Westsiders have waited six long years for Tivoli Village to turn into a true dining destination. Plenty of restaurants have come and gone along the streets of this mixed-use center, but things are currently looking mighty fine. Northwest Vegas favorite Leticia’s Mexican Cocina is set to bring its molcajetes, costilitas and other flavorful regional are to the site of recently shuttered Cantina Laredo in the coming months; and the anticipated return of Canter’s Deli to Las Vegas could be complete as you read these words, since the new Tivoli restaurant (near Restoration Hardware) was scheduled to open September 28.
Quietly sneaking into the mix earlier this month is Hamptons, a stylish and sophisticated new offering from SoCal-based Wild Thyme Restaurant Group and Chicago-bred chef Jay Bogsinske. If you like the Village’s Echo & Rig, you’ll probably love Hamptons, an ideal brunch-lunch-dinner spot where Bogsinske puts friendly, innovative twists on a menu of familiar dishes. The tasty Little Havana Cubano sandwich ($12) subs in five-spice pineapple for pickle, while the preserved lemon hummus ($9)—served with sourdough crisps and vegetables—could be the go-to appetizer. You should also order the avocado fries ($7) with green goddess dressing and smoked ketchup, though you might not want to share them.
Steak, fish and chicken entrées dot the dinner menu, but a black rice and vegetable bowl ($17) stands out thanks to a terrific spicy coconut sauce, and the Duroc heritage pork prime rib ($34) with Brussels sprouts, smoked bacon, poached apples and cinnamon butter is crying out to be your new fall favorite. Clearly, it’s time to try Tivoli again.