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Spotlight On Downtown Las Vegas Eateries

Follow Kate Mazzarella-Minshall our Restaurant & Dining Consultant For Stellar Event Solutions.com as she visits some of the finest restaurants throughout the greater Las Vegas area.

7TH AND CARSON*

616 E. Carson

Las Vegas, NV  89101

702.868.3355

7thandcarson.com

Open Daily: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Brunch, Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

(FAIRLY) NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

I recently attended an industry networking event at 7th and Carson, the new kid on the block located in Downtown Las Vegas replacing Bradley Manchester’s Glutton Restaurant.  Going downtown is a bit of a schlep for me but I had heard good things about this restaurant and I wanted to try it out for myself.

Upon arrival, we were escorted through a garden patio with fresh hanging herbs where guests can dine al fresco.  Inside there is open seating at the bar and a main dining room with a view of Container Park and the surrounding downtown area. When we walked into the restaurant the aroma coming from Executive Chef Gregg Fortunato’s kitchen literally made my mouth water but what impressed me before we even sat down and tasted the food was the friendly, welcoming attitude from the staff and especially from the owner, Liam Dwyer, former director of operations at The Light Group. The staff wasn’t focused just on our group, they were attentive to everyone in the restaurant, and Liam personally went to every table to ask his guests about their experience and handed out his business card. A true professional. Very impressive!

Once seated, we were served a variety of eclectic foods from Chef Gregg’s menu featuring American Tapas presented on sharable plates at reasonable prices. The menu is divided into Earth, Oven, Land and Sea.  We started with the Hearth Oven Bread, dusted with the Middle Eastern spice mixture, Za’atar, and served with hummus, red pepper relish, cucumber yogurt and baba ganoush accompaniments. Next the arugula salad with grilled pear and burrata; Tandoori heirloom carrots with Vauduvan Indian Spice Blend, Citrus Yogurt and Tumeric Oil; avocado toast; hamburger sliders with melted cheese and grilled onions and the spicy extra crispy, oh so tender Carson fried chicken wings served with house-made habanero sauce and local honey.  Last but not least, our very own dessert, a light and flavorful salted butterscotch panna cotta and a blueberry pastry dusted with powdered sugar.

7th and Carson has a hip relaxed atmosphere and it bills itself as “A nice little drinking spot with great food”.  I would have to say that I agree with that assessment, and it is most definitely worth the trip downtown.

*Perfect for group reservations and social occasions.

ESTHER’S KITCHEN*

1130 South Casino Center Blvd. at California Avenue

Las Vegas, NV  89101

702.570.7864

Tuesday-Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

DELICIOUSNESS UNDER ONE ROOF

There is nothing but deliciousness under the roof of Esther’s Kitchen. Native Las Vegan, Chef James Trees’ farm-to-table Italian Restaurant is a new addition in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas. Opened in January 2018 and named after Chef Trees’ great aunt, Esther’s Kitchen is a casual, retro and rustic-style restaurant with great energy, friendly service and really flavorful food.

A group of us went to Esther’s Kitchen for our pre-theatre meal so we were fortunate in that we were able to taste several different menu items from the pizzas, pastas and desserts. I expected the menu to be typical Italian food but I was pleasantly surprised, it was different than what I had expected and extremely creative. It was a home cooked meal with a creative flair.

Our server added to our experience, he was very knowledgeable about the food, how it was prepared and what ingredients were used, and suggested his favorites. We started with sourdough bread served with Burrata alla panna and anchovy garlic butter, and an impressive charcuterie and cheese board with a variety of meats, cheeses, pickles, toasted bread and fig jam.  If you like bread and pasta, they are made in-house daily and the pizzas are made-to-order. Be sure to try the big and savory meatballs, mushroom polenta with Sherry and truffle butter and the melt-in-your mouth rigatoni carbonara, porchetta with broccoli and chitarra tossed with Pecorino Romano cheese and Tellicherry black pepper.  What a feast!  Esther’s Kitchen also offers a full bar with a beverage program of classic and hand-crafted cocktails and an impressive list of imported and domestic wines and no bottle over $40.

The highlight to the evening was when Chef Trees took the time out of his busy kitchen to talk to all the tables. What an interesting man with a colorful background and loads of talent.  An evening well spent.

