The following is the latest roundup of Las Vegas restaurant news:
1. A new restaurant has opened in Chinatown. Chubby Cattle is the first restaurant in the world to combine refrigerated, conveyor belt-based hot pot with traditional foods from Asia. The restaurant features chicken, lamb, beef brisket, rib eye, pork, tripe, live geoduck, live shrimp, live king crab, live Vancouver crab, scallops, bass, clams, over a dozen vegetables, tofu, noodles, rice, dumplings, house-made dessert and more. But the real star is the broth. The soup base, made from a special and secret recipe, is slow simmered every day for 8 hours before being served.
2. Mercato della Pescheria, an Italian coast seafood market, is now open at The Venetian. The market features more than a dozen culinary stations, featuring real Italian food and fresh seafood. Menu items include yellowfin tuna on the Crudo raw bar, cured meats and cheese from the Saulermia and Formaggio stations, Plin Ravioli or Gnocchi from the Pasta Mista station, a 10 oz. filet mignon cooked in a Josper oven, grilled swordfish, and much more. All dishes created by Chef Francesco Schintu.
3. Dickey's Barbecue Pit is now open in Pahrump and is celebrating with four weeks of fun, including giving away barbecue a year to three lucky guests. Guests can enter to win using hashtag #1FreeYearofBBQ on any social media page, by ordering online or signing up for the Big Yellow Cup Club to receive loyalty points and members-only specials. The newest location is at 240 Highway 160.
4. Benihana is celebrating its newest location at Fashion Show mall on Aug. 16. To celebrate its opening, the restaurant is donating 50 percent of all first-day sales, up to $5,000, to St. Jude Children's Research. The new 7,600-square-foot restaurant features a sushi bar, cocktail lounge, outdoor patio and dining area. There are 18 teppanyaki tables.
5. Andiron Steak & Sea will host a mid-summer dinner with Executive Chef Micah Waltz on Aug. 25. The dinner will feature Berkshire Pork straight from Alpine Ranch in Fallon. Menu highlights include a bacon bourbon welcome cocktail, jalapeno bacon churros, BBQ pork belly steam buns, shaved herb porchetta, a whole roasted rack, roasted summer squash, truffle-whipped potatoes and sorbet with shortcake. Cost is $59 per person. Optional wine pairing is $29.
6. Casa Del Matador has opened in downtown Summerlin. Menu highlights include sauteed chipotle mushrooms, crispy fried calamari, grilled stuffed jalapenos, spicy Mexican shrimp, chicken tortilla soup, strawberry salad, carne asada tortas, roasted pork carnitas, chile-rubbed mahi-mahi, skillet-seared fajitas, and street tacos. The restaurant also boasts one of the largest collections of tequila in Las Vegas with more than 128 varieties and 23 mezcals. Tequilas range from $6 to $250 per shot, and tequila experts are on hand to help guests choose a tequila or two they will enjoy.
7. Delano Las Vegas has introduced the Tour of the Riviera cocktail pairing menu. The five-course menu features the restaurant’s most popular signature dishes paired with cocktails crafted by the award-winning mixologists from Proprietors LLC. Highlights include Culatello, San Daniele and Bresaola cured meats, lobster risotto, wild Alaskan halibut, roasted duck breast, and limoncello baba. Cost is $150 and the Tour of the Riviera is available nightly as part of regular dinner service.
8. The Bootlegger Bistro is hosting a Copa Room Wine Dinner featuring wines by Rodney Strong on Aug. 28. The dinner kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m. Entertainment by renowned harpist Mariano Gonzalez and sultry jazz by Rita Lim and Ned Mills. Cost for the four-course dinner and entertainment is $80 per person.
9. Hussong's Cantina inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay and Boca Park, is offering the Rowdy Rio for $13 during the month of August. The drink features a refreshing blend of muddled pineapple chunks, lemon juice, agave nectar, pineapple juice, Tres Generaciones tequila with a cinnamon sugar rim and served in a hurricane glass. In addition, guests can indulge in the blackened salmon taco for $16.
10. There is still time to take advantage of the four-course, prixe-fixe menu available for $39.99 per person at The Steakhouse at Camelot inside Excalibur hotel-casino. The dinner includes French onion soup, a Caesar salad, 14 oz. New York steak and a piece of delicious New York-style cheesecake. Available through Aug. 31.
11. Don Vito's at the South Point is offering a summer meal deal. The three-course meal for just $19 per person features choice of a cup of minestrone, cup of pasta e Fagioli or Caesar salad; choice of fettucini alfredo, chicken marsala, orange roughy Marzano or twin medallions of beef; and choice of Vito's sorbet or black cherry ice cream. Available Sundays through Thursdays only.
12. N9NE Steakhouse at The Palms is also offering a seasonal summer menu. A handful of the new menu items includes Duroc pork wontons ($17), filet mignon sliders ($28), Indian-spiced Scottish salmon ($39), Twin Tristan Island lobster tails ($139), and Japanese A-5 Kobe beef (market price). Summer cocktails include the Green Apple Mule ($14), Rosemary Lemontini ($14) and Watermelon Fuego-Rita ($14).
13. James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain is challenging diners to free their minds from preconceived notions about bar restaurants and eat, drink and liberate at Mandalay Bay's newest spot, Libertine Social. Menu highlights include Scot olives, grilled and chilled prawns, warm Dungeness crab dip, melted farmhouse cheese, duck pastrami, grilled kale salad, caramelized fennel & sausage, cheese and sausage boards, skirt steak, whole roasted fish, barbecued carrots, creamed kale and much more. The duel-faceted cocktail program was created one of Las Vegas' best-known mixologists, Tony Abu-Ganim.
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