“It’s about friggin’ time,” was all ELV could think to himself as he took bite after bite of terrific tapas at the newly minted, completely overhauled Bar + Bistro downtown. Some of the items cost as little as four bucks (for fantastically-fried sweet potato fries), and everything tastes like there’s someone who cares about it in the kitchen (unlike some other “tapas” bars around town).
That’s because somebody does — in this case one, Beni Velázquez — a chef who has turned this moribund space into a place foodies can flock to with relish. Even if you’re a Summ-R-Lamer who can’t bear to leave the cosseted confines of your monochrome MacMansion and your cookie-cutter corporate dining, you will find plenty to like in Velázquez’s cheesy mac ‘n cheese, definitive Cuban sandwich (in mini-bite form!) and do-it-yourself fish tacos that are better than what’s found in many a joint with “fish tacos” in its name.
ELV still hates the dark, small, art-bar-themed room — a leftover from Enrique Tinoco’s tenure — but the new, art-lined dining room, bar, and outdoor patio, are groovy-cool, and best of all, Velázquez’s food is now every bit the equal of the updated decor.
Take our word for it.
Things are starting to happen.
One of ELV’s dinners for three came to $60, and a lunch for two with two glasses of wine, a ton of tapas (and a $20 tip), came to $100.
BAR + BISTRO
107 East Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104