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STEELES is an eclectic fusion steakhouse that draws from the cuisines of North Africa, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Featuring steak, fish and tapas, STEELES wants to introduce this way of dining to Las Vegas, especially those living in Henderson, where STEELES is located. Co-owner and Executive Chef, Beni Velazquez, will be offering some signature dishes such as Oven Roasted Rosemary Tamarind Chicken but wants to go beyond just presenting a great cuisine.
“You can go anywhere to get fed,” Chef Velazquez said, “but at STEELES you’ll get much more than that. Dining at STEELES is an experience.”
So what is Tapas? Tapa means cover or lid. In the Spanish culture, a glass of wine or sherry was covered by a slice of bread or a plate with bread, ham and olives. People would eat the food covering the drink and Tapas was created as a cuisine of a wide variety of appetizers. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (meat dish).
In the Spanish culture, Tapas are so much a part of the culture and social scene that the Spanish people invented the verb “tapear,” which means to go and eat tapas. In the United States, people order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. The serving of tapas is also thought to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them.
In fact, STEELES’ Sous Chef Mike Zucco traveled to San Sebastian, Spain, the “capital” of tapas to get that authentic feel for cooking at STEELES. “The servers are trained to explain all tapas dishes. It’s going to be an experience most people are unfamiliar with but it’s a way to expand your knowledge of food,” Zucco said.
STEELES offers an extensive menu, live music, happy hour, late night dining with a cocktail bar and two main dining rooms with extra-large family-sized booths. The décor is one of earth tones, warm wood walls, burnt orange hues and big windows to let in the light. The staff is welcoming; the atmosphere is fun and STEELES is family friendly.
For a “steakhouse” experience, a complete meal is offered. The first course could be the sweet corn lobster bisque. There is also a choice of different types of salads. For an entrée, there are all types of steak including rib-eye, New York strip and filet mignon. Along with the rack of lamb, there are the petite triple tenderloin filets of beef, lamb and veal. The seafood includes Alaskan Halibut, Mahi Mahi, and paprika Salmon. Baby back ribs, pasta and grilled brown sugar pork chops are also offered. Then there are a number of side dishes including sweet potato gorgonzola fries, mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed arugula.
On the tapas menu, you can choose from steamed clams, tempura artichoke hearts, grilled fish tacos, “S” burger sliders, pancetta sage shrimp, manchego cheese plate, carpaccio and so much more. According to Zucco, “This gives people a chance to try different food and get great value for their money.”
For something different and enjoying a great experience, STEELES is open daily and is located on Eastern just south of Interstate 215.
The hours are:
Sun-Wed 5 p.m. -10 p.m.,
Thu-Sat 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
9460 South Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone: (702) 588-5400