Although locals often stick to their respective neighborhoods for breakfast, with Henderson inhabitants flocking to CRAFTkitchen and The Stove, while west-siders enjoy Lulu’s Bread and Breakfast or Rosallie, weekends in Vegas are made for brunch. From world-class restaurants like Bardot Brasserie to high quality American fare at HeXX or Yardbird, the possibilities are sometimes overwhelming for tourists and Las Vegans alike. The five eateries below take Saturday and Sunday’s often boozy meal a step further, by not only offering a wide variety of breakfast and lunch specialties, but also doing so in an all-you-can-eat format that goes far beyond the typical buffet.
Best judged as a separate entity from Herringbone’s outstanding dinner service,e the weekend brunch offers a fun experience for persons of all backgrounds without compromising on ingredient quality. Served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays it is on ARIA Resort & Casino’s second floor that guests will find the “Farm Meats Field” concept from Hakkasan Group. Toqued by Chef Marty Red DeLeon Lopez, Herringbone allows guests to pay $69 to access endless amounts of oysters alongside king crab, lobster and shrimp, plus several fresh salads. Whether enjoyed indoors or on the secluded outdoor patio, this brunch offers guests the added bonus of the opportunity to request several plates prepared fresh from the kitchen at no additional cost. Both fish tacos and avocado toast are popular selections, while those seeking sweets will not want to miss orange ricotta chocolate chip pancakes soaked with tree sap.
Featuring the talents of Chef Scott Commings, Freedom Beat can be found on the ground floor of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekends, this 24/7 restaurant becomes one of Sin City’s best dining values. Titling the event “Freedom 2 Brunch” and charging just $24.99 for kitchen-fresh plates delivered by a team of friendly servers, Freedom Beat invites guests to choose from items including Texas French toast, jambalaya or pastrami skillet hash, served in an atmosphere that includes live music. Featuring several televisions displaying a variety of sports, fans of professional or college football would be smart to arrive early for their favorite teams, and may wish to consider bottomless bloody marys or mimosas for just $10 extra.
Smartly designed for Wynn’s elite clientele, La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway’s brunch offers big value for just $42 per person. At this brunch, created by Michael Morton and Chef Billy DeMarco, it is directly across from The Buffet that guests will find the recently renovated space built to resemble a winery tasting room. This brunch is served “butler-style,” and offers some twenty items. While seated on soft sofas or leather chairs, guests will be enticed by everything from veal short ribs to filet mignon benedict and truffle mushroom grits. This brunch is professional in terms of service, and conducive to quiet conversation. One additional bit of advice would be to save some room for dessert, as both Snickers pancakes and the freshly baked cookies are fantastic.
Imported from Southern California, and serving Las Vegas for over a decade, any discussion of Mexican cuisine on The Strip must begin with Border Grill. The brainchild of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, or Too Hot Tamales for Food Network fans, this spot at Mandalay Bay can likely be credited with starting the whole “unlimited small plates” brunch boom. Prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Mike Minor, house-made chips and salsa are followed by the bacon jalapeno PB&J sandwich, BBQ brisket mini tortas and two types of tamales. Not forgetting those with a sweet tooth, Border Grill ensures that every table also starts out with guava empanadas, and should strongly consider finishing with either churro tots or tres leches bread pudding.
Italian restaurant by night, but expanding to an all-you-can-eat collection that is small yet sensational on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Veranda is one Las Vegas’ best, yet under-discussed, values. Priced at just $39 per person, and housed inside the luxurious Four Seasons, guests at Veranda will find both cold and warm selections created to impress, straight from the kitchen of Joel Ott. Quiet and secluded, the entire atmosphere seemingly miles from a slot machine or singing bachelorettes, Veranda boasts salmon that is made on-site, and served with traditional condiments, plus a variety of bagels. For those dining healthy, be sure not to overlook traditional museli or seasonal chia seeds softened by coconut milk. For those in search of gluttony, the made-to-order mini-donuts plus warm mascarpone cheese blintzes are a must.