The power lunch is alive and well at Spago (702-369-6300), which has long been a midday meal destination for executives and other movers and shakers at both its original Beverly Hills location and our very own in the Forum Shops. Chef Eric Klein has livened up the lunch menu with the addition of several dishes. You can still get your favorite smoked salmon pizza, or Wolfgang Puck’s famous Chinoise chicken salad, but you should also find your way to the charred octopus with fingerling potato salad and romesco sauce; roasted baby beets with toasted pistachios and citrus yogurt; potato leek pizza with sweet garlic, goat cheese and crispy prosciutto; and house-made bucatini carbonara.
Sami Ladeki, the mastermind behind local favorite Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, has opened a bright, cheery, fast-casual dining experience, Table 89, in Centennial Hills (7160 N. Durango Dr., 702-365-7777, Table89LV.com). The name commemorates the year Ladeki opened his first namesake pizza place in La Jolla. Like all of Ladeki’s restaurants, small plates, soups, sandwiches and pastas are prepared with organic and local ingredients. The nutritionally mindful menu also reflects Sammy’s globally-inspired cuisine, such as Thai shrimp salad, goat cheese and tomato flatbread, steak and watercress sandwiches and the beloved hummus. And just because you can eat on the run doesn’t mean you have to, as Table 89’s outdoor patio comfortably seats about 160.
What’s the best way to eat your way through Italy without getting on a plane? On March 26, MGM Grand’s underrated Italian restaurant Fiamma Trattoria & Bar (702-891-7600) will host a wine-pairing dinner that guides you from Sicily to Milan in five courses. Castello Banfi Wine education director William Whiting will be on hand to walk you through the pairings that accompany dishes, such the as blue-cheese mousse and San Daniele prosciutto with figs, or porcini-crusted lamb tenderloin with roasted fennel and the delightfully fractal romanesco variety of broccoli.
Starting March 11, Mercadito (in Red Rock Resort, 702-979-3609) introduces a series of tequila dinners every Wednesday. It’s $36 for five courses, which not only means you get tequila as a pairing, but also exclusive, tequila-enhanced dishes from executive chef Juan Puentes. What better way to get over hump day than by consuming tequila in as many ways as possible?