On the Strip: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

With its sprawling stretch of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Strip, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Harrah’s, 702.693.6000) has long been a favorite dining destination for Vegas visitors of all sorts. Recent renovations bring a fresh, modern feel to this familiar eatery, adding additional prestige to a restaurant brand already recognized for food and ambience.

It doesn’t look like a classic anymore but it’s still serving them up, including chilled seafood towers, rich lobster bisque and three-cheese potatoes au gratin. And the steaks are still served sizzling and topped with butter, including a well-marbled, 16-ounce USDA Prime ribeye with unforgettable flavor.

New on the menu are crispy lobster tail with jalapeño pepper jam drizzle or coconut-coated shrimp, a mixed grill plate of filet mignon, stuffed chicken breast and jumbo lump crab cake, and blackened scallops. Ruth’s Chris is more than meat and now the full experience is better than ever.

Off the Strip: Metro Pizza

With multiple locations around the Las Vegas valley, Metro Pizza is easily one of the city’s most beloved pizzerias and has been since 1980. But longtime friends and fans know the newest location (6720 Sky Pointe Drive, 702.564.6726) is the place to visit in order to sample the creativity of award-winning pizzaiolo Chris Decker. This kitchen is cranking out his specialty 85th Street Sicilian square pie, made from a cold-fermented dough and topped with mozzarella, slow-simmered tomato sauce and Romano cheese. It’s a study in pizza simplicity and blissfully delicious.

#trending:108 Eats

Located in The STRAT Skypod 1,000 feet in the air, 108 Eats is more than a snack spot at the city’s most elevated attraction. The menu of panini and other sandwiches and artisanal cookies, popcorn, ice cream and sorbet comes from the mind of chef James Trees, proprietor of downtown’s Esther’s Kitchen and the west side’s Ada’s at Tivoli Village. Calabrian chili-spiked potato chips, chili-cheddar popcorn and sourdough sandwiches loaded with sliced meatballs and basil ricotta tastes great at any elevation.