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.
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.
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.