Forget Celine, Elton and even Britney. Las Vegas hasn’t had another headliner quite like Elvis Presley. While it’s been more than 36 years since the final curtain came down, he will always be part of this city’s legacy. And for a guy who loved to eat, it’s very appropriate that he’s being remembered in so many of the town’s restaurants. Here are a few places you can feed your hunger for Elvis nostalgia.
The King, Mr. Lucky’s 24/7
For an Elvis-style breakfast large enough to feed the entire family, head to Mr. Lucky’s. Available 24 hours, the King is a heaping stack of 14 banana pancakes, supplemented with 14 strips of bacon and topped off with peanut butter glaze and maple syrup. In Hard Rock Hotel, 693-5592.
All Shook Up, For Goodness Shake
There’s no word that Elvis ever combined his beloved peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches into a milkshake, but he certainly should have. Fortunately for us, the folks at For Goodness Shake have done it. All Shook Up blends Skippy peanut butter and bananas into your milkshake or nonfat yogurt shake. To make it even better, a portion of every purchase is donated to Three Square food bank. 4220 S. Grand Canyon Dr., 483-6590, ForGoodnessShake.com.
Elvis Gelato, Village Seafood Buffet
Seafood fans regularly line up for hours for the Rio’s renowned seafood buffet. But before you take that final plate of crab legs, make sure to save room for dessert. The Elvis gelato combines peanut butter, raspberry jelly and bananas into the perfect final course. In the Rio, 866-746-7671.
Fat Elvis, MTO Café
Downtown’s new breakfast-and-lunch spot, MTO, just debuted with an Elvis-themed sandwich. The Fat Elvis consists of two pieces of French toast stuffed with bacon, banana, peanut butter and strawberries. It’s listed on the lunch portion of the menu, but also makes for a great breakfast. 500 S. Main St., 380-8229, MTOCafe.com.
Kammi-O, Yonaka Modern Japanese
In Japanese, the name of the yummy dessert translates into “sweet king.” The chefs at this fusion restaurant top peanut butter and jelly crème brûlée with ice cream, caramelized bananas, maple syrup and bacon crumbles. 4983 W. Flamingo Rd., 685-8358, YonakaJapaneseRestaurant.com.
The King, Botero
Leave it to Steve Wynn to offer one of the town’s fanciest culinary tributes to Elvis. The King is an ice cream sandwich made with brown-butter banana cake and peanut butter ice cream, topped with bacon peanut brittle and chocolate crémeux, accompanied by salted caramel foam, malted pretzel crumble and caramelized bananas. Elvis, I’ve a feeling we aren’t in Tupelo anymore. In Encore, 770-3463.
Drunken Monkey Bam-Boozled Shake, Holsteins Shakes & Buns
If you want a little bit of a buzz with your Elvis shake, head to the Cosmopolitan’s burger haven, Holsteins, which also pays tribute to Elvis’s peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches by combining Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, banana, malt and Frangelico into a dessert cocktail. In the Cosmopolitan, 698-7940, HolsteinsLV.com.