This whole plat­ter of mezzes is just one of the three things you must eat this sum­mer.

FEAR­LESS FOODIE JOHN CUR­TAS RATES AND ROASTS HIS BEST AND WORST RESTAU­RANTS FOR A LIV­ING. WE ASKED HIM TO PICK THREE DISHES YOU MUST SA­VOR THIS SUM­MER.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - John Cur­tas can usu­ally be found at eat­inglv.com.

CHERRY TOMATO AND BUR­RATA SALAD

@ Stan­dard & Pour Noth­ing says sum­mer like fresh toma­toes. Com­bine them with cool, creamy bur­rata cheese and a tangy, green olive emul­sion vinai­grette, and you have a sea­sonal salad that is as re­fresh­ing as it is sat­is­fy­ing. Af­ter you’re done con­grat­u­lat­ing your­self on your healthy choices, don’t miss the adult straw­berry shake here—where house-made straw­berry ice cream meets crème de fraises liqueur poured over short­cake. It may undo all those light bites, but it’s as cool as a dip in your pool. 11261 S. Eastern Ave. #200; 702-629-5523; stan­dard and­pourlv.com

MEZZES @ Cleo Mediter­ranean cul­tures per­fected the art of hot weather eat­ing thou­sands of years ago. They do it with mezzes—a wide va­ri­ety of health­ful, small dishes to nib­ble on—and the as­sort­ment at Cleo is sec­ond to none. Just point to any one of the 24 ke­babs, dips, veg­gies, spreads or sausages and dive in. My fa­vorites: babaganoush, Brus­sels sprouts leaves with hazel­nuts and Fresno chili, car­rots with harissa, lab­neh with feta dip, dol­mades, spicy cigars, and lamb kefta. SLS Las Ve­gas, 702-761-7612; slslasve­gas.com

CAE­SAR SALAD @ Morels Steak­house There’s only one way to make a proper Cae­sar salad: fresh and table­side. At Morels, they toss it to or­der, and they in­vari­ably get it just right. This Cae­sar is very tra­di­tional: Ro­maine, eggs, le­mon, an­chovies, fresh crou­tons, good Parme­san cheese, Worces­ter­shire sauce, and black pep­per. That’s why it’s so good. The Grand Canal Shoppes at Vene­tian and Palazzo, 702-607-6333; morel­slv.com

clock­wise: Mezzes at Cleo; Morels Steak­house’s clas­sic Cae­sar salad; cherry tomato and bur­rata salad at Stan­dard & Pour.

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