What do we want? Cupcakes! When do we want them? Now! Because having a cupcake just handed to you is so passé, Las Vegas now boasts its very own cupcake ATM at the newly opened Sprinkles at the Linq (733-0522, Sprinkles.com). Known for having over 50 flavors, Sprinkles makes a killer red velvet cupcake with a proper cream cheese frosting, along with avant garde varieties such as chai latte and maple bacon. There’s a handy flavor schedule available so you know which days your favorites are in stock. The new dessert-delivery method operates 24 hours, so if Sprinkles is closed when you need a fix, you can simply make a withdrawal—before you go into withdrawal.
MTO Café (500 S. Main St., 380-8229, MTOCafe.com) has made a strong showing as a breakfast and lunch hot spot Downtown, but now there’s a reason to visit the new restaurant in the evening, too. The monthly Sunday Night Supper series features four chefs creating courses around a theme. The first event paid homage to barbecue, and the next on April 27 gets in right before Cinco de Mayo with El Chapo’s Cantina ($60 per person). MTO chef Johnny Church, Knife Fight winner James Trees Chris Palmeri and Christian Dolias of Desnudo Tacos, and Jose “Lupe” Avila of Fleur each prepare an appetizer and entrée from which guests can choose. Fun starter options include Church’s pork belly chorizo queso fundido with roasted poblanos and Asadero cheese and the Desnudo team’s grilled octopus with huitlacoche (a corn fungus enjoyed by the Aztecs).
Main entrees are just as bold, with choices such as Trees’ birra de chivo (goat) tostada with jalapeño crema, or Avila’s cochinita pibil, slow-roasted pork with habanero pickled onions and roasted fingerling potatoes. Rx Boiler Room pastry chef Heidi Kovall brings a sweet finish with three desserts: traditional caramel flan, tres leches cake and a Mexican hot chocolate brownie with pecan toffee.
Breaking Bread at Buddy V’s
The Sunday meal is important all around, whether it’s dinner or brunch. Buddy V’s (in Palazzo, 607-2355, BuddyVLasVegas.com) takes on the earlier meal with its newest offering, Buddy’s Family Brunch. Italian-American inspired breakfast dishes, such as a roasted vegetable frittata, line up alongside a classic chicken parmigiana and carbonara-style macaroni and cheese. If you feel like going continental, there are also charcuterie station and carving stations with Italian sausage, glazed ham and thick-cut bacon sliced to order. A station devoted to kids offers flatbread pizzas, garlic bread and traditional mac ‘n’ cheese (though we did catch a few adults who also couldn’t pass up the cheesy, powerful garlic bread).
The Cake Boss finally gets to show off the chops that made him famous with the opening of Carlo’s Bakery on March 31. The first of his stores to open out west, the bakery is adjacent to Buddy V’s, so you won’t have to go too far to bring his famous Buddy’s Cannoli or lobster tail pastry home with you.