Serving Vintage Vegas at the Golden Steer

Serving Vintage Vegas at the Golden Steer

By Lila Asnani, Foodable Contributor

People come to Las Vegas for a whole host of reasons. The magic of Las Vegas is that it can morph and be different things to different people. Some people come to try the newest and brightest but lately there has also been a budding interest in old school Vegas. Particularly Vegas as in the 1950’s, when the famous Rat Pack ran and set the trend for what was swell and hip in this city. 

The Golden Steer Steakhouse is one such establishment that harkens to the golden, and what some people nostalgically refer to as the best, age of Vegas. 

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Yardbird Restaurant Features Innovative Pickling Program

One of the more noteworthy Vegas restaurant openings was the arrival of Miami's Yardbird at the beginning of the year, and the restaurant is continuing to live up to the hype. Serving up a number of Southern-style, comfort food dishes, Chef Todd Harrington has recently been making headlines for his innovative pickling program that has the restaurant featuring over twenty different types of pickles.  

On the restaurant's menu includes a number of unique pickles such as pickled okra, jalapeno, watermelon, turnips and even oysters. In addition, Chef Harrington has been playing with different methods of pickling, including soaking hard boiled eggs in beet juice and the house specialty: cucumbers soaked in Kool-Aid. Read More

Omings Kitchen Food Truck Finds Success at Vegas' First Friday Street Festival

Omings Kitchen Food Truck Finds Success at Vegas' First Friday Street Festival

By Lila Asnani, Foodable Contributor 

First Friday is a street festival that occurs monthly in Las Vegas.  It started in Oct of 2002 as an arts festival which was aimed at revitalizing the Downtown Arts District. First Friday Las Vegas has since expanded over the years to include different forms of visual and performing arts, live music and food. 

Today, First Friday extends over 20 blocks and this free event attracts an average of 30,000 people. The main Art Walk event is centered in the 18b Arts District which has galleries and art showings. The event has also expanded to include Freemont Street, the downtown cluster of casinos, which offers free musical acts for attendees 21 years and over.   

Omings Kitchen

One of the main draws for First Friday is most definitely the food, particularly the 70 some food trucks that gather monthly for this event. Omings Kitchen is one such food truck that got its start at First Friday in May, 2014.  

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Las Vegas' Pizza Revolution

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Las Vegas is home to a number of regional cuisines, but recently it is pizza that is shining on the Strip.   Lately, Vegas has been witnessing a surge of pizzerias opening throughout the city, ranging from delivery to sit down options, each serving up a variety of styles of pies.  Downtown Vegas' Pizza Rock has recently opened a second store and plans to open an Italian restaurant in Palace Station in the near future.  

Owner Tony Gemignani equates the recent pizzeria expansions as a "renaissance in Las Vegas when it comes to the pizza industry."   He is now looking to capitalize on this surge of interest in pizza by developing a "high-end, high quality pizza concept."  Gemignani's pizza joints join the likes of Pizza Forte, Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, and DiFara's Pizza in expanding multiple concepts onto the Strip.  Read More

Kraken Café Seeks to Break the Vegas Food Truck Mold

Kraken Cafe Food Truck  | Facebook

Kraken Cafe Food Truck | Facebook

Serving up specialty dishes such as bison burgers, salmon croquette burgers and shrimp toast Benedict, the Kraken Café is definitely unlike any other food truck in Las Vegas, and founders Kayla Webster and Elijahwan Bonner plan to keep it that way.  While many Las Vegas food trucks still serve subpar food, explains Webster, the Kraken Café was launched with the goal of serving high-end cuisine without the upscale pricing.

Graduates of The Art Institute and Le Cordon Bleu, respectively, the team found immediate success off the strip.  In fact, the Kraken Café was the sole Las Vegas recipient of this year’s American Small Business Championship, awarded by national nonprofit mentoring organization SCORE.  Webster hopes to eventually open a restaurant in town, though plans to still keep the food truck operational.  Read More