As the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas offers foodies a metaphorical buffet of world-class restaurants, celebrity chef one-offs and forward thinking eateries. No matter your taste, there are plenty of white table cloth dining rooms and greasy spoon dives to match it. Check out some of these newly minted restaurants on the Strip, in Downtown Las Vegas and nestled into nearby neighborhoods that make for the perfect pairing with a Maverick Helicopters Vegas Nights flight.
Andre’s Bar & Bistro
André Rochat isn’t exactly the quintessential celebrity chef. He didn’t win some reality television cooking contest. He’s never had his own Food Network segment. He recently told Las Vegas Sun he’s “just a cook.” But for more than 35 years, the Frenchman has helped to evolve and guide the local fine dining scene, beginning with his first restaurant, Andre’s, which opened in 1980 in a renovated Downtown Las Vegas home. His newest endeavor, Andre’s Bar & Bistro, is a nod to those humble beginnings and worth the drive out to the suburbs.
The Kitchen at Atomic
Interestingly enough, Atomic Liquors, a downtown staple and the city’s oldest free-standing bar, originally opened in 1945 under the moniker Virginia’s Café. However, wartime food rationing and the overwhelming popularity of the joint’s “Atomic Cocktails” turned the business into strictly a watering hole. Decades later, the local favorite has returned to its roots. The Kitchen at Atomic is led by former Bali Hai Golf Club head chef, Josh Horton, and features a menu of creative bar food items such as Mama John’s mac bites with poached lobster, roasted peppers and a gruyere béchamel.
Sugarcane Raw Bar
Sugarcane Raw Bar, a Miami import, recently opened inside The Venetian. It’s the perfect spot to satisfy a hankering for rum and bivalves. The $100 shellfish tower and a couple of delicious rum cocktails, such as the beet-infused mojito, are just what you need to start the night off right. The happy hour menu, available between 4 and 7 p.m., includes standouts like the pig ear pad Thai and $1.50 oysters. The conclusion of Sugarcane’s happy hour conveniently coincides with our complimentary transportation from The Venetian to our plush Las Vegas Boulevard helicopter terminal for your evening flight.
Authentic but not traditional, Zuma, inside The Cosmopolitan, offers foodies beautiful Strip views and an izakaya style of dining, meaning it’s the type of place perfect for casual, after-work drinking. The dishes, designed to be shared, boast bold and intense flavors with a simple presentation. The rib eye steak with wafu sauce and garlic chips is just the right amount of filling with a unique taste. Chefs manning the robata grill expertly plate delicacies such as the salt grilled European seabass with spicy burnt tomato. True beef aficionados would do well to sample the Japanese A5 wagyu beef served with a tahoon aioli and chili daikon ponzu.
Don’t you just love when two seemingly unrelated passions come together in unexpected ways? Evel Pie is a slick Downtown Las Vegas mashup of tasty pizza and Evel Knievel. The World Famous Snake River Special is 20 inches of rattlesnake sausage, caramelized onion and roasted red pepper lovin’. Evel Pie’s East Fremont location and $5 draft beer and slice of cheese pizza combo make it the perfect pit stop during downtown bar hopping. Tattoos and leather are encouraged.
Your scenic helicopter flight over the Las Vegas Strip is a special occasion that deserves an equally great dinner pairing. Whatever your culinary preferences, there are plenty of place to eat in Las Vegas guaranteed to satisfy. Be sure to also check out our recent posts on cheap eats and taco Tuesdays in Vegas. Do you have a must-visit restaurant in Vegas? Share it with us on Facebook!