With hits such as "I Love This Bar" and "I Like Girls That Drink Beer" packed under his cowboy hat, country music star Toby Keith is nothing if not straightforward. The food at his restaurant inside Harrah's Las Vegas takes on a similar frankness: it's classic, down-home Southern cooking with nary a hint of ambiguity. The menu is populated by Southern favorites, including catfish po' boys, fried Twinkies, and a fried bologna sandwich topped with Miracle Whip dressing and served on Texas Toast. For families with giant appetites or a stressed grizzly bear having a "me day", there's the Big Dog Daddy: a 100-ounce burger teamed up with a pound of fries, a quart of beer, and of course, an order of Twinkies. Individual's brave enough to finish all that receive a t-shirt and a spot on the restaurant's wall of fame.
Al's Garage serves a menu of pub fare within automotive-themed confines adorned by rims, spray-painted hot rod flames, and a bar backed by treaded metal. Wings come customized in choice of mild, spicy, or hot seasoning, accompanied by ranch or blue cheese for moderating heat and making swirly sauce patterns. After appetites ignite, mains such as fish tacos, in which flour or corn tortillas enfold golden chunks of cod ($9.95), hush the bellows of outspoken abdominals. Burgers include a 1/3 pound of ground beef, a chicken breast, or vegetarian patty, with interpretations such as the Hawaiian teriyaki burger, which layers gruyere cheese with a grilled pineapple ring, delights picky palates ($8.95). Postmain confections include a deep-fried Twinkie topped in hot chocolate sauce ($4.95), and the breakfast burrito of scrambled eggs, roasted peppers, and cheese fights hunger late into the night or early into the morning ($6.95). An outdoor patio lets diners revel outside, while inside custom black-and-red upholstered seating grants gazing upon seven plasma-screen TVs or comfortable navel-gazing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Nestled within the same high-ceilinged, industrial setting, Brass the Lounge and Las Vegas Country Saloon combine their culinary prowess to deliver a menu of eclectic gastropub fare and drinks. Live music fills the space most nights, entertaining patrons who scoop mouthfuls of the crabby dip ($12.95), a combination of blue crab, homemade artichoke dip, and birthday wishes from Poseidon. A porcini-encrusted burger, grilled and topped with brie ($12.95), receives compliments from nearby bloody marys, which are made from scratch with spices and fresh-squeezed juices ($7–$8). Between straw vacuums of the Tito's vodka–infused russian mary ($7), patrons' hands grow larger to palm the trio of sliders, with a lineup of toppings including applewood-smoked bacon, mushrooms and brie, and blue cheese ($10.95).
Delilah, the 6-foot-long mirrored armadillo reflects shimmering light onto the dance floor at Revolver Saloon Dance Hall and stands as a symbol of country-western’s answer to the disco ball. This motif appears throughout the space, where the staff teaches line-dancing lessons and intersperses top-40 tunes between songs on a country-heavy playlist. Longhorns hang behind the two full-service bars, one of which is cast in yellow lighting, surrounded by leafless shrubs, and framed between two curtains like the stage at a Wild West saloon. Guests who have had their fill of do-si-doing lounge at a table or booth or play beer pong in honor of the legendary duel between Wild Bill Hickok and the tumbleweed he mistook for a sheriff. The upscale hoedown takes place Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights inside Santa Fe Station, while Thursday nights feature techno music and top-40 music.