Nina Manchev’s Bulgarian/Spanish tapas bar never ceases to amaze. Forte (4180 S. Rainbow Blvd., 220-3876) has long been one of the most original, innovative restaurants in town, and now the gracious Ms. Manchev is doing a spate of new dishes. Items added to the menu include grass-fed veal osso buco with Bomba rice risotto representing Spain, and roasted lamb shank with Greek-style potatoes, carrots and Kalamata olives from Bulgaria. From now until the end of the year, Manchev is also serving a separate menu of authentic, homey Bulgarian dishes.
Meanwhile, Trevi, an Italian restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars, is offering a few new selections to usher in the fall. Chef Peter Scaturro has created a polpetta di pollo soup, made with delicate, tiny, chicken meatballs, and salmon piccata, accompanied by grilled vegetables and Po Valley black rice. Check out the full menu at Trevi-Italian.com.
I don’t know about you, but I’m heading downtown to eat some ’cue. Big Ern’s is the new kid on the block, an outdoor smoker on Seventh Street, open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue-Fri between the busy blocks of Carson Avenue and East Fremont Street. Meats such as pulled pork and brisket are slow-smoked in a drum. I hear the hot-link sandwich, slaw and baked beans are all excellent. In 2013 the stand will get a permanent home in the Downtown Project’s nearby shipping container project.
If you read this online in the wee hours Nov. 7, or in the morning Nov. 8, there might be time to secure tickets to Bread & Butter for Cutthroat Culinary’s six-course pop-up dinner Nov. 8, an event run by chefs Christian Dolias and Grady Parker. Courses include sea bass with fennel and olive tapenade and foie-gras tiramisu. These boys are talented. Bring your own wine or beer for no extra fee. Details at CulinaryCutthroat.com/events.
Finally, I’ve always been a fan of Lillet, a French aperitif of mysterious provenance. It’s so rarely ordered these days that I’d forgotten all about it. The Lillet Blanc was always more popular than the Rouge, but the latter is the one I favored. But Lillet endures, and now the company has introducing Lillet Rosé, a blend of red and white varietals. You’ll be able to taste all three 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Eiffel Tower Restaurant, as well as enjoy the cuisine of owner Jean Joho as interpreted through the talents of his chef de cuisine, the talented Joung Sohn. Beef Wellington, anyone? For reservations or more information, call 948-6937 or visit EiffelTowerRestaurant.com.