Living in Las Vegas for the past six years, I’m well aware of how easy it is to become inundated with options. Entertainment, dining, nightlife – there are so many things going on and off the Strip that it can be easy to forget what all our city has to offer. However, I am a firm believer that the newest kid on the block is unique enough to become this town’s finest hot spot for many years to come.

Culinary Dropout opened last Friday inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and is the perfect combo of everything both locals and tourists look for in their dining locale. The food is incredible (I cannot stress enough – save room for the monkey bread!). The design is hip but fresh and rebellious, and the staff look like the cool kids whose iPods you want to steal for the best new music that no one has heard of yet.

During our sneak peek event one thing was clear, no one wanted to leave! It’s the kind of setting where you could easily stay all night. Start out belly up at the bar with an After School Special, move to one of the unique dining tables to dig into some fried chicken, and end it on the patio with live music and good friends. Once the summer heat passes, the fire pits will be the hottest addition to any group outing.

As a Las Vegas local who has seen and done so much (no one has really done it all), I can tell you to run – don’t walk to this new restaurant. You’ll be glad that you were one of the first to check it out!

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Culinary Dropout is open seven days a week: Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. – midnight, Friday from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – midnight. Reservations can be made by calling (702) 522.8100.

 ˜Alison Monaghan

Photo credit Erik Kabik.