The Charcoal Room features top-grade cuts of meat, an extensive wine list, and fresh fish daily. The atmosphere is equal parts fine-dining class and low-key relaxation, like a news anchor whose desk is concealing a pair of sateen parachute pants. Peruse the menu to discover substantial steaks such as the pan-seared bone-in rib eye (22 oz., $32) and petite cuts such as the filet mignon (7 oz., $28). Classic salad styles such as the wedge ($7) or Caesar ($7) are perennially in good taste, complementing meat with the finest of chlorophyll. The boneless baby-back ribs ($10) and lobster mac 'n' cheese ($14) turn the traditionally difficult-to-eat into forkable fare. Since swords themselves always return from the grill too hot to eat, swordfish ($32) makes for a blade-inspired meal not forged by a sweaty blacksmith. Collect a cartel of iron-eaters who prefer their steak prepared on top of more steak and request a corner booth facing the door at The Charcoal Room.
A "Pick of the Week" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, ASCAR Cafe combines a love of automotive sport with some of the best burgers and fried catfish in town. Headlining the menu is the super-charged el camino burger, which piles on american cheese, thousand island dressing, shredded lettuce, and fried onion strings. Seafood items, such as the corvette catfish fillet, arrive fried or blackened with hush puppies and a choice of side like sweet potato nuggets or a slice of cake, though pinstriping will incur an extra charge. Items such as wraps, tacos, and sandwiches round out the offerings, though customers won't want to pass up the shop's signature fries topped with homemade chili and shredded cheese.
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.
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.
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.
Bund Shanghai Restaurant specializes in traditional Shanghainese-style Chinese food. That means its chefs cook seafood entrees such as salt-and-pepper prawns and curry-baked crab, and its signature dishes range from cumin lamb chops to black-pepper beef ribs.
Servers tote these plates through a bright and airy dining room; it spans two stories high, so it needs only one more story to accommodate a noncrouching Shaquille O’Neil. Cobblestone accents crawl up one wall, and sunlight lights up the traditional-style pagoda at the back of the restaurant.