Celebrity chefs bring flair to the Las Vegas Strip
Beware of Celine Dion, Cher and Donny & Marie – some other popular stars caused a sensation in Sin City. Over the past decade, some of the biggest names in the culinary world have flocked to the Las Vegas Strip to open some of the nation’s most renowned destination restaurants. These chefs have brought innovation, creativity and indulgent offerings to Las Vegas, helping to enhance the Las Vegas experience for tourists. From brunch to happy hour to dinner options – we’ve rounded up the best of the best to fill the stomach and feed the soul on the Las Vegas Strip.
Tapas’ Til You Tap Out at Border Grill Unlimited Brunch
Border Grill @ Mandalay Bay
LGBTQ lawyer and celebrity chef Susan Feniger has fully embraced the forgiving nature of Las Vegas. Border Grill, a modern Mexican restaurant in Mandalay Bay that it owns with chef Mary Sue Milliken offers carefully selected seasonal dishes. The restaurant recently revamped an already mouth-watering list of unlimited brunch menu items. Feniger decided she wanted to take that indulgent vibe up a few notches, but keep the restaurant aligned with her sophisticated vision of dining. “When we started this it felt like we were competing with the buffets in Vegas,” she shares. “We felt like we could do the same, but cook food to order so that it was fresh, interesting, not in a steam table and so we could ask a chef to cook it fresh. It also comes out at different times, so it’s not all stacked on one plate, ”she continues.
Border Grill’s expanded menu features everything from hash and short ribs, diablo fried chicken, lobster cachapas and more. Feniger’s menu also includes a variety of brunch libations, including two of his favorite drinks. “I love it, I love our Café de Lola with rum or Kahlua,” she shares. “I also love mezcal, so El Mezcalero is awesome. You get the smoke of mezcal, the spiciness of passion fruit, and a bit of coconut sweetness. Or give me one or two spiky and bloody Maria’s, ”she laughs. Feniger sought to truly create a warm and indulgent atmosphere after a tumultuous time in the world. She says, “We wanted to have this killer menu that would make people feel fed and fed – even overfed! Nothing is more heartwarming than hanging out, eating, drinking and relaxing after a year and a half of exhausting. Obviously, it works for Feniger – Border Grill has been voted Best Brunch on the Strip for several years.
The happiest hour in a cocktail garden fit for a queen
Vanderpump Cocktail Garden @ Caesars Palace
Reality star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump personifies indulgence with fabulous flair. British expatriate and LGTBQ advocate rose to fame on hit show Bravo The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where she showcased her PUMP and SUR food and drink hot spots in the heart of “Boys Town” in West Hollywood. When Las Vegas came to the door to sample LVP in the form of a cocktail garden, she responded. “It is such an honor that Caesars Palace asked us to partner with them in this endeavor – we were thrilled to be part of the Caesars family,” said Vanderpump. “We have created a unique and decadent space with a majestic atmosphere where guests can relax in a sexy garden oasis. From the design and ambiance (with the amazing lighting, fixtures and furnishings by Nick Alain) to the selection of light snacks and cocktails, I’m proud of what we’ve created and hope everyone will enjoy the experience as much as we do, ”she added. .
Guests can sip the menu during happy hour while enjoying the beautiful interior patio featuring an al fresco style garden with 16 feet. olive trees and eccentric lights. The LVP Experience includes a cocktail list that focuses on handcrafted cocktails with tongue-in-cheek names. Lisa’s sassy cachet is clear on her sumptuous libations like The Checkmate Bitch: hot Stoli vodka, Chacho jalapeno vodka, fresh pineapple, grapefruit liqueur, citrus vanilla, bitter angostura and pink berries. Other options include Please Her, Caesar! : Vanderpump vodka, rosé champagne, blackberry, elderflower, lemon, aquafaba and Matcha Matcha Man: Vanderpump vodka, matcha, fresh mint, lemon, ginger liqueur, aquafaba. The menu also offers light bites to balance alcoholic drinks. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden even has a delicious drink list to end the night with their “Naughty Nightcaps” portion of the drink list.
