Out's Favorite Spots to Play in Las Vegas
By Andrew Belonsky
Fine Dining & Quick Bites
Fine Dining is as much a Las Vegas tradition as gambling and live entertainment.
If you've been saving your pennies, and have a refined palette, there's no better place to experience culinary bliss than Joël Robuchon's namesake restaurant at the MGM Grand (one of their burgers is pictured above).
From a 6-course tasting menu to a 16-course feast that includes truffle tart with onion confit, roasted lobster with Victoria pineapple and an incredible grilled sea bass, Robuchon's French fare is more magical than anything an illusionist could conjure. Chef Andre Rochat's Restauran off the strip also brings a taste of France to Nevada, and for a far more affordable price.
If you're interested in some unbeatable Mexican food, head over to The Border Grill's outpost at Mandalay Bay and dine on lesbian chef Susan Feniger's empanadas, gluten-free quesadillas and sip on some of the city's best margaritas, all on an outdoor patio that guarantees a superb view of all Vegas' action.
Need a small bite to keep you going into the night? Try some crispy duck rolls or paella at FireFly Tapas Kitchen.
Or maybe you're more in the mood for an Asian-flavored burger at Fukuburger, where East meets West in the back of a food truck, pleasing party-goers in a different spot every night of the week. Try topping your burger with some avocado cream or fried eggs. Don't worry, you can dance it off later.
And though it may sound a bit gimmicky, Top of the World Restaurant at The Stratosphere truly is a perfect spot for a romantic meal. The views of glittering Vegas are attraction enough, but their signature Colorado rack of lamb and seared Muscovy duck breast with orange and lime hoisin sauce need to be tasted to be believed.
The Redwood Bar & Grill remains a favorite for locals looking for some hot beef, and of course there's Spago's Las Vegas branch, where celebrities and pedestrians alike sit side-by-side, enjoying famed chef Wolfgang Puck's ever-changing menu.
Local gays rave, for good reason, about Paymon's Mediterranean Cafe & Lounge, which is definitely a more affordable, though just as tasty, option for visitors watching their wallets.
Gay-friendly Osaka Japanese Bistro and the Thai spot Lotus of Siam are also budget friendly, as is the Italian menu at Nora's Cuisine, which means you'll have more dough to spread around at the tables, or at one of Vegas' many upscale malls.