By Ken Miller via Las Vegas Magazine – September 7, 2020
The legalization of marijuana in Nevada changed everything. There are now dispensaries popping up all over the Las Vegas Valley, offering a wide variety of cannabis products. One of the most popular destinations in Las Vegas for both tourists and locals is Planet 13, which features not only a large and accommodating dispensary, but an entire entertainment complex. A huge part of this complex is the restaurant Trece, and it’s already made a huge splash in a very short amount of time. One meal here and you’ll understand why.
The greenhouse dining area of Trece is expansive, allowing for easy social distancing while you dine. It’s bright, colorful and there’s plenty of people watching to be had. Executive chef Manny Sanchez keeps his menu lively and fresh, focusing mostly on Mexican cuisine, but branching out to other fun, flavorful areas. Don’t forget to accompany your meal with a beer from the restaurant’s 24 available taps.
Whether you’re vegetarian or carnivore, there’s something for everyone at Trece. Starters are so much fun—everyone will enjoy the hummus plate, which does not skimp on the creamy, house-made chickpea dip. It’s served with some truly attractively presented seasonal veggies and garlic flatbread. There’s so much here it’s practically a meal. Speaking of which … the perfectly crispy carne asada fries are irresistible, liberally ladled with cheese sauce, guacamole, sour cream and ribeye cut. They’re listed under “shareables,” but you may want this all to yourself. Can’t say we blame you.
The signature Mexican dishes include Flaming Fajitas, arriving at your table while still sizzling with sautéed bell peppers and onions, accompanied with corn tortillas, pico de gallo and red sauce. Wait until you see the steamed corn masa house tamale—it’s unlike any you’ve ever seen, served round and thick and smothered with green or red salsa, Oaxaca cheese, Mexican sour cream and queso fresco. Stuff it with the meat of your choice and enjoy!
Not in the mood for Mexican food? Try ricotta cheese ravioli filled with kale and fresh herbs, served with cherry tomatoes, sweet peas and cauliflower florets in a white wine sauce; pan-seared Parmesan chicken served with roasted tomatoes, squash ribbons and peppery greens in a lemon butter sauce; or grilled salmon, accompanied by a corn meal cake and wilted greens in a lemon caper sauce.
There’s even a selection of great pizzas, from a classic margherita with mozzarella, tomato sauce and fresh basil, to a keto pie with a cauliflower crust and topped with peppadew peppers, crispy bacon bits, black olives, wild arugula and a fig reduction drizzle. So good!
Round out your experience with dessert. The gram matcha cheesecake topped with raspberry sauce is rich and decadent, while the house flan is a lighter, but still flavorful, option, topped with fresh seasonal berries and whipped cream. You could also go a little unconventional and get a smoothie—there are plenty of options available here, from strawberry peach to mango berry. There are no wrong choices at Trece; let your appetite guide you.