Revel in Sinatra’s wine, an off-Strip innovator and superb bargains

One of the things making Wynn Las Vegas such a compelling destination for foodies is owner Steve Wynn’s insistence on having his chefs in house. Alex Stratta, Jet Tila and Paul Bartolotta are just three of the stars cooking every day at the hotel.

The talents of Theo Schoenegger, executive chef at Sinatra, shone brightly at a recent wine dinner for Sinatra Family Vineyards, attended by Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Tina, and Wynn himself.

The chef did a menu of delicacies to match the Sinatra Family’s La Voce Sangiovese, from Tuscany, and the cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley. The dishes included polpettini, bite-sized meatballs, and the chef’s signature agnolotti with summer truffles.

Over in Green Valley, at Todd’s Unique Dining, 4350 E. Sunset Road, another chef answers the call every day, except Sundays, when he has a family day and the restaurant is closed. That man is Todd Clore, who runs one of the few really outstanding restaurants in the city that’s not located in a casino.

Clore came to Vegas from Laguna Beach, Calif., and for a time, toiled as a chef at Bally’s. But he longed for his own place, and realized that dream seven years ago. Clore’s cooking is eclectic, with south-of-the-border and Asian touches; terrific pot stickers, steak on fire, some of the best desserts in town. Open for dinner only. Call 259-8633.

Meanwhile, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris is offering a good deal, a $59 pre-theater menu. It’s a chance to eat in one of the Strip’s top restaurants without lightening the wallet too radically. The starter is Maine Peeky Toe crab salad with avocado and cucumber, the entrée is chicken with baby spinach and chorizo, or lemon-poached Atlantic salmon with braised green asparagus, and dessert is crème brûlée. The menu is available 5-6 p.m. weekdays only.

Weekends see another bargain, a country-style, blow-out breakfast at Memphis Championship Barbecue, served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday and Sunday.

Blue Ribbon Breakfasts ($6-$11) such as smoked pork and eggs come with a choice of country potatoes or grits, spiced apples and either toast or buttermilk biscuits. There are johnnycakes—fluffy cornmeal griddled cakes served with candied apple syrup—and a real Monte Cristo, like a French toast sandwich stuffed with ham, turkey and Swiss.

As if all this weren’t enough, there are even bread pudding bites with a warm praline sauce. Better loosen that belt before you show up for a breakfast here.