For years, watching football with friends has meant dining on bar food or takeout pizza. Fortunately, we live in Las Vegas, where our top chefs take game grub more seriously. If you want a meal worthy of your favorite team, here are some of the best places to nosh while you watch.
Tender Steak & Seafood
Every Sunday and Monday night, Luxor’s steakhouse offers a special tailgate menu featuring many of the gourmet meats offered on their dinner menu. Highlights include a bison bratwurst stadium dog, a duck bacon cheeseburger and wagyu short rib sliders. In Luxor, 262-4852.
In addition to more than 100 HD TVs, Emeril Lagasse has a full menu of gourmet munchies. And every Monday night, chef Scott Pajak offers menu specials inspired by the teams. Upcoming items include fried clams and Carolina pulled pork on November 18 (New England vs. Carolina), clam chowder in a sourdough bowl and crab cakes on November 25 (San Francisco vs. Washington) and gumbo and freshly shucked oysters on December 2 (New Orleans vs. Seattle). In the Palazzo, 607-2665.
Every Sunday night, the Stratosphere showroom is transformed into the resort’s Pro Football Headquarters. The menu includes a chipotle turkey breakfast burrito, turkey nachos and two types of ziti. In the Stratosphere, 800-998-6937.
Originally created to celebrate Burger Month in May, the Monday Night Wagyu Burger is now exclusively available every Monday night during football season. It’s a wagyu patty topped with bacon jam, smoked cheddar, pickled red onions and a fried egg, accompanied by homemade potato chips. 1031 South Rampart Boulevard, 445-6100.
Every Monday night, this Bellagio lounge serves a special game menu. Offerings like nachos, wings, hotdogs and sliders admittedly aren’t terribly original. But the fact they come from the kitchen of neighboring Osteria Circo guarantees a high-end touch. In Bellagio, 693-8700.
Like Lagasse’s Stadium, the resort’s showroom creates special dishes each Monday night in tribute to the competing teams. Upcoming specials will include crab salad rolls and Carolina pulled pork sandwiches on November 18 (New England vs. Carolina), clam chowder in a sourdough bowl and fried bologna and cheese rolls on November 25 (San Francisco vs. Washington) and gumbo and a coffee-and-molasses marinated pork tenderloin sandwich on December 2 (New Orleans vs. Seattle). 796-7111.
Ogden’s Hops and Harvest
In addition to football-friendly happy hour items such as a hotdog served with house-made sauerkraut, grilled cheese bites accompanied with a tomato-herb sauce, chicken sliders with arugula-buttermilk-ranch sauce and Bradley Burger sliders, the restaurant offers Game Fries (French fries smothered with short ribs, provolone cheese, scallions and secret sauce) during every college and NFL game. In Tivoli Village, 476-3964.