Mr. Lucky’s 24/7
I Wanna Be Sedated – Svedka Vodka, Gin, Rum, Sauza Tequila, Coconut Rum, Raspberry Liqueur, Amaretto, Cranberry, Pineapple
My Maria – Sauza Blue Silver Tequila, Cilantro, Jalapeño, Fresh Lime, House Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
Bread & Butter – Housemade Parker House Rolls, Salted Honey Butter
Spicy & Sticky Pork Wings – Garlic & Soy Caramel, Crushed Peanuts, Mint, Basil
Antipasto Salad – Salami, Capicola, Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, Marinated Provolone, Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Banana Peppers, Lemon & Oregano Vinaigrette
Beef & Cheddar Sandwich – Slowly Braised Beef Short Rib, Sharp Cheddar, Horseradish Mayo, Onion Roll, Hand-cut Fries
Nashville Style Hot Chicken Sandwich – Fried Chicken Breast, Coleslaw, Comeback Sauce, Kosher Pickles, Hand-cut Fries
Bucatini Bolognese – Fresh Bucatini Pasta, Six-hour Bolognese Sauce, Parmesan
Vegan Gnocchi – Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Crispy Sage
Coffee – Cream, Sweetener
Oreo Brownie Parfait – Double Chocolate Brownie, Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce
Cookies & Cream Cakes – Chocolate Pancakes, Cookies & Cream Filling, Chocolate Cookie Pieces
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake – Toasted Pound Cake, Sugared Strawberry Sauce
Warm Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding – Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Candied Pecans, Toffee Sauce
Banana Nutella Tart – Caramelized Bananas, Chocolate Rum Rocks, Sea Salt, Caramel
PB & J Cream Puff – Peanut Butter Ice Cream, PB & J Popcorn, Raspberry Sauce
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll – Sticky Bun-style, Sugared Pecans, Cinnamon-Bourbon Frosting
Serving guests at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for two decades it can safely be stated that Mr. Lucky’s is a Las Vegas icon, and although plans for the space have not yet been announced as Virgin looks to renovate in 2019 the new menu from Chef Chad Castanino offers a level of diversity and craftsmanship that many may not expect from a 24/7 spot just off the gaming floor.
Visited twice prior for Breakfast and Dinner, the new collection of plates doing away with arbitrary definitions and truly all-day, it was with greetings from a young woman at the hostess stand that five guests were led to a long table overlooking the open kitchen, the week preceding Thanksgiving predictably quiet with only two other parties occupying the vast space decorated by Rock paraphernalia.
Treated to tunes by Queen, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith while dining, an order focused on variety seemingly the best approach, it was with one Tequila-based Bloody and a seven-Spirit mix called “I Wanna be Sedated” that dinner got underway, a first round of $6 Parker Rolls in Cast Iron just a glimpse of what Hard Rock’s bakeshop is capable of while Nuggets of Pork Shank slipped off the Bone with complex flavors prior to digging into an Antipasto Salad highlighted by Artichoke Hearts, Provolone and chopped Charcuterie.
Leaving behind some items such as Country Fried Steak bites for another time and progressing to Sandwiches, the two-handers first presented whole then cut into fifths by Chef Castanino, it was expected that Horseradish Mayo on the Beef & Cheddar would be polarizing though in the context of everything else it was quite mild while “Nashville Style Hot Chicken” won’t challenge the likes of Howlin’ Rays in LA for Heat, but still presents a multi-layered spice profile comparable to the Medium at Cosmo’s new Hattie B’s.
Not seeing any Fries go to waste, the crispy Potatoes definitely a cut above those at PT’s Tavern or other 24-hour joints, it was with two Pastas that savory plates came to a conclusion, the al dente Bucatini standing up to slowly cooked Pork, Beef and Veal plus Parmesan to thicken the Sauce while Wheat-Free Vegan Gnocchi is plenty garlicky but also light and tender amidst juicy Tomatoes and Sage Leaves.
Turning the program over to Pastry Chef Mickey Harden from here, the man responsible for almost everything sweet in the whole Resort making a rare appearance outside the kitchen, it was beginning with Cookies & Cream Cakes that guests quickly realized they’d ordered more than anticipated, each of three moist Chocolate rounds nearly the size a dinner plate and liberally topped with crumbled Oreos plus Cocoa-infused Mascarpone.
Ordering Coffee for the rest, just good Beans and Water though some of the new Java-based Cocktails sound great, Mr. Lucky’s actual Dessert menu next followed in three rounds – the first featuring soft Cheesecake and cubes of Pound Cake with Berries plus a blend of Bananas and Nutella atop a robust Crust that is most certainly decadent but eats lighter than it sounds.
Moving next to items with Ice Cream, the “Parfait” a pretty standard Sundae topped off with one of Chef Harden’s Fudge Brownies, those looking for something a bit more fancy will want to check out sliced Bread Pudding ready to be topped in warm Toffee Sauce or conjoined Profiteroles shellacked in Raspberry Sugar and filled with Peanut Butter Ice Cream…though that certainly should not preclude ordering what might just be Sin City’s best Cinnamon Roll, currently Pumpkin spiced and topped with boozy Cinnamon Frosting.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Having said before that all Restaurants can be compared on the basis of intent and execution Chefs Castanino, Harden and Manchester have taken what was already one of Las Vegas’ best 24/7 Eateries and raised the bar even further, a truly “all day” menu that outperforms expectations from Pancakes to Pasta not exactly unheard of in Sin City but when paired with legit Hot Chicken and some of the city’s best Desserts at a great price definitely something special.
RECOMMENDED: Bread & Butter, Spicy & Sticky Pork Wings, Bucatini Bolognese, Cookies & Cream Cakes, PB & J Cream Puff, Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll.
AVOID: Those averse to Garlic may wish to pass on Vegan Gnocchi.
TIP: Check out the website for several weekday deals including buy-one-get-one Entrée deals.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.