The second Las Vegas location of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar officially opens today, although the comfortable, casual new eatery at the northwest corner of the Town Square shopping complex has been quietly operating for a few days. Just like the original local spot at Downtown Summerlin, the Town Square dog has a big puppy-friendly patio and an even bigger dining room, matched by an equally accommodating scratch kitchen menu.
Lazy Dog has become known for its brunch and happy-hour offerings but you might not realize its menu has been adjusted for the seasons. The recently unveiled fall/winter menu delivers fresh flavors and hearty dishes. The bone-in pork schnitzel is hand-breaded with a crushed pretzel coating and served with red potato and bacon salad, apple cider coleslaw and creamy mustard sauce. A tender bite of schnitzel with a dab of mustard is what October is all about.
A couple of lamb dishes jump off the menu—a slow-braised shank ($19.75) in a red wine-thyme gravy with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach, and a decadent lamb ragu over fettuccine ($14.95), tender shredded meat with mushrooms, peas and romano cheese with the same red wine sauce and a splash of cream. In other alternative meat choices, the bison meatloaf ($17.25) comes wrapped in bacon with potatoes and crispy onions. It’s as homey as it gets.
On the lighter side, sesame crusted ahi tuna ($16.75) is a huge portion of beautiful fish served medium rare on a bed of creamy cauliflower puree with a lovely coconut cream sauce. More Asian flavors find their way into the mix with the chicken curry bowl ($13.95) with spicy carrot slaw.
For dessert, the Simms Family S’more is a ridiculous treat, a must-try combo layering graham crackers, chocolate fudge, peanut butter, brownie and a giant fire-roasted marshmallow. Your fall camping trip will never be this delicious.
Lazy Dog Town Square, 702-941-1920. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Downtown Summerlin, 702-727-4784. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight.