Heritage Steak turns up the fire on classic dishes
Few restaurants make you feel as warm and invited as Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage. For starters, it’s right under the resort’s giant atrium, so there’s lots of lush foliage and water features to enjoy as you wait to be seated. But the venue itself also has a very welcoming vibe: dark, burnished wood dominates the décor, and the wood motif expands to the piles of firewood displayed at the back of the house, which hint at the wood-fired grills used in barbecuing your steak to perfection. The Top Chef judge spared no expense in making this a destination for steak lovers everywhere.
But before ordering that bone-in ribeye or dry-aged porterhouse, however, make sure to sample a bit of everything Heritage has to offer. Start with homemade cornbread, served with habanero honey butter, a great way to prime your tastebuds. Then work your way to king crab fondue, a decadent mix of large chunks of crab meat, Pernod cream and cherry tomato, served with toasted bread slices for dipping. The salty, melt-in-your-mouth Berkshire pork belly is a true highlight, served with apple butter and a sharp cheddar crumble. Yellowtail crudo, served with butternut relish and pistachio, and tender grilled octopus, covered with leek vinaigrette, roasted red pepper and almond, round out the other don’t-miss first courses.
Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak
It almost seems criminal to highlight any one steak here, but the Australian flat iron just begs to be sampled, thinly sliced and served with a lusciously spicy chimichurri glaze. Prime rib lovers will not want to miss Colicchio’s version with carmelized onion jus, horseradish and Yorkshire pudding. Add them all together for a taste sensation that will make you feel like you’re eating prime rib for the first time. And wait until you try Heritage’s duck breast, served with duck chorizo and seasonal fruit.
Save plenty of room for Heritage’s sides. Spicy onion rings are a bestseller, and for very good reason—not only do they pack a spice wallop, that white barbecue sauce is just the perfect complement. Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon will divert your attention from your main course all evening, and fried mac and cheese balls served with bacon dip almost feel like an entire meal.
Never underestimate the ability of a good chef to revolutionize dessert. Colicchio’s Ice Cream Social feels like a Baskin-Robbins brought straight to your table. A cart including ice cream bars, various toppings and two types of chocolate dip are delivered, and your server takes your request: dark or milk chocolate coating, after which it is either dipped in peanuts, cookie crumble or sprinkles—or all three. There’s also homemade funnel cake! If this doesn’t make you feel like a kid again, nothing will.
The Mirage, 5-10 p.m. daily, lounge 2-10 p.m. daily. 702.791.7223