WHERE TO EAT
World-renowned chefs are turning Sin City into one giant, glitzy, expensive food court for gourmands. Eat your heart out at some of our favorites.
Bradley Ogden. Four years old and still at the top of the Vegas food chain ― with Ogden's signature farm-country cooking and flown-in-fresh ingredients. $$$$; Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 877/346-4642.
Burger Bar. Pull up a stool at celeb chef Hubert Keller's casual carnivorous eatery, where burgers range from basic ($8) to foie gras- and truffle-topped Kobe beef ($60). $$; Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay Resort, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-9364.
Como's. The beloved Joseph Keller restaurant at MonteLago Village packs 'em in. A refreshingly low-key scene enhanced by high-quality dishes, such as Nebraska rib-eye and crispy-skin salmon. $$$$; Lake Las Vegas, 10 Via Brianza, Ste. 100, Henderson, NV; 702/567-9950.
Daniel Boulud Brasserie. NYC's James Beard-winning chef brings a bit of France to town with this bustling brasserie. $$$$; Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/770-9966.
Joël Robuchon at the Mansion. The famed French chef came out of retirement to open his only formal fine-dining restaurant Stateside. Choose from a 6- or 16-course tasting menu ($225 and $360 per person, respectively). $$$$; MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/891-7925. (For a less lavish, and less pricey, experience, go next door to L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, where you can sample signature dishes à la carte. $$$$; 702/891-7358.)
Olives. Grab lunch on the patio of Todd English's outpost for a grilled turkey Ruben panini with jalapeño slaw and fried pickles, paired with a prime view of Lake Bellagio's dancing fountains. $$$$; Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 877/234-6358.
Salt Lick Bar B-Q. Sticky, slow-cooked spareribs and tender barbecue chicken ― straight out of Driftwood, Texas. Long picnic tables make this crazy-popular place casual and communal. $; Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 702/797-7535.