Be sure to add Esther’s Kitchen to your list of restaurants to try whether it’s for date night, a group outing or a social celebration, and make a reservation because if you don’t, you might not get in; it was packed that Saturday night we were there.

*Perfect for group reservations and social occasions.

CARSON KITCHEN*

Carson Kitchen | John E. Carson Hotel

(Corner of Carson Ave & 6th St.)

124 S. 6th St., Suite 100

Las Vegas, NV 89101

702.473.9523

Sunday – Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

A “NEIGHBORHOOD” URBAN DINING GEM

It’s a gastronomic explosion of flavors at the award-winning Carson Kitchen with its numerous honors and accolades.  Located in the historic John E. Carson Hotel, this now famous eatery burst onto the downtown scene in 2014 and over three years later it has just gotten better if that is even possible, and bigger. Due to its popularity, Carson Kitchen had no choice but to expand last year to meet the demands of their guests for more space. In addition to the main dining room, there is a beautiful bar with open seating and a rooftop patio that overlooks the surrounding area of downtown complete with a lava rock fire pit and live music.

Carson Kitchen was the creation of the late famed Chef Kerry Simon and restaurateur Cory Harwell, and keeping it in the family, Kerry Simon’s brother Scott Simon is Carson Kitchen’s executive chef. Chef Scott was mentored by Kerry and the brothers worked side by side for many years.

The ever-changing menu is genius, a collection of seasonal comfort foods elevated with crazy and creative food pairings and innovative flavor combinations. I think my friends and I ordered just about everything on the menu and seriously, we could not get the food into our mouths fast enough. Because the plates are small and sharable, we had the opportunity to taste everything which added to our experience. I half expected to taste at least one thing I didn’t like, their menu is so diverse I couldn’t imagine liking all the food but I did, everything was incredible!

Some of our favorites and the absolute must-haves are the Crispy Chicken Skins with smoked honey; Bacon Jam; Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese; Secret Sunday Chicken; Chicken Thighs with mint chimichurri; baked Mac & Cheese; Wild Mushroom Flatbread, the Glazed Donut Bread Pudding – three rum caramel vanilla, crème angalaise; and the Bourbon Fudge Brownie with brown butter bacon ice cream. They also feature a full bar, wines from boutique wineries and a selection of American craft beers.

This hip trendy restaurant has a warm welcoming vibe with a friendly staff whose only goal is to make sure you have the best dining experience.

*Perfect for group reservations and social occasions.

FLOCK & FLOW

150 N Las Vegas Blvd #100
Las Vegas, NV 89101

(702) 983-4880

(Located at The Ogden)

HOURS: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

DON’T BRING CASH

One of the reasons my theatre group wanted to try “Flock & Fowl” after the play is because it had such an unusual name we figured it had to be good, and it was…in fact it was great!

Chef Sheridan Su, a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef: West and his wife Jenny Wong own and operate Flock & Fowl. Their mantra is, “We only cook what we would serve our own family. We believe what you eat should be nature, pure and fresh.”

Flock & Fowl is located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Ogden on the first floor of The Ogden in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.  We were a little confused by some of the menu selections but our server was quite helpful explaining the specialties and how they were prepared and extremely patient while we changed our minds several times because we wanted to order everything on the menu. She told us that Flock & Fowl is known for their signature dish, Hainanese Chicken Rice so that’s what I ordered. It features Mary’s free-range chicken, with your choice of preparation, traditional, fried or roasted and it was served with rice cooked in chicken stock complimented with ginger scallion, house-made chile and soy dipping sauces, plus your choice of two sides, the one-hour egg, bone broth, sausage or veggies. The chicken was tender, juicy and flavorful. We also ordered the Bang Bang Chicken Noodle Salad and the Laska, curry coconut noodle soup  and for the less adventurous types in the group, cheeseburgers with curly fries. My mouth is watering while I’m writing this.  Be sure to save room for dessert, you won’t want to miss the Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie with vanilla ice cream and miso caramel sauce…it’s insanely good!

Flock & Fowl features a full bar with hand-crafted signature cocktails, a beautiful modern décor with a comfortable vibe and friendly staff.  They showcase work from artists in the local community which adds an originality to their décor.  By the way, don’t bring cash.  Flock & Fowl is “cashless”, they only accept credit or debit cards.

