On the Strip: Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak

When the Top Chef head judge, legend, and New York City restaurateur first created Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak (The Mirage, 866.339.4566), it was considered the next evolution of the classic American steakhouse, a different direction from the successful Craftsteak outpost at MGM Grand. Now Heritage transcends the genre with a menu of prime cuts and entrées from wood-fired ovens and charcoal grills, elite service and a soothing, semi-tropical environment adjacent to The Mirage's rainforest.

Come for highlights like the 10-ounce Australian wagyu flat iron and the 32-ounce, dry-aged double-cut ribeye for two, but other offerings such as king salmon with dill and Swiss chard and classic prime rib with au jus and Yorkshire pudding are just as tempting. The bone-in pork chop with apple butter and tender duck breast with duck chorizo and huckleberry are memorable dishes to take fall into winter. And the shareable side dishes like spicy onion rings, creamed spinach and truffle risotto will fill out your table with style. –Brock Radke

Off the Strip: Toasted Gastrobrunch

Brunch is a big deal in Las Vegas, so why not create a restaurant that celebrates the phenomenon? Toasted Gastrobrunch (9516 W. Flamingo Road, 702.638.9500) is a new neighborhood hot spot that hits all the right notes with favorites like smoked salmon avocado toast, vegetable hash and Southern fried chicken eggs Benedict. You can't brunch without bubbles, and Toasted has an expansive selection of mimosas, bellinis, beer and other cocktails—try the soon-to-be-famous flaming flavored coffees. The house specialty is a sweet treat, coconut pistachio kanafee with orange blossom syrup, and you can order it to start or finish. –BR

#trending: True Food Kitchen

Head to True Food Kitchen (Downtown Summerlin, 702.863.1000), which recently opened near the new ballpark, before a game or for brunch and indulge in a piquant Beets by Jon cocktail or regional beer, paired with roasted beet and goat cheese flatbread, teriyaki quinoa or a grilled chicken avocado wrap. Ingredients and calories are listed on the menu. The fabulous butternut squash pie is a perfect closer; its flavor is closer to pumpkin than sweet potato. I recommend you DON'T share! –Nina King