Breakfast serves arguably more varied and important functions in Las Vegas than anywhere else. For the many who work through the night in the casinos, it’s a precursor to a day of unnatural daytime sleeping; for plenty of Strip tourists, a trip straight from the club to a huge breakfast can be justified on the grounds that you’re soaking up alcohol from the night before and staving off a hangover (true or not). And of course there’s breakfast as spectacle for those coming here for the indulgent food scene (with 500-plus dishes at some hotel buffets, the flashy breakfast offerings can be a show in themselves). For locals, and those who want to seek out lower-key, less-pricey morning meals off the Strip, there are dozens of pancake houses and diners serving delicious fare in the suburbs. However you decide to treat breakfast while you’re in town, though, there’s something on this list for you.
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Hash House a Go Go
There’s something just a little bit mortifying about eating in a place that serves food in vessels with a striking resemblance to troughs. It’s best just to get past this, though, and enjoy the food, which is as good as the portions are enormous. Its now three locations in Las Vegas serve what’s characterized as “twisted farm food,” and the one closest to the Strip—inside the Quad hotel—serves around-the clock. Try the massive sage-fried chicken breasts with waffles, “farm scrambles” (of items like eggs, bacon, avocado and Swiss cheese) that are the size of small children, or the massive meatloaf sandwich. Even the single child’s portion flapjack is delicious but exhaustingly large.
For quite good reason, Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, now in its tenth year, is consistently cited as one of the best breakfast spots in Las Vegas. There’s a traditional Parisian-bistro feel, with wide open doors and windows looking out on one of the most manicured pool scenes in the city. Also, a lovely menu, from which you can choose a lot or very little. One must is the assortment of pastries (all baked in Bouchon’s own Venetian bakery—which also has two other small outposts on the property), or at least the massive pecan sticky bun, which comes with all the right qualities: gooey syrup, caramelized pecans, and a lingering feeling of guilt. This is definitely the most civilized breakfast in Las Vegas.
This unapologetically campy 40-year veteran has served as a backdrop for movies like Casino and Showgirls. While the restaurant serves breakfast around the clock, there’s also a lounge for cocktails served around an over-the-top gas flame. It’s not unusual to see someone order a plate of eggs Benedict or a “French Toast Collage” (eggs, bacon, sausage and French toast piled high) at 4 a.m., then follow it up with 64-oz. Scorpion—the signature cocktail here. What’s wrong is right. Go with it.
Mon Ami Gabi
There’s no better people watching any time of day than at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris casino hotel—which feels as authentic as a faux Parisian bistro can at the foot of a replica Eiffel Tower. And although it seems that the Strip should be tailor-made for sidewalk, al fresco dining, this is one of the few options. There are all sorts of classic menu favorites: omelets, Benedicts (even of the gluten-free variety, mon dieu!), and a very good quiche Lorraine. There is also, helpfully, a “not breakfast” section of the breakfast menu, for those of you rolling out of whatever after-hours situation you found yourself in this morning and needing a 7 a.m. French onion soup. It happens.
On the ground floor of a run-down apartment building, you will find Chef Natalie Young’s breakfast and lunch joint, which infuses American classics with New Mexican and French influences, and is perpetually and justifiably crowded in its second year of business. Think eggs motuleños, made with red and green chiles and black beans; a truffled egg sandwich with mushrooms and feta on ciabatta; and likely the best pancakes in the city—crisp on the outside and fluffy inside, and served with chicken-apple sausage. Be patient when trying to nab a table; the wait is always worth it.