Let's do brunch!
After a night of rabble-rousing and carousing on the famous Las Vegas Strip, or even just a long evening of shopping and shows, there’s no better respite than brunch the morning after. Luckily for you, brunch options abound in Las Vegas where numerous restaurants want to bring you in for midday dining (and potentially some day drinking). Join us as we highlight a few of our recent favorites.
Wander through The District at MGM Grand to Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 where a new brunch from executive chef Isaiah Utter was recently unveiled. Peruse the new menu while snacking upon the classic 1842 Nachos, multicolored from a garnish of pico de gallo, Fresno chiles and green onions, and oozing with layers of pork chili verde and cheeses. New brunch items include a faithful rendition of chilaquiles with shredded smoked chicken and an excellent take on the way-too-uncommon Monte Cristo sandwich with layers of country ham, roast turkey and smoked gouda and Swiss cheeses battered and fried to a delicate crisp with raspberry chipotle compote for dipping. It’s a delicious delight.
At Caesars Palace’s Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay presents a brunch which capitalizes on his heavily Southwestern-influenced background. Begin with the tiger shrimp roasted garlic corn tamale served in a buttery beurre blanc–mantequilla blanca in Español–before moving onto a revelation in the crispy-skinned ancho chile- and honey-glazed salmon, flaky and flavorful with each forkful. Finish with dessert disguised as an entrée—the blue corn buttermilk waffle with blackberry bourbon syrup and a vanilla crème fraiche. This breakfast waffle delivers plenty of sweetness without being cloying.
Across the valley at Red Rock Resort, brunch devotees can descend on Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, where ample outdoor seating awaits. Order up a selection from the Liquid Brunch, either concocting your drinks from the impressive tableside Bloody Mary cart or instead going more classical with Bubbles for Breakfast, which includes Mumm champagne with oysters and juices as accoutrements. Since man cannot subsist on drink alone, dine upon decadent duck and waffles with crispy duck confit, foie gras butter and bourbon maple syrup or maybe an upscale rendition of the Hawaiian classic loco moco with chicken-fried rice in lieu of standard white rice.
Find seven of your closest friends–or gather some nearby acquaintances–and take advantage of Brunch With Benefits at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro in The Palazzo. Exactly what kind of benefits are we talking about? Well, when at least an octet of diners each order entrée and bottomless mimosas, the first mimosa is $25 with all others being $5 each. It truly pays to roll with your posse at Morels.
Osteria Costa at The Mirage may highlight the cuisine of Italy’s Amalfi Coast but that doesn’t mean they don’t take some not-so-Italian-liberties with brunch. Prosciutto and melon melds the holy trinity of sweet, savory and salty with a drizzle of aged balsamic and basil shards, while olive oil coffee cake is almost worth the visit alone. Best of all are lemon ricotta pancakes, served in plate-filling proportions but airy and light with an appealing citric zest. They almost balance the irresistible linguine carbonara, a hearty, filling plate of creamy pasta.