Filet Mignon Fajitas at Agave
This Mexican restaurant has many reasons to keep you coming back for more, but this is our favorite. The authentic fajita, created by executive chef Matthew Silverman, features a filet marinated in a special blend of spices, plus a nice array of vegetables. Since the fajita can be hot and spicy, we suggest a cool Blue Agave margarita to go with it. $16.95, 10820 W. Charleston Blvd., 214-3500.
Carnitas Burrito at El Picante
The burritos here are made right in front of you with your choice of ingredients. A healthful, popular version: In a whole-wheat tortilla, choose lean pork, rice with cilantro, black beans and fresh pico de gallo. It’ll keep you fit and happy! Of course, all the classics on which we love to splurge, such as refried beans and sour cream, are still available. $4.99 (regular), $6.50 (grande), 430 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., 796-9800.
Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs at Village Pub
This gaming pub, a local chain, serves great breakfasts, and chief among them this caloric feast. A plate stocked with two eggs (your choice), nicely browned toast (try the rye) and golden-brown, cubed home fries is dwarfed by this crunchy giant of a fried steak, accompanied by sausage gravy as thick as brick mortar. Your arteries will harden just thinking of it. $6.99, multiple locations.
Margheritta Pizza at Rao’s
This Italian restaurant brings some of New York’s charm to Las Vegas with an indoor patio designed after that city’s Jefferson Park. The new lunch menu, “Pizza in the Park,” complements the atmosphere as diners choose from wood-fired pizzas created by executive chef Carla Pellegrino. The delicious pizza shown above is made with Neapolitan-style tomato sauce (known as pomarolla) mozzarella, fresh tomato and basil. $13, Caesars Palace, 731-7267.
Kebab Sampler at Origin of India
Thinking about diving into the world of Indian cuisine and don’t know where to start? Try this sampler, which will give you a little taste of the highlights. The platter includes tiger prawn shrimp, organic chicken breast, paneer tikka and lamb links served with a dish of Punjabi black lentils. This modern Indian restaurant was featured on Rachael’s Vacation, the show hosted by Food Network star Rachael Ray. $25, 4480 Paradise Road, 734-6342.
Black Truffle and Comte Cheese Fritters at Jean-Georges Steakhouse
If you want a really luxurious side dish, look no further than these orbs of expensive imported cheese and thin shavings of truffles, a soufflé-like creation that is golden crisp on the outside and creamy in the center. Don’t forget to save room for steak. $13. In Aria at CityCenter, 590-8660.
Lasagna at Caffé Dolce
Enjoy classic northern Italian lasagna in this delightful atrium courtyard. Owner Giuseppe Bavarese serves one of the city’s best examples of this often-abused entrée, a layered dish with a veal ragù, not too much cheese and a light béchamel sauce. It is finished in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven and served in a cast-iron pan. $10, 5875 S. Rainbow Blvd., 367-9900.
Idaho Trout at Marche Bacchus
Locals come to this French Bistro and wine shop in Summerlin to enjoy executive chef Jean-Paul Labadie’s appetizing cuisine and relax along the lake at Desert Shores. Inspired by Labadie’s stay in New Orleans, the rainbow trout is pan-roasted to make the skin crispy and topped with haricot vert (French thin, tender green beans), roasted red and green peppers, balsamic shallots, and crabmeat. $16, 2620 Regatta Dr., No. 106, 804-8008.