Zagat-Rated French Cuisine
Lauded for its brunch—which CBS Las Vegas listed as one of the best in the area—Master Chef Alex Stratta and Executive Chef Jose Aleman oversee the French-influenced Sunday morning fare at Marche Bacchus French Bistro. Dotted with offerings such as classic quiche lorraine and croque madame, the Zagat-rated cuisine is an off-the-strip favorite among locals. It's even owned by a local couple who took the restaurant over from the original owners in 2007.
A Short Trip, Worlds Away
Though it's just a short ride from the Vegas strip, Marche Bacchus French Bistro "feels worlds away," according to USA Today's 10Best. Situated on the shores of Lake Jacqueline, the restaurant's breezy patio is dotted with lush palm trees and looks out over the sparkling water, while inside leans upscale with crisp white tablecloths under a dramatic chandelier.
The Wine Shop
Before heading to a table, visit the wine shop. There, guests find more than 950 labels to choose from—all of which can be enjoyed inside the restaurant for a $10 corkage fee. On Saturdays, drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to take part in a wine tasting; pours vary from week to week and follow themes such as varietal, region, and top 10 lists.
Tenaya Creek's impressive beer list includes a Gold Medal Pilsner that was champion in the 2002 Great American Beer Festival for its authentic adherence to European style. Though taps frequently rotate to keep brews seasonally fresh, current options include barleywine, which carries a strength and sophistication comparable to its grapevined cousin, wine, and a hop ride IPA, loaded with Ahtanum, Challenger, and Chinook hops. Choose any brews on tap to fill your flight, then grab two pint-sized servings of whatever you liked best.
Swish Japanese Hot Pot's expert chefs stir up the sushi-centric notion of authentic Japanese dining with a full menu of shabu-shabu—a savory hot pot of delicate cuts of meat and veggies with dipping sauce—as well as traditional sukiyaki, a slightly sweeter hot pot. Diners begin nourishing journeys by investigating the tidy selection of sushi rolls, which keep seafoodies' hunger tides receding with options such as the rainbow roll ($12.95) and the Hot Night roll, a tasty cooperation of shrimp tempura, cucumber, masago, spicy tuna, eel sauce ($11.95), and lightly seared darkness. Once stomachs are properly warmed up, they can test their endurance by digesting larger dishes, including Chicken Fiesta sukiyaki ($12.95 for 6 oz., $16.95 for 8 oz.), prime-rib shabu-shabu ($14.95 for 6 oz., $18.95 for 8 oz.), or 6-ounce dishes of seafood shabu-shabu ($23.95).
21 Restaurant & Lounge not only embraces a late-night hotspot's hours – 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. – but also its club-like ambiance. According to Las Vegas CityLife, internal LED lights lend 21's clear white tables a "sci-fi vibe." More earthly sights arrive on 21's Korean small plates, from spicy rice-cake skewers and sea snails mixed with veggies to what CityLife considers "perfectly fried" wings.
An extensive selection of beer complements feasts, as does soju, a Korean liquor served solo or mixed into fruity cocktails. By 2 a.m., 21 transforms from club-like to full-on club with bottle service and live entertainment in the form of DJs, karaoke singers, and a guy who can go a full minute without blinking.
If you couldn’t tell, the name Blueberry Hill Family Restaurant is a nod to a Fats Domino rock n’ roll hit of the 1950s, though the family-owned and operated Las Vegas eatery is a bit of a throwback itself. Located on the southwest corner of Charleston and Decatur in a strip mall largely dominated by a dollar store, Blueberry Hill has been a cheap, accessible dining mainstay for locals since 1987, with several locations in the Vegas Valley. The Decatur outpost is open 24 hours a day, serving up wide-ranging comfort food on a menu that spans breakfast, lunch and hearty dinner items all day long. No matter what you end up ordering, be sure to bring an appetite, as the entrées tend to be as tall and thick as the menu. Or grab a cup of black coffee and relax at your diner-style booth while all that food settles.