curry, spaghetti and meatballs, and penne primavera join $13 sandwiches, $8 soups, and $13 burger varieties.
Zuma, the Japanese izakaya at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, now has an expensive new sushi roll off the menu for those with golden taste buds.
The new golden toro maki sushi roll brings a high roller experience with its chopped blue fin tuna, tempura flakes, and takuan (pickled daikon), all topped with toro (fatty tuna), fried ginger, 24-karat gold leaf, and Ossetra caviar. Each roll comes sliced into eight pieces and while it’s not on the menu quite yet, it is available upon request.
This decadent sushi roll goes for $125.
Diners can make the experience even more over-the-top with Zuma’s most rare Japanese whisky — a 30-year-old Hibiki, priced $640 for a single shot.
Just as he gets ready for UNLVino, the chef dishes on brunch, lunch, and special dinners
Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren’t unearthing. To help guide readers to these potential discoveries, Eater Vegas enlisted some of the city’s food players to share their recommendations for a feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, native Mark Sandoval works as executive chef of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. He joined the university in 2012, working as an adjunct professor for the UNLVinoclass, a credited course in which students plan and execute the annual food, wine, and spirits festival that serves as a scholarship fundraiser for the College of Hospitality, and this year takes place on April 14.
The former executive chef of Wolfgang Puck’s former Postrioat The Venetian, and as sous chef saucier of Joël Robuchonat the MGM Grand also worked as the executive chef for the M Resort’s Jayde Fuzion and Anthony’s Gourmet Burgers & Brews. Here he shares some of his favorite places to dine ahead of UNLVino.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas? What happened that was memorable?
My first trip to Las Vegas was in 1996. It was an awesome trip. And even though I lost all my money, we got to see The Sands Hotel & Casino implode.
What made you decide to move to Las Vegas?
I moved to Las Vegas to work for my culinary idol: chef Joël Robuchon. I was on the opening crew for Joël Robuchon at The Mansion.
Where do you like to go for lunch in Las Vegas?
I like any spot on the Strip that is pool-side. They are always good for people watching. Mon Ami Gabi is another great restaurant- I love the baguette and French butter and oysters on the half shell.
If you’re going out for dinner, which restaurants do you like to frequent? What makes them special? Any dishes you can recommend?
Chada Thai & Wine on Jones and Desert Inn. I love the duck Penang, spicy herb spring roll, and crab lettuce cups.
Where do you like to dine for a special occasion?
My wife and I try to experience a different restaurant every year for our anniversary. The most memorable dinners so far have been L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Guy Savoy.
Are there any brunches in town you like to frequent?
Bardot Brasserie is definitely a favorite as I really like the bottomless rose and the food is fantastic. Close second is Hearthstone at Red Rock Resort.
Let’s say you want to hang out with your friends after work. Where do you like to go?
Crown & Anchor pub is a good spot and close by UNLV.