Whether one calls them pancakes, hotcakes or flapjacks, there is perhaps no more ubiquitous breakfast food in America than griddled batter. Paper-thin or extra fluffy, with just butter and syrup or any array of toppings, evidence suggests that this form of cooked grain existed even in prehistoric times. In a city like Las Vegas, which is home to hundreds of breakfast spots, where does one go to get the very best? Look no further than these lucky seven.
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The Brass Fork
Part of Palace Station’s ongoing reinvention, The Brass Fork is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and features an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items in addition to its own pastry shop. Debuted in March of 2019, with a menu from Chef Joseph Kudrak, guests here can indulge in a variety of offerings, including funnel cake French toast and miso crab omelets. But for those seeking pancakes, the power move is forgoing the usual in favor of a thick skillet cake topped in peaches, streusel, salted caramel sauce and even ice cream to make it a proper cobbler.
From the day CRAFTkitchen opened it raised the bar for breakfast Valley-wide, and on weekends, the expanded #everchangingbrunch menu from Chef Jaret Blinn rewards guests with new pancakes every seven days. Always offering buttermilk and birthday style, recent creations have included everything from lemon meringue to apple pie and savory versions with bits of bacon. Their servings are described as a “short stack,” but are usually large enough to share. Be sure to call ahead for seating at peak times as this family-friendly Henderson hot spot gets busy.
Always jammed during dinner service, and only somewhat quieter during the day, it was in January that the Italian restaurant from Chef James Trees finally delivered on its promise of weekend brunch. Heavily focused on toast (and rightfully so, considering baker Dylan Jobsz’s house-made sourdough), all but ardent vegans should start with a slice topped in smoked trout or eggs with chorizo. Looking further through the menu, though polenta and pasta should certainly not be missed, Esther’s Kitchen offers airy ricotta pancakes complete with lemon butter and blueberry-hibiscus compote. On occasion, they also offer special variations, such as the sourdough stack with Bananas Foster.
HEXX Kitchen + Bar
Ever since switching over from Sugar Factory in early 2015 the team at HEXX Kitchen + Bar has been outperforming expectations. Best known for an enviable view of the Bellagio Fountains, but no less impressive in terms of cuisine or service, it is from 6 a.m. until midnight that guests pack the place to enjoy creations from Chefs Carlos Buscaglia and Miranda Prince. Offering something for everybody, with plenty of booze as well, we recommend ordering HEXX’s fresh fruit plate to start, particularly as guests will want to save room for choices like cinnaroll waffles and a big stack of carrot cake pancakes with walnuts, cream cheese frosting and maple syrup.
Mr. Lucky’s 24/7
Serving guests at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for two decades it can safely be stated that Mr. Lucky’s is a Las Vegas icon. Located just off the gaming floor, and currently featuring the talents of Chef Chad Castanino, this favorite of concert-goers and the late-night crowd offers both breakfast and “all-day” menus with trusty American fare, plus plenty of innovation as well. From spinach salad to steak frites, don’t sleep on this menu’s savory options, nor on dessert by Mickey Harden. For guests in search of breakfast, though, the Cookies and Cream Pancakes with mascarpone and chocolate cookie pieces warrant undivided attention.
Anyone who knows a thing or two about dining in Las Vegas has likely come across something Chef Antonio Nunez has been a part of, and with he and Chef Scott Commings involved, The Stove is nothing short of fantastic. Open at 7:00 a.m. daily, and having recently added a special “Test Kitchen” on Friday and Saturday evenings, The Stove welcomes guests from all across the valley for creative spins on classic plates, including chilaquiles and benedicts, plus upscale additions such as duck hash and chicken-fried foie gras. Always swinging for the fences, The Stove’s “sweets” include French toast and flapjacks topped in everything from Nobel Syrup to Grand Marnier. For those seeking something truly special, though, the decision comes down to Pecan Pie pancakes or Bananas Foster complete with vanilla ice cream and tableside rum flambé.
Truffles N Bacon Café
Not following a traditional path to success, with the eatery’s first iteration housed within Antiques at the Market, Truffles N Bacon Café has now become a breakfast destination at 8872 South Eastern Ave. Owned and operated by Magnolia Magat and Chef Jackie Lim, diners pack this comfortable Café decorated in local art Wednesday through Monday, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Social media-famous for the 10.5lb “Belly of the Beast” Burger, those not feeding an army will also be more than happy with dishes including the longanisa melt, Spam fries and toasted bread pudding. For guests who love flapjacks, however, the decision between lemon curd and those layered with ube jam, cream cheese, macapuno and young coconut sauce is a tough one.