Chef Kerry Simon just celebrated his birthday, and along with it, opened his newest eatery, Carson Kitchen (124 S. 6th St., 702-473-9523, CarsonKitchen.com). Called an “American gastro-lounge,” Carson Kitchen is a nice neighborhood-y departure from Simon’s slick spot overlooking the pool at Palms Place. While the view may be different, the menu is all Simon: ingredient-driven, creative and fun. Deviled eggs topped with crispy pancetta and caviar are one of the favorites from the Social Plates section, as are crunchy Spam croquettes served with jalapeño mustard. And everyone’s talking about the lamb gyro tacos, topped with the typical Greek accouterments of tzatziki, cucumber and tomatoes.
Now that summer is officially (almost) here, Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro (in the Palazzo, 702-607-6333, MorelsLV.com) offers a couple of prix-fixe menus that will get you out of the house and into its dining room during the hot months. The $22 two-course meal (French onion soup or Caesar salad with romaine hearts for the first course; steak frites or roasted chicken for the second) is a prime power-lunch option. For dinner, $56 gets you four courses, including an amuse-bouche, a red salad with radicchio, endive, walnuts and goat cheese, a 20-ounce sirloin with ratatouille and profiteroles for dessert. Through August 31.
Also new, the Wiener’s Circle, just off the sportsbook in Red Rock Resort (702-823-7400) gets Chicago food just right. For those who have never been to the one in the Windy City, it’s a great, fast-casual spot that serves proper Chicago-style hot dogs. Sure, if the ingredients are sourced right—and they are here, with Vienna beef hot dogs, neon-green relish, sport peppers and poppy-seed buns—you can’t go too wrong with stuff like hot dogs and burgers. But The Wiener’s Circle has even perfected the char on the burgers and dogs, thanks to the super-hot grill. (True story: We had to order two cheddar char burgers, because I didn’t want to share one with my dining companion, who also happened to be from Chicago. He knew what was up.). Unlike in Chicago, the Las Vegas restaurant serves Taylor Ham rolls for breakfast, as well as an item that may as well have been born on the Third Coast: a breakfast sandwich on a Krispy Kreme doughnut. And there’s even a chocolate shake on the Red Rock Resort menu—just not the one you’d get at the original spot, if you know what I mean.