By Debbie Hall
Mercadito is the name of the new Mexican restaurant in Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa as well as translated from Spanish as little market. It was given this name to reflect the variety of menu items, favors and combinations available.
Brothers Patricio Sandoval, culinary director of Mercadito Hospitality and Alfredo Sandoval, CEO and partner of Mercadito Hospitality, both grew up in the restaurant industry working with their father and other family members. After opening and operating Isla at Treasure Island, the brothers wanted to return to Las Vegas and chose Summerlin with plans to expand into Green Valley.
“I love Las Vegas. We would visit here all of the time and we are thrilled to open here,” Alfredo Sandoval said. “While we enjoyed our restaurant on the Strip, we know we are catering to locals now. We are very impressed with Summerlin and the surrounding areas and believe this is the best location for our restaurant. I am also impressed with Station Casinos and not only am I glad I partnered with them at Red Rock, but I look forward to partnering with them when we expand into Green Valley Ranch Station Casino.”
While the menu reflects culinary experiences found in Mexican markets, this is not just a typical Mexican restaurant.
Five types of guacamole are offered including mango. There are three choices of ceviche. The menu features eight tacos wrapped in handmade corn masa tortillas including skirt steak, pork belly, shrimp, swordfish, mahi mahi, chicken and vegetarian.
Chef Sandoval trained in French cuisine in New York and worked in French, Mediterranean, Mexican and American restaurants. “This is how I developed my style. I incorporated some French technique, use high quality ingredients and pay attention to the details of flavor combinations and different flavors.”
As for the Las Vegas location, Chef Sandoval explained, “We did incorporate some items here that you can’t find in Chicago or New York. We added nachos to the dinner menu and Mac and Cheese Mercadito style.”
Mercadito added brunch to the menu including a twist to Eggs Benedict. Huevos Ahogados are poached eggs on crispy corn bread squares with a chipotle hollandaise sauce. “Our brunch menu is very different and something you won’t find in many places. A little bit of Mexican American with a twist on traditional brunch items; I am very proud of what we offer,” Chef Sandoval said.
“We serve family style with a high energy,” Chef Sandoval said. “Our food is contemporary modern Mexican food along with unique flavors and textures all wrapped up in a taco, the heart of our menu. I am very passionate about our food.”
Mercadito is open for lunch, dinner, late-night dining and brunch. The upscale 5,500-square-foot restaurant with graffiti art has entrances from the parking lot and the casino with a full dining room, bar lounge and outdoor patio.
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135