1. Johnny Smalls
How can you say no to alligator bites with Fat Tire Ale batter, Smack Ya Momma remoulade; mac & cheese daddy sliders with fried mac and cheese, heirloom tomato, arugula and garlic aioli; chicken and waffles; or Grilled PB & J? You can’t. Especially late at night. That’s why you’re headed over to Johnny Smalls at the Hard Rock Hotel when you need late-night fuel. Chef Scott Minervini cooks up a menu of more than 50 dishes meant to be shared. You can find tater tots with potato croquettes, parmesan and truffle oil; a surf and turf duo of filet bites, lobster, vanilla butter and mint; or our favorite, Smalls Balls with creamy risotto, short ribs and parmesan fondue. Keep your buzz going with the Chunky Monkey, Gobstopper or Monster Colada cocktails, or try one of the 20 beers behind the bar. Good late-night grub.
Johnny Smalls Hard Rock Hotel, 800.HRD.ROCK www.hardrockhotel.com/#/dine/johnny-smalls
We’ve already told you about Munchbar, so if you haven’t been there yet, it’s because you haven’t been out late enough at Caesars Palace. Chef Bryan Ogden features everything from the Munch Breakfast sandwich with an English muffin, fried egg, grilled Canadian bacon with fries and sausage gravy for a late breakfast to a mini Maine lobster roll on a toasted bun with herb mayo. You can even take your meal on the go at the take-out window.
Munchbar is located at Caesars Palace www.munchgroup.com
3. Society Cafe
Can you argue with a restaurant named one of the best new restaurants of 2009 by Esquire magazine? No, especially late at night. Head over to Society Cafe at Encore Las Vegas for some late-night culinary delights. Chef Kim Canteenwalla features a menu of creative American cuisine including fresh pretzel bread and house-made grainy mustard butter with every meal. Yum. Look for mac ‘n’ cheese bites with truffle dipping sauce and a barbecue pork roll or the ultimate steak and egg sliders with creamed spinach and a bacon-cheddar muffin. You can sample from herb, parmesan or sweet fries (heck, it's late, get all three) and make them all sloppy Joseph style. Finish your meal off with the restaurant’s coveted warm doughnut bites. You won't regret these late-night calories.
Society Cafe is located at Encore Las Vegas 702.248.3463 www.encorelasvegas.com/#/dining/societycafe
4. First Food & Bar
Go a little more hip with a trip to First Food & Bar at the Shoppes at the Palazzo. Chef Sam DeMarco serves up dishes such as the lollipop Buffalo wings with Maytag bleu fondue and pickled cucumbers or the lobster rolls served on mini potato buns with Maine lobster and tarragon. If you have a hankering for White Castle, try the “First Original” mini burgers with four all-beef patties, secret sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and tomatoes atop a White Castle bun. You can keep on drinking with the cucumber gimlet or the cotton candy kiss. Adult “snow cones” are always on the menu.
First Food & Bar is located at the Shoppes at the Palazzo, 702.607.3478, www.firstfoodandbar.com.
5. Mr. Lucky’s 24/7
Closing time rarely has meaning in a town that operates 24/7. The same goes for Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 at the Hard Rock Hotel. You can find standard diner fare, such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza and breakfast items. And its not-so secret specials, such as the Gambler’s Special (an 8-ounce New York sirloin steak, three jumbo shrimp, salad, garlic mashed potatoes and a roll, all for a lucky $7.77), and the "bone yard specials" starting at $3.95 (served Monday through Thursday from 1 to 5 a.m.) are well worth ordering. Best of all, you can indulge in a Vegas tradition with Mr. Lucky’s all-you-can-eat prime rib for only $9.99 any day of the week from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 is located at the Hard Rock Hotel 702.693.5000 www.hardrockhotel.com/dine/mr-luckys-24-7.