Dining News: Delicious Bites Around Las Vegas September 19

In this weekly update, food and beverage reporter Bob Barnes fills us in on noteworthy restaurant openings and closings, special dining news and culinary events about delicious bites worth knowing about.

Upcoming Dining News And Excellent Bites around Las Vegas

Prince Street Pizza

September 29 and 30

The NYC-based Prince Street Pizza, set to open at Durango Casino & Resort’s Eat Your Heart Out food hall in November, will host a pop-up dining event on Friday Sept 29 and Saturday Sept 30 at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. The pop-up will take place inside the Gridiron Grill at the Race and Sportsbook with several varieties of pizzas being served as a preview of their New York and Sicilian style pizzas, as well as their renowned Morano Family recipes.

image courtesy of Prince Street Pizza

Pizzas available will include: 

  • Spicy Springspicy pepperoni, spicy marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, and pecorino romano (contains pork)
  • Naughty Piespicy vodka sauce, spicy pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, fresh ricotta, hot honey (contains pork)
  • Spicy Vodkaspicy vodka sauce with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and pecorino romano (contains pork)
  • Prince Perfection marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano, and extra virgin olive oil
  • OG (slices only)Prince Street Pizza Sauce and fresh mozzarella
  • Take-N-Bake Spicy Springspicy pepperoni, spicy marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella and pecorino romano (contains pork)

 The Prince Street Pizza pop-up will offer pizza by the slice and will also have full pies available for purchase from 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and from noon on Sept. 30 (till supplies last). Guests can also choose the “Take and Bake” option, which allows them to purchase a frozen pie to cook at home. 

Lotus of Siam

image courtesy of Marco Hernando

September 30 and October 28

Lotus of Siam at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa has announced the relaunch of its monthly Champagne Party Brunch. The first two monthly events are slated for Sept. 30 and Oct. 28 and will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the Northern Thai restaurant’s retractable roof.

The menu will feature some of the Lotus of Siam favorites like Nam Kao Tod (crispy rice, sour pork sausage, cilantro, scallion, dried chilis, ginger, peanuts and lime juice) and the popular Crispy Garlic Prawns. There are also dishes incorporating traditional Thai flavors that have been reimagined for brunch, including Shrimp Toast with sweet-chili soy and toasted sesame, Thai-style Steak & Eggs with jasmine rice and sua rong hai sauce, Koong Sarong (crispy bacon and wonton-wrapped shrimp with sweet and sour sauce), and raw bar offerings with choices of oysters, ceviche of half-shell scallops in seafood sauce and king crab cocktail and caviar with Thai condiments.

In addition, there will be bottle service presentations and a live DJ. Reservations can be made by emailing brunch@lotusredrock.com. 

Gaetano’s Ristorante

image courtesy of Gaetano’s

September 29

Gaetano’s Ristorante at Eastern and Coronado Center in Henderson, will host a Tuscan wine dinner in collaboration with Francesco Riviera of San Felice Wines.

The menu includes Chopped Salad with basil, artichoke, red onion, garbanzo beans, red bell pepper and shaved parmesan paired with Perilla Vermentino Toscana 2021; Pappardelle Cinghiale Wild Boar Ragu with homemade pappardelle pasta matched with Chianti Classico ‘Il Grigio’ Riserva 2019; ½ Chicken Matone grilled with a shiitake mushroom and Marsala wine sauce paired with  Campogiovanni Brunello 2017 and Ancherona Chardonnay; and Orange Sorbetto matched with Amara Amaron.

The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and the cost is $150 per person plus tax and tip.

To RSVP call 702-361-1661 or email info@gaetanoslv.com. A credit card is required to hold reservations.  

Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits

September 30

Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits, one of Southern Nevada’s most popular bottle shop hangouts with extensive craft beer (with 20 on tap), fine wine and unique spirits collections, is celebrating its 19th anniversary of business with a party from 2 to 8 p.m.

