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How to celebrate after watching Gonzaga feast on its foes in Las Vegas

UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

Alder & Birch, located at The Orleans, serves up a wonderful assortment of steaks and seafood. (Alder & Birch / Courtesy)
Alder & Birch, located at The Orleans, serves up a wonderful assortment of steaks and seafood. (Alder & Birch / Courtesy)

The West Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments have called The Orleans in Las Vegas home since 2009, and whether you’re staying at the off-the-Strip hotel or nearby, you’re certainly going to work up an appetite celebrating the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ latest victory.

As luck would have it, you don’t have to leave The Orleans for a celebratory dinner or breakfast.

One of Sin City’s best steakhouses, Alder & Birch, is at The Orleans. Boyd Gaming invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to update its properties a few years ago, and the results are apparent at the award-winning, old-school Alder & Birch, with touches of modern style.

Whether in a party of two or 10, Alder & Birch’s menu highlights include appetizers including seafood (Alaskan king crab, oysters, lump crab cakes, rock shrimp, Baja prawns and more), stuffed mushrooms, Kobe beef meatballs and more; soups (Maryland crab bisque and three onion); and salads (ABCD wedge, house chopped and classic Caesar).

For the main course, there are steaks, of course (ribeye, filet mignon, porterhouse, New York, bone-in prime rib chop and more); seafood (scallops, sea bass, wild Pacific salmon, lobster tails and more); entrées (beef short rib, lamb rack, chicken and more); and numerous sides (blue cheese scalloped potatoes, sweet potato hash, lobster mac, roasted bone marrow and more).

There are Social Hours (aka Happy Hours) at Alder & Birch, offered from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, featuring discounts on beer, cocktails, wine and small bites. The Social Hour menu is $6 craft beer, $7 wine by the glass, $8 specialty cocktails and $9 small bites. The Old Fashioned with candied maple bacon is a must-order.

Alder & Birch has typical steakhouse prices, but because you’re off the Strip, the cost is a fraction of what you might otherwise pay – a significant discount and bargain, considering Alder & Birch’s high quality and standard of dining.

For breakfast, Copper Whisk Café at The Orleans is open 24/7 and offers a Deuces Wild Breakfast Special – two eggs any style, two bacon strips, two sausage links, two slices of French toast and hash browns – for $10.99, served daily from 6-10 a.m. The morning menu also includes other staples to fuel up for the day and games ahead, including fruits, pastries, cereals, oatmeal and bagels.

If you’re feeling adventurous, one of Las Vegas’ best dim sum restaurants, Ping Pang Pong, is located only 1 1/2 miles away at sister property Gold Coast. Lunch hours for dim sum are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yes, two of the city’s finest steak and dim sum restaurants are owned by Boyd Gaming.

If you’re looking for more guidance, check out The Spokesman-Review’s guide from 2019, also written by yours truly, a Gonzaga alumnus who worked in Las Vegas from 2009-19. Much of the list remains the same. Go Zags!

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