Monday Night Football just got more exciting with the addition of several more spots for fans to catch the action. But everyone knows it’s not just about watching the games, it’s about what you’re eating while you’re cheering. This Monday, call an audible and catch the kick off from one of our sports-friendly restaurants with bites and cocktails meant for football fans.
Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay has all the game night provisions you need in the downstairs lounge, from happy hour drinks specials on Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. such as $2 domestic bottle beer or $1 shots at halftime to half off sushi rolls. Casual bites such as fish tacos, catfish sloppy joes and the rm burger are ideal football fare. Straight from his Top Chef Masters showing, Chef Moonen presents his Moon ‘n Doggie, the all-natural shrimp hot dog topped with Asian slaw and served on a toasted roll. For reservations, please call (702) 632-9300.
The NFL is back in action and Lagasse’s Stadium inside The Palazzo Las Vegas is the best race and sports book in town to catch (and wager on) all of the action. With more than 100 HD TVs located throughout the space, stadium-style seating and kicked-up bar food courtesy of Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, there is no better place in Las Vegas for a complete football experience. Wash down that ‘Bamwich with the Monday Morning Quarterback, Lagasse’s version of a kicked up Bloody Mary, by the glass or by the pitcher. Or try the Touchdown Martini, a refreshing combination of Absolut raspberry vodka, triple sec, lemon sour and watermelon juice. For reservations call (702) 607-2665. Learn more at www.palazzolasvegas.com/stadium. For special offers and event information, follow us on Twitter at @palazzolasvegas and on Facebook at facebook.com/palazzolasvegas.
Rao’s at Caesars Palace
Best known as one of the hardest tables to get in New York, Rao’s at Caesars Palace not only has a seat for you, but they’ve got it on their indoor stoop, complete with flat screen TVs to enjoy Monday Night Football. While you can still enjoy a great family-style Italian meal, Rao’s has added football-friendly specials on Monday nights, including their famous Uncle Vincent’s lemon chicken transformed into chicken wings with that delectable, savory lemon sauce. Wings make another appearance on the menu, roasted and basted with hot and sweet cherry peppers. Rao’s legendary meatballs can also be enjoyed as a meatball hero, or have some traditional tailgate fare of sausage and peppers as a sandwich. For heartier appetites, try the flatbread steak melt, a take on Rao’s traditional Steak alla Pizzaiaola, topped with fresh tomatoes and melted mozzarella, served atop garlic bread. For reservations, please call (702) 731-7110.
Valentino Vin Bar & Lounge
Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino Las Vegas at The Venetian is known for having one of the finest wine collections in the city, but that doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy some casual bites in the cozy and intimate setting of the Vin Bar & Lounge. Located at the front of Valentino Las Vegas and featuring plush couches and flatscreen TVs, the Vin Bar & Lounge is an ideal spot for unwinding with good wine and good company, while catching all the big plays. To accompany wines from the legendary wine list, guests can enjoy bites of Italian antipasti such as prosciutto, speck and sopressata in addition to a selection of formaggi from Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Belgium. Italian crudo, or raw plates, are available for three for $12, six for $24 or a la carte, and includes fresh, flavorful dishes such as blood orange lobster tail with peppery baby arugula, green apple scallop with apple tartare and smoked swordfish carpaccio enhanced with lemon sauce. For more information, please visit Valentino Restaurant Group or call (702) 414-3000.