Dining and Cocktail Menus in Honor of 70th Anniversary
El Cortez Hotel & Casino continues the celebration of its storied past by introducing vintage dining and cocktail menus in honor of its 70th anniversary.
Throughout 70 years, El Cortez has gone through several menu overhauls at its dining establishments. To fuel guests’ excitement for the anniversary, the historic hotel-casino has decided to dust off some of Las Vegas’ old recipe books and reintroduce a few classic favorites. The dishes selected 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.
The cocktail menu will celebrate 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 will include 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; and the aviation, a drink created in the 1910s by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York.
After spending a few weeks to once again perfect the iconic dishes, El Cortez’s chefs are proud to present the vintage dining menu:
Fresh shucked Kusshi oysters baked with fresh spinach, hollandaise sauce and Pernod
Escargot a’la bourguignon
Petit-Gris Escargot with garlic butter
Hearts of palm
Tender hearts of palm with lemon vinaigrette
Chilled asparagus, caper pimento vinaigrette
Tournedos of beef Rossini
Twin Filet Mignonettes, pan fried in butter, topped with pate Foie Gras and Madeira demi-glace
Herb butter filled boneless breast of chicken, panko crusted and deep-fried
Fresh hulled strawberries macerated in Cointreau and orange juice, served with fresh whipped cream and ice cream
Peach halves over vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberry puree
About El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2011, El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas. 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 four uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010 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 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 Michael Gaughan’s South Point 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/.