The city loses two landmarks, but gains Turkish worth driving for

What with last weekend being St. Patrick’s Day, the Leprechauns put me in the mood for some Irish cuisine, no longer an oxymoron. So my first stop was McMullan’s Irish Pub (4650 W. Tropicana Ave.), for a full Irish breakfast. It was delicious, but I’m still recovering.

At just $11, this is a real trencherman’s meal: three eggs any style, three huge slabs of Irish bacon, baked beans, black-and-white pudding, potatoes, a long banger (sausage) and brown bread. If you’re planning on eating the whole thing, forget lunch or dinner.

Over at Rí Rá, Mandalay Bay’s entry into the Irish sweepstakes, there are new dishes afoot, and I’m impressed. Pint of Prawns comes with a spicy cocktail sauce, and there is a proper chicken curry, just like you get on the Emerald Isle—meaning on the sweet side, with bell peppers, onion and a side of chips. There’s also Irish mac ’n’ cheese made with Irish farmhouse cheddar, a nice idea and—shhh—even a Cuban sandwich for lunch.

Vegas is losing one Irishman, however, if only in name. The legendary Downtown casino Fitzgeralds is being rebranded as The D, slated to reopen sometime in the fall. The hotel will feature 638 contemporary rooms, a two-level casino and a pair of lounges—the Longbar and the D Bar—which owner Derek Stevens hopes will be exciting locals watering holes. The main restaurant in the casino will be called Courtyard Grill, a three-meal affair that plans to offer steak, seafood and fine wines at dinner. See for more on that.

In more downtown news, another legend, White Cross Drugs, 1700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, has closed, but take heart. Tiffany’s Café, a greasy spoon that has served patty melts and breakfasts to thousands of minions, is still open. How long it will remain open is anyone’s best guess.

As reported Feb. 16 by Vegas Seven (“Resto Change-o”), rumor has it that DW Bistro plans to open a second location downtown, specifically to take over the old Andre’s location near Sixth Street and Bridger Avenue. This is a plum idea for the downtown crowd. I’ve long been a fan of DW’s dishes such as jerk pork hash and Jamaican chicken curry. I can’t wait.

Finally, in spite of the name, Mediterranean Café, a new restaurant at 1639 W. Warm Springs Road in Henderson, looks as if the Valley has a new Turkish restaurant. A sneak peek at the menu reveals classic Turkish fare such as mucver (called zucchini pancake on the menu), pan-fried calves liver and one dead giveaway: Adana kebab, a ground lamb kebab named for a city in southern Turkey.

Hungry, yet?

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