Review and Photos ~ Flame Steakhouse in the El Cortez

Las Vegas always wants to resurrect the downtown area so we at Vegas24Seven.com thought we should do our part too. Where better to start than at one of the oldest casinos here in the city that never sleeps. Our destination was the famous El Cortez Hotel Casino. Specifically, The Flame Steakhouse was where we were headed. A quick trip to downtown, a quick valet parking and we were in. I must say that the recent renovations made the casino/hotel very appealing and classy looking. It was nice!

We had no wait at all and went straight to a very spacious and comfortable circular booth. It was well decorated and Ray the piano player was already setting the mood for the evening with some wonderful music. It was just the right volume with just the right lighting for an intimate evening. The place even had a pleasant unique aroma that further added to the atmosphere. Even though The Flame has an extensive wine list and plenty of spirits we chose the non-alcoholic beverages as usual. That’s just how we roll. We were brought our drinks and then we met our server Linda. Linda was super friendly, charismatic and made the evening a success with her recommendations and quick wit. We had fun with her and she seemed to “gauge” us pretty quickly. It was like she knew who we were and what we wanted.

Linda recommended the Calamari Fritti and the Panko Crusted Fried Shrimp for appetizers and were brought selections of some great bread. There was cranberry bread, French bread and cheese bread. The bread was warm and the butter was tasty as well. The shrimp was very tasty with just a little kick to it. It was accompanied by honey Dijon mustard. What a portion of calamari. It was light and crisp and came with a spicy tomatoes sauce. Great way to start a meal. That’s for sure. Equally impressive was the traditional Caesar Salad and the house special Chicago style “Garbage Salad”. It was unlike any salad I’ve ever had.

For dinner we ordered the Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Filet Mignon, Porterhouse and the Tournedos of Beef Rossini. For sides we selected the Garlic Mashed Potatoes and their special Creamed Corn. Our meals arrived shortly after the salad extravaganza and YUM!!! Everything was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right. The prime rib was a generous portion, juicy and tender. The Au Jus was great. The filet just melted in your mouth and was garnished with fingerling potatoes. We love our porterhouses and definitely were not disappointed with this one. The Tournedos of Beef Rossini was a pleasant twist with two filets served on a bread bed with Pate Foie Grois and a demi-glace sauce on top. To die for. It may have been the tenderest filets I have ever eaten and the sauce was perfect for the beef/pate combo, Magnifique. We loved the potatoes and who would have thought we would be raving about creamed corn. A great dinner……. But not over yet.

Time for dessert. The Flame Steakhouse manager Christopher was a great help and recommended the Romanoff and we also ordered the Raspberry Sorbet, Fresh Baked Apple Streusel a La Mode and the Six Layer Chocolate Ganache. Ahhhhh and finished off with some espresso. What a great dining experience. We can’t wait to go back. We want to meet the chef next time, enjoy some of the famous seafood they have and some other sides and desserts. Just like Petula Clark sang “things’ will be great when you’re Downtown, no finer place for sure, Downtown”. Vegas24Seven agrees!

Review written by Jay Reppart

About Flame Steakhouse
Fine dining in Vegas is not limited to the Strip. The Flame Steakhouse is THE premiere steakhouse downtown. Enjoy world-class prime rib and steaks, along with the freshest seafood that’s flown in daily, and a variety of steak and chicken entrées. A gourmet menu coupled with an extensive variety of fine wines, ambient lighting, and live piano music provide a classic atmosphere that will satisfy the most sophisticated of palates. Adults Only (18 years +).The Flame is open from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM seven days a week.


About El Cortez
Downtown Las Vegas’ premiere hotel-casino blending new Las Vegas attitude with the classic Las Vegas swagger. The El Cortez is the longest continuously running downtown hotel-casino in Las Vegas. In the heart of Las Vegas’ Downtown Fremont East District, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and now offers world-class dining, entertainment, and gaming all while honoring the glitz and glamour of vintage Las Vegas, plus, the El Cortez offers free and easy parking to all hotel and casino guests.
Indulge yourself in all that is Downtown Las Vegas. Excitement, Adventure, Passion, and Entertainment all come together at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino offering an array of suites and rooms that fit your style.
World-class restaurant options are not limited to the Strip. El Cortez offers options that satisfy any craving: day or night. Try a top-notch, gourmet prime rib and fresh Seafood at The Flame Steakhouse, or grab a quick bite at Café Cortez, open 24 hours.


