Why have one when you can enjoy the variety of three? That’s the philosophy behind Flights, a restaurant expansion from Northern California that has landed at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The restaurant’s focus on shareable, “high-quality comfort food” (according to its website) feels like the perfect fit for its location, next to the V Theater in the high-traffic shopping mall.
Chef Kyle Kingrey (formerly of Beauty & Essex and Lavo at Palazzo) piloted the menu. In keeping with the “flights” theme, most food and beverage items are offered as a trio. For example, the flight of fries ($14) features three variations: truffle, herbs and sweet & smokey. There are flights for familiar menu items: shrimp, ceviche, mac ’n’ cheese, dips and pita, and even salad. The cocktail menu offers flights of mojitos, daiquiris, mules, martinis (all are $19) and more. Happy hour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., lowers that price to $10. The stand-alone but shareable rum cocktail Miracle on the Hudson ($24) is worth a shout-out for its clever concept. A playful homage to the pilot who successfully landed a stalled Airbus on the Hudson River, this large blue drink is garnished with a tiny plastic airplane floating in the center.
Kingrey elevates the menu with a variety of international flavors, such as house-made falafel with tofu tahini, truffle croquettes, street corn and Korean chicken. Vegetarian options abound, like a Beyond Beef burger and Soyrizo street tacos. Dessert includes flights of cheesecake and beignets.
The Flights theme is also aesthetic, with an airplane hanging from the ceiling and servers dressed as flight attendants. There’s a device on each table inspired by airplane call buttons, which diners can use to summon their server. Flights, which replaced former the tiki-themed Cheeseburger Las Vegas, updates and opens the space. The walls have been removed for optimum flow so that diners can truly soar.
FLIGHTS Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, 702-268-7264. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.