Las Vegas Dining and Entertainment News 03/26/24

Happy Camper Pizza, Las Vegas, NV


The Cantina by El Dorado — March 30

The Cantina by El Dorado location at 8349 W. Sunset Rd. will host a tequila tasting featuring three expressions of El Tequiléno Tequila matched with authentic gourmet Mexican cuisine by Chef Jeff McCarthy. 

The specialty menu will include Rock Shrimp Aguachiles (rock shrimp, escabeche, lime, cilantro, serranos, tostadas and verde cruda), Oaxaca Mole Carnitas (slow braised carnitas, Oaxaca mole, chicharron, and pickled shallot crema topped with queso fresco), Sea Bass Veracruz (wild caught sea bass, Veracruz sauce, papas bravas, roasted heirloom tomatoes, guajillo vin and toasted pinion), Ribeye A La Plancha (tomahawk ribeye, chimichurri, roasted fresnos, portabellas and Morita steak sauce) and Abuelita’s Hot Chocolate Crème Brulée (toasted hazelnuts, roasted marshmallows and espresso Chantilly cream topped with a dark chocolate crumble).

The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets for the tequila and food pairing are $150 (plus fees) per person. Limited seats are also available for those just interested in a Tasting Flight experience for $75 per person. For more info and to purchase tickets click here.

Locale Italian Kitchen — March 31

Locale Italian Kitchen in the heart of Mountain’s Edge, offers Sunday brunch every week from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but for Easter Sunday a special prix fixe deal will be offered.

Priced at $40, included are appetizer choice of Whipped Ricotta with chili crunch, Maine Lobster Arancini with fra diavolo aioli, Caesar Salad with creamy Caesar dressing, or Iceberg Wedge with gorgonzola ranch; entrée choice of Locale Eggs Benedict with San Marzano tomato Hollandaise, Breakfast Bowl with eggs and pistachio pesto, Chocolate Straciatella Pancakes with maple syrup, Ciabatta French Toast with apple compote, Breakfast Pizza with bacon and eggs or Rigatoni alla Vodka with creamy tomato sauce; and dessert choice of Butterscotch Budino, Triple Chocolate Cake or Brulee Cheesecake. 

Emmit’s Vegas — March 31

Fresh off its recent grand opening, Emmitt’s Vegas, located in the Fashion Show mall, will launch weekend brunch service every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting on Easter Sunday.

The Easter Brunch menu is priced at $75 per person ($35 for children 12 and under). Guests will receive a welcoming basket of Hot Cross Buns, Coffee Cake, and Whipped Honey Butter for the table.

It will be followed by a buffet with several stations including sushi, shrimp cocktail shucking, salad and carving with ham and NY strip. The buffet will also include Baked Salmon, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, French Toast Casserole, Wild Mushroom & Fontina Frittata, Avocado Toast, Spring Vegetable Pasta, Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches, Creole Shrimp & Grits and Pee Wee Breakfast Potatoes; and desserts such as Coconut Bunnies, Napoleons, Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse Cups and Crème Puffs.

For those seeking an extra touch of indulgence, an optional Siberian Caviar Supplement will be available for $75.

Restaurant Opening

Happy Camper Pizza is now open at the Fashion Show Mall.  The restaurant and bar is the first collaboration between Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants and Chicago-based restaurant group Happy Hospitality.

The new location captures both a feel of the outdoors and nostalgia, as it is decked out in disco balls, artificial turf, red neon lights, an actual vintage camper, retractable roof, heaters, hanging golden string lights, greenery, fire pits, cabanas and communal seating. There are also several TVs throughout.

The “Happytizers” section of the menu, meant for sharing, includes Queso Elote Dip, Mozzarella Breadsticks, Chicken Wings, Chicken Nachos and Whipped Feta.

The Not Pizza menu offers the Big Happy Burger, a double smash burger with American cheese, 1000 island, griddled onions, shredded lettuce, dill pickle & fries; Baja Fish Tacos with chipotle crema, coleslaw, pico de gallo, queso fresco and chips & salsa; and the Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl with sticky rice, edamame, avocado, green onion, yum yum sauce, furikake and crispy wontons.

The pizza menu includes a dozen pizzas made on either Happy Camper’s signature dough made in-house daily, which is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside; or tavern-style, which is extra thin, crispy and comes square cut. Varieties include several non-traditional pizzas like BBQ Chicken, Prosciutto & Spinach, Chicken Ranch, Mediterranean and Street Corn. A gluten-free crust option is also available.

The beverage menu has cleverly-named concoctions like the Big Ass Lemonade (32 oz of pink lemonade and vodka), Pink Flamingo (tequila, pama, lime, soda and jalapeño) and Trailer Park Queen (prosecco, elderflower and lemon); and more than a dozen beers including the locally-made Able Baker Atomic Duck IPA, Bad Beat High Society Pilsner and Big Dog’s Tailwagger Wheat and Las Vegas Lager.

Happy Hour is offered Monday-Thursday from 3-6 p.m. with $8 wines by the glass, $9 select cocktails, $5 select drafts, and Hummus Plate and Jalapeno Homies (jalapeno poppers filled with cream cheese, bacon, cheddar, tomato and a side of BBQ sauce) each for $5.

Happy Camper is open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. for dine-in, carryout and delivery; and free parking is available in the mall’s parking garage below the restaurant.

Dining News

La Strega Announces New Spring Menu

Spearheaded by Executive Chef Partner Gina Marinelli, La Strega has announced its refreshed menu for the spring. New menu items include Spring Antipasto with truffle salami, mozzarella and honey red wine vin; Tiger Prawns al forno with salsa verde and Sicilian olive oil; Wagyu Carpaccio with tonnato, pickled mustard seeds and little gem lettuce; Fruitti di Mare with squid ink bucatini, Calabrian pomodoro, lobster, rock shrimp, calamari and basil; and Salmon alla Grigliata with ora king salmon, livornese vinaigrette and fennel salad.

La Strega is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made at

Entertainment News

1923 Prohibition Bar “Ghost Stories” with Kent Axell

1923 Prohibition Bar at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is hosting “Ghost Stories” with Kent Axell on Fridays and Saturdays in April.

Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. in the speakeasy-themed private, hidden bourbon bar’s Hidden Chamber and feature world-renowned magician and mentalist Kent Axell. The experience includes a journey beyond reality through magic and mind reading. In this intimate show guests will interact up-close with Axell, who has been featured on large stages across the globe and several hit TV shows including National Geographic’s Brain Games and Masters of Illusion.

Tickets range from $39 to $69 per person and can be purchased at Seats are limited to 30 guests and sell out quickly.

  • Emmitt Smith serving at emmitts vegas -courtesy of Emmit’s Vegas
  • Ghost Stories with Kent Axell – courtesy of Kent Axell
  • Happy Camper Pizza photos David Borzkowski

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