How many times a year do your friends come to town asking you to recommend a place that’s truly “Old Vegas?” For me, it’s usually a bachelor party looking for a steakhouse that reminds them of the days of Frank and Dean (even if they’re not old enough to have ever seen Frank and Dean). Fortunately, in a city that tears down as frequently as it builds up, there remain plenty of places that offer that Rat Pack vibe alongside a terrific slab of beef.
Top of Binion’s Steakhouse is among those mentioned most frequently by old-timers, and with good reason. Founder Benny Binion was a Las Vegas legend. His casino was the birthplace of the World Series of Poker. And the 24th-floor steakhouse has one hell of a view of Downtown and beyond. Moreover, in addition to a nice selection of steaks and other classics, the menu also features such oddities as chicken-fried lobster. In Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel, 702-382-1600, TopOfBinionsSteakhouse.com.
The Golden Steer has a huge following among longtime Las Vegans, due in large part to the fact it’s been open since 1958 and some members of the staff have been there for more than
40 years. The plush red booths and paintings of cattle on the walls are
classic Sin City steakhouse staples, as are most of the menu items. But be careful: This classic joint in a small, nondescript strip mall just west of the Strip can get very pricey very quickly. 308 W. Sahara Ave., 702-384-4470, GoldenSteerSteakhouseLasVegas.com.
As good as Binion’s and the Steer are, it’s The Steakhouse at Circus Circus that tops this list. Despite being positioned in a kid-friendly resort that’s more than a little past its prime, walking through these doors is like walking back in time. The vintage decor is on par with the Golden Steer, and there’s a dry-aging room on premises. You can watch (and smell) your selections being cooked to order on a mesquite grill in the center of the dining room. And to top it all off, the prices are phenomenal. There’s a reason this place has been winning awards like this one for decades. 702-794-3767, CircusCircus.com.