Before it opened as a megaclub in Las Vegas, Hakkasan (in MGM Grand, 891-7988) made its mark on the dining world as a Michelin-starred high-end Chinese restaurant. The chef who earned that star, Ho Chee Boon, is right here in our town, putting his touches on classic Chinese dishes. The new Taste of Hakkasan is a three-course, prix fixe menu that showcases the restaurant’s signature dishes, including the delicate dim sum platter or fried soft shell crab, spicy prawns with lily bulbs and a VIP version of lemon chicken. At $48 per person, it might be one of the best values on the Strip for a meal from a Michelin-starred chef.
Chili by the Lake
We’re just about out of the season where we can eat chili comfortably, and I can’t think of a better way to say good-bye to slow cooking than heading to the annual Callville Bay chili cook-off March 28 and 29 (565-8958, ForeverResorts.com). The resort and marina on Lake Mead holds this contest yearly, and members of the public are welcome to submit an entry. Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners, and there’s a “people’s choice” award. Plus, a friendly chili contest is as good a reason as any to spend the weekend at Lake Mead.
In Need of a Cure
The newest neighborhood joint near Summerlin, Distill (10820 W. Charleston Blvd., 534-1400, DistillBar.com), has a fantastic patio known as The Backyard that needs to be enjoyed over the next few months. Distill infuses whiskey in-house with flavors such as coffee and orange cinnamon, to turn into a really interesting Manhattan. The food is typical bar fare, with breakfast, wings and pizza, but done exceptionally well. Don’t miss The Cure, a burger made with a ground beef and pork patty stuffed with fontina, then topped with soy onions, jalapeno jelly, spicy mayo and fried parsnips on brioche.
Food Truck Festival Rolls to a New Location
It’s a good thing Las Vegas Foodie Fest (LasVegasFoodieFest.com) revolves around food trucks, as the event has moved from its digs at South Point Casino further north to be closer to the action on the Strip. On April 24-27 the rolling kitchens will convene in the MGM Resorts-owned festival lot across from the Luxor. Over 50 roving gourmet trucks make an appearance this year, along with the highly anticipated return of the White Castle Craver truck, which sees long lines of people with fond memories of White Castle sliders. Tickets are $10 and allow you admission for all four days (food sold separately), and no one will judge you if you spend your entire time returning to the White Castle line.