Although locals have flocked to places like The Golden Steer and Bob Taylor's Ranch House since Sinatra dominated Las Vegas nightlife The Strip has always been considered one of the best places in America for steak. From Emeril’s Delmonico at The Venetian to Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA and Jose Andres Bazaar Meat nearly every Casino in town offers guests a variety of cuts, and sometimes at prices that topple $50 per ounce. But, with a recent boom in community dining, one need not spend a paycheck (or parking fees) for some delicious grilled beef at these six restaurants:
b.B.d.'s at Palace Station Casino
Touting “Craftsmanship you can taste,” and taking no shortcuts, b.B.d.'s features the talents of Chef Ralph Perrazzo and a team that butchers every one of their steaks on-site. Although an acronym for “beers Burgers desserts,” it is from a range of cuts at great prices that the restaurant serves only USDA Prime beef to build a unique steakhouse menu. Serving everything from a three-pound ribeye to whole spinalis not found anywhere else in town, b.B.d. encourages guests to bring an appetite. The 22oz 60-Day Dry-Aged New York Strip, served with horseradish mashed potatoes and creamed spinach for just $49, is also an unbeatable “dinner for one” bargain.
Kitchen at Atomic
Although Atomic Liquors has existed since 1952, it is far more recently that The Kitchen at Atomic has emerged as a downtown destination. Best classified as “market-driven” in its inspiration, Chef Jackson Stamper took over the kitchen in February and has brought with him a talent for making the most of well-sourced ingredients. Not a steakhouse, and in fact featuring a menu more than 50% vegetarian-friendly, guests will still want to take a look at the $28 hanger steak, served with greens and “burnt orange” vinaigrette, while those eschewing meat will find few things better in town that Chef Stamper’s pan-seared cauliflower “steak.”
Locale Italian Kitchen
Only open since June, Locale Italian Kitchen sets out to explore the sort of food one might find in rural Italy. Owned by Andy Hooper and toqued by Nicole Brisson, diners visiting the Mountain’s Edge neighborhood can expect everything from salads to pastas and pizzas across a menu built from local and imported artisanal ingredients. Known best as the former Executive Chef at Carnevino, it is no surprise that Chef Brisson’s menu frequently veers meaty, and although the beef cheek ravioli is a must, guests should also be on the lookout for specials such as a sharable dry-aged tomahawk from Creekstone Farms, or rarely seen “vintage beef” from Cape Grim in Tasmania.
MB|Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Owned by the Morton family, and occupying a cloistered space just off the gaming floor, MB|Steak remains something of a hidden gem in comparison to other casino steakhouses. Elegant and sexy, with lighting “just so,” it is here that former SW Steakhouse Chef Patrick Anthony Munster has built a sophisticated menu following a decade at Steve Wynn’s crown jewel. Serious about ingredients, but never stuffy in terms of service, it is after cocktails and appetizers that diners are offered a wide variety of USDA Prime choices. Ranging from a 6-ounce filet to the 16-pound “tomahawk feast” there is surely something to please everyone, but for those seeking something truly unique Chef Munster’s 32-ounce Roasted Chili Rub Tomahawk for two is highly recommended.
Considered by some a sushi bar, and by others their local watering hole, it is through a combination of great ingredients, hard work and skill that Other Mama has remained one of the best answers to “Where should I eat Off-Strip?” for nearly 5 years. Easily one of Sin City’s best dollar-for-dollar deals on any given day, it is inside this unimposing place hidden in a strip mall that Dan Krohmer and staff continue to impress guests nightly, with everything from oysters to “Kentucky Fried Lobster.” Taking influences from Korea as well as Japan, but frequently “just cooking what sounds good lately,” Other Mama’s menu includes one item that has sustained the test of time: their Prime NY steak, which spins “steak frites” on its head with waffle fries and miso hollandaise.
Sparrow + Wolf
Never lacking confidence, and hot out the gate with no signs of slowing, Sparrow + Wolf has earned a reputation as one of Las Vegas’ best restaurants regardless of location. Owned by Chef Brian Howard, and defined loosely as offering “American Cookery,” it is surrounded by the influences of Las Vegas’ Chinatown that this upscale-casual kitchen has essentially redefined what is possible Off-Strip since opening. Prone to frequent menu changes, potentially more so than any restaurant in town, Sparrow + Wolf invites guests to savor dishes that frequently marry discrepant ingredients. But for those dining as a party of two or more, there may be no bigger show-stopper than Sparrow + Wolf’s 65-Day Dry Aged Porterhouse basted in miso butter and served with “American banchan.”