BOA Burger at BOA Steakhouse
A popular lunch item in the earthy steak house is a juicy eight-ounce patty composed of American Kobe, 40-day dry-aged New York strip and short rib, which is basted in foie gras butter. It is served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, Camembert cheese, fried-onion strings and aioli. The included side of crispy fries balances the tenderness and juiciness of the burger. $18, Forum Shops at Caesars, 733-7373.
Miso Eggplant Dengaku at Sushi Roku
An absolute favorite dish of ours is enjoyed with a remarkable close-up view of the Strip’s colorful lights. This hot garden appetizer melts in your mouth and is so delicious it will make you want to incorporate eggplant into more of your meals. Plump pieces of fried eggplant are sautéed with sweet miso and garnished with toasted sesame seeds. This modern-style Japanese restaurant, with its amazing service, is the perfect place to dine with a large group. $10, Forum Shops at Caesars, 733-7373.
Creole Grilled Rib-eye and Grits at Rosemary’s
When you come to Michael and Wendy Jordan’s restaurant, you feel like you are visiting close family. And this dish—Michael’s favorite—is the perfect complement to that atmosphere. The prime rib-eye is grilled with Southern Creole seasoning and served with Anson Mills Carolina Quick grits and Rosemary’s homemade steak sauce. The crystal red onion crust gives the rib-eye spice and crunch. $40, 8125 W. Sahara Ave., 869-2251.
Moroccan-Style Chicken Wings at Vintner Grill
The chic, sophisticated hot spot in Summerlin now offers a lounge menu of great cuisine, beers and wine, with each item less than $10. This dish is our favorite find (so far). The grilled meaty wings have a smoky flavor that blends nicely with the spicy sweetness of the dried apricot and cinnamon glaze. The lounge menu is available 3-6 p.m. daily and 9:30 p.m. to closing on Thursdays, when DJ Jenna spins contemporary house music. $6, 10100 W. Charleston Blvd., 214-5590.
Fried Oreos at T-Bones Chophouse
This steak house goes to the limits in not only preparing dry-aged and bone-in steaks, but also sugary, calorie-climbing desserts. The little cookies offer twice the indulgence of a regular Oreo, thanks to being dipped in a beignet batter and deep-fried. They’re served accompanied by vanilla ice cream. “It evokes childhood memories and is a little over the top—just what you’d expect in Vegas,” T-Bones pastry chef Monte Smith says. $8, Red Rock, 797-7576.
Bougatsa at The Fat Greek
Yiannis and Alice Goumroian already had the best Greek restaurant in town before they expanded into the next space and put their son Jerry, a Culinary Institute of America grad, in the kitchen. Bougatsa, an irresistible cheese pastry drizzled with syrup and served in hot squares, is also the city’s best Greek dessert. $3.90, 4001 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 34, 222-0666.
“Gotta-Have-It” Roll at Tiger Sushi
Whether it’s catering large corporate events or serving customers at its sushi bar, the Tiger delivers outstanding sushi. This giant sushi roll, a favorite among locals, is noted not only for its size but its spicy crab flavor that is balanced with cream cheese and avocado. The roll also contains shrimp tempura and is drizzled in a barbecue eel sauce. $10.50, 4825 S. Rainbow Blvd., 873-3288.
Sausage Plate at Hofbräuhaus
Everyone comes for the amazing beers and pretzels, but the sausage plate should not be overlooked. The long, smoky franks—chicken sausage and a marjoram-scented pork sausage—are accompanied by an excellent mashed potato, imported sauerkraut and a thimble of that spicy onion mustard. $16.95 (dinner), 4510 Paradise Road, 853-2337.