Emeril Lagasse’s impact on Las Vegas cannot be overstated. His restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip are all institutions where quality is never in question, and if you doubt the staying power of his brand, look no further than Delmonico Steakhouse, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It’s a steakhouse experience to remember, excelling in every department.

Its impeccably detailed dining room hints at the pleasures to come, and the appetizer list starts things off right with such offerings as apple-cured Kurobota bone-in bacon (drizzled with Abita root beer glaze and served with a pickled watermelon rind) and truffle and Parmesan potato chips.

Pairing these with a cocktail is practically mandatory, and Delmonico’s menu groups its cocktails according to your preference. Want something refreshing? How about a Strawberry Fields, featuring strawberry-infused gin, wild cherry aperitif, basil syrup, lemon and soda? Maybe you want something strong? Try the Black Magic, Sazerac rye whiskey, dry orange Curacao, Amer aperitif and bitters.

Main courses are definitely meat-forward here, most coming from Creekstone Farms. Highlights include the 16-ounce Prime ribeye, 16-ounce Prime boneless New York Strip and the tournedos “au poivre,” naturally raised Angus petit filet medallions. But you can satisfy your seafood craving with crispy skin Scottish salmon or a roasted Maine lobster tail or, if your taste leans more toward fowl, the herb-marinated chicken breast. Of the sides available, make sure you try the Delmonico creamed spinach, so decadent you’ll want it all for yourself.

By now, most of you know about the amazing Emeril’s banana cream pie, and we wouldn’t blame you for making this your dessert choice. But pecan pie is a very close second, drizzled with caramel sauce to put it completely over the edge. You may want to try S’mores, made with graham tuile, Venezuelan chocolate ganache and torched vanilla marshmallow.

The Venetian, 702.414.3737

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