The consensus is that we loved Flock & Fowl and we would definitely go back.

*Perfect for group reservations and social occasions.

CORNISH PASTY COMPANY*

10 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

702.862.4538

cornishpastyco.com

I don’t think I know anyone who can pronounce the name of this restaurant correctly. I’ve heard it called Cornish “Pastry” or Cornish “Paste-y”; phonetically it’s “pass-ty”. But whatever you call it, this place is like no other. So what is a pasty exactly, it looks like a mini calzone but it is actually a baked, hand-made folded pastry sealed around the edges with a flaky buttery crust similar to the texture of a pie crust, stuffed full of deliciousness with meats, vegetables or fruits. It’s been part of the British diet since the 13th Century. Cornwall, England native Dean Thomas founded the Cornish Pasty Company in January 2005.

Located downtown in the heart of the Las Vegas Arts District, Cornish Pasty actually does have an artsy vibe with an industrial pub feel. Our server told us the space was a renovated church and that’s what it looks like with the high ceilings and bench (pew) seating. It’s a very large venue with shared tables, an open kitchen, a huge bar that seats 50 and serves a variety of local beers, international draughts and craft cocktails. There is a dog friendly patio and a gaming area with darts, shuffleboard and pool tables.

When you walk through the doors, the first thing you notice is the mouth-watering smell of the pasties baking. The menu features over 40 hearty made-to-order signature, premium, vegetarian and vegan pasties; soups, sides and salads.  My friends and I made a unanimous decision that we were going to keep coming back until we tried every pasty on the menu, and then start all over again, but as the old saying goes, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first” so since it was our first time, we started with the to-die-for Apple Caramel Pasty, the Sticky Toffee Pudding with creme anglaise and the Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding all rich, decadent and filled with ooey, gooey goodness.  We have since been back several times and made our way through half the pasty menu, and the salads. If you are looking for something new to try, do yourself a favor and head downtown to the Cornish Pasty Company.  These pasties can be shipped, shared or taken home half-baked so you can finish baking when you are ready to indulge.

*Perfect for group reservations and social occasions.

MAKERS & FINDERS*

1027, 1120 S Main St. 110, Las Vegas, NV 89104

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mon-Sat

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday

702.586.8255

makerslv.com

Who doesn’t love brunch on a Sunday morning, especially with Mimosas and if you love eggs benedict, you will love the breakfast menu at Makers & Finders. The “Benny’s” have evolved from the traditional, albeit popular, eggs benedict of poached eggs and Canadian bacon on top of an English muffin. We had the vegetable benny, the salmon benny, the spicy chicken tinga benny with pulled chicken in chipotle, cheese and lime avocado cream and the Arepa benny, poached eggs, coffee-rubbed beef, grilled tomatoes and salsa verde hollandaise.  The portions are generous and packed with flavor.  But there’s always one in the bunch who orders something different, and thankfully so because we got to taste the Coconut Tres Leches Belgian Waffle and chocolate chips with us…an indulgent creation.

Makers & Finders is the brainchild of co-founders Josh Molina and Valeria Varela. It opened in 2014 nestled off the beaten path in the downtown Arts District.  There’s patio dining, and main dining with a seated bar.  A beverage menu of crafted cocktails, beer and wine, espresso drinks, and machas; and specialty teas and lattes with house-made syrups completes the menu.

They have some of the best and most creative lattes I have ever tasted. There were five of us in our group so we each ordered something different, the Café con Leche with sweetened condensed milk, the Lavender Latte with house-made lavender syrup, the Coconut Turmeric Latte with coconut syrup, cinnamon, espresso and turmeric, the Bon Bon layered latte with condensed milk and cocoa powder and the Salted Caramel Latte with cracked sea salt and caramel drizzle. Each one was equally delicious.  I know “delicious” is a subjective word but I don’t know how else to describe these lattes.

This quaint and charming coffee café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It bills itself as an “urban coffee bar” and their menu is described as traditional café fare and Latin comfort food.  I can’t wait to try Makers & Finders for lunch and dinner.

*Perfect for group reservations and social occasions.

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