In 2013 Las Vegas visitors will have a lot of new things to enjoy – gastronomically, that is – because several restaurants have debuted during the last three months of 2012. From two wonderful eateries by superstar British chef Gordon Ramsay (joining his hugely successful Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas) to a couple of Midwest-oriented hot dog spots, everyone will want to engage in gluttony when they come to Sin City in the new year!
American Coney Island
Where: At the D Las Vegas.
When: Opened on Oct. 10, 2012.
What: Beloved in Michigan, this family-owned chain dates back to 1917. As a member of the third generation, Grace Keros was thrilled to bring their tradition to downtown Las Vegas, opening the city’s first outpost at a spot directly on Fremont Street Experience in the recently relaunched D Las Vegas resort. Like no hot dog you’ve ever had before, American Coney Island’s specially seasoned wiener (made by the Dearborn Sausage Company) is topped with a secret chili recipe invented by her grandfather, Constantine “Gust” Keros.
Must-try dish on the menu: The Coney Island Hot Dog, of course!
McCall’s Heartland Grill
Where: Inside Stratosphere.
When: Opened on Oct. 25, 2012.
What: With a Midwestern-inspired menu, this restaurant features natural beef from Harris Ranch cattle raised on grass from the hillsides of Southern California. In addition to a fine selection of red meat and poultry, you’ll find a touch of the coast here with items like lobster tail, prawn, Scottish salmon and Hawaiian ono.
Must-try dishes on the menu: Braised beef short rib sliders and coffee-rubbed center cut New York strip.
Where: At 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. in Summerlin.
When: Opened on Nov. 1, 2012.
What: This farm-to-table restaurant was created by Elizabeth Blau, who is often credited with shaping Vegas into a culinary destination, and her husband, chef Kim Canteenwalla. With a focus on comfortable yet elegant cuisine, the menu features items prepared from fresh regional ingredients. Many of them have playful, family-oriented names – like My Wife’s Favorite Salad, the Backyard Favorite Burger or Nana’s Tiffin Chicken Curry.
Must-try dishes on the menu: Turkey meatballs, roast swordfish and charcuterie pizza.
Where: Inside the Palms.
When: Opened in early November 2012.
What: A European-style bistro and dessert shop that traces its roots to Milan, Italy, you’ll find plenty of delectable treats in here. Not only is this place known for its rich hand-crafted chocolate, but there are also made-to-order sweet and savory crêpes. The contemporary atmosphere is created with rich wood décor and sparkling chandeliers. You can get gourmet coffee drinks too.
Must-try dish on the menu: One (or several!) of the 18 luscious flavors of gelato.
Where: At Town Square Las Vegas.
When: Opened in late October 2012.
What: This restaurant is the creation of chef Carla Pellegrino. With 13 different kinds of meatballs on the menu as well as meatball sliders and meatball subs, it’s designed for lovers of the delightfully saucy victual. Pizza, that other Italian favorite, is served here as well, along with an array of salads and gourmet ice cream sandwiches. Located across from the popular Rave Cinemas, there’s nothing better to precede or follow a flick – especially once you see the bar menu, which features sangrias and cocktail floats.
Must-try dishes on the menu: The Parmesan cream and mushroom gravy meatballs.
Bagatelle Restaurant and Supper Club
Where: Inside the Tropicana.
When: Opened in early November 2012.
What: The glamorous Euro-chic décor in this restaurant includes several breathtaking chandeliers. Inspired by Southern France, you’ll be able to indulge in fine French and Mediterranean foods. John Zamarch, executive chef, has crafted a menu of scrumptious fish, beef and poultry entrées accompanied by side items like saffron rice, haricots verts and pommes frites. On Saturdays and Sundays, Bagatelle features its lavish champagne brunch, and in the late evenings DJs spin music as the supper club transforms into a full-fledged nightclub.
Must-try dishes on the menu: Salade d’Endives au Bleu et aux Nois, Bouillabaisse à la Marseillaise and Filet Mignon Sauce Béarnaise.
Little Richie’s Chicago-Style Beef & Dogs
Where: Inside Treasure Island.
When: Opened on Dec. 11, 2012.
What: Situated near the poker room and race and sports book, this small counter-style eatery with limited seating is perfect for those who want to grab a quick bite. Although proudest of the links (hot dogs and sausages), you can also chow down on Italian beef sandwiches, chili and frozen custard.
Must-try dishes on the menu: The Chicago-Style Hot Dog and the Maxwell Street Polish Sausage.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Where: On South Las Vegas Boulevard at the northwest corner of Harmon Avenue, next to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
When: Opened on Dec. 15, 2012.
What: This restaurant has a fantastic patio that boasts views of the Strip. What better way to savor some of the freshest seafood served in Vegas! Naturally, there are numerous shrimp dishes (ranging from a traditional shrimp cocktail to a shrimp po’ boy and shrimp scampi, but there are other delicious items as well, like fried chicken and baby back ribs.
Must-try dishes on the menu: The Shrimp Shack Mac & Cheese, “I’m Stuffed” Shrimp and Mama’s Bread Pudding.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
Where: Inside Caesars Palace.
When: Opened on Dec. 18, 2012.
What: Now an authentic pub experience sits just steps away from The Colosseum! The second namesake restaurant for British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in Las Vegas, it features two unique sections with distinct menus. In the grill section, guests enjoy gourmet-oriented food items like whole brick-pressed Cornish chicken and dry-aged, bone-in beef rib eye chops. In the pub section, there are U.K. comfort foods such as shepherd’s pie and fried egg sandwiches. The restaurant’s interior is comfortable with plenty of wood accents, a large center bar and a keg wall. There are also hip décor references to the other side of the pond, including red telephone booths and uniforms inspired by the English punk scene.
Must-try dishes on the menu: Yorkshire Ale Batter Fish & Chips and Pan-Roasted Snapper.
Gordon Ramsay BurGR
Where: Inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
When: Opened on Dec. 22, 2012.
What: Dubbed “the ultimate burger experience,” you’ll discover British chef Gordon Ramsay takes the beloved American staple to a higher level in this vibrant restaurant that’s full of color and 16 HD televisions. Cooking beef patties over an open wood-fueled flame, he serves them on pork belly bao buns and tops them with the freshest, most flavorful ingredients imaginable. Along with hand-cut fries made from Kennebec potatoes, the menu includes fried chicken sliders, jalapeño poppers and an extensive spirits list featuring 30 beers all poured from a frozen tap wall.
Must-try dishes on the menu: Any of the burgers, the Spicy Devil Dog and the pudding milkshakes.