El Dorado Cantina

El Dorado Cantina

You’ve probably gathered by now that Las Vegas is a peculiar place. (I mean, where else can you spot a gaggle of wild Elvis impersonators?) And despite the obvious attractions like casinos, water shows and drive-through wedding chapels, there’s something that happens here (and, dare I say, stays here?) that is not immediately clear, yet stands above everything else: This town is always open for business.

How many times have you craved street tacos and/or a messy plate of ribs in your hometown, only to realize that it’s one o’clock in the morning and your favorite restaurant has long been closed? Or maybe you love breakfast for dinner, but you can’t find a restaurant that serves all-day breakfast. Here, you’ll never encounter these problems, as there’s plentiful 24-hour dining options.

Perhaps the most recognized 24-hour joint on the Strip is Hash House A Go Go (The Linq Hotel, 702.254.4646). Its style of “twisted farm food” was featured on Man v. Food, where host Adam Richman took on the mammoth sage fried chicken Benedict, which is served on a fresh biscuit. But if you’re in the mood for something else, don’t worry, because the menu is huge. With over 80 items, you can try other country classics like a flapjack (which is literally the size of a pizza), fried green tomatoes or chicken pot pie.

Moving off the Strip, Lucky Penny (Palms, 702.953.7682) is another great option. Bright lighting and neutral décor set the tone for classic meals with modern twists. Vegetarians will be pleased by the waffle-grilled cheese, which is crunchy on the outside, then gooey and savory on the inside. It also comes with a small side of tomato soup–perfect for dunking. Other highlights include the chicken fried steak and eggs, and wok-charred Brussels sprouts. Top off your meal with the Oreo-M-G shake.

If you’re looking for a hidden gem, El Dorado Cantina (3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, 702.722.2289) nearly takes the term literally, as it is next door to Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club. Though it’s in one of the unlikeliest spots, the restaurant serves some of the most authentic Mexican food in town. Not only do the street tacos, tableside guacamole, ghost chili salsa and Mexican corn taste great, but you’ll likely feel great about eating here. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, and all of their ingredients are carefully sourced, with their animal products free of antibiotics, pesticides and steroids. If that wasn’t enough, they also have over 100 tequilas on hand.

But maybe you’re with a group and you want to kick back, enjoy a nice whiskey and nosh on upscale bar food. Look no further than Rock & Reilly’s (3743 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.805.2777). The bar takes on the personality of its fictional mascot, Reilly, a patch-eyed Irishman who illegally distributed whiskey during Prohibition and inspired rock ’n’ roll through his edgy attitude. Beyond that, however, the Irish hangout is a cozy, inviting atmosphere for those who want to have meaningful moments with friends. Sip on a beer concoction like the Belgian brunette, a mixture of Guinness and Stella Artois, and munch on Irish nachos or the bingo wings, which are tossed in Reilly’s whiskey barbecue sauce.

Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny

Though all good things come to an end, they don’t necessarily have to at Citizens Kitchen & Bar (Mandalay Bay, 702.693.8300). Classics like the disco fries, a gooey combo of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, gravy and bacon layered over waffle fries, are served around the clock. And though they’re known for their late-night menu, brunch is also a solid option here. Try their take on the bloody Mary, garnished with shrimp, beef jerky and a giant crab leg.