On and Off the Strip: Greek Sneek, Scotch 80 Prime and Pronto by Giada
On the Strip: Greek Sneek
A new casual spot by the Morton Group, Greek Sneek (MGM Grand, 702.891.3228) really shines when chef Billy DeMarco puts a fun twist on familiar favorites.
The baked feta, a play on a caprese salad, stacks two thick slices of heirloom tomato with roasted poblano peppers and aged feta cheese, then bakes the whole thing in a wood-fired oven for a nice easy char. It’s finished with salt, pepper, oregano, olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic. Another unique take on a longtime favorite is the gyro flatbread. It has everything you’d find on a traditional gyro: shaved chicken, red onions and tomato, with the creamy tzatziki sauce mixed with Alfredo. It’s baked at 550 degrees, perfect for keeping the crust soft with just a touch of crispiness, and topped with fresh oregano, mint and feta.
This intriguing new destination is hiding within the Mortons’ comfortable eatery Crush at MGM Grand, and it’s already building big buzz on the Strip. –Rob Kachelriess
Off the Strip: Scotch 80 Prime
One of the most sparkling jewels in the reclaimed crown that is the artfully updated Palms resort, Scotch 80 Prime (702.942.7777) brings new energy to the classic Vegas steakhouse model. That’s because the menu is sprinkled with deliciously playful renditions of dishes we all know and love and expect to find in such a special occasion restaurant. The seafood tower is hot, with lobster, scallops, crab and Spanish octopus fired over mesquite wood. The ravioli is stuffed with rich ribeye steak and set atop roasted bone marrow. And the creamed spinach side is speckled with bacon and Parmesan. It’s always prime time at Scotch 80. –Brock Radke
#trending: Pronto by Giada
Celeb chef extraordinaire Giada De Laurentiis became one of the queens of Vegas brunch with her friendly weekend meal at her eponymous restaurant at The Cromwell. Now she’s raising the bar again at the fast-casual concept Pronto By Giada (Caesars Palace, 702.731.7266) Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tableside service changes the vibe, and this bright, open eatery with its all-you-can-eat stations focused on omelets, bagels, meat and cheese and seafood keeps things moving. –BR