They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we think that’s especially true in Vegas. You could be driving a race car or taking a Stripper 101 class or jumping off the Stratosphere while you’re here so you are going to need fuel to keep you going all day.
Or maybe you’re one of those people who’s just leaving the club at 5 a.m. and you need some breakfast before you go to bed. Nothing helps cure or prevent a hangover like a hearty breakfast.
Either way, Vegas has tons of breakfast options for you and many of them are available 24 hours a day. Whether you’re looking for a nice refined brunch or just some good old bacon and eggs, there’s a spot for you. Here are 10 of our recommendations:
Hash House A Go Go, located at the Plaza, The Quad and the Rio: Beware the food coma at Hash House A Go Go. This place is famous for its oversized portions. And by oversized we mean 18-inch flapjacks and a breakfast called the Tractor Driver Combo, which is practically as big as a tractor. Hash House serves their famous hashes tossed with potatoes and two eggs including corned beef hash; roasted chicken, garlic, onions, asparagus and rosemary hash; and chorizo with jalapenos, cheddar and fresh tomato hash. You will also find scrambles and Farm Benedicts like the HH Original with smoked bacon, tomato, spinach, roasted red pepper cream and topped with two basted eggs. It’s served on a biscuit with griddled mashed potatoes. Unless you’re incredibly ravenous you can probably split these dishes with a friend.
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas: When in France, have breakfast like the French do. If you’re at Paris Las Vegas stop by Mon Ami Gabi and be sure to get seated on the outdoor patio. The cafe-style tables are just like those you’d find on a sidewalk in the City of Light. With the Eiffel Tower replica overhead, a cafe au lait in your hand, and French favorites like crêpes, croissants and pain au chocolat on the breakfast menu, you’ll almost feel like you’ve been transported to Europe. The patio overlooks the Strip and is one of the best people-watching spots in Vegas. You can leisurely dine on pancakes, made-from-scratch waffles, omelets, eggs Benedict, quiche Lorraine and French toast while watching the throngs of pedestrians walking by. Mon Ami Gabi also happens to be ideally situated across the street from the Bellagio Fountains. You can’t beat breakfast with a free show. On weekends, stop in to the restaurant for brunch and hit up the bloody Mary cart where you can mix your own drink to your liking.
Denny’s at Neonopolis on Fremont St.: Everyone knows the classic American restaurant Denny’s is an inexpensive spot to grab a hearty breakfast but this Denny’s is a bit different. This is a Vegas Denny’s. Not only can you get a Grand Slam breakfast with eggs, sausage, hash browns and toast, but you can take photos in a photo booth with Vegas props, drink a martini and eat an Elvis-inspired “King Stack” featuring peanut butter, bananas and bacon on French toast. Oh — and since you’re in the wedding capital of the world, why not get hitched at the Denny’s wedding chapel after breakfast?
Peppermill, 2985 S. Las Vegas Blvd.: The swanky old-school Peppermill restaurant will make you feel like you stepped back in time and onto the set of “Casino.” The restaurant, with its neon-bright colors, velvet couches, dim lighting and fire pit, has been serving food on the Strip for 40 years. Their menu features oversized portions and still has original items like the delicious-sounding French Toast Ambrosia (warm slices of French toast with cinnamon and vanilla, topped with fresh fruit, whipped topping or sour cream and boysenberry syrup). They also serve classics like eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, corned beef hash, steak and eggs and large omelets. Top it all off with a bloody Mary, made from scratch.
Eat, 707 Carson Ave.: Eat, a self proclaimed “breakfast and lunch joint” is run by professional chef Natalie Young. She’s been perfecting her craft for 20 years and it shows. Young puts together some tasty, healthy breakfasts like steel-cut oats. But for those who want some heartier comfort fare, there’s also chicken fried steak, shrimp and grits, cinnamon biscuits and a truffled egg sandwich, which is made with two scrambled eggs, wild mushrooms, chives, feta, bacon and potatoes on ciabatta bread.
