Now that we can move around more freely, it’s the perfect time to try out some restaurants you might not have gotten to back in 2020. With triple-digit temperatures, you’ll want to stay indoors, and these spots are the perfect places to enjoy your meal and beat the heat.
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
Burgers may be a year-round favorite, but burgers are especially delicious in the summer. Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews in Town Square Las Vegas offers over 50 different kinds of burgers in a variety of sizes and tastes. If you’re not quite in the mood for a burger, never fear. Sickies Garage also offers wings with over two dozen sauce options.
Block 16 Urban Food Hall
If you’re looking to taste the best eats in America, Block 16 Urban Food Hall at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the place to go. This isn’t your average food hall—many of the locations are famed eats from other cities. Try some of the best hot chicken at Hattie B’s from Nashville. Enjoy the donuts and Vietnamese coffee on tap at District Donuts. Sliders. Brews. from New Orleans. You can eat your way around America with the delicious offerings at Block 16 Urban Food Hall.
When it comes to steakhouses, STK Steakhouse at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is definitely one of the most stylish. Providing a more lounge-like atmosphere, ST Steakhouse serves up nightly dinner, weekend brunch (I recently attended a hosted media tasting and the brunch menu was imaginative and delicious), and a cocktail hour menu of $7 items—a great way to try out some of the restaurant’s appetizers on a budget. Feeling like a splurge? STK Steakhouse also has a fantastic chef’s tasting menu for a cool $175 per person.
You might not expect to find stunning murals and superb cuisine in the same place, but Casa Calavera inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas provides both. The restaurant is pure Instagram heaven, but that doesn’t mean it lags in the food department. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner along with brunch on Sundays. On a budget? Check out the Taco Tuesday promos and the Mi Casa Su Casa happy hour for discounted food and beverage items.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse is one of the best, with two locations in town regarding off-Strip steakhouses. With online ordering, curbside pick-up and delivery options (via Uber Eats and DoorDash), it’s also a very accessible option. Though the restaurant is primarily known for its fantastic steak options, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse also has a great plant-based menu, so everyone in your group can find something they’ll love. If you’re dining with a group, consider the “Fleming’s for the Family” option, which has three courses for $60 per person.
Smith & Wollensky
Located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes, Smith & Wollensky has been a Las Vegas favorite for many years (its previous location near MGM Grand was somewhat ironic). Stop by for lunch or dinner or enjoy a cocktail in the restaurant’s art deco bar. Smith & Wollensky is perfect for any group size, from intimate dinners for two to large gatherings of over 400 guests. If you’d rather enjoy your meal at home, the restaurant offers the S&W At Home program Wednesday through Sunday—order for pick-up or delivery, and your feast is cold-packed to be heated at home.
Sparrow + Wolf
Owner and chef Brian Howard designed Sparrow + Wolf to be a shareable dining experience among friends and family. The comfortable atmosphere certainly complements the concept, and the menu is full of great options for the whole table to enjoy, such as the grass-fed beef tartare or the Spanish octopus roll. If you’re celebrating, the chef’s tasting menu is a great way to enjoy some of the best menu items the kitchen has to offer. The restaurant also offers pantry items for pick-up that you can order online so you can elevate your home cooking.
The extensive menu at Burnt Offerings has something for everyone. The restaurant dubbed “where foodies dine” dine has various fun flavors like the shredded BBQ brisket nachos and quinoa varnishkes, along with high-end options like the tomahawk rib-eye and the baby lamb chops. You’ll find plenty of vegan options here as well, in addition to multiple family meal options in case you want to enjoy your meal at home.
Ellis Island BBQ
BBQ and beer often go hand in hand, so Ellis Island BBQ is a perfect spot for both. Ellis Island is known for its fantastic in-house brewery, and casual eateries and the BBQ here is no exception. The menu is small, with only rib and chicken options served with several sides; however, the BBQ here is award-winning, so you know you’re getting the good stuff. Make sure to get a sitter for the kids since Ellis Island BBQ is for diners 21 and over only.
This small local chain can be found all around the Las Vegas Valley (the fourth location is coming soon to Henderson). With an extensive Vegan section and exotic nacho varieties (like the Thai chicken nachos), Nacho Daddy is a perfect spot for date nights, large groups and sports fans (the VGK Nachos are a stand-out local favorite). If you’re not into nachos, don’t worry. The extensive menu has a variety of entrees and appetizers for every palate.