A quick-stop for brunch near Fremont Street
Order a cookie butter latte to go or hang out for a while. The intimate spot, two blocks south of the Fremont Street Experience, is a pleasant surprise -- and a welcome retreat from the nearby tourist-driven chaos. Brunch is served Monday-Saturday with a menu that includes a spicy bacon and egg sandwich, an overstuffed breakfast burrito, and fruit smoothies.
Comfort food made with focused, simple recipes
The restaurant that put Chef Natalie Young on the map features breakfast and lunch all week long -- although a more efficient brunch menu shows up on weekends. Don't be surprised if there's a crowd by the front door, but it’s worth the wait. Highlights at Eat include addictive cinnamon biscuits with warm strawberries and huevos motulenos buried in spicy red and green sauces. Young recently opened a second Eat in Summerlin and also operates two other Downtown concepts: the Asian-influenced Chow and Old Soul at World Market Center, which mixes in a speakeasy-style atmosphere and cocktails.
Inventive dishes and house-made ingredients in the Arts District
After quickly establishing itself as not only the best restaurant in the Arts District, but one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, Esther's Kitchen took its time before debuting a brunch menu that's just about perfect. The house-made bread is put to good use as toast topped with smoked ocean trout (similar to a lox and bagel, but better) and pistachio butter and raspberry jam (basically the best PB&J you've ever had). If you prefer to stick with eggs, try the delicate French-style boursin omelette or a pair served sunny-side-up on polenta and mushrooms. Aside from rosé sangria and mimosas, Esther's doesn't mess around with brunch drinks. But that just gives you another excuse to take a deep dive into the restaurant's stellar cocktail program.