Winter is here, and for us that means a lot more than just pumpkin spice lattes (no offense). Vegas has become a haven for serious foodies and cocktail aficionados, so naturally we care a lot about what our next meal is going to be. We've rounded up the city's best dishes and cocktails this season has to offer.
Portofino offers true Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Just in time for the holiday season chef Michael LaPlaca is serving up pumpkin spiced gnocchi with braised venison, candy cane beets, and a gingerbread crumble.
Sake Rok's Pear My Heart Out uses muddled Asian pears with a pinch of cinnamon to celebrate one of this season’s great joys—perfectly ripe pears. The drink also includes vodka, white peach sake, lemon sour, and a dash of cinnamon.
The Mandarin Bar is one of the most sophisticated venues in Vegas—and with a view to boot. Grand Ma's Mule starts with classic ingredients and are immediately transformed with their housemade cranberry and cinnamon syrup, apple bitters, and a dehydrated hidden rose apple for garnish.
This cold weather-inspired dessert was created by Veranda pastry chef Jean-Luc Daul. The No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is paired with butter graham cracker crunch, honey-roasted figs, and Malaga gelato.
Oscar's Steakhouse is a throwback to Rat Pack-era Vegas, and has the same approach when it comes to their cuisine—classic American dining. They're celebrating winter vibes with two seasonal menu items: butternut squash soup with pomegranate, and the pumpkin sweet potato praline tart with pumpkin spice latte ice cream.
The New England Clam Chowder on RM Seafood's menu is celebrity chef Rick Moonen’s take on this time-honored, cool weather classic with fresh littleneck clams, bacon, potatoes, and herbs. Moonen is dedicated to being the country’s top culinary advocate for sustainable seafood, so you can feel good about eating here.
Chef Chris Santos shows his unique take on new American cuisine at Beauty & Essex by offering sharing plates and new twists on classic cocktails in a speakeasy-like setting. Their seasonal dish "Jewels on Toast" includes olive oil-grilled bread topped with apple-spiced Brussel sprouts, pumpkin goat cheese, pancetta and pumpkin seed brittle.
Yardbird at The Venetian is a traditional Southern eatery that serves up chicken and waffles, grits, and other classics. This season they're offering their pumpkin cheesecake topped with toffee and pumpkin seeds. Apples and thyme are at their peak during the months of fall. With that said, they're now pouring The Porkchop. The Porkchop is a unique cocktail blending apple and thyme with a dash of savory Dijon to top it off.
Originally offered during Executive Chef Steve Benjamin’s Snack Wagon Takeover at Harvest by Roy Ellamar, the Le Foie Gras dish will be available to guests at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon this season. Le Foie Gras is served with smoked eel, wasabi whipped cream and a Gastrique made with caramel, vinegar and ginger.
Now that you've got the lowdown on all the festive foodie things happening this season in Vegas, it's time to get eating. It's bulking season, friends, and we have plenty of options to get your grub on.