Get your meat fix at McCall’s Heartland Grill
As one moves farther north on the Las Vegas Strip, the term classic becomes more relevant. There are classic neon signs, classic gift shops and of course downtown, which is, you guessed it, classic. Then there are the classic restaurants, and the classic steakhouses, found near this part of town.
McCall’s Heartland Grill, located in the north end of the Stratosphere, fits into this classic steakhouse category, even though it isn’t nearly as old as many of its counterparts. The restaurant, which opened only a few years ago, features more modern décor and a whiskey bar. Chef Manuel Navarro-Torres has been behind the burners since the place opened, and the steady flow of customers matches his steady quality of cuisine.
Start your meal with applewood bacon jalapeño wrapped prawns for an out-of-the-box version of the appetizer. These monster versions of the crustaceans are enveloped by equally as large slices of pork and accompanied by guava barbecue and spicy ponzu sauces. The exotic fruit really shines in the sweet and heat.
The beef and bacon ribbon chip stack is shaped like a full meatloaf, with the loaf here being hefty potato chips. Blackened beef tenderloin tips, bacon, smoked cheddar cheese sauce and pico de gallo round this monster starter out. It’s a fork-and-knife app with a game-day feel, perfect for chowing down on while watching your favorite team on the screens at the bar.
Speaking of the bar, grab a Midnight McCall’s for a unique and tasty beverage. Knob Creek bourbon, blackberries, mint, PAMA pomegranate liqueur, simple syrup and Cointreau pack a collective punch with the fruit flavors and the bourbon in the spotlight.
A traditional Caesar salad sets the correct steakhouse vibe. Crisp romaine lettuce, salty grated Parmesan, crunchy croutons and a zesty dressing is exactly as it should be with a steak dinner. There are many meaty main course options including barbecue-spiced skirt steak, horseradish-crusted chuck steak and a 20-ounce bone-in prime rib. A rotating special features the best of all worlds with a 5-ounce filet mignon paired with a lobster tail and four shrimp scampi. The filet is topped with a mushroom demi-glace—the rich brown sauce and earthy mushrooms truly accentuate the meat. But the scampi may be the biggest star on the plate, with the shrimp bathed in olive oil, garlic, butter, white wine and finished with parsley, lemon juice and pepper. It simply pops with flavor. Served with green beans and lobster mashed potatoes, there’s a lot of goodness to be tasted here.
For those looking for lighter fare, check out the grilled ahi tuna. Coated simply with Cajun spices, this one is all about maximizing the natural taste of a proper piece of fish. Two desserts you’ll want to indulge in are berries and cream and triple chocolate mousse. The former showcases an array of berries with ice cream, and the latter features white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate mousse, hitting all the chocolate check marks.
Stratosphere, 5 p.m.-midnight daily, whiskey bar 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-2 a.m. Sat.-Sun. 702.380.7777