Ten late night dining spots in Vegas

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If you’re having a late night craving or looking for a bite after hitting the clubs, Vegas has more than enough options to keep you going. Some restaurants serve tasty American fare while others dive into creative Japanese fusion cuisine. From a diner known for their pancakes to a taco joint known for their, well, tacos — there’s something for every palate here in Vegas.

Sugar Factory Brasserie

At Paris Las Vegas.

Open: Daily, 24-hours.

The chocolate decadence French toast at Sugar Factory Brasserie.

If you’re looking for a sugar rush, look no further than Sugar Factory Brasserie. This ’round-the-clock restaurant offers sweet and savory bites until the wee hours of the morning to anyone that’s up, including a slew of celebrities.

“We have seen quite a few celebrities anywhere from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., and even one innocent starlet who danced in Sugar Factory at 4 a.m. after having a long night out,” says General Manager Roy Saunders.

In addition to the retail candy store, Sugar Factory Brasserie is a full-service, sit down restaurant, complete with chocolate lounge and a dining room that opens out to the Las Vegas Strip. Highlights from the late-night menu include crispy fried chicken and buttermilk waffles — the perfect dish after a long night of partying. Other popular menu items include the red velvet pancakes and the fried macaroni and cheese pops.

But back to that celebrity spotting. . .

“We never know who will surprise us with a visit,” says Saunders. “This is a city that never sleeps and therefore neither do we.”

Ichiza

4355 West Spring Mountain Rd. #205.

Open: Monday – Wednesday, 2 p.m. – 3 a.m., Thursday – Sunday, 2 p.m. – 4 a.m.

It’s a little bit party, a little bit serious eats. Ichiza is like a Japanese gastropub, with a wide selection of libations and delicious Japanese fusion fare. It’s a casual bar-type restaurant with bar stools and long wooden tables. Everything you want to order is probably listed somewhere on the wall, but if you’re not sure, just point to whatever they’re making in the open kitchen.

The restaurant has everything from a seafood quesadilla to deep fried bacon mozzarella, squid rolls, tempura and a honey toast presentation in the shape of a box.

FIRST food and bar

At the Palazzo.

The original slider is part of the late-night menu at FIRST Food & Bar.

Open: Daily, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

FIRST Food & Bar is a funky, quirky restaurant that serves comfort food with an elevated culinary twist. From Chef Sammy “D” DeMarco, the late night menu at FIRST has impressive bites, including BBQ pulled pork egg rolls,  hand-cut beef carpaccio and stuffed chicken Parmesan. There’s also a $9.99 menu, with options like butcher cut steak and eggs and chicken and waffles. Don’t forget the Doritos mac ‘n’ cheese.

Peppermill

2985 Las Vegas Blvd.

Open: Daily, 24-hours.

The old Vegas standard, The Peppermill, is a popular late-night hang out. The Peppermill is known for generous portions of their cuisine, including breakfast served all day and other classic American food like a piled high nacho platter, half-pound burgers, steaks and a large menu of other stick-to-your-ribs food. Next door, the Fireside Lounge is a comfortable place to have a cocktail, complete with servers in long, sparkly gowns, a fireplace and alcove booths.

Tacos El Gordo

3049 Las Vegas Blvd.

Open: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 3 a.m., Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.

Tacos El Gordo is a quick-service restaurant where you have to be quick with placing your order. In true Tijuana taco stand style, you order your tacos at each station (pork, beef, etc) and you’d better order fast or the long line behind you might get restless.

This late-night spot offers a few red booths in the restaurant, but plenty of patio tables to watch the colorful passers-by. Most importantly, the tacos are authentic and delicious. Try the tacos de cabeza (head tacos) or the tacos de lengua (tacos made with tongue meat) and don’t be afraid to try something new. The spicy pork tacos are shaved from an impressive large rotisserie of spicy pork.

Du-Par’s

At The Golden Gate.

Open daily, 24-hours.

If you’re in downtown Las Vegas, Du-Par’s is the place to go for ’round the clock grub. This diner-like restaurant is no-frills, but offers tasty American cuisine including their delicious pancakes. These famous pancakes are fluffy and the perfect way to end your late-night bar hop. It’s something about the texture of the pancakes, dripping with butter and lots of syrup that simply hits the spot.

Firefly

3900 Paradise Road

Open: Daily, 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Just east of the Las Vegas Strip on Paradise Road, Firefly is a popular late-night hotspot where locals and tourists in-the-know come together over a pitcher of sangria. This tapas-style restaurant is perfect for getting a group of your friends together and chatting over bites of apple Manchego salad, stuffed dates, Firefly fries, mushroom tart and ham and cheese croquetas.

The vibe is semi-low-key, with dim lights, warm reds mixed with lively music, chatter and a bustling kitchen window.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Open: Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Chefs and brothers, Bruce and Eric Bromberg, have re-created a version of their already popular New York restaurants in The Cosmopolitan. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill offers fresh sushi and Japanese cuisine straight through dinner and on until late-night.

The restaurant is part Japanese, part American fare, sure to satisfy a variety of cravings. One dish not to miss has the perfect fusion of Japanese and American influences. The “Blue Ribbon Style” fried chicken features French-cut chicken pieces fried to a crisp golden brown and served with shichimi peppers and wasabi honey. No sake needed.

Raku

5030 W. Spring Mountain Road, #2.

Open: Monday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Raku offers serious eats for late-night diners. During dinner hours, it’s difficult to get a table, which usually comes with a wait time. Late night, it’s hit-or-miss, but well worth it. Dishes such as tofu and tomato salad with crispy baby eel, steamed foie gras egg custard and cold green tea soba with poached egg are just examples of James Beard Award nominated Chef Mitsuo Endo’s modern Japanese cuisine.

In-N-Out Burger

4888 Dean Martin Dr.

Open: Sunday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

I don’t need to tell you to eat at In-n-Out if you’re hungry. But I do suggest if you’re hungry and it’s late, you eat at one particular location on Tropicana and Dean Martin Drive, just west of the Las Vegas Strip. This In-and-Out is an experience— always with a long line of cars, limousines, taxicabs. Here, Ferraris park next to Geo Prisms — all in the name of the “Double Double.” It’s a non-stop need for parking spaces and ketchup and the people that stop are entertainment with your fries.

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