The event will include a keg tapping of Khoury’s Anniversary Beer, a Double Oatmeal Stout aged in a Weller store pick barrel brewed by local brewery CraftHaus Brewing. There will also be a release of Khoury’s anniversary red wine created by renowned Paso Robles winemakers Desperada Wines and Herman Story Wines. Food options during the party will include empanadas from Empanadas 702 and chocolate and ice cream tacos from Happy Ending Chocolates food trucks. 

Pick of the Week

Flight Club

image courtesy of Flight Club

Flight Club opened in late 2022 at The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes. The global chain with locations in the UK, Australia and six US cities is named for its main activity featured there, the throwing of darts and is self-described as a social darts experience. More on that later, but first it’s quite noteworthy that the food and drink are top notch and worth your visit alone. 

The food menu is quite varied and international, and is a combination of shareables and flatbreads. Some have an Asian flair like the hoisin glazed Pork Belly Bao Buns and Steak Kushiyaki Skewers with garlic ginger soy and kung pao sauce. American comfort foods are represented, like the Prime Sliders, Hot Honey Chicken Sliders and Bacon Flatbread. There are also vegetarian/vegan options like Kung Pao Cauliflower with Szechuan pepper sauce and sesame peanut brittle, Vegan Mushroom Flatbread with truffle oil and vegan cheese and Mini Impossible Tacos with Impossible Meat.

Prices are reasonable, especially for being on the Vegas Strip, with most items ranging from $10 to $17. But if you really want to splurge, there is a special VIP menu with the likes of A5 wagyu, caviar and lobster, priced accordingly. 

The décor is quite interesting and fun, with a Victorian theme throughout, with knick-knacks on the wall representative of the period such as old-time photos, artwork, antique clocks, advertisement placards and the stunning Carousel Bar. If you like views, there are some excellent ones from the windows overlooking the Vegas Strip. 

Like other Flight Clubs in the chain, local breweries are supported, and at the Vegas branch I was happy to see beers from several locals on the beer menu, including Able Baker, Bad Beat, Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, Las Vegas Brewing, Lovelady and Tenaya Creek. Lovers of whiskey will find much to like here as well, with the likes of Four Roses Single Barrel, Jefferson’s Ocean, Rittenhouse Rye, WhistlePig 10-YR Small Batch, the Japanese Nikka Single Malt and Scottish Macallan 12-YR and 18-YR.   

It had literally been decades since I’d held a dart, let alone throw one. And while I had mainly gone to check out the food, I found after a few games I was getting the hang of it and even progressing in my performance to the point of winning a few games against my athlete brother-in-law.

Unlike the décor, the technology of the dart play is quite modern. There are six easy-to-learn games you can choose from and the system not only electronically records your points and game score, but you are sent an email with highlights of your matches. Up to 12 people can play on a board in one of 20 semi-private oches (the name for the dart playing areas, each with two dart boards to compete on) and the cost is $20 per person for 90 minutes of play. 

You can just show up, but it’s best to make a reservation with the busiest times being in the evening and the least busy during the day.

More Culinary News and Delicious Bites Around Las Vegas

Twin Creeks Steakhouse Brings Back Social Hour with a Spotlight on Local Beer

image courtesy of Twin Creeks

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton Casino has brought back its Social Hour, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. The happy hour deals include a five item small bites menu with house-made Potato Chips with caramelized onion dip for $8, Shrimp Cocktail with cocktail sauce and atomic horseradish for $15, Bacon Dates with blue cheese crema and hot honey for $12, Spicy Truffle Fries with truffle aioli and Caprese Salad Skewers with house-made mozzarella, basil vinaigrette and a port wine reduction for $8.

Drink specials include Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon and Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc for $9 a glass; five cocktails priced from $10 to $15 like the My Way made with Vegas Baby Vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger beer, and your choice of tropical, mixed berry, strawberry, or citrus flavoring ($10); and five beers from the local CraftHaus Brewery: Czech PLZ Pilsner ($6), Belgard Coffee Stout ($6), Resinate American IPA ($6), Evocation Farmhouse Ale ($6) and Hop Vegas West Coast IPA ($8). The beer selection will rotate seasonally and will continue to feature beer from local breweries.

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