Best of the Best
PING PANG PONG has redesigned and expanded its space at the Gold Coast Casino. Now with seating for more than 300 guests, almost twice as many as before, they have also added a private banquet room. Tony Taeubel, the Senior VP of the Gold Coast was on hand to welcome the media and treat us to their new menu items. At the front is a large Chinese pergola, plenty of walnut screening and two foo dog sculptures from China greet you. With plenty of silk lanterns and tea sets, it is truly with the theme of being in the heart of a Chinese city. Dim sum service is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with pushcarts serving more than 80 dishes. From 5 p.m.-3 a.m. there are Macanese Crustacean claypots, along with many other fish dishes. Some of the favorite dishes are Mango Lobster Scallop Roll and Duck Buns with roasted pulled duck in a steamed lotus bun; and there is a live tank with seafood from which to pick. Ping Pang Pong opened in 2001 and has won many awards, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal Best of Las Vegas poll.
SHAKE SHACK has arrived at The District in Henderson. The newest location is on the east corner and is easily accessible as soon as you park. They have 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, Vienna dogs, a new deep fried “shroom” burger, crinkle cut fries plain or with cheese and bacon, frozen custard, ice cream shakes, and at some locations beer and wine. It’s quick service with plenty of seats and great tastes. They have over 80 locations in the U.S. and three others in Las Vegas, including inside T-Mobile arena.
BANDITO Latin Kitchen & Cantina opened in June and has a Latin American/Spanish theme. This new “hangout” of Kent and Jessica Harman features a brand new high-tech building and is already bustling at happy hour. They have a strong emphasis on Mexico, with lots of tequila and mescal-inspired cocktails. Executive Chef Chris Kight has worked long hours creating the dishes using only the best ingredients available. All sauces, salsas and tortillas are made fresh daily. Juices are all-natural. For starters they have fried octopus, seafood ceviche, tamale trio or pulled chicken flautas. Entrees consist of brick pressed roasted chicken, habanero shrimp, NY strip or fresh daily fish. Six kinds of tacos, including meat-free, or enchiladas with a variety of sauces, are on the list. Try a smoking bandito margarita with Hornitos Black Barrel Anejo Tequila, fresh pineapple juice, charred pineapples, black salt, lime and agave. The patio has misters and plenty of seating. Parking is close to the door. Located at 325 Hughes Center Dr, #100, 702-857-7750 www.BanditoLV.com Sunday thru Thurs 11 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11-11.
PIZZAREV TAPROOM has opened in Las Vegas. With numerous locations throughout the U.S. this is a fairly new concept for Las Vegas. Made-to-order pizzas, thin and medium crust, with numerous ingredients are served piping hot in minutes. Buy a wristband, go to the wall that has taps of beers and wine, hold it up to your selection and voila! A green light appears. Steady the glass below and fill it up. When your full amount of dollars has been used, just step back to the cashier and she will “reload” you. Fresh and airy, with plenty of TV sports playing, this is a great place for a game. Lots of parking and easy to get to. Located on the corner of Sahara and Rancho at 2400 S. Rancho Drive, Suite 100.
First one in the country! The TIPSY ROBOT at Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops is quite unique. Founded by Rino Armeni, the newest bar in town is serving patrons with robots! Yes, Robots. Tipsy Robot is the only land-based operation, but there is one on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. Customers walk up to one of 33 stations, with a bar stool and an electronic tablet. You scroll through the menus of 26 drinks and pick your pleasure. A robot springs into action, almost like a human, but without the costume or the makeup. It grabs a cup, places it in a slot on the bar. Moving down the line, it pulls the ingredients out one at a time—ice, sugar and mixers—drops it in the cup and then the drink is shaken or stirred. There are 152 bottles of liquor to pick from, and even garnishes. All this hoopla takes less than 90 seconds, and then the robot will automatically clean itself with steam before its next order. Of course people can’t believe it when the robots decide to dance. Turn up the music, and they will shake and sway as they jive in unison. Watch for the contest to name them.