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Dining News & Notes: Eating challenges, La Cave’s new lunch additions and more

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The qualifying contest for the annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating championship is back at New York-New York this weekend.

Competitive eaters are coming from all over to test their stomachs at New York-New York during the 17th annual qualifying event on April 26 for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, held in Coney Island, New York. During Saturday’s event, which starts at 3 p.m., male and female winners will be crowned Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions while earning the right to represent Vegas on the Fourth of July in Coney Island. The contest is open to the public and will take place at NY-NY’s Brooklyn Bridge.

A more locals-oriented eating contest kicks off on April 27, National Prime Rib Day, at Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop at Jerry’s Nugget Casino. The Prime Rib Eating Challenge will be available Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. If you can finish a 48-ounce, double-cut portion of prime rib, a dinner salad, a baked potato, an ear of corn, a piece of garlic toast and Jerry’s Famous Banana Split in 45 minutes or less, congrats—you get a t-shirt, a commemorative crown proving you’re the “King of Cow,” and the meal is free. If you fail, you have to pay for it ($41.89). Good luck!

Chef José Andrés

SLS Las Vegas, set to open Labor Day Weekend, recently blog-blasted some new info about its José Andrés restaurants. Bazaar Meat “will break the rules and conventions and steer away from the traditional steakhouse,” featuring a focus on dishes prepared by fire over wood-burning grills. Andrés’ other SLS concept will be Ku Noodle, “Asian comfort food for the soul.” The chef’s favorite soba noodles will be among the multiple varieties available along with fried rice dishes, siu mai dumplings and traditional desserts.

Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand has rolled out a three-course po’ boy lunch special for $18, a feast that begins with gumbo, clam chowder, an iceberg wedge or Caesar salad, then pairs Creole French fries with you po’ boy of choice. Select from honey mustard stung fried chicken, buttermilk and cornmeal fried oyster, or Andouille sausage and roasted pork. Dessert options are bread and butter bread pudding or Emeril’s indulgent banana cream pie.

A new sandwich at La Cave: the Italiano, with hot cappicola, sopressata, Manchego cheese, arugula and pickled red onions.

More Strip sandwiches: La Cave at Wynn has a new sandwich menu at lunchtime, including spicy pulled pork with Nueske’s bacon, Swiss cheese, dill pickles at sweet garlic mustard ($16), heirloom tomato with fresh mozzarella, basil and peperoncini-olive tapenade ($12), and chicken Milanese with avocado, tomato, Swiss and sriracha aioli ($14).

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at Palazzo is offering a special menu of burgers and beers throughout May. There’s the American, with barbecue sauce, onion rings and smoked cheddar cheese, or the French, open-faced on white toast with whole grain mustard, truffle cheese, mayo, arugula and fried egg, among others. On-top craft beer choices include Anchor Steam lager, Chimay Triple, and Stone Black IPA. Burgers are $16; beers range from $9-$14.

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