El Cortez Hotel & Casino offers a wide selection of slots, table games, and a full race and sports book. Plus you can join our player’s club, Club Cortez and earn free slot play, generous cash back, and even free meals and hotel rooms!
Calamari Fritti and the Panko Crusted Fried Shrimp
Caesar Salad and the house special Chicago style "Garbage Salad"
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Creamed Corn
Tournedos of Beef Rossini
Filet Mignon
Porterhouse`
Fresh Baked Apple Streusel a La Mode
Raspberry Sorbet
Six Layer Chocolate Ganache
Romanoff
Linda

Photos: Judy Reppart

El Cortez Hotel & Casino April Promotions and Events

El Cortez Hotel & Casino April Promotions and Events

Casino Events

Vegas StrEATs Festival – Saturday, April 14

El Cortez hosts the monthly Vegas StrEATs food-truck, arts and music festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. Many of Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks participate in Vegas StrEATs each month along with local art and clothing vendors from across the city. For a final list of participating food trucks and vendors, visit Vegas StrEATs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VegasStreats.

Presented by El Cortez, Slidin’ Thru and Insert Coin(s) VideoLounge Gamebar, Vegas StrEATs brings food, live art and music to the Fremont East Entertainment District. Drink specials throughout the festival include $3 Bud Light, Shock Top and Bud Light Lime, $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jagermeister and 1800 Silver Tequila shots and $2 Pepsi products.

Midweek Munch Returns in April

Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks will return to El Cortez’s Jackie Gaughan Parkway every Wednesday this spring and summer from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the “Midweek Munch.” Please see the trucks scheduled for April below:

Wednesday, April 4: Slindin’ Thru
Wednesday, April 11: Haulin’ Balls
Wednesday, April 18: Sausagefest
Wednesday, April 25: Lovegrub

Updated Promotions & El Cortez News

Free Play for Jackpot Winners in April

Throughout April, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive $10 to $1,000 in free play. Other prizes in April include bottles of Mondavi Chardonnay or Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing. Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

Baked Ham Easter Dinner Special at Café Cortez – Sunday, April 8

El Cortez Hotel & Casino will serve a baked ham Easter dinner special on Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The delicious ham dinner will be available at Café Cortez for $8.50.

Free Slice of Fresh Marie Callendar’s Strawberry Pie– Saturday, April 14

El Cortez Hotel & Casino will serve free slices of fresh Marie Callendar’s strawberry pie for all Club Cortez members on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 6 p.m. Club Cortez members can enjoy the treat game side while playing slots and table games.

Fresh Stone Crab Special – Now through May

The Flame Steakhouse features jumbo Stone Crab flown in fresh from Florida every week for the Friday and Saturday nightly dinner special. The Stone Crab special is available for only $28 per pound and is served with cottage fries and coleslaw.

Food and Beverage Promotions

Ongoing

El Cortez Vintage Dining & Cocktail Menus

Due to popular demand, El Cortez Hotel & Casino will continue to offer their vintage dining and cocktail menus in 2012. The menus, created in 2011 to honor the property’s 70th anniversary, dust off Las Vegas’ old recipe books and reintroduce a few classic favorites. The selected dishes were some of the premier dining options featured at the town’s best restaurants in years past, including dishes from Sultan’s Table at the Dunes, Delmonico’s at the Riviera, The House of Lords at the Sahara, La Vie en Rose at the Desert Inn and Saver Room at the Aladdin. These iconic dishes will be available at the Flame Steakhouse every Tuesday through Thursday.

Vintage Dining Menu

Appetizers: Oysters Rockefeller, fresh shucked Kusshi oysters baked with fresh spinach, hollandaise sauce and Pernod; or Escargot a’la bourguignon, petit-Gris Escargot with garlic butter

Salads: Hearts of palm, Tender hearts of palm with lemon vinaigrette; or Asparagus salad, chilled asparagus, caper pimento vinaigrette

Entrees: Tournedos of beef Rossini, twin Filet Mignonettes, pan fried in butter, topped with pate Foie Gras and Madeira demi-glace; or Chicken Kiev, herb butter filled boneless breast of chicken, panko crusted and deep-fried

Desserts: Strawberries Romanoff, fresh hulled strawberries macerated in Cointreau and orange juice, served with fresh whipped cream and ice cream; or Peach Melba, peach halves over vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberry puree

Vintage Cocktail Menu

The vintage cocktail menu will be served at The Parlour, located on El Cortez’s casino floor. This menu celebrates the history of mixology by educating guests on the origins of classic cocktails while offering a chance for them to enjoy their favorites. The menu includes cocktails such as the side car, which originated in the 1920s during World War I; the mint julep, which originated in the 1700s and is one of the country’s oldest cocktails; the blood and sand, a drink from the 1930 premiere of a Rudolph Valentino film; the aviation, a drink created in the 1910s by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, and many more.

