Here is a roundup of the latest restaurant news from around the Las Vegas valley:
1. Brunch has arrived at 595 Craft and Kitchen. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from the time they open until 3 p.m. Menu includes Breakfast Banh Mi (Thai omelet, Spam, cucumber, pickled veggies and more); Breakfast Bowl (fennel, sausage, potatoes, roasted red peppers, eggs, wilted greens and sharp cheddar); and Mac & Cheese with bacon and two eggs. Breakfast cocktails include beermosas, Bloody Marys, and breakfast sangria.
2. Freed's Bakery will be giving away free chocolate chip cookies on National Cookie Day, Dec. 4. Grandma’s secret and delicious chocolate chip cookies will be fresh out of the oven and available all day, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
3. Bavette's Steakhouse & Bar is now open at the Monte Carlo. The new restaurant features glowing chandeliers, sultry jazz, rich woods, red banquettes and a mix of vintage art and murals by acclaimed artist David Plunkert. Menu highlights include baked goat cheese, prime beef French dip, dry-aged bone-in ribeyes, zestfully seasoned lamb chops, a seafood tower, fresh oysters, and roasted bone marrow. It's cocktail program is punctuated by four Old Fashioneds, each with a different base.
4. The Palm inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is hosting a special dinner featuring Jack Daniels whiskey on Dec. 8. Menu highlights include braised short ribs, chopped salad, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, jumbo Nova Scotia lobster paired with filet mignon or panko-crusted Chilean sea bass, Lyonnaise potatoes, creamed spinach and bourbon pecan pie. A different drink will be served with each course. $175 for club members, $200 for non-club members.
5. Culichi Town, a popular restaurant chain, has opened a location in Fiesta Rancho. The menu features Japanese and Mexican food, prepared using culinary techniques from Sinaloa, Mexico, where seafood is one of the principal ingredients used. And yes, there really is a tuna margarita on the menu. Other items include a shrimp cerviche served with Flamin' Hot Cheetos, a marlin Quesadilla, a steak and shrimp sushi roll, and a variety of tacos.
6. The Charcoal Room at Palace Station is hosting a Crown Royal dinner on Dec. 14. Menu highlights include bacon-wrapped shrimp, BBQ pork loin, roasted pheasant, marinated prime Kansas City strip loin with bacon and Brussels sprouts, and pot de creme. Each course will be served with a unique offering from Crown Royal. Cost is $80 per person. Guests should RSVP to 702-221-6678.
7. The next Taste & Learn on Dec. 16 at Ferraro's Italian Restaurant is titled Giro d'Italia. Four different wine regions -- Friuli, Le Marche, Puglia and Piemonte -- will be featured. Menu highlights include Montasio cheese with potato, soft polenta and wild boar sausage, broccoli rabe risotto, and braised veal cheeks. Cost is $65 per person. Space is limited.
8. Topgolf is now offering a power lunch menu from Executive Chef Chris Vaugh. Menu selections include sourdough grilled cheese ($11), pulled pork sandwich ($11), crispy seabass sandwich ($15), Kalbi short rib bowl ($15) and more. Each lunch comes with choice of side. Diners are guaranteed to be in and out within 45 minutes. A power lunch punch card is also available.
9. Now through Jan. 31, Morton's The Steakhouse is featuring Côte de Bouef – a 36 oz. bone-in USDA Prime Ribeye brushed with garlic-herb butter for $110. Pair it with a Partridge in a Pear Tree, the restaurant’s signature holiday cocktail – a blend of Grey Goose, “La Poire”, Vodka, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup topped with La Marca Prosecco and served with a cinnamon sugar rim – all for $17.
10. The Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas is now home to Troy Liquor Bar. The bar combines New York City sophistication with Las Vegas glamour. The all-new venue features porcelain tile walls, plush lounge seating, bottle service, one-of-a-kind artwork, a diverse rotation of DJs and great views of Fremont Street Experience. The bar also has blackjack tables.
11. Ri Ra Las Vegas is offering two new afternoon tea experiences. The Dunbrody Tea features delicate mismatched china and three-tiered trays. Guests can choose from several teas and an assortment of traditional finger foods, including finger sandwiches such as ham & tomato, egg mayo, cheddar & ballymaloe and cucumber & creme fraiche. Guests will also enjoy handmade scones. Cost is $24 per person. The MacNean Tea offers an elevated take on afternoon tea. Tea selections include Barry’s Gold Blend, Breakfast Decaf, Darjeeling, Organic Assam, Chamomile Lemon, Green Tea and a variety of floral teas. In addition to freshly baked and homemade scones and desserts, guests will dine on a variety of decadent finger sandwiches, including Coronation Chicken, Goat Cheese & Peppers with almond walnut pesto, Smoked Salmon with Crème Fraiche and pickled onion and Ham & Caramelized Onions. Cost is $35 per person. Served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12. Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons is currently offering Cut of the Week for $59 per person. Originally available to insiders only,. Cut of the Week features a chef-selected cut of beef paired with a salad and a dessert. The menu is announced Monday of each week. It also comes with a bottomless wine pairing. Ask at the table for the secret menu.
13. SkinnyFats has opened its fourth location in Downtown Summerlin. It replaced Ribs & Burgers. SkinnyFats splits its menu into healthy or "live happy" choices. Menu choices include breakfast wraps, burgers and sandwiches, tacos, soups, bowls, and more.
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