Pumpkin-Free Desserts, Scotch With Your Steak and Guy Fieri’s Drunk Ass

Tres leches

Tres leches cake at Border Grill

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean your only options at the end of the meal have to be pumpkin spiced or apple-flavored. When you need another type of sweet on your palate, head to the original Border Grill (in Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7403, MandalayBay.com) for its new dessert menu. Mexican classics get seasonal touches, such as tres leches cake with homemade condensed milk and huckleberry sauce, and raspberry meringue, or original creations, including an ice cream sandwich of cinnamon-dusted churros filled with salted cajeta—a milky caramel flavor—ice cream. For purists, there’s arroz con leche, a creamy, silky rice pudding served with fruit and puffed rice.

Meanwhile, just down the hall at StripSteak, Glenfiddich hosts a Scotch dinner (7 p.m., $125, in Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7200) on December 1, featuring four courses of the word’s most awarded single malt whisky, all paired with dishes from executive chef Gerald Chin. When I chatted with Chin in advance of his being named the best chef on the Strip by Vegas Seven, he emphasized that while he’s running a steakhouse, he’s still incorporating the fun stuff, some of which you’d get to try at this dinner. It opens with the Instant Bacon, a slab of pork belly that arrives under a cloche of smoke. The steak is still the star, served in the third course of Creekstone prime strip steak with twice-baked Maytag blue cheese soufflé. I can’t think of a better way to sample some of the reasons behind the award.

Say what you will about Guy Fieri—about his spiky, bleach blond hair, his exuberant personality, his over-the-top dishes of the Guy-Talian Fondue Dippers and bacon mac-n-cheese burger—the guy knows how to get our attention. Which we assume is exactly the point of naming his new restaurant, Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho. If your Spanish is rusty, el burro borracho translates to the drunk donkey, which harkens back to Fieri’s oft-maligned condiment, Donkey Sauce. The new spot, set to open early next year at Rio, will be the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host’s take on Mexican fare done with Fieri’s signature flair: Crispy Mahi Mahi Juan Tacos, Flaming Queso Fundido and Drunken Fish Tacos (we’re starting to think that Fieri’s animal mascots might have a drinking problem). The restaurant will be located next to VooDoo Beach Pool for optimum party atmosphere, but upscale enough to enhance dishes such as street tacos, tortas, enchiladas and burritos. And thus the Mayor of Flavortown expands his empire.


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