Unique Cocktails at El Cortez’s The Parlour

El Cortez serves three signature drinks at the recently opened The Parlour:

“The Scottie”: An eponymous drink for one of El Cortez’s most tenured bartenders, “The Scottie” combines Sky cherry vodka, Chambord, Triple Sec and splashes of cranberry and lime juice.
“Parlour Refresher”: This new concoction is great on a scorching Vegas summer day or when guests are longing for that summer feeling in the middle of winter. The “Parlour Refresher” is composed of Sky vodka, Blue Curacao, Midori, lemon juice and a splash of Sierra Mist.
“Fireside Manhattan”: The “Fireside Manhattan” is a drink sure to fit in with the Parlour’s warm rich tones and classic lounge feel. The drink is made of Original MOONSHINE and a float of sweet vermouth.

Café Cortez Dinner Specials

Visit Café Cortez for prime rib dinner for only $7.95. Meal includes choice of soup or salad. Café also offers a fajita dinner for just $8.95. Try the vegetarian offerings including a veggie burger, veggie fajita and veggie Chow Mein. Café Cortez also offers a full Chinese menu served from 4 to 10 p.m.

Graveyard Specials

Café Cortez serves a limited graveyard menu Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Specials include:

• Two eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and toast for $4.75 plus tax.

• Ham and two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $7.25 plus tax.

Bar Specials

Martini Madness – daily 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. – at all casino bars (martini menu only).

Receive Up To 75-Percent Off Using Club Cortez Points

Club Cortez members can receive up to 75 percent off when using Club Points for meals at The Flame Steakhouse, Café Cortez or Gambling Gourmet. The percentage off the price of the meal is based on membership level.

Gaming Promotions

Ongoing

Personalized Website Feature for Club Cortez Members

Club Cortez has unveiled its newest feature for rated members – a personalized URL website for players to keep track of their various offers and promotions. This feature allows Club Cortez members a fast, simple and easy way to check on their earned benefits. El Cortez is offering this innovative new program through High Impact Direct, a leader in micro player marketing.

Don’t Miss Instant Action at the El Cortez

Instant Action allows players to turn their points into free play without ever having to leave their machines. Instant Action also allows players to activate promotional free play without having to visit the slot club.

Free Daily Slot Tournament – now automated 24 hours a day

Any Club Cortez member earning 500 Club Points in a single day is eligible to play in the daily slot tournament the following day. Available 24 hours a day, players insert their Club Cortez card in any tournament machine, play the session and check their standing beginning at 10 a.m. the following day. New Club Cortez members staying at the El Cortez also get a complimentary entry into the slot tournament. Highest daily tournament point winner receives $250, the second highest receives $150 and the third highest $100. The daily top ten players receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing. See Club Cortez for additional details.

Weekly Saturday Night 42” LCD HDTV & $2,000 Cash Prize Drawing

Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win a 42” LCD HDTV or one of four $500 cash prizes every Saturday. During the week, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on video poker ten-cent or higher denomination machine, or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno are awarded one entry for the Saturday night drawing at 8 p.m. Winners have two minutes to claim their prizes at the Club Cortez Booth from the time each winning ticket is drawn. Please see Club Cortez for additional information.

Weekly High Noon “Wheel and Deal” Drawing

Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win $500, $300, $200 or $100 in promotional chips. There will two $100 prizes offered in total for fourth and fifth place. During the week, entry tickets in the drawing can be earned during blackjack, roulette and baccarat. During blackjack, tickets are distributed to players when the dealer receives a blackjack, during roulette, tickets are distributed to players when a 0 or 00 is hit, and during baccarat, players receive a ticket every time a “tie” hand is dealt. Double tickets will be given to players every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Players can only win one prize per drawing. There is no limit to the number of entries a player may submit. Winners are drawn every Saturday at 12 p.m. Winners have two minutes to redeem their prize. Promotional chips may be placed on any even money bet on blackjack, roulette or baccarat. Please see Club Cortez for additional details.

About El Cortez Hotel & Casino

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas and will celebrate its 71st year of operation in 2012. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont Street and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District. With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including ten uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010-2011 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The El Cortez casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines. El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options and is proudly affiliated with the Station Casinos Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2009; “Best Blackjack in Las Vegas” in 2007 and from 2009-2011; “Best Video Poker” in 2008 and “Best Keno in Las Vegas” from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011. Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez and The Flame Steakhouse, a vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals. The property’s other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream Shop, Seattle’s Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop. For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com/.

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