One year, 1,021,951 food items. That’s a tasty tally for Block 16 Urban Food Hall at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The culinary cafeteria debuted its six unique food concepts over Labor Day weekend one year ago.
There are numerous notable numbers for the upscale food hall’s first year. Considering the restaurant-to-foot-traffic ratio, we’re not surprised. It’s also hard to ignore the alluring scents of fresh baked donuts, Southern fried chicken, Vietnamese fish sauce and coffee…
Speaking of coffee, the food hall’s District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. was on par to serve 100,000 coffees before the one-year anniversary; 99,026 had been ordered there prior to this article’s publication.
A New Orleans favorite with more than 100 constantly rotating donut flavors, the craft donut purveyor handcrafted more than 81,000 donuts in Las Vegas since its West Coast debut. That’s a whole lot of flour (10 million grams). And 6,000 pounds of glaze.
Las Vegas is home to the first west coast location for family-owned and operated Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. The Nashville original is a hot spot for comfort food, fried chicken and Southern hospitality. As of the second week in August, the Las Vegas location had sold 2,869 Shut the Cluck Ups (a.k.a. insanely hot chicken preceded by Damn Hot!!, Hot!, Medium, Mild and Southern heat levels).
Over at Chef Rick Gencarelli’s Lardo, the potato peeler stays busy. An over-the-top sandwich shop from Portland, Ore., Lardo in Las Vegas used more than 12,000 pounds of potatoes for its French fries (probably the signature dirty fries). They’ve also gone through 63, 718 loaves of bread.
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings top the list for most popular menu item at Pok Pok Wing with 39,817 ordered year to date. The Thai concept from James Beard Award-winning Chef Alan Ricker came to Las Vegas from Portland, Ore. The second most popular item on the menu is the Pad Thai, with almost 19,000 ordered.
Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake is a Las Vegas original from Takashi Segawa, best known for other Las Vegas eateries Monta Ramen, Kabuto and Sushi Mon. The Las Vegas original at Block 16 sold a combined 80,000 Salmon, Yellowtail and Toto rolls this year.
Give those rollers a hand! They’ve spent approximately 10,000 hours rolling those Top 3 favorites and other signature rolls.
Though it opened a little later than its neighbors at Block 16, Ghost Donkey has made its mark with its mezcal tasting flights, as well festive menu items like Steak & Black Bean Nachos, exclusively served at the Las Vegas location. Hidden behind a door, discretely marked with a donkey (because, why not), the New York tequila and mezcal bar’s most popular Las Vegas cocktail is The Pistolero, made with 100 percent blue agave tequila, Ancho Verde, roasted poblano, pineapple and lime.