You’re in Vegas and you’ve had a long day and an even longer night.
Your stomach is grumbling. You’re starving, but deep down inside you know you want more than the typical fast-food chain eats before you get back to your room.
You’re in luck, as Vegas has tons of 24/7 or late-night restaurants to cater to every appetite. These are some of my favorites, be it for the uniqueness, scene or sheer amount of food you can get for your money when you’ve had a wild night out:
It’s a New York City institution transplanted into the Vegas Strip and it’s open 24/7. Carnegie Deli is great for when you’re on The Mirage’s side of The Strip and just have a craving for something a little out-of-the-ordinary. They serve a full selection of special omelettes, burgers, matzo ball soup, chopped liver, gefilte fish, cakes and pies, and massive sandwiches: like the “Beefamania,” – roast beef with gravy, “Nosh, Nosh Nanette” – turkey, gravy and cranberry, or the “Li’l Abner” – beef brisket, all served open style and ready to share with your group. You can even create your own sandwich with up to four meats and the results can be extreme.
Tao classes up late night dining a notch with its Asian dishes, sharing-centric menu and an ambiance that is subdued and cool. You can grab some sushi, a bowl of noodles, dumplings, some soup or whatever you crave and if you’re in the mood for it, the club is right there. Tao’s hot and sour soup with shrimp toast, the spicy Toro Toro roll, Kobe beef with ginger scallion broth and wasabi sauce and pad thai will keep your tummy very happy.
Located on the north end of The Strip (within walking distance of The Riviera and the Encore), The Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge is one of the few eateries still on the Strip that screams “Classic Las Vegas” just as much as any place Downtown. You should come here for the ambiance as much as you would for the food.
The restaurant area takes your typical cafe fare and jazzes the ambiance a bit with (some) neon lighting and big booths — it’s nothing out of the ordinary, it’s just your typical cafe experience turned up to 11.
The lounge, on the other hand, is one of the classiest joints on the Strip. With dim lighting, smaller booths with low tables, classic music videos playing on the wall and a fire pit providing light and warmth, the Peppermill’s lounge has a timeless cool factor to it that has to be experienced first hand.
Tucked away behind the Strip on Koval Lane, Ellis Island is worth the short trek for the brewery and food alone. Expect some pleasantly surprising cafe fare here, including favorites like chicken Parmesan and jumbo shrimp that will take care of even the most ravenous late-night appetite.
The Ellis Island burger (burger patty, special seasonings, bacon and cheese on a garlic roll) and Frisco bBurger (Italian seasonings on a burger patty, plus bacon, onions, Thousand Island dressing and Italian cheese blend) are your best bets, or you can build your own burger starting at around $6.
You’ve worked up quite an appetite after a long day and night, an appetite that can only be conquered when you’ve had something ridiculously sweet to eat. The Grand Lux Cafes, in the Venetian and Palazzo, serve up standard fare ranging from pizza to wraps to burgers and pasta, but really, you’re coming here for the famous Cheesecake Factory desserts. Apple pie, Molten Chocolate Cake, bread pudding, key lime pie and of course, the cheesecakes. The Venetian location is open 24/7. Expect your meal to run between $15 to $25.
Mr. Lucky’s at the Hard Rock Hotel is where you come to dine like a rock star at 4 a.m. The aptly-named hangover burger comes with a fried egg and bacon on top of standard burger toppings, but you can also get one of these bargains from midnight to noon: steak and eggs for $5, or a burger and fries for $4. For $7.77, you can have the 777 Special, which gets you steak, shrimp, salad and mashed potatoes. It’s not on the menu, but “777″ is easy to remember in Vegas, right?
Uncle Joe’s Pizza
This cozy, family-owned pizza place doesn’t have a lot of room to sit down, but one bite of this pizza will make you an instant fan. Located near the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard in the Fremont East “bar district,” you can grab two slices and a drink for around $5 or $6 or go for some wings and garlic bread, which are magnificent.
This Fremont Street casino has the “nuclear option” for your late-night munchies. Sure, you could go for the Nathan’s hot dogs… or you could get the deep-fried Oreos or Twinkies for 99 cents.
It’s your call, so choose wisely.