13 Tastes of Las Vegas Restaurant News | Nov. 15

Here is the latest restaurant news from around the Las Vegas valley. 

1. Downtown Henderson's Public Works Coffee Bar is partnering with local favorite Pho King Phenomenal for a patio pop-up brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Pho King Chef Owner Gary Vandrschmuut will serve up Eggs Benedict with Lemongrass Hollandaise ($8.95), Croque Madames ($7.95), and Gouda, Egg and Ham Croissants ($7.95) – perfectly paired with Public Works’ bottomless mimosas for $19.

2. The Mirage is bringing VIP treatment to their Cravings buffet with the introduction of its Chef's Table experience. The Chef’s Table offers guests the unique opportunity to enjoy the specialized service and cuisine of a fine dining restaurant without sacrificing the variety and indulgence of a buffet. Each dish is prepared before the diners' eyes. It is available from 4 to 9 p.m. daily for $49.99 Mondays through Thursdays and $52.99 Fridays and Saturdays. Unlimited soda, beer and wine included. 

3. Esteemed Italian butcher Dario Cecchini will join Chef and Restaurateur Mario Batali, along with an all-star culinary lineup, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse at The Palazzo Las Vegas on Dec. 9. Other participants include Paul Kahan, Nancy Silverton and Michael Symon. "A Decade of Deliciousness: Mario and Friends Celebrate Carnevino” is $380 per person, inclusive of wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Seating is extremely limited; guests are encouraged to reserve their spaces early. Packages (hotel room and tickets) also available.

4. Sam Fox will open the first North Italia location in Nevada on Dec. 13 at Rampart Commons. The modern Italian restaurant will offer dishes handmade from scratch daily, including pizza and pasta made with seasonal and fresh ingredients from the garden, farm and sea. Led by Executive Chef Philipp Norsetter, the 6,970-square foot restaurant will offer lunch and dinner every day, weekend brunch and happy hour Sunday through Friday. The culinary gem will feature an exhibition kitchen overlooking the dining room, a full bar and seating for up to 254 guests including an expansive outdoor patio with seating for 95.

5. The Black Sheep has a new seasonal menu. Selections include salmon skin tacos ($8), smokey heirloom beet salad ($11), vegan red curry lentils ($15), spicy Vietnamese curry chicken ($18), braised duroc pork belly ($19) and an 8 oz. grass-fed ribeye ($31). New cocktails include the Black Manhattan with High West Double Rye, Montenegro Amaro, and black walnut bitters ($12), Johnny Appleseed with Captain Morgan spiced rum, apple cider, house made spiced simple, lemon juice, and topped off with beer ($9) and Vietnamese coffee martini with Deep Eddy vodka, Kahlua, house made cold brew coffee, and condensed milk ($10).

6. Osteria Costa is bringing the tastes of Italy's Amalfi coast to The Mirage in early 2018. Osteria Costa will be a casual reprieve where Las Vegas travelers can enjoy Neapolitan pizzas, handmade pastas, fresh seafood and house-baked bread prepared in the spirit of Amalfi. The lively bar program will feature a fresh assortment of house-made limoncello, refreshing cocktails and approachable wines by the glass. Osteria Costa will be open daily for cocktails and dinner. 

7. Tropicana is continuing its food and beverage revamp with a new gourmet buffet experience. Savor The Buffet is scheduled to open Nov. 22. There will be four live-action stations  featuring various cuisines such as American, Asian, Italian and Mexican. Highlights will include favorite dishes such as BLT benedict, Cajun chicken and grits, chicken scaloppini with prosciutto and white beans, and green chile enchiladas. There will also be made-to-order pizza and pasta stations. Prices will start at $21.95 per person for breakfast, $26.95 per person for lunch and between $31.95 and $34.95 for dinner.

8. The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth in Downtown Las Vegas is keeping guests warm with new craft cocktails. The new selections include the Flip, a spiced, sweet blend of Demerara Dark Rum, honey, cream, rye and yolk; the French Big Mouth, crafted with cognac, orange and cardamom bitters, allspice, maple, priced at $16; and the Bee Mail, an effervescent and bubbly blend of bourbon whiskey, poppy seed liqueur and honey, topped with a fresh lime, priced at $15.

9. Sake Rok on the Las Vegas Strip is now offering brunch on Sundays. Menu highlights include the poke stack; spam musubi; omurice with Chinese sausage, asparagus, tsukemono and egg; skirt steak and eggs with potato hash; Maine lobster benedict; Rok French toast; and bottomless mimosas. But it’s not all about the food at Sake Rok. While guests chow down on brunch favorites with mimosas that never end, Sake Rok’s entertainment will be in full effect, and brunchers will be part of the show. With an emcee to keep the party going and servers that double as entertainers, guests are in for spontaneous dance battles, lip-sync serenades, and restaurant-wide revelry.

10. Throughout November, The Broiler at Boulder Station is offering a $19.99 dining special that includes a choice of prime rib, salmon or half roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable and an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar. In addition, Sonoma Cellar's famous steak and lobster deal is back for $39.99 Sunday through Tuesday. And head to Palace Station for the Hardhat Special (9-inch, one-topping pizza and soda) at Little Tony's for just $7.99 plus tax or $9.99 plus tax with beer. 

11. Veranda Four Seasons is offering 50 percent off to anyone who makes a reservation for the month of December on Black Friday. Guests can dine on favorites like La Pasta Cotta nel Vaso (Signature Pasta in a Jar) or handmade ravioli stuffed with eggplant parmigiana. The offer is not valid for Christmas Eve, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve.

12. Freedom Beat's Culinary Road Trip is making its last stop of the year on Dec. 1. Chef Scott Cummings will take his guests home for the holidays at the next family-style, interactive dinner. Menu highlights include roasted butternut squash soup, stuffed West coast clams, slow-roasted porchetta, braised greens, and a Yule log. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food item for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and a benefit concert will follow the dinner. Cost is $45 per person before 11/24 and $50 after. Seating is limited.

13. The Suncoast has a new Asian restaurant and it's very affordable. Peng Zu Asian Cuisine offers egg rolls, pot stickers, edamame, chicken satay, coconut shrimp, salt & pepper chicken wings, Vietnamese beef pho, oxtail soup, Peng Zu soup, Kung Pao chicken, beef with broccoli, orange peel beef, pad thai, Singapoore noodles, Cantonese lo mein, black pepper steak, seafood clay pot, BBQ pork noodles, Chinese broccoli, house fried rice, mochi ice cream and much more. Prices range from $5 to $24 with sea bass with most entrees in the $11 to $15 range.

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