The Palms prepares to open its vibrant new café Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny’s twist on eggs Benedict involves garlic toast and lots of ham.
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Lucky Penny

The 24-hour casino café is a crucial amenity at any property, but the one at the Palms is especially important. It has a reputation to live up to, a standard to meet both for the locals who gamble between breakfast, lunch and dinner and the party people who need late-night relief.

Judging by our exclusive sneak-peek tasting, the Lucky Penny should kill it. The new spot opens July 1 with a bright and open redesign and a smart selection of hit-the-spot dishes like the perfect Penny Bennies, poached eggs and savory ham on garlic toast with lovely Hollandaise. There’s a breakfast pizza and a breakfast sandwich, along with pancakes with Nutella and chocolate rice crisps or orange segments and orange blossom honey-butter sauce.

The panucho is a griddled tortilla of house-made masa filled with black beans and topped with pulled chicken, avocado crema and cotija cheese, and you won’t want to share it. The pizza salad is actually an excellent Neapolitan-style pie with boursin cheese and prosciutto with a pile of crisp arugular-pear-romaine salad on top. Following in the grand tradition of great Vegas coffee shops, there’s a wok-fired Asian menu including charred Brussels sprouts with gochujang and bonito flakes, General Tso chicken, walnut shrimp and other classics. Could go great with a burger and a boozy shake at 3 a.m.

But the dish everyone will order is the Waffle-Grilled Cheese, exactly what you think it is, served with a cup of tomato soup. You’ll dip, the soup will get into those crunchy, cheesy, waffle divot-nooks and you’ll smile between every bite.

Tags: Food, Asian food
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