Las Vegas is a mecca of top notch restaurants and bars. Well-known chefs from around the world have opened establishments in the various hotels on the strip including Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Joel Robuchon and many more. Good eats are not limited to headline restaurants. There are several undiscovered treasures waiting to be uncovered by the curious foodie. Here are three restaurants I enjoyed on my recent trip to Sin City.
There is no restaurant in Las Vegas with a better view of the strip than miX. Located on the 64th floor of the Mandalay Bay, the restaurant is bathed in white with 15,000 hand blown glass orbs hanging from the ceiling. miX offers two tasting menus, one curated by Executive Chef Bruno Riou which showcases miX's signature dishes; the second menu is composed of Alain Ducasse classics. Diners can taste dishes like spicy crab salad with guacamole, heart of palm, and cilantro; filet mignon rossini with foie gras and black truffle; roasted Maine lobster "au curry" with coconut basmati rice; miX candy bar made with chocolate and hazelnuts. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional cost. With your hunger now satisfied, your next stop is an after dinner drink in the miX lounge.
If you need an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip, Estiatorio Milos may be just the restaurant you are looking for. This little piece of the Mediterranean offers an affordable lunch tasting menu along with an extensive wine list which features many Greek wines. The restaurant's signature dishes include charred broiled octopus, the Milo Special consisting of fried slices of zucchini and eggplant served with tzaziki, and the grilled Branzino. Estiatorio Milos is the only restaurant that imports mastiha, an evergreen flavored liquor native to the island of Chios. No Greek meal is complete without a taste of this unique spirit.
A great burger is hard to resist and at Holsteins they serve the best, literally. Their "Gold Standard burger" won best burger in Las Vegas by Seven Magazine. This burger joint serves upscale comfort food with a twist. Their appetizers include truffle lobster mac n' cheese, fried pickles, and artichoke guacamole. Diners can sample a variety of burgers from the traditional to the unexpected; the "Rising Sun" is made with a Kobe beef patty and topped with teriyaki glaze, nori furikake, crispy yam, and tempura avocado or the "Billionaire Burger" composed of the best ingredients money can buy with a Kobe beef burger served with foie gras, port onion marmalade, frisee, and truffle mayo. Skip dessert and opt for one of their boozy milkshakes instead.