Have I covered brunch? I’m pretty sure I have, as it’s one of my favorite meals (along with second breakfast and elevenses). The weekend midday meal is also a tradition for many during the holiday season; between company parties and family gatherings, brunch is just one more way to get together with friends for food, drink and merriment. Vegas Seven recently declared Bardot Brasserie as the Best Brunch of 2015 (a decision made at least in part thanks to the neverending glass of rosé), but there are quite a few more in town that have their own strengths, or are totally new to the scene.
For a taste of Southern hospitality, Yardbird (in the Venetian, 702-297-6541, Venetian.com) has a mason jar Bloody Mary—garnished with bacon, house-made pickles and other accoutrements—with your name on it. Should your meal require a little more heft, there’s also the signature chicken ’n’ watermelon ’n’ waffles, to get you ready for that nap later.
It’s taken a hiatus for the holidays, but the Friday Brunch Party at Crush (in MGM Grand, 702-891-3222, CrushMGM.com) will be there to help you pick up the pieces when it returns on New Year’s Day. The cozy wine bar opens with sweet offerings, such as Snickers pancakes with strawberry compote, and bananas Foster French toast, and, of course, bottle service because, hey, it’s a day party.
If you need your party brunch a little sooner, Lavo (in the Palazzo, 702-791-1800) has brought its famed Saturday Party Brunch back. It’s decadent as ever with dishes such as lobster Benedict—a 1-pound lobster topped with poached eggs and Champagne Hollandaise, you know, to pair with all those bubbles you’re downing in the afternoon. Just make sure you cover your glass when the confetti cannons go off.
OK, so you want to enjoy a brunch that’s not in a nightclub. That’s fine. The true lady who brunches can be found at Giada (in the Cromwell, 855-442-3271), sipping on bottomless La Marca mimosas. On the plate, the chef’s take on a West Coast classic: Italian chicken and waffles, which pares down her famous chicken Cacciatore in a rich tomato sauce to pair with polenta waffles.
And finally, the West side can claim one more brunch for its own, as Andiron (in Downtown Summerlin, 702-685-8002) has created its own Sunday fête, which welcomes you with fresh doughnuts. It’s all fun and comfort from there, with grilled cheese sandwiches made with cranberry, brie and green apple, as well as Gruyère and gouda on brioche. Hearty eaters need the Andiron hash skillet, complete with braised short rib, fingerling potatoes and Brussels sprouts with poached eggs. All can be made even better with bottomless Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut from the Champagne cart.
Wherever you end up with your celebrations and reunions on the weekends, just remember, now that you’re a grown-up: It’s not day drinking. It’s brunch.