Las Vegas is The Entertainment Capital of the World and has been steadily climbing its way toward the moniker The Dining Capital of the World, as well. Chefs have been staying busy in the nightlife destination with new restaurants, menus and concepts.
When planning a trip to Sin City, here are some spots to check out while you’re there.
Palms Casino Resort is undergoing a $620 million transformation, dubbed “From Dust to Gold,” and on May 17 it offered sneak peeks of three new properties— Camden Cocktail Lounge, Barry S. Dakake’s steakhouse Scotch 80 Prime and Apex Social Club (in the former Ghostbar atop The Palms) — with official grand openings Memorial Day Weekend. On the horizon: new restaurants by Bobby Flay (seafood), Michael Symon (barbecue) and Marc Vetri (Italian).
Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, 702.942.7777, palms.com
Eric and Bruce Bromberg’s Blue Ribbon Brasserie at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is celebrating its first anniversary in June, and it is one of four Blue Ribbon locations in the city. The siblings are known as masterminds of the original American Brasserie, and Blue Ribbon boasts notable fried chicken, as well as classics including beef marrow and oxtail marmalade and a stellar raw bar, with one luxurious seafood platter priced at $1,000.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 702.698.7880, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/restaurants/blue-ribbon
Tropicana Las Vegas is hosting “Summer Cookout Featuring Robert Irvine” on June 14 at Robert Irvine’s Public House with Three Square food bank to kick off Las Vegas Restaurant Week. The cookout, from 7-10 p.m., also features Oakville Steakhouse and Red Lotus Asian Kitchen. Tickets: Tropicana box office, 800.829.9034 and troplv.com. Tickets are $100 for VIP entry (early entry at 6 p.m. and meet-and-greet with Irvine); $50 for general admission; and $40 for active military, veterans and local law enforcement. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
Robert Irvine’s Public House inside Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 702.739.2307, troplv.com
Acclaimed Los Angeles chef Ricardo Zarate’s Once (think Beyoncé), a one-of-a-kind Peruvian Nikkei restaurant, opened at The Palazzo Las Vegas in March. A recent Sunday brunch at Once, Spanish for “11,” included a pork belly sandwich, a sweet Latin twist on pancakes, steak and eggs and ceviche, and all were stellar. It’s in a tough location (the former Table 10 from Emeril Lagasse), but, based on its brunch and interior design, Once deserves success.
Once inside The Palazzo Las Vegas, 3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 702.607.3797, oncelv.com
Sam Fox (Culinary Dropout at The Hard Rock Hotel and North Italia at Rampart Commons), opened Flower Child, which also has a location in Del Mar, is his second restaurant in Rampart Commons, this month. A recent lunch included the standout Thai cashew quinoa with chicken, vegan poke (beets) with tofu, Flying Avocado wrap with turkey, and Kombucha, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Nevada Beer all on tap. Flower Child’s tag line is “healthy food for a happy world” — loves it!
Flower Child at Rampart Commons, 1007 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, 702.507.2545, iamaflowerchild.com/locations/las-vegas-nv
Say goodbye to the long wait in line! Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, one of the most popular buffets on the Las Vegas Strip, is now offering reservations on OpenTable when diners book the Bacchanal Buffet VIP experience. For $98 per guest, the VIP experience includes a reservation, seafood tower with oysters, crab legs and sea snails and unlimited beer or wine.
Bacchanal Buffet inside Caesars Palace, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 702.731.7928, caesars.com/caesars-palace/restaurants/bacchanal-buffet
Organic food and beverage retailer Juice Press opened its first Las Vegas location at Bellagio in April. It is Juice Press’s 80th location and only the second on the West Coast following Seattle. Delicious plant-based and USDA organic products include smoothies, energy bars, acai bowls and desserts. Celebrity fans include Russell Wilson, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Springsteen.
Juice Press inside Bellagio, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 702.693.8602, bellagio.com/en/restaurants/juice-press.html
Don Chareunsy, editor at TheModern.news, has been based in Las Vegas as an arts and entertainment editor and reporter for the last 10 years. Before moving to The Entertainment Capital of the World in 2008, he worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune from 2002-2007.