Du-par’s at the Golden Gate: Du-par’s has been in Las Vegas since 1955 and it’s still going strong so that should tell you something. Du-par’s is famous for two things — its pies and its pancakes. You probably don’t want pie for breakfast but you’ll definitely want to try one of their mouthwatering buttermilk hotcakes, which are available 24 hours a day. Other breakfast favorites include French toast topped with blueberry or boysenberry compote, eggs, corned beef hash, country fried steak, chicken apple sausage and a variety of omelets. Du-par’s also has a nice pastry case filled with doughnuts, muffins, Danish, bear claws and banana nut bread.
O Face Doughnuts, 124 S. Sixth St. #140: One bite of these doughnuts and you’ll understand where the shop gets its name. An array of flavors are created by Chef Crystal Whitford, who previously worked as a pastry chef for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Doughnuts come in traditional and yeast-raised varieties in flavors you never dreamed were possible like bacon maple, strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, Nutella glazed and rosewater with roasted pistachio.
Trust us when we tell you that you need to try the s’mores doughnut – a chocolate raised doughnut with milk chocolate ganache inside plus toasted marshmallow and crumbled graham cracker on top. It’s like a little bite of heaven. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, O Face also serves savory breakfast pockets like the Monte Cristo with ham, gruyère and raspberry jam. You can also jump-start your day with cold-brewed coffee on tap made with coffee beans from Seattle’s Caffe Vita.
Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar at The Quad: This is the place to go for breakfast if you have a hangover. Guy Fieri and his famous over-the-top comfort food will take care of it. The breakfast menu offers things like Dragon’s Breath Chili Cornbread Benedict — sweet cornbread topped with chili, cheese sauce, scallions and poached eggs. Or there’s the carne asada chilaquiles, made with fresh fried tortillas tossed with Guy’s rojo salsa, fire-roasted poblanos, crumbled Cotija cheese and grilled steak, topped with crema, avocado and two sunny side up eggs.
For something slightly more traditional try the shortbread pancake and berry pot pie – vanilla shortbread pancakes stuffed with mixed berry compote and whipped cream.
The bar also offers the Hangover Recovery Bloody Mary if you need a little hair of the dog that bit you. Choose your liquor, choose your heat level and choose five garnishes like pineapple, pickle, carrot sticks, olives, pickled veggies or jalapeno. Top it off with a protein like candied bacon, shrimp or chicken apple sausage. If this doesn’t help you, nothing will.
Bouchon Bistro at Venetian: Bouchon is not for the hangover crowd. If you’re looking for a refined, fancy French breakfast from renowned chef Thomas Keller you’ll want to come here. You’ll find treats like croissants, pain au chocolat, cheese Danish, blueberry muffin, beignets with house-made jam, French toast with brioche, vanilla custard, caramelized apples and bananas, and sourdough waffles with fresh strawberries and Tahitian vanilla bean butter. There are also a variety of egg dishes, quiche and smoked salmon.
Griddle Café at SLS: The SLS Las Vegas isn’t opening until this weekend, but we suggest you get in line now for the Griddle Café. On their website they call themselves “the Disneyland of breakfast” if that gives you any idea of what you can expect. The Griddle Café has a dazzling array of pancake flavors, served 24 hours a day and topped with 100 percent pure maple syrup from Vermont. Start with the Good Ol’ Fashioned, the original buttermilk recipe or be more adventurous with the Banananana –- brown sugar baked bananas cooked inside buttermilk batter. We’re excited to try A Time To Love — made with streusel, butterscotch chips and caramel filled “Tis the Season” pancakes topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and caramel. (The Tis the Season are originals mixed with pumpkin pie filling.) If you need a pick-me-up, try the Eyes Wide Open, which are made with a shot of espresso and chocolate chips folded into the buttermilk recipe. If you’re not sold on the pancakes — and we’re not sure how you couldn’t be — there’s always the Devil’s Daydream French Toast with chocolate bread, chocolate chips and whipped cream.