Friday, May 13, 2016

Good Food, Better People Watching

Las Vegas’ weekends until triple-digit temperatures are numbered. Carpe spring weather and enjoy dinner at one of these excellent outdoor dining spots. Top-notch people watching, cool cocktails and sunny afternoons is a Vegas trio that ranks up there with the likes of Frank, Dean and Sammy or Siegfried, Roy and the tiger.

Mon Ami Gabi  $$$
Paris – 3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd. – 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Oui, oui! This popular restaurant sits center stage directly across from Bellagio. Sample classic French dishes in the shade of the Eiffel Tower. The only thing missing is a cigarette smoking mime… oh wait.
Best Bets: Let them eat cake! You, my friend, will be dining on wild escargots with garlic herb butter paired with chicken and mushroom crepes with brie and kale.
Wow Factor: The oversized patio offers Strip-side dining reminiscent of a traditional French bistro and front row seats for the Bellagio fountain shows.

Carson Kitchen  $$
Downtown – 124 S. Sixth St. – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A new edition to the up and coming East Fremont neighborhood, this American cuisine-with-a-twist hot spot features swanky roof-top seating and clever alcoholic concoctions. End your night out at one of the many hip bars on the block.
Best Bets: Double down on American cuisine classics, “Devil’s” eggs topped with crispy pancetta and caviar and beef belly sliders.
Wow Factor: You might just get to rub elbows with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. He kinda owns the neighborhood.

Margaritaville  $$
Flamingo – 3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd. – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Nothing cures a Las Vegas hangover like a juicy burger and more tequila! There are plenty of salt shakers to go around.
Best Bets: It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so grab a Who’s To Blame margarita and a Cheeseburger In Paradise.
Wow Factor: Margaritaville’s beach bar inspired dining patio is just steps away from the High Roller observation wheel.

Park on Fremont  $
Downtown – 506 Fremont St. – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

This corner bar with a “backyard” dining area sits on the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. The quirkiness of the hip pub’s décor is matched only by its menu items.
Best Bets: You can’t go wrong with the Philly mac ‘n’ cheese, boasting a heaping helping of sirloin steak, sautéed peppers and onions and macaroni and cheese. Wash it down with some Kentucky Crack, the bourbon version of a Moscow mule.
Wow Factor: Come for the food and drink. Stay for the secret, adult-size seesaw… definitely Instagram worthy.

Umami Burger  $
SLS – 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd. – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Umami Burger combined three of our favorite things: beer, burgers and sports betting. The often touted micro-chain’s latest location also features an outdoor beer garden along Las Vegas Boulevard. These are certainly knife-and-fork burgers. Come hungry.
Best Bets: Get down and dirty with a truffle burger and a whole slew of local brews on tap.
Wow Factor: Sports fans will love the in-house sports book. Umami Burger might be the best place to watch a baseball game on a summer afternoon. Play ball!


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