Even in a 24/7 town like Las Vegas, brunch has a rightful spot in a diner’s calendar. That magical time between 11 and 2 on Saturday or Sunday gets the respect it deserves here—perhaps more so than any other city, given the breadth of culinary choices in the offing. The best places for brunch can be found all over the Valley, from neighborhood favorites such as DW Bistro and Honey Salt to marquee destinations on the Strip. Who said hangovers can't be fun?
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The best brunches in Las Vegas
Though this is just one of several folk-art-filled locations across the US, the House of Blues” exciting mix of up-and-coming and established artists makes it feel like a home-grown champion. The multi-level main floor is surrounded by three bars and tiered balcony seating. Acts range from Carlos Santana, who did a residency here, to kitschy cover bands to indie stalwarts like the Flaming Lips. Sundays feature the popular Gospel Brunch.
Inside this bistro and oyster bar, the much-heralded Thomas Keller serves authentic French country fare modeled after the cuisine served in the original bouchons of Lyon. Indoors or on poolside seating in the gardens, indulge in Bouchon French toast for breakfast, served bread-pudding style with warm layers of brioche, custard and fresh fruit with maple syrup; or, for dinner, try the truite amandine, pan-roasted trout with almonds, brown butter and green beans.
For an entirely novel brunch experience, locals’ favorite DW Bistro is the place to go. The menu here is a collision of flavors—Jamaican and New Mexican, to be exact—resulting in such brunch favorites as New Mexican slow-cooked pork and Jerk fried chicken and waffles. This is home cooking like you’ve never had before, and worth the effort of rolling out of bed on a Sunday. In fact, you might just want to round up any family members you have in town, because this is the kind of brunch that needs to be experienced with the ones you love. Fab.
Of the smattering of local brunch joints that are worth getting out of bed for on Sundays, Honey Salt is the fanciest and arguably the best. Menu standouts include a citrus brioche monkey bread, the New England Fry (Ipswich clams and calamari, blistered shishito peppers and sriracha and lime aioli) and pancakes with seasonal fruit. If you’re suffering from a hangover, the bloody Mary caddy will make you right as rain with its mélange of Stoli hot jalapeño, 2nite vodkas, housemade Bloody Mary mix, farm fresh vegetables, Tabasco, fresh horseradish, manchego cheese and Slim Jims.
Sin City abounds in sinfully scrumptious brunch options, but a good place to start exploring is the all-you-can-eat Sunday jazz brunch at the Mandarin Oriental' MOzen. Fresh sushi, a seafood station serving crab claws and Kumomoto oysters, and traditional dim sum merely whet the appetite. You also get an entrée—choices include Black Angus strip loin, pan-seared diver sea scallops and eggs Benedict, among others—and dessert. If that’s not enough to get you out of bed, the free-flowing Champagne and mimosa options may just be the ticket.