You can bet that every month in Vegas, 3.2 million or so tourists'll come to town; gamblers will lose around $8 million at the tables; there won't be nearly enough topless pool parties; and a bunch of badass new restaurants'll open up. Helping you out with the last of those, here's our list of 10 sweet new Sin City bars and restaurants you should try right now...
The MTO Café
It may only be open for breakfast and lunch, but this downtown café is drawing attention for its foodie-friendly casual cuisine (Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes that actually don't suck), and, since it's across the street from City Hall, for making paying traffic tickets surprisingly delicious.
On The Strip
This retro-themed pizza spot inside Planet Hollywood claims to have the biggest slices on the Strip: 71 square inches to be exact. Don't worry, we'll do the math for you, each slice is 15 inches long, and it takes 4lbs of dough to make an entire pie.
On the Strip
This sleek, modernist tapas joint is serving things like octopus ceviche underneath a light display that mimics the natural movement of the sun – probably the only example of a casino coming remotely close to telling you what time it is.
B&B Burger and Beer
On the Strip
Croc-wearing Chef Mario Batali casually continues his dominance of the Venetian and Palazzo with a burger joint that gives you a chance to show off your Travolta impression by ordering the “Royale with Cheese” (seriously, the waitress has never heard it before), which comes with robiola cheese, caramelized onions, grilled treviso and parmigiano-mascarpone cream.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen
On The Strip
The LINQ’s first big restaurant serves up fresh Mexican food using ingredients that you can actually recognize when they show up in tacos, burritos, and the above Del Mar platter – a selection of grilled seafood and *sigh* vegetables.
Stewart & Ogden
The restaurant’s name comes not only from the two parallel streets on each side of the brand-new Downtown Grand… but also from a couple guys who, back in the 1800s, met and dined in the same spot, where today S&O's cooking up things like braised short ribs they hope people will still be talking about more than a century later.
The fact that Chef Bernard Tordjman makes a point to be personally involved in most of the preparations makes this place a rarity in Las Vegas, as will regular theme nights featuring food from the kitchen of the Titanic, or Frank Sinatra’s favorite Italian eats that'll definitely (Rat) Pack 'em in.
The flights of beer are what bring in the crowds, but if you’re hungry, there is gourmet popcorn, which is available in flavors like chocolate and dill pickle, and is really just a cynical/awesome ploy to make you thirsty so you’ll buy more beer.
Bobby’s Burger Palace
On The Strip
Bobby Flay's selection of 10 signature burgers (the provolone/grilled onion/hot peppers Philadelphia, the fresh goat cheese-topped Napa Valley, etc.) are already awesome, but, each one can also be “crunchified”, which means they'll throw a mess potato chips on top.
TAP Sports Bar
On The Strip
The MGM Grand's new sports bar is loaded with high-def TVs, '80s hair metal cranking over the sound system, beer and wine (yes, wine) on tap, and a dessert list that's almost as eye-catching as what's going on at those aforementioned pool parties, mostly thanks to things like a chocolate shake made with Guinness, and fried s’mores.
1. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar3545 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
2. Pin-up Pizza3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, las vegas
3. B&B Burger & Beer3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4. Stewart + Ogden Diner Bistro203 N 3rd St, Las Vegas
5. Bernard's Bistro2021 W Sunset Rd, Henderson
6. Banger Brewing450 Fremont St Ste 135, Las Vegas
7. TAP Sports Bar3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
8. Bobby's Burger Palace3750 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
9. MTO Café500 S Main St, Las Vegas
10. CRUSH3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
This Mextaurant on the LINQ serves up food that focuses on quality ingredients, like their Del Mar – a selection of grilled seafood and vegetables.
Size matters at the place that promises the largest pizza on the Strip. Located inside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Pin-Up Pizza has a vintage vibe and serves pies that measure 30in across and uses 4lbs of dough, leaving each slice to measure 15in long by 6in wide. If that’s too big, you can always ask for it to be cut in two by one of the Bettie Page look-alikes behind the counter.
Chef Mario Batali continues his dominance of the Venetian and Palazzo by going casual with this burger- and beer-centric eatery. Though the space is colored in fast food shop-reminiscent washes of red and orange, a menu of burgers, heroes, and shakes that goes beyond the standard cheeseburger and fries fare shows off Batali's renowned kitchen experience. For a Vegas-unique burger experience, order the Really Good, a carnivorous combinatio, of heritage bacon, gorgonzola, chianti mustard, all on a dense potato bun.
Serving up "traditional and adventurous" American cuisine like their braised short rib, S&O brings a sophisticated bistro vive to the Downtown Grand.
Chef Bernard Tordjman makes a point to be personally involved in most of the preparations at Bernard's... which is a Las Vegas rarity in itself. Regular theme nights make every evening at this eatery inventive and exciting.
It’s all about beer, so don’t expect table service: just good suds, from light weisse to dark stouts. You’ll want to opt for a flight, with half-pints served in a custom mini wooden shelf. The proprietor favors the Jalapeño Hefeweizen, which packs a bit of a kick, but you can find your own favorite on the rotating tap list. Tours of the brewing facility take place every hour on the hour.
The MGM Grand's sports bar, TAP, is loaded with high-def TVs and '80s hair metal cranking over the sound system. There’s beer and wine (yes, wine) on tap… but it's the desserts that will catch your eye, like their fried s'mores.
Bobby Flay is bringing his selection of ten signature burgers to City Center, and each one can be “crunchified”, by adding potato chips as a topping.
MTO is a pleasant spot to grab breakfast or lunch (or both!) because of a laid-back and comfortable atmosphere, made-to-order options like pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
The MGM Grand plays host to this inviting and charming restaurant that focuses on creating intimate moments with shared food. Small plates and sharable portions are the hallmark of this relaxed space, which prides itself on having local ingredients and plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten free among us. A lengthy list of beers, wines, and craft cocktails is available to choose from, including the signature Punch, Drunk, Love which is served—you guessed it—family style. Two seating areas mean the space can hold many diners at once while still feeling intimate, and the relaxed furnishings are sure to put you at ease.