The foodie-friendly hangout inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is known for its smaller bites, all of which pair exceptionally well with the selection of craft cocktails and specialty beers on tap. Our favorites are the grilled cheese sliders: warm, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of buttered sourdough bread, crispy bacon, tomato, and creamy cheddar. 4455 Paradise Road, 702-522-8100
A relative newcomer to the Vegas dining scene, Made L.V. takes comfort-food classics to a higher level. You can’t go wrong with one of the menu’s hearty plates, but we recommend sampling the zesty mac and cheese made with a blend of four cheeses, burnt pork tips, and peas, then topped with a Ritz-Cracker crust for added crunch. 450 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-722-2000
Rebellious, unexpected, and unabashedly delicious, chef Kerry Simon’s menu at Carson Kitchen makes a major statement. If you’re looking to push the boundaries, try the short rib sliders, which get a serious flavor boost from a root-beer glaze and crispy onions.
In the mood for something sweeter? Don’t even hesitate to order the restaurant’s legendary bread pudding, an irresistible dessert that leverages the sweetness of O Face Doughnuts from the shop next door, three-rum caramel, and vanilla crème Anglaise. 124 S. Sixth St., 702-473-9523
Public House recently rolled out a new seasonal menu, and the star dish on its list of appetizers is a Southern-style poutine that combines French fries with duck confit, cheese curds, and gravy. Hungrier than usual? Finish it off with a fried egg for an extra $2.50. 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-407-5310
The fried chicken at Honey Salt is a local favorite, and there’s no better time than fall to settle in for a plate. Molasses-brined, buttermilk-dipped, and seasoned to perfection, this is one dish that merits a cheat day—plus, it’s served with fresh slaw and a brioche roll. 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-445-6100