Spring Restaurant Week, A Blind Pig With a View and Happy Hour Twice a Day

C.T.’s Pork Green Chili at Gilley’s, served as a first course in 2013 Restaurant Week.

C.T.’s Pork Green Chili at Gilley’s, served as a first course in 2013 Restaurant Week.

Avid restaurant goers are patiently waiting for the return of Three Square’s Las Vegas Restaurant Week, March 7-14, when eateries around the Strip and Valley give us their best prix fixe menus at bargain prices, all to help hungry families in Southern Nevada. I look at Restaurant Week as an opportunity to eat at spots I might not normally get a chance to visit, including at the far-flung Aliante Casino, where MRKT Sea & Land (692-7777) will offer three courses of a seafood Luis salad, Kona-crusted New York strip steak and fresh berry crème Brûlée for $50.14, with $5 of each menu sold going to Three Square.

I also try to hit up restaurants that I wish I could get to more often, such as Andre’s in Monte Carlo (798-7151), where I can tuck into a three-course, Michelin star-quality meal for the bargain price of $50.14. Andre’s menu invites you to nosh on salad Niçoise or chilled heirloom tomato soup for a first course, and pulls out all the stops on the second course: Choose from chicken and spinach-stuffed crepes, beef short ribs with potatoes Parisien, Cajun-crusted salmon with spring pea spätzle, or even the vegetarian option of roasted carrot risotto. For the most part, I see these menus as a jumping off point, and occasionally add other dishes a la carte to round out my experience. But remember: As with any other high-volume dining holiday, reservations are necessary for Restaurant Week.

The rest of the year, I want to hit up where all the cool kids are eating. The Blind Pig Provisions & Lounge (in Panorama Towers, 430-4444) is trotting out our love of all things pig- and cocktail-related in a spot convenient not only for the residents of Panorama Towers, but for anyone on the west side of Interstate 15. The casual, counter-order restaurant by Block 16 Hospitality features pizzas, seasonal bites, smoothies, coffee, grab-and-go items and hand-crafted cocktails and beers—you know, all those things we’re looking for in a neighborhood eatery. This one just happens to be in a skyscraper.

Speaking of neighborhood eateries, on the Summerlin side of town, Echo & Rig (in Tivoli Village, 489-3525) makes happy hour the “happiest hours,” offering specials twice a day, from 3-6 p.m. daily, then again from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. So no matter when your own shift is ending, you can belly up to the charcuterie bar for $1 butcher-fresh hot dogs, $2 steak and eggs, and $2 shrimp cocktails. Or if you’re feeling especially thirsty, grab a seat at the cocktail bar for $10 pitchers or a free cocktail of the day for ladies, while “Singles Turn Into Doubles” for men. Finally, an equal-opportunity happy hour!


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