Breakfast hasn’t always been the most important meal of the day on the Strip, where generic coffee shops or long-lined buffets are the standards. But things have been changing, and three new stylish and sensational breakfasts have arrived along Las Vegas Boulevard. Feast your sleepy eyes on these:
Della’s Kitchen is the dining highlight at the brand new Delano, a comfy nook just off the peaceful hotel lobby where the concept is “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen.” Does that mean chicken and waffles? Yep. It’s always hard not to order this sweet and savory classic ($18), but Della’s also does unique dishes like pecan-raisin French toast ($16) with caramelized bananas and coconut butter, Portuguese sausage and pastrami hash ($17), and blue crab- or smoked pork-topped eggs Benedict. 702-632-9444, Daily, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Mirage’s new big, bright, bistro-like space Pantry is as warm and welcoming as casino restaurants come, bolstered by a purely comfort-food menu. There’s lots of stuff to try at lunch and dinner, but breakfast is served all day and that’s fine by us—“Grand Cru” milk chocolate pancakes ($16) and short rib hash with poached eggs ($19) are great at any hour. Need more fancy? Opt for white chocolate brioche French toast ($15) with lots of fresh berries and whipped mascarpone cheese, or the Black Forest breakfast sandwich ($15), eggs, truffled mushrooms and smoked Gouda on toasty ciabatta bread. 702-696-7050, 24/7 (closed Tuesday 10 p.m. until Wednesday 6 a.m.)
Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar just started morning tours through Flavortown, but before you get to the insanity of chicken fried bacon with buttermilk sage biscuits and sausage gravy ($17) or “Dragon’s Breath” chili and cornbread Benedict ($17), you must do battle with the excessively awesome Bloody Mary program. Pick your vodka, your spicy level (1-5), your protein (pepperoni, shrimp, chicken sausage or candied bacon) and your veggie garnishes—you get five with options ranging from jalapeños and pickles to olives and pineapple. Do note the fine print: “For the super hungover, all Bloody Marys are available in our 52-ounce punch bowl.” Why not? Quad, 702-731-3311, breakfast daily, 8-11 a.m.