Citizens Kitchen Opens at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay

The American comfort food spot is one of 3 new restaurants at Mandalay Bay

Citizens Kitchen & Bar the second of three new restaurants at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas has opened. The American comfort food spot is headed by chef Brian Massie.

Citizens Kitchen & Bar is one of two new restaurants from The Light Group opening this year at the sprawling Mandalay Bay, which encompasses 25 restaurants and bars, three hotels, a casino, and a shopping mall. A third yet-to-be named restaurant serving Japanese food will open later this year. Red Square, a revamped Russian themed bar, opened at the end of 2012.

The creative menu features classic American breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Signature dishes include the Fatty Melt (a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato, chopped onions, and Citizens’ special sauce), mahimahi fish tacos with guacamole, slaw and chipotle mayo, and Southern fried chicken with jalapeño honey and coleslaw. Sides include smothered and covered tots, corn on the cob, and a pot of baked beans.

For those with a hearty appetite, the restaurant features the Muffaletta Challenge, a gargantuan $135 Italian sandwich for six which is free if one person dares to finish it all on his or her own.

In addition to the restaurant’s two 230-seat casual dining rooms and bar decked out in muted metals and punctuated with antique mirrors and whimsical banquettes, Citizens Kitchen & Bar also features a grab-and-go counter and espresso bar.

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Lauren Mack is the Special Projects Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.