Las Vegas loves Lisa Vanderpump so much that they are opening a new outlet, Vanderpump in Paris at the end of 2021. We say Yes Yes to more LVP in Sin City.
A Taste of the Amalfi Coast by Bobby Flay
Amalfi @ Caesars Palace
Darling Food Network Bobby Flay love all that is in Italy. The chef and co-host of the program Découverte Plus Bobby and Giada in Italy loves southern Italy so much that he decided to bring the whole Amalfi Coast experience to the Las Vegas Strip with his new restaurant, Amalfi. “Opening Amalfi at Caesars Palace allowed me to show my passion for the Amalfi Coast and the fresh flavors the region is known for,” said Flay. “Our team has created an amazing experience that brings everything I love from the Amalfi Coast to the Las Vegas Strip, from the various seating areas and coastal cocktails, to the fresh fish market and all the seasonal flavors we have. let’s present to the menu. We have already been blown away by the response from the guests, which makes me incredibly proud and excited for everything that lies ahead, ”he added.
Upon entering the restaurant, guests are transported to the Amalfi Coast with a design comprised of a natural palette and touches of greenery, organic fabrics, wood and stone, and colorful limestone mosaic flooring. The main dining room has a large ceiling display of various wines and a lively open kitchen. Guests can open their pallets with an Amalfi Spritz – an updated and more sophisticated version of the Aperol Spritz with Selim Spumante, Cappelletti Aperitivo and sparkling water. After a spritz or a glass of prosecco, guests can feast on tasty and light antipasti like shellfish frito misto with Meyer lemon aioli and pistachio pesto or charred octopus with burnt orange pancetta. Amalfi’s focal point is the display of fresh fish and seafood run by a fishmonger who can share all the details about the fish on display. Customers can choose from the wide selection, including golden snapper, red snapper, black bass, branzino, Carabinero shrimp, among others. Then customers can decide how they want to prepare the fresh fish – grilled over charcoal or roasted al forno and served with the choice of Meyer lemon and capers, red pepper and Calabrian pesto or salsa verde. . Gourmet desserts like tiramisu and sorbets are the perfect complement to a decadent dining experience.
After a dinner in Amalfi, the guests love that Bobby loves everything about Italy.
A classic steakhouse with a gangster touch
Bugsy and Meyer’s Steakhouse @ Flamingo
Bugsy and Meyer’s is the place to taste old-school Las Vegas and contemporary steakhouse. The name pays homage to the founders of the Flamingo Hotel Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his business partner Meyer Lansky, who opened the first resort-style hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in 1946. The restaurant’s decor features bright colors. and vibrant with an Art Deco twist designed by the one and only Jonathan Adler with help from Chicago-based Studio K Creative. The restaurant offers half a dozen experiences for guests – a patio and lounge, a central bar, a raw bar, three private dining rooms, a main dining room, and a sweatshop – The Count Room.
The indulgent steakhouse has a built-in show cooler with the decadent on-site dry-aged steak program. Customers can choose from a variety of hand-selected cuts, including domestic first choice, wet aging, dry aged first, imported wagyu and more. Additions for the steaks include Lobster Tail, Alaskan King Crab, Foie Gras, B&M Langoustines, and Point Reyes Cheese Fondue. And what’s a steak dinner without a few overkill side dishes? Bugsy and Meyer’s has no shortage of gourmet side dishes like truffle mashed potatoes, lobster macaroni and cheese and The Heater – a potato with white cheddar cheese, homemade sausage and caramelized onions. The cocktail menu offers classic cocktails and several rum drinks, one of the favorite spirits of the 1940s. A guest favorite is The Jungle Bird made from Cruzan Black Strap rum, Campari, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup with a pineapple wedge and a leaf. After dinner, you can enjoy desserts like the Big Apple, made with caramelized apples, soft caramel, hazelnut coffee crumble and a white chocolate and yuzu mousse. Or skip dessert and live your best Las Vegas life and order a drink or two from the old-fashioned part of the drink menu.
There will be no play with your taste buds at Bugsy and Meyer – you will leave feeling like the gangster that you are.
Last modification: October 1, 2021