Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 | 4:26 p.m.
The first-ever spring Restaurant Week will be Feb. 27 through March 4. More than 100 restaurants are serving up three-course lunch and dinner menus for $20.12, $30.12 or $50.12. Portions of the proceeds from the event benefit the Three Square, the food bank of southern Nevada. Here are a few restaurants to help decide where to eat first. For more information and a list of all participating restaurants visit Three Square’s website.
Food pictured may not be available on Restaurant Week menus.
Bar+Bistro at The Arts Factory
Downtown eatery Bar + Bistro inside The Arts Factory will be dishing up a lunch and dinner menu during Restaurant Week. The $50.12 dinner menu features a spiced salmon salad assembled with organic greens, tomatoes, sweet spiced pecans, cured ricotta cheese and topped with a citrus dressing.
For the second course, Chef Beni Velazquez will delight restaurant patrons with honey baked Chuleta--a stuffed pork chop filled with chorizo and cabrales cheese, served with parsnip-mashed potato, seasonal veggies and honey-brandied apple glaze.
A dessert of chocolate cake encased in a whiskey-soaked flan and topped with whipped cream will conclude the meal.
Lavo at Palazzo
Lavo will feature a Restaurant Week dinner menu for $50.12 that offers a first course choice among crispy fried calamari, Caesar salad, Kobe beef carpaccio or Kobe stuffed rice balls.
The second course gives diners a choice among penne alla vodka, brick oven salmon, rigatoni melanzana or chicken parmigiano.
The final course is dessert. Restaurant Week diners will have an option between tiramisu or raspberry cheesecake.
RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay
Three Square volunteer Leanne Notabartolo makes a point to feast at Rick Moonen's rm seafood.
"I really embrace chef Rick Moonen's philosophy and approach about sustainability in our desert," said Notabartolo, who plans to eat at the Mandalay Bay restaurant at least once during the week.
Notabartolo and other restaurant-goers will enjoy a first course of either jumbo lump crab cake, Rick’s white clam chowder or apple watercress salad. A second course will give folks a choice among seared sea scallops, sautéed Pacific halibut or pan-roasted free-range chicken. For dessert is either Girl Scout Thin Mint Cake or key lime pie.
KGB Burgers at Harrah's
KGB Burgers offers both lunch and dinner Restaurant Week menus. Its $20.12 lunch menu has a first course of either the K.G.B. house salad or a Caesar salad. Second course gives restaurant-goers the choice between the veggie burger or American standard burger, both served with french fries. Third course is the cheesecake milkshake or the spicy chili chocolate milkshake.
Society Café at Encore
Encore's Society Café is also participating in the week by offering a $20.12 lunch. Kabocha squash soup or roasted tomato bisque makes up the first course. Among the second course options is a shrimp salad, a turkey burger or a classic grilled ham and cheese. Third course offers either warm doughnut bites or society ice sandwiches, of the sweet Oreo-like variety or of the Reese's peanut butter type.
Via Brasil Steakhouse
Via Brasil Steakhouse is offering two Restaurant Week dinner menus, one for $50.12 and one available at their bar for $30.12. Each menu includes first course salad options and various cuts of meat like thin sliced top sirloin.
Marssa in Henderson
Marssa, a Lake Las Vegas restaurant, will have a $50.12 menu available during the week that features a Mandarin Asian salad, tenderloin with shrimp tempura and a chocolate mint mousse for dessert.
Max Brenner, inside Caesars Palace Forum Shops, has a $30.12 lunch menu that offers Restaurant Week patrons a choice of a Sloppy Max, the Brenner Burger, penne alfredo, a Greek cucumber salad or mushroom and ricotta pizza. Then chocolate for dessert, either chocolate chunks pizza or banana tempura fondue.
Diablo's at Monte Carlo
At Diablo's a $30.12 menu will get foodies a house margarita with their chips and salsa; chicken, steak or shrimp fajitas and warm churros served with chocolate and caramel dipping sauce.