The oppressive rays of the desert sun are no match for the towering palm trees and shaded cabanas that surround the Blu Pool at Bally's Las Vegas. As sunbathers cool off with chilly cocktails or float around the heated swimming pool, a rotating lineup of DJs orchestrates live sets throughout the day. Nestled behind rows of poolside chairs, a row of rentable green cabanas enshrouds guests in a private space replete with a television, refrigerator, and an array of amenities including misters and a complimentary bottle of liquor. Servers dole out icy cold soft and hard drinks along with bar fare that should be liberally coated in nature's sunscreen: ketchup.
Growing up in Evanston, Illinois, Kerry Simon wanted nothing more than to be a musician. To fund his dream, he worked in the kitchen of a chain pizzeria when he fell in love with another art form: food. After cooking around the country and countless media appearances that include InStyle, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, as well as stints on Hell's Kitchen and Iron Chef America, where he beat Iron Chef Cat Cora, he's made his home in Vegas where he helms the kitchen of KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers and is sometimes called the "Rock 'n' Roll Chef". KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers is located inside of Harrah's Las Vegas.
At KGB he puts a gourmet chef's spin on a diner-counter classic. Besides all-natural beef iterations topped with smoked gouda or roasted jalapeños, his culinary staff delights diners with other options that build on the usual beef or patties between the buns, including sides such as "Iron Chef" sliders, tater tots, cotton candy, and Cap'n Crunch milkshakes. His gourmet and colorfully topped burgers are served in a modern yet sultry restaurant lined in exposed brick and warm colors, decorated with Russian propaganda posters from the 1960s. KGB also offers diners a full-service bar.
Modeled after old-fashioned, gaucho-style spit-roasts, Pampas Brazilian Grille sates hungers with premium flame-spun meats, seafood, and veggies. At each table, Pampas's gauchos carve helpings of barbecued pork, Brazilian sausage, brontosaur femur, and other proteins for partakers of the meat rodizio. The servers add fresh seafood of the day for the surf and turf rodizio, or avoid animal products altogether in the veggie version. The large, open dining room has a soft-lit ambiance that proves ideal for all manner of social mealtime rendezvous or dinner dates with imaginary friends. Pampas also lords over a deep vault of wines wrangled from around the globe, ready to grace glasses with flavorful pours and appealing hues.
At Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood, chef Martin Molina prepares French continental and Italian influenced culinary creations from a menu full of classic, yet satisfying dishes bursting with prime beef, fresh seafood, and decadent sauces. The elegant steakhouse features everything from escargot and pasta with shrimp to savory rack of lamb with mint sauce and its signature New York steak dressed with peppercorn glaze.
Each plate swiftly arrives in the arms of an impeccably dressed professional server who’s smartly clad in a black vest and tie. While plates are laid on the tablecloth-clad tables, diners enjoy the ambiance of the intimate setting, rich walnut accents, and candlelight.
Hovering just inches from the hot embers of mesquite coals, herb-marinated meats at Yolie's Brazilian Steakhouse are prepared with a deft hand and an eye for tradition. While some diners opt for entrees of filet mignon or seafood pasta, many of Yolie's guests opt for the Rodizio-style dining option. This classic Brazilian style of service means that servers deliver continuous, all-you-can-eat cuts of tender meats such as top sirloin, tri-tip, leg of lamb, bacon-wrapped turkey, and house-made sausage. Rodizio diners kick things off with a salad or black bean soup. Then, they savor sides of polenta, potatoes, and vegetables as skewer-brandishing staffers weave through the spacious, cozily-decorated dining room. Using magic t-bones as divining rods, servers detect exposed plate surfaces, and in a flash, they're tableside, slicing off a few more helpings.
Every night, live renditions of soft jazz and Sinatra standards permeate the dining room at Toscano Italian Restaurant. While diners' ears feast on the music, their eyes take in platefuls of USDA Prime steaks and Atlantic salmon along with upscale takes on Italian classics such as osso buco and spaghetti alla carbonara. An Old World atmosphere with burgundy accents, impressive pieces of artwork, and upholstered banquettes characterize the space, where the wait staff pours wines from Italy and California.