With more independent 24/7 eateries than any two American cities combined, it might be said that no one beats Sin City for all-day dining. From PT’s to The Peppermill and Aces and Ales to each Casino’s spin on the concept, neither tourists nor locals will ever lack for something to eat regardless, of location or time. Old or new, north or south, and on Las Vegas Boulevard or Off-Strip, opinions of what is best may vary, but there is no doubt guests of these five establishments will find something delicious.
Locally owned and operated, Blueberry Hill Family Restaurant has likely played host to most Las Vegans at least once. With four locations, spanning from East Flamingo to South Decatur, it is with a focus on diner staples cooked from scratch that this small chain has been working day and night to satisfy hungry patrons since 1987. Known for their buttermilk pancakes, but also offering waffles, omelets and an un-fried monte cristo, breakfast is only one part of Blueberry Hill’s appeal. Additionally selling soup, salad, pasta and specials for seniors, it should come as no surprise that the restaurant’s eponymous fruit is available in a number of forms, the pie frequently selling out early – though the greater prize may just be a streusel-topped muffin warm from the oven.
The Brass Fork
When Station Casinos announced plans to reinvent Palace Station’s Grand Café as The Brass Fork, the stakes were high, but much like the addition of Lucky Penny at The Palms, the payoff is great. Spacious and freshly decorated, it is from a menu of over six dozen plates that guests are invited to pick, and every single one of them is available twenty-four hours a day. From pastries to entrees and coffee to cocktails, the kitchen – led by Chef Efrain Diaz – excels at offering something for everyone, while Corporate Executive Chef Joseph Kudrak’s input is evident with creative plates like funnel cake French toast and crab rangoon flatbread. Dishes are presented in large portions at a fair price. Diners should be sure not to miss a monstrous muffaletta for just $14. For grownups with a sweet tooth, the pineapple upside down “boozy” shake is an indulgence worth the splurge.
El Dorado Cantina
Toqued by Chef Paco, a Mexico City native whose dedication to quality cannot be overstated, El Dorado Cantina is one of those places only Las Vegas could dream up. From its location attached to Sapphires Gentleman’s Club to the organic and non-GMO fare, it would be hard to imagine a more unlikely concept serving some of Las Vegas’ best tacos and enchiladas. Spacious and well appointed, a daily happy hour with $7 food specials and half-priced drinks joining 25%-off for locals on Monday, those seeking a deal are frequently in luck. Whether the meal starts with tableside guacamole or classic aguachiles, the flavors are always on point, and whether vegetarian or not, the chile relleno is considered a signature dish for good reason.
Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop
Although the typical tourist may not think of a 55-year old casino as a place to eat, Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop inside Jerry’s Nugget is the very definition of a “diamond in the rough.” Forever a quintessential hotel eatery, and currently featuring pastries from B&B veteran Chef Douglas Taylor, it is immediately on arrival at any time of day that guests will find smiling servers and the restaurant’s collection of cakes and pies waiting. Beyond the sweets, Chef Todd Patricelli also offers steaks, seafood and a prime rib special with “old Vegas” pricing. Those in the know with nevertheless bring a friend and be sure to finish with the coffee shop’s famous strawberry ring, which stuffed with Bavarian cream beneath a crunchy chocolate shell.
Since it has been serving guests at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for two decades, we can safely say that Mr. Lucky’s is a Las Vegas icon, and with Chef Chad Castanino at the helm, it continues to impress today. The restaurant is decorated with The Ramones and Nirvana, and features overhead music to match. With every item on the menu available 24/7, Mr. Lucky’s invites patrons to start with pork “wings,” sticky with caramelized soy, or the hearty antipasto salad, riddled with olives and salami plus marinated cheese. The house-made bucatini with slowly simmered Bolognese is on par with places charging twice as much. It is from Cookies & cream pancakes from Pastry Chef Mickey Harden offer utmost temptation, while the peanut butter and jelly cream puff takes a childhood favorite to the next level with perfect pastry and smooth ice cream, plus candied popcorn.