Brunch Goes High Society, High Class

Forget breakfast meetings and power lunches—in fact, forget business all together. Sleep in, then take in an upscale brunch. That’s right: It’s not just for tourists anymore!

Joining Simon at Palms Place in the sudden influx of fancy midday Sunday feasts are Nove Italiano and the Mandarin Oriental. While Nove’s High Society brunch (1-7 p.m., $30 per person) caters to the Palms’ similar see-and-be-seen crowd that Simon attracts next door, Mandarin (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $58 per person) appeals to a more refined audience.

Mozen Bistro’s Sake Sunday Brunch debuted April 25 and offers a menu whose items range from sushi and short ribs to truffled eggs and herb-roasted beef tenderloin. And for dessert: chocolate pave, panna cotta and macaroons, among other temptations. Here’s the catch: The Sake Brunch doesn’t actually include any sake (unlimited TY KU cocktails cost an additional $16). But that seems to be standard practice: Booze is extra at High Society at Nove ($25 for bottomless bellinis) and Simon, too ($10 Bloody Mary bar, $16 for bottomless champagne and $38 for brunch). Hungry or thirsty, brunch is served—just don’t forget your wallet.

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When land and resource economist Josef Marlow was preparing a study about Las Vegas earlier this year, the title of his report, “Growth and Sustainability in the Las Vegas Valley,” had his colleagues in the Tucson, Ariz., office of the nonprofit Sonoran Institute shaking their heads. “People were asking whether it was an oxymoron,” he says. It’s a fair question, even for those of us who live here. His answer? “On the surface it looks like one of the most unsustainable places on the planet. But there’s a lot of stuff under the surface.”