By Debbie Hall | Photos by Joe Buda
The coast meets the Midwest, nestles in the Southwest
Stratosphere Executive Chef Rick Giffen, along with Vice President of Food and Beverage Matthew Mascali, has created another culinary gem with the opening of McCall’s Heartland Grill at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower.
“We took the best of the Midwest and added a touch of the coast,” said Chef Giffen, “We put the thrill back into dining at a grill by combining traditional steak and seafood favorites with delicious new flavor combinations.”
The experience begins with a patio-style bar to the right and a tasting nook complete with samples of the wine of the day to the left before guests are seated in an intimate booth or table surrounded by stone and natural woods with a roaring fireplace.
As for the menu, a sample of starters includes pan-seared lobster cake with Dijon rémoulade for a costal influenced choice. Blue corn-crusted lollipop chicken wings with watermelon buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing gives a twist on Midwestern flavors combined with a Southwest spin.
All of the beef offered are 100 percent Harris Ranch natural beef cattle from the hillsides of Southern California grazing on grass. One choice includes pepper-crusted filet of beef with McCall’s smoked cheddar potato croquettes and sauce poivre.
From the coast, selections include lemon prawn and andouille sausage skewers with green curry citrus butter or pesto green curry seafood fettuccini with lobster, shrimp and seasonal fish.
Master Designer Brian Thornton has built a private dining room for 20 at McCall’s and will soon unveil a 12-seat room with a view of the kitchen. He oversaw every detail, including the drinking glasses created from wine bottles, colors, materials used and table settings.
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the dinner menu available all day. McCall’s also features a wine list designed by Dean Wachstetter, sommelier from Top Of The World.McCall’s Heartland Grill
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Las Vegas, NV 89104