595 Craft and Kitchen opened in Spring Valley in the summer of 2017. I specifically remember that I was watching one of the Star Wars movies when I was asked to join a friend to check it out. You can usually count me in to explore a bar/restaurant with burgers and craft beer.
The first visit was very good. The wings were tasty but a bit pricey for the burbs ($9 for a small order). The Pork Belly Burger ($13) with hoisin sambal glaze, cabbage slaw, seared pork belly, and Gochujang Aioli was fantastic.
LOOK AT THIS JUICY BURGER!
The burger was delicious. The pork belly was delicious. Together there was a bit too much flavor. It was kind of overwhelming my mouth. I added a beer from Deftones singer, Chino Moreno, and left overstuffed with a wallet a bit lighter than expected.
The downside to the visit was that service was below average. The waiter was a bit slow and didn’t seem to know the beer or food menus very well. I guess I just expected more from a local bar/restaurant. I’m happy to say that the service was much better on a return visit.
I visited 595 Craft and Kitchen again for lunch just before heading east for Zorkfest. This time I opted for the Pork Belly Banh Mi. I figured the pork belly without the burger would be delicious and filling enough for lunch. I was right.
The sandwich is served on a baguette and is topped with hoisin sambal glaze, cucumber, pickled daikon, carrot, cilantro, and mayo. I opted out of Jalapeños assuming (correctly) that there would be enough flavor.
I love bahn mi but I don’t come across them often at a bar. While the burger is very good, the bahn mi in combination with a local Able Baker beer was unique and perfect for the day.
The waiter on this visit was extremely helpful and offered a beer that’s hoppy but not too hoppy. I understand that this request can make bartenders and waiters crazy. It’s nice when the server doesn’t look at me like I have three heads when I say this. 🙂
I later learned that the bar orders small batches of beer and rotates their taps often so there is almost something new every month or so. I dig that!
The beer cheese is good. Seriously, bacon makes everything better. The star of this dish is the pretzel bites that didn’t even need the cheesy love.
In addition to the great service from the waiter, we talked with one of the owners Van-Alan Nguyen for a while. He’s a nice and smart guy from California with burger experience from In N Out Burger.
He’s an accelerated beer nerd and knows about as much as any beer guy I’ve met. He can also go into head-spinning details about how the food is sourced and prepared. It was nice to have a few minutes to learn about what goes into choosing the food and drinks available in a restaurant.
Good food and good beer are usually a recipe for success in my book. I can see myself returning a few times this year even though it’s a little out of the range from my hood.
595 Craft and Kitchen is located at 4950 South Rainbow Blvd.
Visit 595craftandkitchen.com for more information.
Local craft beer in a casino is always exciting. I was stoked when I saw the headline that Tenaya Creek beer would be available at Downtown Grand. After reading the press release I was less stoked but still happy that there is now a local craft beer available in another Las Vegas casino.
Good News: You can purchase Tenaya Creek beer at Freedom Beat, Triple George or the Citrus Grand Pool Deck.
Bad News: Furnace Bar (casino bar) won’t be carrying the beer so it isn’t available as a complimentary beer for gamblers.
Something is better than nothing. The brewery is in downtown Las Vegas if you’re looking for something different to do. Here’s the press release:
Las Vegas Brewery to Offer Private Tours Exclusively To Hotel Guests
LAS VEGAS, NV (Jan 17, 2018) – Unexpected partnerships are the best partnerships. The Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino has announced a property-wide partnership with Las Vegas Brewery, Tenaya Creek, to create the city’s FIRST “Bed & Brewski” hotel room package and experience, which will offer private tours of the brewery exclusively to hotel guests.
Guests who book this experiential package will be greeted with a 6-pack of their chosen brewski upon check-in, as well as a ticket to privately tour Las Vegas’ own Tenaya Creek Brewery. These first-of-their-kind tours will offer hotel guests an intimate look at one of Las Vegas’ most successful craft breweries.
The tour will include a 5-beer sampler and 25% off additional food and beverage at the Tenaya Creek bar PLUS 25% off all Tenaya Creek beers at Downtown Grand’s own Freedom Beat, Triple George Grill, and Citrus Grand Pool Deck during their stay.
With patented brews that include “Hop Ride IPA,” “Bonanza Brown Ale,” “702 Pale Ale,” and “Hauling Oats Oatmeal Stout,” Tenaya Creek Brewery has been a staple in the Las Vegas community for nearly 20 years. They’ve also received several national awards, including a Gold medal in the Great American Beer Festival for their Craft Pilsner and a Bronze Medal for the Bonanza Brown Ale, establishing them as one of the premier craft breweries in Nevada.
“We are firmly committed to creating the most unique hotel experience in Downtown Las Vegas.” said Downtown Grand GM, Kevin Glass. “Discovering new ways to bring the best Las Vegas has to offer to our guests is part of our brand. We look forward to this organic partnership with Tenaya Creek Brewery and to giving our guests one more authentic Las Vegas experience.”