Sea bass, Absinthe and a taste of Peru

Here are the highlights from my research for June’s Las Vegas Advisor:

Let’s start with something on the high end. Weekdays from noon to 2:30 p.m., the hot new Greek restaurant at the Cosmopolitan, Estiatorio Milos, serves a three-course lunch for just $20. The lavraki (sea bass served whole) is amazing. But be careful with the booze—a couple of $14 glasses of wine will torpedo the value quotient here.

If you’re familiar with the lounge duo Zowie Bowie, you might have a hard time imagining Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor trading Top 40s for the standards. But that’s what they do once a week on Sundays in the Vintage Vegas Show at Green Valley Ranch. Donning tuxes and evening gowns, they perform oldies such as “The Lady Is a Tramp’ and “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen.” Not convinced? There are also 12 to 16 live musicians onstage on any given Sunday, most coming from other shows. Lon Bronson from the Lon Bronson Band sits in, and trumpet-master David Perrico conducts. That by itself is worth the 10-spot cover.

Caesars Entertainment’s All Stage Pass has just gotten a lot better, adding Caesars Palace’s Absinthe to the mix. This was already a good deal: all the shows you can scramble to in a 48-hour period for $99. But Absinthe is a hearty $93 ticket, which means that everything else you see in the rest of the time allotted costs you an extra 6 bucks! And you have 20 additional shows to choose from.

The westside Vintner Grill (10100 W. Charleston Blvd.) runs a cool wine-and-cheese happy hour daily from 5 to 6 p.m. Just show up and sample. Stay for drinks or dinner after and you’ll roll right into one of the most vibrant bar/restaurant scenes anywhere in Vegas.

Las Vegas Jerkys, Etc., the Hawaiian-specialty store at the Vegas Club, will satisfy your beef jerky Jones. One package comes with the beef cut in the forms of card suits for just $5.50.

Get an authentic Peruvian ceviche at Mi Peru in Henderson (1450 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite B-314). The classic is the ceviche de pescado ($12.50), made with chunks of white fish and served with yams, onions and corn. A Peruvian Cristal or Cusqueña beer goes well on the side for $5 apiece.



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