Brunch Is the New Black, Go Italian at Hyde and the Return of Booze & Bites


Hangover angus short rib benedict

Despite its popularity in other big food cities, brunch as a social outlet hasn’t really been a thing for Las Vegas until relatively recently. But increasingly, Valley restaurants are pushing new menus for the meal that spans breakfast and lunch, usually washed down with a bottomless beverage. Chef Hubert Keller showcases his penchant for beer and brunch on Sundays at Fleur (in Mandalay Bay, 702-632-9400), with the addition of Hangover Angus Short Rib Benedict—presumably it’s to cure your hangover, not the cow’s—served with crispy potato cake, red wine jus and jalapeño Hollandaise, while corned beef hash gets a fancy makeover as carnitas, made with roasted pork, fingerling potatoes, tomatillo salsa and poached eggs. On the sweet French side, brioche beignets are light, fluffy and served with cherry and vanilla Anglaise sauces. The beer list is as robust as the food, with a concise list of brews from around the world, including IPAs, American porters, pilsners and saisons.

Meanwhile, at Spago (in Forum Shops, 702-369-6300), chef Eric Klein has rolled out a new all-weekend menu for the café, sporting breezy California brunch fare, such as crab cake Benedict with avocado, roasted tomato, poached eggs and Hollandaise, a baked frittata laden with asparagus, spinach, burrata cheese and pancetta, and a prime flatiron steak and eggs. Wherever you end up, brunch has earned its place as the weekend meal—you’re certainly not doing any work after this.

Hyde Bellagio (702-693-8700) just got tastier, now that guests can order food from the recently opened Lago (702-693-7111) next door. The tony ultra-lounge used to feature a menu with bites from its former neighbor, Circo, and Lago carries on the tradition with new Italian small plates from Julian Serrano. And it seems fitting to snack on bruschetta al pomodoro (topped with tomato, basil and garlic oil) and spiedino di salsaccia (sausage skewers with bell pepper sauce), while overlooking the Bellagio Fountains, which evoke Lake Como as you sit in a luxe space reminiscent of an Italian villa.

Once you’re done snacking in Italy, sip some bourbon as part of the Booze & Bites dinner series at Monte Carlo ($65,, where once a month, a different restaurant on property hosts a five-course meal paired with a spirit, wine or brew. On June 24, Double Barrel Roadhouse partners with Jim Beam for a Southern-inspired dinner that not only lets you drink your brown spirit, but appreciate it in the food as well. Consider it a warm-up for Independence Day.


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