The California Hotel & Casino has announced new menus and upgrades. The Boyd Gaming Corporation has completed its sweeping redesign and renovation of the property. Redwood Bar & Grill has been renamed Redwood Steakhouse and has been completely modernized from top to bottom and with an outstanding new menu.

Redwood Steakhouse has many steaks to choose from, along with fresh seafood and chops. The theme is Hawaiian flair. One can have glimpses into the bar and main dining room from large windows. A new custom butcher block countertop, and huge over-scale chandeliers brings elegance to this lovely restaurant.

The Redwood offers a social hour daily from 4-6 p.m. with small bites and a couple of new cocktails, such as the Blood Orange Whisky Sour and a spiced Mai Tai. Seared ahi tuna, filet mignon, Prime flat iron steak, Chilean sea bass and seafood fra diavolo are all on the must try list. The creamed corn and macaroni and cheese are especially good side dishes. Ryan Fahey is the food & beverage director for the downtown region of Boyd Gaming and he would be happy to talk to you about booking parties.

Next to Redwood is the California Noodle House, opened a year ago. Aloha Specialities is an outlet for authentic Hawaiian food like saimin and oxtail stew. Holo Holo-the Happy Bar, and the Cal Sports Lounge have all been upgraded with new colors, walls, artwork and floors. A long list of delicious appetizers and noodle dishes await.

The Boyd properties include the Orleans, with the famous Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining, Ondori Asian Kitchen and Bailiwick-the Hub of Bites, Sips and Sounds, which opened last month; Gold Coast with longtime Chinese local favorite Ping Pang Pong; Suncoast with Brigg’s Oyster Co and Du-pars Restaurant and Bakery; Fremont with The Filament Bar and Second Street Grill; and Sam’s Town with the brand new Angry Butcher Steakhouse and Big Mess Bar-BQ, both of which opened in October next to the Mystic Falls Park and laser shows. Boyd has been a staple in Las Vegas for years, and offers wonderful service at all of its locations. They are undergoing a $100 million campaign for their properties nationwide, in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi; this company has definitely cornered a big piece of the market in gambling towns