Best Breakfast That’s Really a Dessert

Tao Beach Brunch



Fine, call it brunch—lie to yourself if you have to. But just as the fortune cookie comes after the meal, so too should the Fortune Cookie Waffle at Tao Beach Brunch be signed, sealed and considered a dessert. Waffle batter is infused with vanilla extract for that classic fortune-cookie flavor, then pieces of chocolate fortune cookie are crumbled in so that when that batter becomes a golden-brown waffle, each spongy bite is studded with crisp cookie. The thick dessert is then topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit, warm syrup and—here’s the clincher—fortune-cookie ice cream. We rest our case. (Of course, no one’s saying you can’t have dessert for brunch …)

$18, at Tao Beach in the Venetian, 388-8588,


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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.