These restaurants offer Thanksgiving menus for all types of diners, from (Las) vegans to paleos.
Even Thanksgiving turkey can be improved with bacon, especially for those following a paleo diet.
Chef Mark Purdy has designed a Thanksgiving menu with vegetarians in mind, featuring a variety of antioxidant-rich superfoods like cranberries and avocados. The Michelin-starred restaurant will offer a five-course prix-fixe dinner, and each course has at least one vegetarian-friendly plate. Mouthwatering creations like a caramelized onion and white truffle panna cotta, vegetable and potato empanadas with piquillo pepper purée and avocado mousse, and spicy tofu with tempura vegetables and puffed rice will convince even the most ardent carnivore to forgo the turkey. Palms Casino Resort, 702-951-7000
Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge
The beloved French restaurant’s six-course holiday meal offers a diverse mix of meat and non-meat dishes, and several of the plates—the grilled Irish salmon or the red and yellow endive salad, for instance—can be easily adapted for paleo diners who’d prefer to abstain from grains, cheeses, and dressings. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can look forward to sampling Gruyère and mushroom ravioli with a celery root purée or vegetable Thermidor with creamed spinach and green beans. Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, 702-798-7151
Aureole Las Vegas
The focus at Aureole is usually on the impressive collection of more than 55,000 wines, but the annual Thanksgiving dinner prepared by chef Vincent Pouessel is sure to snag some attention this November. Traditionalists will find all of the holiday standards; paleo diners can take comfort in a range of farm-fresh sides, seafood dishes, and braised, roasted, and smoked meats; and vegetarians will love the chef’s house-made cavatelli pasta primavera with fairytale pumpkin, as well as roasted Brussels sprouts with black trumpet mushrooms. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7401
Wynn and Encore are respected in foodie circles for a progressive approach to dining, giving extra attention to guests with special diets and sensitivities. This year, several of the hotel’s restaurants are courting vegan and paleo diners with full-scale holiday tasting menus, and the one from chef Mark LoRusso at Botero has us considering a serious lifestyle overhaul, if only for one day. Settle in with a warm bowl of kabocha squash soup, followed by roasted acorn squash with vegetable ratatouille and crispy Gardein “chicken” with vegan cranberry stuffing. And for dessert? Spiced apple pie with bourbon caramel, pecan brittle, and cinnamon toast ice cream. Encore Las Vegas, 702-770-5310
Hecho en Vegas
The Sonoran-style flavors of Northern Mexico give the plates at Hecho en Vegas a distinctive kick, and even the Thanksgiving dishes on offer are getting a boost. Start with a cold glass of vegan horchata, prepared with sweet rice milk, almonds, cinnamon, and vanilla. (Tip: If you add rum, it’ll still be vegan.) Follow it up with the ancho-spiced pumpkin soup, a vegetarian broth garnished with tangy Mexican cream and toasted pepitas, or the enchiladas: oven-warmed corn tortillas filled with a medley of vegetables, including sweet potatoes, chayote squash, zucchini, and corn. MGM Grand, 702-891-3200
Vegas institution Marché Bacchus has long been the spot for an off-Strip Thanksgiving, and the restaurant always takes extra care to incorporate dishes for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-sensitive diners on its holiday menus. A variety of vibrant seasonal salads; seafood such as scallops, pan-seared salmon, and Mediterranean sea bass; and indulgent entrées like veggie lasagna regularly make the rotation, and this year promises to offer even more reasons to loosen your belt. 2620 Regatta Dr., 702-804-8008