Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 5:12 p.m.
The steakhouse is flourishing on the Strip, especially at Caesars properties where they’ve opened three beef-centric joints in six months. Hidden in the back of the Flamingo, Center Cut Steakhouse doesn’t have a celebrity chef like Gordon Ramsay or a century of tradition like Old Homestead. How will it stand out? Bet on bacon.
- Center Cut Steakhouse
- Flamingo, 784-8821.
- Daily, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
The appetizers impress at Center Cut, especially the impossible-to-ignore trio bacon satay ($16): three thick swine strips augmented with cayenne pepper, applewood smoke and blue cheese, all riding a block of pink rock salt. There are more tasty touches on this starters menu, like meaty crab cakes with maple-dijon sauce ($18), a lovely yellow heirloom tomato cocktail sauce that comes with the shrimp cocktail or chilled seafood tower, and succulent lamb riblettes with sweet, spicy barbecue sauce ($15). If you save room, the steaks are terrific, too.