People travel to Las Vegas for many reasons. Some are here to see its fabled shows. Others want to check out its many dance clubs. Still others—okay, almost everyone—wants to try their hand at gambling.
But many also come to do that most sacred thing: eat. Since you need to feed no matter what kind of winning streak you’re cultivating, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Las Vegas Strip restaurants for you to check out in between games of blackjack.
Vegas is perfect for the eater on the go. No, we’re not talking about fast food—for shame! But if you’ve got an important convention to get to, stop by a diner or café to enjoy a hearty meal without worrying about wait times. Vickie’s Diner, located at 1700 S. Las Vegas Blvd., is a perfect place to stop if all you can think about is breakfast. Cram a New York steak and eggs meal down your gullet, followed by a few cups of coffee, and you’ll be ready to face the day.
Next, stop by Café Belle Madeleine for a distinctly French experience. Located in the Paris Las Vegas at 3655 Las Vegas Blvd., this charming café is loaded with carb-happy treats like croissants, quiches, and the all-powerful cheese plates. Coffee? They have scores of it in a variety of flavors, along with desserts and smoothies.
Pro Tip: Calories don’t count in Las Vegas, so forget about your diet here.
We can’t talk about the best places to eat on the Las Vegas Strip without hitting on its famous sit-down places. Our first stop is Jaleo, located in The Cosmopolitan at 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. This Spanish tapas restaurant is gorgeous to look at, but don’t focus too hard on its décor—you’ll miss out on the food! Try the Gazpacho estilo Algeciras to start, then be a little daring with the mini pepito de iberico, a miniature burger made from “acorn-fed” Spanish pigs.
Trust us, give it a try. It will change your life.
Next up, stop by Sage, located at 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.—yes, in the Aria Hotel. This place is fancy; think high-tech Edwardian, with graceful columns and stunning artwork accented with dramatic purple lighting. It’s lovely to look at, but these splendid surroundings come with a price tag to match, so you’ll want to hold on to some of your winnings if you want to snack here. Try the more elaborate dishes, like Durham ranch rabbit, or stick to something familiar like Alaskan halibut.
The buffets on the Las Vegas Strip are legendary; that’s all we need to say about it. Some folks even craft their vacations entirely around hitting as many buffets (and therefore as many calories) as possible. There’s far too many of these fine establishments to count, so we’ll just stick with one of our favorites: the Buffet Bellagio. Located in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino at 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., it offers live cooking stations, and it’s perfect for both buffet virgins and hardened connoisseurs. Bellagio’s got just about every sort of food you can imagine. Crab legs? Check. Caviar? Check. Real meat that doesn’t come from the briny deep? You’re covered. We won’t get into the plethora of sweets available—just know that crème brûlée and éclairs are waiting for you.
Speaking of waiting, why are you still reading this blog? All that food in Las Vegas isn’t going to eat itself. Pick up your car keys and head for Sin City: your next meal awaits!