Sometimes you want a steak, but you don’t want a whole steak, especially if it’s later in the evening. If it’s after 9 p.m., Strip House (in Planet Hollywood, 702-737-5200) has just the right amount of food for you. Ideal for a late-night date night, the bordello-themed steak house tucked away into PH’s mezzanine rolls out some old-school presentations for this $59-per-person mini tasting menu. You and your guest will split a Caesar salad, 16-ounce New York strip and baked Alaska dessert, prepared and carved in front of you from tableside carts. On the side, you’ll get to argue over whether to order the crispy potatoes finished in goose fat or truffled creamed spinach. Coffee and tea will wrap up the meal, but wine pairings and jumbo shrimp cocktail can be added on as supplementals, should you want to get extra fancy.
Another steakhouse on the Strip offers a new menu, though this one you can eat earlier in the day or whenever your carnivorous craving hits. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro (in the Palazzo, 702-607-6333) has summer on the brain with its new four-course, $45 prix fixe offering. Each course (with the exception of dessert) has four options from which to choose, so you can go as light or as heavy as you want. I’d start with the beef tenderloin tartar with truffle potato chips or raw oysters with horseradish mignonette, then ease my way into a salad of greens, radicchio and nectarines with goat cheese and walnut oil, or maybe taste the best-of-the-summer watermelon and arugula salad with toasted pepitas and golden balsamic vinaigrette. While Scottish salmon, lobster mac and cheese, roasted chicken are available as entrées, the grilled petite filet is where it’s at, served with a potato galette and Bordelaise sauce. Dessert? Lots of bright summer fruit options, but chocolate mousse always wins.
Mandalay Bay’s Beach Concert Series is one of the few ways Las Vegans still get to spend time outside during summer without having to be submerged in a pool. Modern Mexican restaurant Border Grill (702-632-7403) takes advantage of its prime location on the beach, opening its backyard patio for a pop-up barbecue before each concert. They’ll roll out fresh, raw bites, including oysters and ceviche, along with such street-food favorites as tortas, barbacoa and Mexican-style elotes, all priced from $3-$8, along with $5 beers and $7 margaritas. Then you’ll be ready to rock.