Photo credit: Shelley Stepanek

Yes, I wrote about the new Mexican restaurant La Monja about a month ago, and what a great spot. Both indoor and outdoor seating, giant grills where pork is roasted daily, marvelous taquitos, salads and drinks. Well now the refurbished hotel on Fremont Street called Fergusons Downtown has opened with a new coffee shop called Mothership Coffee Roasters, where they have quiche, scones and amazing coffee. Situated in the old hotel rooms, completely revamped and remodeled, are now numerous businesses located within this area, including Mike’s Recovery, a bathing and soaking spot to totally stay hydrated; a beauty shop just for hair; All for Our Country, OFI, formerly in Henderson, which makes hand-crafted wood items; Futuremakers, daily classes for art, tinkering and yoga; Neon Cactus Vintage, featuring vintage clothes and items; The Tiny Bloom, beautiful custom flowers; and of course another great restaurant, Hatsumi, a Japanese restaurant. The area has been excavated down, so there are plenty of levels. There are spots to just lay back and relax, bring your coffee outside and gaze at the strange sight of two semi-trucks suspended in animation. Their grand opening is Dec. 13-15 so if you are in Las Vegas, come on down. A relaxing place to be.

Hooters out, OYO in. Yes, one of our oldest casinos has now been rebranded with an all-new theme. The Porch has been highly upgraded with great glass garage doors overlooking the pool, where huge mobile screens for summer movie viewing has come into place. They have some seasonal cocktails in the Aqua Rjo: with New Amsterdam Raspberry Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, red grapes, mint and fresh citrus berry topped with champagne. The Apple Fest is made with Maker’s Mark and applesauce. The menu highlights include Shrimp Ceviche Martinis, Three Cheese Stuffed Peppadews Peppers wrapped in bacon and Ahi Tuna Poke Cones.

The Hooters restaurant is still there and it is always a “Hoot” with fried pickles, beer cheese & pretzels, Caribbean-smoked Chicken Wings and Chipotle-glazed Wings. Something is always happening here.

Steak ‘n Shake serves all the classic milkshakes, including Birthday Cake, Oreo Cookies ‘n Cream, M&M and Turtle Caramel. Alcohol-infused milkshakes include Cin City Shake with Fireball Whisky, RumChata and Jim Beam Banana Splits. Don’t miss the Kahlua Express, with Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps, hazelnut and vanilla ice cream. Give the Double Steakburger a try, with two hot patties, or if you are really hungry try the Triple or 7x7 Steakburger with seven Steakburgers and seven slices of cheese. There’s also the Jalapeno Crunch Burger, with pepper jack and chipotle mayonnaise. Now try that one on for size!

Last is the Underground Lounge. New is a Smoked Michelada, Estrella Beer with a spicy tomato and mango mix, which is smoked. And pair it with a Triple Grilled Cheese served with house-made tomato bisque. Just the place to watch all your favorite teams, with multiple TVs.