The Palms cafe brings back Coastal memories
Wed, Oct 20, 2010 (8:15 p.m.)
Back in the days when Michael Gaughan ran Coast Casinos, there was something a little peculiar on the menu in his coffee shops: good Chinese food. Perhaps it was there to draw Asian tourists away from the Strip or to offer a two-for-one restaurant experience. Or perhaps Gaughan just digs sweet-and-sour pork. It doesn’t matter. I can recall more than a few late nights of booze-fueled stupidity ending with a big bowl of soothing wonton soup in the former Monterey Room at the Gold Coast. (It’s long gone now, sadly replaced by TGI Friday’s. Ugh.)
- At the Palms, 953-7682
- Open 24 hours
So when I recently saw “New Chinese Menu!” emblazoned on the marquee at the Palms, touting the expanded offerings at the 24/7 Cafe, I got a little nostalgic. Could the food at George Maloof’s coffee shop live up to the Gold Coast legend? All the standards are there: beef and broccoli, chow mein, lemon chicken. The wonton soup is wonderfully aromatic, almost miso-ish, and fully stocked with bok choy, thin egg noodles, sliced barbecue pork and several large, meaty dumplings. It adequately fulfills all my Chinese-soup-in-coffee-shop needs. I’m not sure if it beats the memory, but then again, I wasn’t drunk this time.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.