The Beast By Todd English
The main eatery at AREA15 was built with big appetites in mind. The Beast has a large, open, centralized kitchen with multiple stations serving up a variety of bold American flavors, including some of the best BBQ in town. The food almost seems modest, however, compared to the Beast Fishbowls—four giant-size cocktails which run $50. The Painkiller In Paradise is an unapologetically sweet combination of three rums, cream of coconut, orange juice, pineapple juice, and Sprite.
How to book: Score a reservation online.
Todd English is having a resurgence as one of the most high-profile celebrity chefs in Las Vegas. He brought back his signature Olives restaurant at Virgin Hotels and put his name behind the The English Hotel, a boutique resort in the Arts District with the Pepper Club as its in-house bar and restaurant. Yet The Beast may get the most foot traffic, thanks to its location inside the AREA15 entertainment complex. The menu covers a lot of ground, from pizzas to Korean corn dogs, but the "Beast Breath Smoke House" is the heart of the kitchen, centrally located in the dining room. A four-person pit crew led by Orelle Young smokes meats with oak, allowing natural flavors to some through with subtle touches like a Carolina-style vinegar sauce on the pork butt, an ancho chili rub on the ribs, and cayenne on the brisket, adding warmth to every bite. Try them all in a sampler platter or choose a protein to stuff inside a loaded one-pound baked potato with Alabama white sauce on top.
How to order: Walk-ins are common, but call 725-210-5365 to reduce the wait with a reservation.