Best diners in Las Vegas
Many diners lay claim to a signature dish that’s essentially a buffet of ingredients stuffed inside an omelet or buried in pancake batter. Not Jamm’s. This 20-year-old breakfast and lunch joint is known for its bread, individual pots of plain or cinnamon raisin often delivered warm. Although they’re reason enough to stop by, there’s also a full menu of egg iterations, along with burgers, panini, pancakes and salads. Hungry for something more unusual? Try the chicken tender BLT delivered on a green onion waffle or the off-menu Jamminator, a secret French toast sandwich hybrid that earned the attention of the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman.
One part diner, one part lounge, the Peppermill is a Las Vegas institution that opened in 1972 and simply hasn’t aged. Purple velvet banquets, Tiffany-style lamps, mirrors on the ceiling and an outrageous abundance of fake foliage—the atmosphere screams vintage, but there’s nothing self-conscious or theme-y about the Peppermill. Rather, down-to-business waitresses sprint between tables, delivering massive omelets and mountains of nachos to hungry tourists and club kids who pack the place at all hours of the day and night. Whether you come for the scene or the steak and eggs, you won’t leave hungry.
It hasn’t always been called Vickie’s, but an unpretentious diner has long called the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Oakey home. Tiffany’s Café was a fixture inside White Cross Drugs, the kind of place where you could get a hot meal at any hour and where you might end up sharing the counter with local scenesters fresh off a night on the town or a couple of camera-toting tourists from Ohio. Today, the café is run by veteran Tiffany’s waitress Vickie Kelesis—and it’s a little pinker than it used to be—but it still serves simply made diner staples in a delightfully classic setting.
Boulder City is a quaint, retro break from all the flash and sizzle of Las Vegas, and few places epitomize the vibe better than Southwest Diner. This three-meal café is heavy on the kitsch (think throwback memorabilia inside and out) and the classic (a menu of diner staples with an emphasis on Tex-Mex favorites). Your best bet is to stick to the house specials: spicy Santa Fe potato cakes served with applesauce and eggs, breakfast sandwiches piled high with avocado and bacon, homemade banana bread and giant wedges of pie.