Pack your weekender bag and hit the cash machine: Vegas season is here once again. Prepare yourself for action-filled, Red Bull-fueled nights in the casino followed by sun-soaked, screwdriver-sipping mornings at the pool. Catch a show, play some golf, do some shopping: Las Vegas has something for everyone. And that’s especially true when it comes to dining.
With that in mind, here are three of the best bets in town: a French bistro on the mid-Strip Linq promenade; high-end Beijing cuisine up a private elevator in a swanky casino; and the other, a leather banquette steak joint in the coolest part of downtown. Let’s begin there…
If you haven’t been lately, downtown has created its own unique vibe that is nothing like the Strip, which is about a ten-minute drive away. It feels much farther; as if you’re in a different city entirely. This is the Las Vegas for locals and those in the know. Here, in the heart of “Old” Las Vegas at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, you’ll find everyone’s favorite: Triple George Grill.
Renowned for power lunches and happy hour martinis, Triple George Grill serves traditional American classics with a modern touch. It’s surf ‘n’ turf at its finest. Executive Chef Rhori Kow relies on simplicity and masterful execution, allowing his ingredients to shine. The result is a steak that you find yourself reminiscing about days, weeks, even months later.
The cocktails are exceptional and made with attention to detail. And it’s a good list of classics and modern twists. The wine list, as you’d expect in a good steakhouse, is highlighted by some California gems, as well as some Old World must-haves. Triple George features an elegant sit-around bar with televised sports and is a destination in itself.
Located in a futuristic-like space accessed by a secretive private elevator off the Caesars Palace casino floor
is the famed Mr. Chow. This minimalist dining room overlooks the oasis-style pool and features a giant chandelier that turns into a light show now and then.
The coolest aspect of this uber-cool see-and-be-seen establishment, however, is the Champagne cart that wheels around throughout the room with choices like Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and Krug Grande Cuvée.
Mr. Chow’s sumptuous Beijing cuisine is designed to be enjoyed family style. Make sure someone orders the famous green prawns, which derive their color by being bathed in spinach. If you’re feeling decadent, try the Lobster Three Ways. Or if you’re in the mood for a signature dish, enjoy the succulent Beijing duck. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with Grand Marnier-soaked oranges.
Where else but The Linq promenade can you find a Ferris wheel, zip line, music venue, comedy club, casino, pub crawl, and patio restaurants in an open-air environment? The outdoor promenade, next door to the Flamingo Hotel, even has an In-N-Out Burger. But for a francophile foodie, the star of the scene is Favorite Bistro.
The spacious bistro is a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of the bustling hot spot. And while there’s a French bent to the joint, the pizza steals the show and the four-cheese is the chief thief. Don’t miss the opportunity to start with an order of escargot though.
There are a lot of pubs, bars, and taverns in this pedestrian-friendly stretch of sidewalk in which to grab a drink but if you want a world-class cocktail, this is the place. I highly recommend the Champs Elysees, which complements the escargots nicely, just FYI.
There used to be nothing to eat in Las Vegas. Now, the problem is that there are too many options. It’s important to know where to go to make the most of your appetite. So, if you’re looking for a winning hand, you now have three of a kind. Cheers.