What’s New for Brunch?

Strip hot spots breathe new life into your favorite weekend pastime

Brunch isn’t just a meal, it’s an event. Good food, a little hair of the dog, friends to keep you company after a long week—it’s hard to improve upon that formula, but a handful of local restaurants are willing to try. This summer brings an array of hot, new daytime dining options perfect for nursing weekend warriors back to life.

La Cave. You don’t even have to get out of your seat at this restaurant, where chef Billy DeMarco’s food is presented to diners right at the table. Breakfast sandwiches and flatbreads arrive in a never-ending parade, while servers deliver beef Wellington and New York sirloin from a vintage cart straight to your plate. Sure, you’ll have to get up to build-your-own mojito or caipirinha at the bar, but otherwise, the rest of the afternoon is yours to chat and chew. $40 ($20 more for unlimited mojitos, caipirinhas or sparkling wine), in Wynn, 248-3463.

Bubbles & Brunch. Night owls can keep the party going well after sunrise thanks to this new brunch at Overlook Grill on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The poolside affair featuring bottle service, DJs and an eclectic menu that includes everything from char siu pork ribs to jumbo lump crab-cake Benedict with Creole hollandaise. Soak up the sun—as well as the awesome people watching—during your meal, then end the day with a dip. $40, at the Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan, 698-7970.

Sunday Gospel Brunch. You may already be familiar with the House of Blues’ signature brunch, but this season brings an updated menu and a new lineup of performers. While diners tuck into revamped Southern staples such as chicken jambalaya and enjoy the sounds of a live choir, they may find themselves eating next to a familiar face—Stevie Wonder and Wynonna Judd have been spotted at the weekly event. It’s soul food for the soulful, and it’s likely to leave you so full. $40 adults, $20 children under 12, in Mandalay Bay, 632-7600.

Munch. Diablo’s Cantina has taken the concept of “ladies who lunch” to a whole new level. This brunch, aimed at lesbians, is Las Vegas’ first day-club party for the LGBT community. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat Mexican feast on the restaurant’s upstairs patio, polish it off with a margarita, and then climb on a table and dance the afternoon away to DJs Lisa Pittman and C-L.A. $20, in the Monte Carlo, 693-8300.

Rock ’n’ Roll Brunch. Listen to jams over toast and jam. The weekend special at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer features live rock-band performances with your gut-busting Southern breakfast. Dig into biscuits and gravy, chicken-fried steak and brisket hash, then slip into a food coma. You’re guaranteed to leave feeling like a rock star who has overindulged. Starts at $8, in Excalibur, 597-7818.

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