Melinda Sheckells, Las Vegas lifestyle and entertainment expert, shares recommendations on what’s new, what to try this week and what’s happening around town in the realm of dining and drinking.
On the westside, Americana at Desert Shores from chef Stephen Blandino has been open for about four years now and features a lakefront patio that is ideal for brunch, lunch and sunsets. Blandino is an alum of Charlie Palmer. The best deal at Americana is the $50 Harvest menu, which changes daily and is offered during the week.
Some favorite dishes include the California Burrata, with stone fruits, prosciutto and white balsamic, langoustines with octopus and Hamachi crudo.
The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas is now open and following strict COVID-19 safety protocols with its new format, a reimagined all-you-can-eat concept that combines the abundance of a traditional buffet with the benefits of a full-service restaurant. Guests at The Buffet can enjoy unlimited servings of nearly 90 dishes served directly to the table. New dishes are the double cut lamb chops with truffle spinach and crispy onions; steak and lobster topped with bearnaise sauce; and lobster ravioli featuring roasted red peppers and fennel, and finished with saffron sauce. There also are 13 flavors of ice creams and sorbets. The Buffet adheres to a robust health and cleanliness program that includes physical distancing, touchless technologies, and both disposable and downloadable QR code menus.
Moon Palace by David Chang at The Palazzo serves little burgers known as Tastys and now Tasty Breakfast sandwiches.
A Tasty is a griddled patty topped with American cheese and caramelized onions served across two rolls from King’s Hawaiian. There are two varieties: Beef and Not Beef. The Beef Tasty is made with a blend of brisket and short rib. The Not Beef Tasty is made with Impossible meat. Hot Chips are freshly fried potato chips seasoned with salt or honey butter. The Breakfast Tasty is served on a King Hawaiian roll and topped with egg and choice of spam or bacon. New breakfast hours are Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch served all day.
Pho Kim Long at Town Square is a modern take on the Chinatown staple. Offering Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, the new Pho Kim Long has a bar offering Asian-inspired cocktails with names such as the “Heaven and Earth” and “Full Metal Jacket.”
As the only Vietnamese/Chinese eatery in Town Square, the specialties here are pho dishes, wok-style noodles and rice plates. Favorites include the sizzling braised pork in a hot pot, seafood udon, crispy egg rolls and lobster noodles. Plus, the orange chicken is not to be missed.
Palace Station is celebrating National Oyster Day on Aug. 5. Their famed oyster bar is giving away a $100 dining credit and for the first time, a cut-the-line pass.
To enter, simply follow @palacestation on Instagram, and like and tag someone that loves oysters on their latest post.
Palace Station’s Oyster Bar commands some of the craziest lines in Las Vegas and the hours-long wait stretches across the casino floor. Oyster Bar is known for fresh oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, pan roasts and gumbos.
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