In Las Vegas there are more dining options to tempt your taste buds than there are hours in the day. The city’s world-class hotels are all outfitted with high-end eateries, and many are famous of their own accord. Whether you’re visiting Sin City on a budget and aren’t looking to break the bank or are looking to splurge on a meal with that special someone, leave the stress of where to dine to us and chow down like a Vegas veteran at these gay-tested and foodie-approved restaurants.
Located inside Planet Hollywood, this Gordon Ramsay joint is the place to go for mouth-watering gourmet burgers. Take the farm burger, for instance, with a beef patty and decadent duck bacon—two flavors you may have never tried together but are sure to love. Even better, Ramsay’s burgers pair well with his “fusion shakes”—two desserts fused into one, milkshake on the bottom and another dessert, like pudding, on top. Burgr will sate your caveman hunger and your sweet tooth.
Hands down the city’s best artisan pizza shop, you’ll find Project Pie in Vegas’ Star Lane Shops. The menu has a few pre-designed pizzas, though you’ve really come here to design your own. Start by choosing a regular or gluten-free crust (Do they know their gay clientele, or what?), select a sauce, then ponder over a selection of cheeses and pizza toppings (roasted red peppers or crumbled meatballs—oh, the choices!) Those on a health kick can opt for the Pizza Salad—mixed greens topped with chicken, gorgonzola, mozzarella, tomatoes and olive oil on top of pizza dough.
Mon Ami Gabi
The perfect date night will take you to the streets of Paris (Las Vegas Hotel and Casino). This classic French bistro will inspire an evening of love, wines and gourmet foods. Let your taste buds journey through the menu’s selection of classic French dishes, like filet mignon au poivre, mussels marinière and chicken grand-mère. Ask your waiter for suggestions on one of the 80 wines offered that will pair well with your meal. Just remember to dress to impress. You are in Paris, after all.
(by Amanda Salinas)
If you’re up for spending some hard-earned money on a memorable Vegas meal, Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak is a great place to start. Put on your sharpest outfit and head over to MGM Grand for the steakhouse experience of your dreams, where the menu is simple (as it should be) and the ambience is one of leather, metal and wood. Consistently voted one of Vegas’ best spots for carnivores, you can also add on family-style extras to share with the table, from grilled veggies to au gratin potatoes. The service is impeccable here, and the overall experience will leave you talking about your dinner well after your trip is over.
Mr. Lucky’s 24/7
One of the trendiest hotel cafés in Vegas, Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 is located inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Having a late-night craving after dancing til the wee hours? Head on over for breakfast favorites, like a build-your-own omelet, or ask your waiter for the off-menu “777 Special,” where for $7.77 you’ll enjoy steak and shrimp. (It’s one of Sin City’s hardest-to-keep secrets.)
Tacos & Tequila
Feed your SoCal craving for Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine at this delicious Mexico City-inspired boîte inside the Luxor Hotel. There’s a different taco for every taste here—from chicken and pulled pork to carne asada and veggie—and a tequila menu that guarantees a wobbly walk home. For a real treat, pop by on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., for Rock ‘n’ Roll Mariachi Brunch.