If you're in Mesquite to check out the casinos, golf, or spa deals, your best bet for dinner is Katherine's, a steakhouse at the CasaBlanca resort with an old-school vibe. Tableside presentations are the restaurant's claim to fame, from Caesar Salad to start the meal to a choice of Bananas Foster or Cherries Jubilee to end it. The prime steaks are hard to resist, but don't overlook the dover sole, cooked whole and deboned at the table. Katherine's also makes a point to get the largest stone crabs possible when in season. The restaurant has seen its share of upgrades over the years, but not much of the decor had changed—and people like it that way. Familiarity is part of the charm. Katherine's opens early for dinner at 4 pm to accommodate the one-hour time difference for those across the state line in St. George and other parts of Southwest Utah.
How to book: Make a reservation online.
Cablp is pronounced "ka-blip"—which stands for Criss Angel's Breakfast, Lunch & Pizza. The Vegas Strip performer (whose magic show runs at Planet Hollywood) took over Sugar's Home Plate in Overton a few months ago, turning the old sports bar into a fast-casual restaurant with some of the profits redirected into local charity initiatives. The pizzas, inspired by Angel's New York roots, are the biggest sellers, but the menu has a variety of diner-style comfort food, ranging from burgers, dogs, and shakes to fish n' chips, chicken parm, and a chicken fried steak that should be familiar to Sugar's regulars. A walk-up window handles most of the to-go orders and is especially convenient if you're just passing through town after a visit to the Lost City Museum dedicated to prehistoric archaeological sites in the area.
How to book: Orders are usually made in person.
Cottonwood Station is the first and only restaurant in Blue Diamond, a historic but quiet mining community near Red Rock Canyon. It fits in seamlessly with the residential nature of the neighborhood, which does its best to not attract too many tourists. However, Blue Diamond's high elevation is a nice change of pace from Las Vegas, especially when enjoying the weather on Cottonwood Station's patio. Come by for coffee, pastries, and frittatas in the morning or paninis, pizzas, and a choice of wine or beer on tap in the afternoons and evening.
How to book: Play it safe and call 702-875-4332 to book a reservation.
Hanging out at the Happy Burro is like taking a trip back in time to an Old West cowboy saloon. The rickety wood structure is comfortably worn-in and is a great pit stop before exploring nearby attractions like the Death Valley National Park and Rhyolite Ghost Town. Practically ever inch of wall space is covered by some kind of decoration, whether it's vintage beer ads, wanted posters, or photos that celebrate Beatty's legacy as a mining hub more than a century ago. You're really here for two things: ice cold beer (no fancy craft brew please) and hearty award-winning chili that's based on a family recipe. Both are best enjoyed on an outdoor patio with a boardwalk that almost feels like a side street between two buildings.
How to book: Stop on by or take an order to go from a walk-up window.
O Happy Bread is an authentic French bakery that just happens to be in Pahrump—a town better known for things like brothels and fireworks sales. French bread is the specialty, served in loaves and baguettes, but croissants, cakes, fruit tarts, and other pastries are also popular. Even a few Americanized items like cinnamon rolls, lemon squares, and cheesecake are thrown into the mix (and much better than most versions you've previously had). If you prefer something savory, go with a brie sandwich or the soup of the day. The team's French baking techniques come to life with imported ingredients, including flour and butter from France and chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland. Sounds fun, right? You can get in on the act yourself. O Happy Bread plans on introducing bread-making classes in the near future.
How to book: Call 775-455-0478 to ask about the current selection or get a quote on custom orders.
There are a lot of fun things to do in Laughlin, even if the dining scene is a little on the unremarkable side. Fortunately, the Gourmet Room at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort offers a welcome splash of sizzle and style in this casual casino town. The deep red decor, vintage chandeliers, and views of the Colorado River make an impression even before you open the menu. However, you'll be more than happy with the eclectic mix of seafood, often with French and Italian touches. When in doubt, go with Coquilles Saint-Jacques, a combination of scallops, shrimp, and lobster in a flavorful Newburg sauce. If you just want a quick taste of what the Gourmet Room is all about, the bar is one of the best places to enjoy a cocktail at dusk.
How to book: Make a reservation by calling 702-298-2535 (extension 5739).