Las Vegas restaurants are taking comfort food to a whole new level. Here’s where to get your fix.
When you’re craving comfort with an upscale twist, try the grilled cheese sliders at Culinary Dropout.
Carson Kitchen Carson Kitchen’s menu is just as inviting as its dining room (think communal seating and reclaimed-wood accents), meaning you’ll want to settle in for a medley of shareable finger foods, such as baguette slices slathered with bacon jam, gyro tacos, and crispy fried chicken skins dipped in smoked honey. Just be sure to leave room for dessert: For its decadent bread pudding, the restaurant sources glazed doughnuts from next door’s O Face Doughnuts. 124 S. Sixth St., 702-473-9523
Culinary Dropout The brunch menu at Hard Rock’s ultrahip gastropub is a comfort-food smorgasbord all its own—breakfast burritos and Cap’n Crunch– encrusted French toast are just the beginning—but nighttime is when Culinary Dropout really plays with the classics. Its house-made potato chips and grilled cheese sliders are the stuff of legend, but you can’t go wrong with warm pretzel bites served alongside a vat of provolone fondue. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 702-522-8100
Eat The Downtown restaurant Eat serves home-style breakfast and lunch standards made with love, including golden-brown pancakes topped with chicken-apple sausage and maple syrup, shrimp po’boys, and authentic Reuben sandwiches. And with dishes like hearty black bean chili, veggie burgers, and tofu scrambles peppered with wild mushrooms, green onions, and chive potatoes also on the menu, even vegetarians can take comfort in chef Natalie Young’s offerings. 707 Carson St., 702-534-1515
Made L.V. It’s tough to deny the allure of black truffle cheese fondue, bacon cheddar biscuits, and made-to-order sticky buns. From the ramped-up macaroni and cheese, accented by burnt pork ends and a cracker crumb crust, to the double-stack burger with house-made steak sauce, Made L.V. is the place to go for culinary Americana that strikes the perfect balance between familiarity and experimentation. Leave room for seconds. 450 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-722-2000
Pizza Rock When you find yourself with the kind of craving that only something as substantial as deep-dish pizza can satisfy, head to Downtown’s Pizza Rock, where the Detroit Red Top arrives with buttertoasted edges after being cooked in authentic steel pans from the Motor City. But don’t disregard the rest of the menu: With an award-winning Cal Italia pie made with Gorgonzola, fig preserve, and prosciutto, plus calzones and calamari, this is one selection not to be missed. 201 N. Third St., 702-385-0838
Tom’s Urban The latest culinary venture from Smashburger founder Tom Ryan, Tom’s Urban gives time-honored favorites an international spin, like Southern-style pulled-pork sandwiches and Angus beef burgers topped with generous helpings of green chili, queso fresco, and pico de gallo. A small-plates menu includes Buffalo chicken and filet mignon sliders and several variations on street tacos, while three on-site bars serve up cocktails and craft beers. New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 702-740-6766
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Even the fries at Yardbird come sprinkled with bacon salt. But if you’re looking for something heartier and a bit more filling on this Miami transplant’s menu, opt for dishes like the fried green tomato BLT, topped with cured pork belly and house-made pimento cheese, or the chicken and waffles with honey hot sauce and spiced watermelon. Still hungry? Also on the menu are slow-cooked pork ribs, shrimp and grits, and five-cheese macaroni. Venetian, 702-297-6541