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
Denise Truscello
Craig Gilbert
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Hash House A Go Go
The Palms Casino Resort
Caesars Entertainment
Peter Harasty
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
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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."