Rock & Rita's, touted as "all fun" by Las Vegas Magazine, houses a bevy of cooks who sizzle up barbecue grub as bottle-twirling bartenders serve cool drinks amid psychedelic décor. The restaurant's philly cheesesteak "is a beauty," according to Las Vegas Magazine, sending taste buds into nostalgic revelry with a down-home blend of Cheez Whiz and paper-thin beef. Icy draft beers, well drinks, and 44-ounce fishbowl beverages fill the full bar, fashioned from a large prismatic bus, and bartenders toss bottles, juggle glasses, and balance barstools while pouring drinks and reciting the list of past mayoral candidates from memory. Rock & Rita's showcases karaoke on Thursdays and live-music entertainment on various nights throughout the week.
H & H BBQ's welcoming walk-up window erupts with a bounty of freshly fried fish, classic Southern sides, and barbecued meats that are smoked on-site. Fluffy sandwich bread cushions mounds of beef brisket, pulled pork, or catfish, while the savory juices from ox tails and pork chops smother piles of rice. Side dishes such as ranch beans, collard greens, and fried okra also flow out of this casual barbecue joint, where a no-frills exterior belies the complexity of the flavors within.
Las Vegas Weekly describes Black Mountain Grill’s 24-hour hangout as "chalet-like"—a worthy attempt to capture the idiosyncratic vibe of a restaurant that boasts a brick fireplace, island bar, outdoor patio, and sequestered loft. The aromas of certified Angus steaks, baby back ribs, and flavorful pastas waft from the open kitchen during the dinner rush, which gives way to a late-night crowd that takes its place among the deep, leather chairs of the island bar and delights in a delectable cross section of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. Black Mountain Grill keeps the gaming spirit alive throughout the day with a selection of Game King video-poker games and a slot-machine meal selector that serves only cherries, apples, and bananas.
Ten years ago, executive-chef Craig “Andy” Beardslee and pal Johnny Rivera set out to bring country-style cooking to an urban environment. Today, the duo’s award-winning eatery Hash House A Go Go has expanded from its original San Diego home into five Vegas locations, including a spot inside The M Resort Spa & Casino Las Vegas. Drawing from his work with agriculture and livestock, chef Beardslee kicks up house-made farm favorites, adding innovative flavors to fried chicken, french toast, and meatloaf recipes. The generously portioned entrees pair well with creative concoctions, such as a BLT bloody mary, a far more successful drink than its predecessor, the grilled-cheese martini.
Anchoring the south end of the Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay offers myriad experiences from a large gaming floor to a comfortable sports book for serious bettors to a wide variety of dining options, from fancy Aurole to funky Rx Boiler Room. Within its breezy, tropical-inspired design, weary travelers can also find a spacious spa and singular Mandalay Beach swim and sun area, with raucous wave pool and relaxing lazy river. Rooms are bright and modern, but cozy, with pillow top beds and large bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Entertainment experiences include the Cirque du Soleil production Michael Jackson ONE, rotating rock, pop and roots headliners at House of Blues, state-of-the-art LIGHT nightclub and outdoor DAYLIGHT beach club. During the summer, acts also perform at Mandalay Beach. The property connects to three other hotels – Four Seasons, THEhotel (set to be rebranded as The Delano) and Luxor via Mandalay Place shops.
As Dion Katsoris learned how to craft gyros and souvlaki from his Grecian-born parents on the north side of Chicago, Michael Mortensen mastered Mamma Calasse’s homemade meatball on Taylor Street, the main drag of Little Italy in Bridgeport. Though the Chicago natives relocated to Las Vegas as strangers, they bonded faster than crayons left in the sun over a shared love of the Windy City, particularly its sports teams. The duo remains divided on which baseball team reigns supreme—the White Sox or the Cubs—but, to local eaters’ delight, they agree on treating Sin City to a menu of their childhood eats at Taste A Chi-Town Eatery. They pay homage to their Midwestern hometown with deep-dish pizzas and hearty Vienna beef hot dogs on pretzel buns; a page of pitas and souvlaki plates is dedicated solely to Dion’s Greek roots and the Mount Olympus officials that frequent the eatery for business lunches.