Brunch is the meal other meals want to be. It’s celebration and sustenance, savory and sweet, a wake-you-up refresh or boozy beginning to kick your day off on the best possible foot. And surprising absolutely no one, Las Vegas brunches hard. Sleep in, then head to these spots for piles of pancakes, live jazz and barbecue stacked on biscuits.

1. Totally Outrageous Brunch

In the entertainment capital of the world, brunch comes with comedy thanks to diva Ester Goldberg and her eclectic cast. Come early to chow on miniature chicken and waffles, pastries and yogurt parfait, then stay for a cabaret that’ll have you laughing before lunch. (The Sayers Club at SLS, 702.761.7000)

2. Giada

Gelato Sandwich

Gelato Sandwich

With sunlight streaming in and servers pouring “limitless” mimosas, brunch may be the best time to sample the Food Network star’s California-Italian cooking. Order à la carte favorites like lobster hash and polenta waffles, or opt for the three-course tasting that closes with a lemon ricotta cookie ice cream sandwich. (The Cromwell, 855.442.3271)

3. Mesa Grill

Bobby Flay brings Southwestern flavors to bear at this Strip staple. Think blue corn buttermilk waffles, sweet potato hash with spicy chicken and corn tamales with shrimp and roasted garlic. Should you order a side of mango-glazed bacon? Yes you should. (Caesars Palace, 702.731.7731)

4. Tom's Urban

If you like McGriddles or stuffed-crust pizza, you can thank Tom Ryan, former fast-food wizard and the restaurateur behind Tom’s Urban. Grab a patio table, then browse crowd-pleasers like crispy chicken with cornbread pancakes and a “gigante” Cubano with ham, carnitas, hash browns, eggs, cheese, mustard and pickles. (New York-New York, 702.740.6766)

5. Nomad Bar Jazz Brunch

If brunch is your favorite meal of the week, add this Sunday morning rendition to your itinerary. Here guests gossip over pillowy lemon poppy pancakes, wild mushroom omelettes and platters of hot and cold oysters, while a live band sets the mood and makes every Sunday feel like a celebration. (NoMad Hotel, 702.730.7000)

6. Factory Kitchen

At the new Italian kid on the Strip, brunch is a best-of-both-worlds situation with daytime dishes like ricotta pancakes and egg-filled raviolo alongside signatures like the handkerchief pasta with basil almond pesto. (The Venetian, 702.414.1222)

7. Virgil's Real Barbecue

Virgil's Barbecue

Virgil's Barbecue

Barbecue for breakfast? Why not. Start your day with Memphis-style pork ribs, a fried chicken po’ boy or a brisket, egg and cheese sandwich. Then walk off your food coma with a stroll to the Las Vegas Strip. (The Linq Promenade, 702.389.7400)

8. Senor Frog's Drag Brunch & Supper Club

This party hardy bar is dedicated to a good time, and at brunch drag queens rule the roost, putting on a raucous show that visitors can enjoy a la carte or alongside a buffet and bottomless mimosas. (Treasure Island, 702.894.7777)

9. Pub365

Grab your “Brunch So Hard” tee and head for the Tuscany, where the morning menu includes brioche French toast and egg-topped poutine, best washed down by $12 unlimited mimosas or a pint of breakfast beer. (Tuscany Suites & Casino, 702.944.5084)