Food & Drink

Foie gras-stuffed turkey & butternut squash bourbon: what to eat in Vegas on Thanksgiving

Published On 11/26/2013 Published On 11/26/2013
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Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

You'll be far too busy planning your Black Friday assault on Best Buy (here we come, $13 off a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 in gold brown!!) to actually cook on Thanksgiving, so why not let one of Sin City's sweetest restaurants do it for you? The eight best Turkey Day deals in Vegas are below...

Denise Truscello

Rock House
On The Strip
The main event at this Venetian party spot is a delicious turkey leg dinner, served with potatoes and draft beer. It’s available all day for $17. If that’s not enough, come back the next day with a receipt from your Black Friday splurge at the Grand Canal Shoppes and receive 10% off your next bill.

Craig Gilbert

Tacos & Tequila
On The Strip
Head over to The Luxor for a Mexican-themed option that’s more than bueno. Tacos & Tequila is offering a Turkey Combo for $19 that includes chile relleno, tacos, and a tamale made with chunks of white and dark turkey meat.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

The Mandarin Oriental
On The Strip
David Werly, the Executive Chef at the Mandarin Oriental, is preparing restaurant-quality take-home meals boasting foie gras-stuffed turkey; a shton of sides, breads, butternut squash soup; and three dessert options, none of which are pumpkin pie. A serving for two is who cares didn't you see the part about foie gras stuffed turkey?! $89.

Hash House A Go Go

Hash House a go go
Multiple Locations
Known for its breakfast and enormous pancakes, Hash House a go go is nonetheless offering Thanksgiving options like Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf ($19.95); linguini w/ pumpkin cream & shrimp ($18.95); and homemade pumpkin bread pudding w/ ice cream ($8.95) for dessert at its three valley locations.

The Palms Casino Resort

Scarlet Bar
Off The Strip
Some people believe Thanksgiving is about sharing turkey with family and friends. But anyone who actually shares turkey with family and friends knows the holiday is really about drinking. So, when you’re done eating, make a detour to Scarlet, the intimate cocktail lounge inside The Palms, where a butternut squash Bourbon will help you digest/forget dinner.

Caesars Entertainment

Central Michel Richard
On The Strip
This spot at Caesars Palace could be your best bet for a traditional dinner with enough options to keep it interesting. A $45 three-course meal comes with a number of choices, including roasted turkey, prime rib, or Mediterranean sea bass. Start things off with the chestnut soup & duck confit, and end it w/ a caramel-sauce'd poached apple tatin.

Peter Harasty

Tender Steak & Seafood
On The Strip
This steakhouse at The Luxor is staying open for the holiday, but you’ll want to skip the red meat (just this once) for the Heirloom Organic Turkey served with things like butternut squash ravioli; a sweet potato puree with maple butter; and a trio of desserts like pumpkin-maple pie, an apple tart & crème brulee.

Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Off The Strip
The Red Rock Resort is offering-up a barbeque-style Thanksgiving for those in the Summerlin area: the uniquely flavored hickory-smoked turkey comes with garlic mashed potatoes smothered in gravy and apples sautéed in Jack Daniels. Individual meals are $21.99.

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1. Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que 2245 Village Walk Dr, Henderson, NV 89052 (Off Strip)

Using hickory wood to get that smoky taste, the folks at Lucille's cook up traditional BBQ eats like Texas-style brisket, St. Louis spare ribs and more out of their Henderson location.

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2. Rockhouse 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Rockhouse is an adult's playground, set right on the Strip in the middle of America's least responsible city: Vegas. With 9000sqft of space, this warehouse-sized venue has three bars, 83 TVs, pool tables, beer-pong tables, tire swings, and a mechanical bull. This place was clearly expensive to build, but they're not pretentious at the Rockhouse—the overall vibe here is of a Southern dive bar, from the weathered wood to the industrial lighting. Their food is cooked to match, as this self-described "ultra dive bar" churns out a steady stream of bar food classics like sliders, wings, and hot dogs. A menu of inventive and boozy cocktails is also available, patronizingly divided between "girly drinks" and "manly drinks."

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3. Tacos & Tequila 3900 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101

The Luxor's T&T is 8000sqft of aluminum-walled, skeleton-bedecked haute-sombrero, rocking a massive, 65x25ft mural of a lady bullfighter, and serving classic Ameri-mex (nachos, tamales, enchiladas), plus nuevo tacos filled with the likes of lobster & more.

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4. Mandarin Oriental 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This 47-story hotel was designed by the architectural firm responsible for Beijing's Museum of China (located just off Tian'an Men Square, so you know it's historically accurate); meanwhile, the 392 floor-to-ceiling-windowed rooms are steez'd by Israeli-American hotel pimp Adam D. Tihany, including 3200sqft presidential suites optimistically equipped with cutting-edge fitness equipment (located in your room, so you know you'll use it).

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5. Hash House A Go Go 12300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Henderson, NV 89044 (Strip)

Hash House gained its fame from its massive breakfasts: dishes like a house scramble with chuck roast, chipotle charred tomato, and fresh asparagus & mozzarella. They've also got a cocktail menu with killer bloody mary options, plus your standard bottles and cans.

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6. Scarlet Bar 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

A super-small bar inside the Palms, Scarlet's pouring awesome, fancy 'tails with a menu created by Francesco Lafranconi, one of the world's leading mixologists.

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7. Central Michel Richard 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

By Executive Chef and restauranteur Michel Richard, this resto in Caesar's combines American and French cuisine to bring you delicious eats like Mediterranean Sea Bass with mushrooms and baby arugula salad, plus beef short ribs with creamy polenta.

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8. Tender Steak & Seafood 3900 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

While steakhouses abound in the city of indulgence, TENDER manages to stand out with edgy decor that subs white tablecloths for glossy wood surfaces, and a contemporary lighting piece that resembles a collection of long, warped bulbs. They've got over six different variations of beef for you to choose from, plus they boasting the title of 2012's "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence."