Make time for brunch in Las Vegas
Brunches are especially attractive in the holiday season, where a tipple or two the night before may leave you wanting to delay that first meal a tad so you can grab that extra sleep. Here are a few of the fun places in Vegas to relax and get the day started in a civilized manner.
At Red Rock Resort on Sunday mornings, Scott Conant’s Masso Osteria offers a laid-back brunch with such things as a bloody Mary bar, bellinis and mimosas. Oh, and food! Choose plated items including porchetta eggs Benedict, panettone French toast and my favorite, lemon ricotta pancakes or cruise along stations offering antipasti, 100-layer lasagna, frittatas, pizza, pastries and soft serve ($42, reservations at massoosteria.com; some drinks additional charge).
Just for Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro at The Venetian presents prix-fixe holiday menus, with highlights including a decadent lobster Benedict, salmon salad, pastries and small bites for dessert; for the kids you’ll find sourdough waffles with Valrhona chocolate chips ($50 adult, $15 children, reservations at 702.414.6200).
Christmas brunch is also being served at Hawthorn Grill in the JW Marriott Las Vegas and Rampart casino from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with a little something for everyone, from an omelet station and carving stations to a dessert buffet. The kids can indulge at their own children’s buffet. ($59 adult, $29 child, 702.507.5900) Hawthorn Grill also offers a New Year’s Day brunch.
And breakfast beer! Now this is our kinda brunch! Pub365 at Tuscany Suites & Casino has a huge craft beer menu, and on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., offers $12 bottomless mimosa with a choice of juice plus special beers perfect for breakfast, like Decadent Ales’ French Toast double IPA, Evil Twin’s Imperial Doughnut Break stout, Saugatuck’s Blueberry Maple stout and Wells’ Banana Bread beer. You may want food with that—try pulled pork eggs Benedict, chicken and waffles or brioche French toast.
If you’re in the mood for Southwestern flavor, Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace is a perfect stop for brunch (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). That blue corn buttermilk waffle, with blackberry-bourbon syrup, is to die for. Giada at The Cromwell opens up for brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with a la carte items and a brunch tasting menu to choose from. Tip: The tasting menu comes with pastries that are fabulous, and an ice cream sandwich that’s delightful!
At Culinary Dropout in the Hard Rock Hotel, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, get items like bread pudding French toast, a Smokehouse Hash with slow-roasted barbecue pork, and gourmet-style overnight oats—blueberry marmalade and candied pecan add extra oomph to the staple dish.
This brunch is available every day—Tom’s Urban at New York-New York features the Most of the Day brunch until 2 p.m., with a delectable mix of such items as Crispy Chicken and Cornbread Pancakes, the housemade Urban Pop Tart and slated caramel French toast, plus plenty of breakfast faves like burritos (huge) and Benedicts.
This one doesn’t technically start until the afternoon is ushered in, but the Lavo Party Brunch at The Palazzo is a brunch of a different color. The dishes, like the grande spicy margarita, are rumored to be delicious, true, but it’s the atmosphere that you may gobble up. Giant inflatables of all kinds, confetti and delicious cocktails may make it seem like New Year’s Eve every weekend (but this weekend it really is the NYE edition (admission tickets at lavolv.com).