Photo credit: True Food , Top Golf and Shelley Stepanek

TRUE FOOD—OMG! This new restaurant in Downtown Summerlin is truly amazing. Taking over the old Fogo de Chao location, with plenty of outdoor patio dining, this fresh place offers an unlimited menu for anyone wanting to eat healthy. Inside it’s light and airy, with plenty of green plants and great seating, and the deck overlooks one of the waterfalls in the mall. For starters I suggest the Butternut Squash Soup or the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with mushrooms. There is also a very good Beet & Goat Cheese Flatbread. All salads have seasonal ingredients as does the entire menu. Kale Cobb Chopped or Organic Tuscan Kale have plenty of avocado and organic tomatoes. There are pizzas, with gluten-free crust if you ask, along with Bowls of Ancient Grains, which include Cauliflower Polenta, Korean Noodle or Teriyaki Quinoa, with broccoli, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, brown rice, avocado and toasted sesame. Each item has the calorie value listed. A new burger is on the menu, the Unbeetable Burger made with beets, yuzu, jicama slaw, crushed avocado and butter lettuce: bright red, juicy and certainly savory. Or try a turkey burger, grass-fed burger or an Inside Out Quinoa burger with hummus.

Full-on entrees are Thai Coconut Sea Bass, Chicken, Lasagna, Poke Bowl with wild-caught albacore, Grilled Salmon Bowl or Grass-fed Steak Tacos. The menu reflects with a small icon for each item what the vegetable is. Plenty of desserts too. I cannot rave enough about this health-conscious place. 10970 Rosemary Park Drive, #160. 702-863-1000. 

CARMINE’S is a huge cavernous restaurant located in the famous Caesars Forum Shops on the Vegas Strip.  Two stories, with numerous private rooms, this magnificent restaurant is a wonderful place to dine.  With a happy hour, take out and vegetarian menu, you will have a great time looking over the hundreds of photos on the wall.  Huge family-style portions of all your favorite dishes including clams, mussels, pastas and eggplant await you. I dined with a party of 50 and we had mussels (both in white broth and red sauce), eggplant rollatini, calamari and plenty of amazing appetizers.

Hot and cold antipasto salads, peppers and onions, lasagna, meatballs, ravioli with cheese, rigatoni and broccoli; all the items are fresh, hot and wonderfully seasoned.  Plenty of chicken, seafood, and beef dishes to pick from. Rack of lamb and veal chops are their specialty.  If you wish to book a group, call Kay Kolbo at 702-473-9700.  They are open from 11-11.  And don’t forget Carmine’s in New York City, D.C. and Atlantic City. 

TOPGOLF is in 56 cities worldwide and is constantly expanding. In Las Vegas, there are four floors and 120 bays, with 13 new ones just added to the top deck. They just launched their new fall menu for dining fun during football viewings and late evenings out. A great new item is the Buffalo Chicken Dip with shredded chicken, hot sauce, sour cream, green onion, ranch, cream cheese, cheddar, Monterey Jack and breadcrumbs, all served with tortilla chips for $12. There is the Triple Dog Dare—three mini beef hot dogs: cheeseburger dog, pimento cheese dog and loaded tater tot dog for $15. We also tried a giant French Onion Burger and some Cheesy Macaroni Bites. The Frozen Orange Red Bull has Red Bull with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, Sprite and orange juice garnished with an orange slice—a nice frozen concoction. Another new cocktail is Maker’s Spiked Cold Brew with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Tuaca Italiano Brandy, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Monin Vanilla and cold brew coffee.

They are open from 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Located on Koval behind the MGM Grand, free onsite parking. 702-933-8458