Quick bites: Crossroads Kitchen, Bazaar Meat, the Palms and more Vegas food news

The five finalists of Great Las Vegas Coffee Gift will be announced on March 1. Dapper Companies announced in December that it was handing over a brand new nearly 3,000 square foot restaurant fully built with amenities to one lucky chef or restaurateur, and a panel of local chefs and restaurateurs reviewed contest entries and entries. presentations since then. After the finalists are announced next week at a Downtown restaurant media event, final judging will take place April 1 through May 3 with a series of pop-up cooking events at Vegas Test Kitchen.

The focus is on the Palm trees, which is launching a weeks-long hiring drive this week to prepare for its upcoming reopening this spring under new ownership, the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority. Restaurant-obsessed watchers have speculated which dining venues launched as part of the Station Casinos property overhaul in 2019 could return to Flamingo Road Casino, and while no official announcement has been made, a visit Quick from the website reveals that Greene St Kitchen, Mabel’s BBQ, Scotch 80 Prime and Send Noodles are all set to come back to life. The cafe formerly known as Lucky Penny is also set to reopen as Serrano Vista Café, a restaurant brand that already exists at San Manuel’s Yaamava’ Resort and Casino in California.

Pioneering vegetarian chef and restaurateur Tal Ronnen will bring his Carrefour Kitchen concept at Resorts World this spring, and also launching a new fast-casual concept called CB Crossroads Burgers to the new Strip megaresort in the same time frame. Ronnen helped create vegan and vegetarian menus at Wynn and Encore years ago, and her Crossroads Kitchen launched in Los Angeles in 2013, featuring a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Executive Chef Paul Zlatos will run the Las Vegas restaurant.

bazaar meat at the Sahara invites customers to enjoy its Dessert Graffiti concept until February 28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold going to the Epicurean Charitable Foundation. Presented at the table, Dessert Graffiti transforms a blank canvas plate into a colorful and delicious work of art designed to be shared by four to six diners. Each dessert has more than a dozen bites. It will return in April with plans to offer every two months.

the Sand Dollar LoungeThe new downtown location at the Plaza is expected to open in weeks, not months, according to a spokesperson, but in the meantime there’s a whole new cocktail menu at the quirky Chinatown bar. As usual, new drinks are named after classic songs and cost $12, and there are also new shot-and-beer combos ($11) inspired by other beloved Vegas bars. Cocktail creations include: Sexual Chocolate, with gin, lychee soju, white chocolate liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg whites, dried raspberries and graham cracker crumble; Dos Gardenias, with Simply Thai Chilli Syrup, Mr. Black, Tequila Blanco, Pomegranate Juice, Juicy Lime, and Angostura Bitters; and Cry Me a River, with Tanqueray, Italicus, blue spirulina simple syrup, lemon juice and hop water.

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