Las Vegas is The Entertainment Capital of the World and has been steadily climbing its way toward the moniker The Dining Capital of the World, as well. Chefs have been staying busy in the nightlife destination with new restaurants, menus and concepts.
When planning a trip to Sin City, here are some dining spots to consider on and off the famed Las Vegas Strip.
Tom Colicchio’s second steakhouse on the Strip, Heritage Steak at The Mirage, has been overshadowed by his flagship Craftsteak at MGM Grand. Now there’s one solid reason to end this oversight: Sunday Roast available Sundays only, with menus rotating monthly. June’s feast featured cheddar jalapeño biscuits, beef jerky, pickled artichoke + heirloom tomato salad, roast Berkshire pork loin, Yorkshire pudding, Grandma’s mushroom slaw, sweet potato basaltic onion rosti, Heritage corn casserole, strawberry short cake and wine pairing. Hungry yet?
Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak inside The Mirage, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 866.339.4566, mirage.com
Michael Mina Bellagio
Michael Mina’s restaurants have been a staple in Las Vegas, and his self-named restaurant has been a staple at Bellagio. Now Michael Mina Bellagio has revamped its design and menu, the latter a return to seafood. A recent tasting, in a new PDR with a view of Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, included wines from all corners of the world paired with broiled whole Kona Kampachi, caviar parfait, tuna, ginger-lime marinated red snapper and lemon meringue tart.
Michael Mina inside Bellagio, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 866.259.7111, bellagio.com
Lucky Penny Café + AYCE Buffet
Before Palms Casino Resort unveiled a sneak peek of its $620 million facelift in May, the off-the-Strip property opened two noteworthy restaurants: the 24-hour Lucky Penny Café and AYCE Buffet. Lucky Penny is great any time of day, and especially after a show at nearby Pearl Concert Theater, and highlights include a fish fry, liver and onions and spiked shakes. AYCE, for all you can eat but pronounced “Ace,” is an elevated buffet experience with a mix of plated portions and more-traditional trough-style offerings.
Lucky Penny Café and AYCE Buffet inside Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, 702.942.7777, palms.com
90 Ninety Bar + Grill
Northwest of the Strip is a new casual offering at Suncoast by the name of 90 Ninety Bar + Grill that features craft cocktails, brews and new flavors that can be enjoyed in an open-air patio. The neighborhood restaurant name after its address also boasts live music and traditional and regional dishes, including a giant pretzel with ale house cheese fondue; Baja rock shrimp with Dos Equis beer batter; chicken lettuce wraps; Nashville hot chicken sandwich; shrimp jambalaya pasta; and gluten-free and vegan options.
90 Ninety Bar + Grill inside Suncoast Hotel and Casino, 9090 Alta Dr., Las Vegas, 702.636.7111, suncoastcasino.com/dine/casual-dining/90-ninety
Healthy grab-and-go options are carving a place for themselves for people who don’t have time for a leisurely meal, and Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian and The Palazzo and longtime Las Vegas chef Pete Ghione have debuted their culinary concept CR CREAT to ignite, quench and refuel. CR CREAT’s highlights include fresh and delicious salads and wraps; a one-of-a-kind strawberry and blood orange Wild Tonic Jun-Kombucha; and Jenwey Tea (the hibiscus iced tea, with zero sugar, calories and caffeine, is life-changing).
CR CREAT inside Palazzo Las Vegas, 3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 702.607.0730, venetian.com/restaurants/cr-creat.html
Don Chareunsy is based in Las Vegas, where he has worked as an arts and entertainment editor and reporter since 2008. Before moving to The Entertainment Capital of the World a decade ago, he worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune from 2002-2007.