By Brad Rutta
When it comes to Las Vegas, it’s not the bright lights, ringing slot machines, or the smell of stale cigarette smoke that does it for me. Surprisingly often, it’s the food.
Obviously, there’s no shortage of food in Las Vegas; what you may not expect is that a lot of it is world-class. And as with everything else Vegas, excess is the name of the game.
With that in mind, here are my top five places to dine on the Strip in Sin City.
5) Zoozacrackers at the Wynn: Zoozacrackers is the best New York-style deli in Las Vegas. Everything in the Wynn is top-notch, but here’s one of the things that makes Steve Wynn’s restaurants special: Every one of them has vegan options. This place is great for the cost-conscious traveler who still wants to indulge in the luxuries of the Wynn.
4) Public House at the Venetian: One word to wet your palate: beer. Public House has the largest selection of tap beers from around the world, bar none. The décor is contemporary, with tap lines running on the ceilings. Beyond beer, Public House features outstanding pub food, and if you’ve got a hankering for a good cut of steak, Public House is moderately priced.
3) “Hidden” Pizza at Cosmopolitan: True story: There’s a “hidden” pizza place at Cosmopolitan that has one of the best slices in town. Here’s the hint: Take the up escalator and look for the pool table. There are no signs, so you need to explore a bit, or you can ask one of the people munching on crusts where they got the slice. For a quick snack or a late-night fix, it’s a good pie.
2) Todd English P.U.B. at Aria: I fell in love with this place when Aria opened and have been coming back ever since. I’ve had it all, from bangers and mash to the steamed mussels.
The food is absolutely amazing. If you’re an oyster fan, the raw bar has a great selection. You cannot go wrong with the fish and chips, and if you’re just looking for a burger, Todd English has the menu for you.
1) SW Steakhouse at the Wynn: In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a fan of the Wynn. Even so, SW Steakhouse is not only one of the best spots on the strip; it’s one of the best restaurants in the world. The lobster mac-and-cheese is one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. You can cut through the filet mignon with a dull butter knife. Any meal at SW Steakhouse is going to be one of the best meals of your life. Just bring your wallet, or be prepared to do dishes for several weeks. It’s pricy, but perfection tends to be.
That’s it; those are my favorites. There are a few others that are also on my list, but these are the spots in my regular rotation. And take it from a Vegas veteran: Any one of these can make you forget about your losses – for a little while, anyway.
Brad Rutta is the director of marketing at Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection