Honey Salt features a seasonally changing, farm-to-table-inspired menu that balances the realities of living in the desert with the amazing products regionally available for those willing to look a little harder. Created by restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwall, the dishes here take comfort food to a new level. Must-tries for dinner include the farmhouse meatloaf, bacon-wrapped with caramelized onions, tomato jam, Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes, or the buttermilk fried chicken with mac 'n cheese, coleslaw and hot sauce. For lunch, the humble hamburger gets elevated by tomato jam and butter pickles. The menu is complemented by a selection of hand-crafted cocktails, a diverse and approachable wine list and a great selection of beers, making Honey Salt a great off-Strip spot to catch up with family and friends.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Honey Salt was an early pioneer of the farm-to-table concept in Las Vegas and consistently wins accolades for its upscale yet homey dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you're driving, you'll be happy to know there's plenty of free parking at Honey Salt. The shopping center where the restaurant is located has a large parking lot.
Yardbird feels like a combination of honky-tonk and family dining room, which is the perfect atmosphere for its Southern food. They're most well-known for their fried chicken, which is amazingly juicy. Food is served on platters that make for easy sharing. Each of their menus is filled with traditional dishes and sides that come with a twist, like deviled eggs with smoked trout roe. While you'll find salads on the menu, the true stars here are proteins, like the St. Louis style pork ribs, French onion filet mignon and their famous chicken. For weekend brunch, look for dishes like the biscuit and gravy, shrimp 'n grits or Chicken 'n' Watermelon 'n' Waffles, which comes with honey hot sauce, chilled spiced watermelon, a cheddar cheese waffle and bourbon maple syrup.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Yardbird's take on Southern cooking includes notably tasty chicken dishes, which they're widely known for.
Terrisa's expert tip: Yardbird offers an extensive menu of bourbon, rye and whiskey that connoisseurs will appreciate. Notable selections include whiskey and bourbon from Frey Ranch in Northern Nevada and Lagavulin Scotch whisky from Islay, Scotland.
One of the first clues about the culinary sensibilities at Farmtable Kitchen + Spirits is in its description of the meals they offer: breakfast, lunch and supper--"supper" being the word many people associate with farms and down-home cooking. Farmtable is conveniently located at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, near the Strip. Look for supper/dinner selections like braised short ribs, fried chicken, turkey leg, the Farmhand Burger, shrimp and grits and brisket. Supper dishes are served with two sides, which include favorites like mac 'n cheese, mashed potatoes, braised collard greens, black eyed peas and cheddar grits. Naturally, you'll also want to investigate the dessert offerings, with tasty sweets like sheet cake, banana bread pudding and pie.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Farmtable Kitchen + Spirits offers guests Southern style food, with substantial portions and stick-to-your-ribs recipes.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you're looking for a hearty, quality breakfast or brunch, Farmtable has you covered. They serve breakfast/brunch until 11 a.m on weekdays and 1 p.m on weekends.
Hearthstone's approach to food is to keep it simple, using seasonal and sustainable ingredients to create a menu full of delectable dishes. Guests can enjoy artisanal salads, charcuterie and signature dishes made from scratch. On the dinner menu, the inventive, rustic style dishes include appetizers like roasted spicy curry hummus, tuna pizza and roasted octopus. An array of shellfish and seafood is available, along with sandwiches and pizza. Entrees include braised short rib, truffle pasta, rotisserie chicken and steak. To top it all off, don't miss dessert, with tempting choices like the 12 layer cake, made with cookies n' cream cake, cookie butter frosting and chocolate ganache.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Hearthstone emphasizes seasonal ingredients for its homestyle-inspired dishes, plus offers a great patio for al fresco dining.
Terrisa's expert tip: Stop in for Happy Hour at Hearthstone Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and you can enjoy plenty of inexpensive eats along with specialty cocktails for only $8.
Sparrow + Wolf's cuisine takes inspiration from Chef Brian Howard's travels, training and Midwestern upbringing. Seasonal dishes, great drinks, and a welcoming neighborhood vibe come together at this restaurant. The changing menu features a variety of dishes inspired by the freshest ingredients, locally obtained when possible. Shareable plates might include selections like half a dozen oysters on the half shell, charcuterie and cheese or oxtail hummus with crispy chickpeas, curry oil and warm naan. The Chef's Tasting Menu, a multiple course meal, rotates dishes regularly. An extensive drink menu includes wine, beer and a selection of unique cocktails like the Thank You For Smoking, made with apple brandy, cognac, Vikings blood mead, Benedictine, bitters and smoke.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: The acclaimed food at Sparrow + Wolf reflects seasonality, deeply flavorful dishes and international influences.
Terrisa's expert tip: The menu changes and evolves regularly at Sparrow + Wolf, so if you've dined there before you'll almost certainly find new items to enjoy during another visit.
The charming Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas was among the first restaurants to take root in the on-going efforts to transform the downtown area in a chic, trendy place to hang out. Carson Kitchen's quiet ambiance is wonderful for meal when you'd like to have a conversation and a glass of great wine. The late chef Kerry Simon opened Carson Kitchen, and after its opening, the restaurant's innovative dishes quickly gained positive attention. "Social Plates" for the table include choices like "Devil's" Eggs, topped with crispy pancetta and caviar or crispy chicken skins with smoked honey. The flatbreads also are ideal for sharing. Entrees include burgers, fish and steak. The menu changes frequently, ensuring you can almost always find a new delight. The drink menu includes a wide selection of wines and beers, along with a selection of finely crafted cocktails.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Carson Kitchen has earned its reputation as one of Downtown Las Vegas' best restaurants, serving up well-crafted versions of comfort food.
Terrisa's expert tip: Curb-side pick is available at Carson Kitchen, so if you'd rather take your delicious meal with you just place your order online via the website, and you can enjoy your food wherever you want.
With a stylish interior design and a menu full of satisfyingly indulgent dishes, The Smashed Pig offers a menu full of tempting choices. This compact eatery in the East Fremont area in Downtown Las Vegas often gets labeled as a "hole in the wall," but in the best possible way. Look for burgers and sandwiches, prepared in generous portions with sea salt fries on the side. If you're looking for smaller portions, the appetizers can easily be a meal: hand battered shrimp, pork belly tacos and a soft pretzel with beer cheese sauce are just a few of the options. For entrees, enjoy beer battered fish and chips, steak frites or blackened salmon. For dessert, forget about calories and order the monkey bread pudding, chocolate lava cake, or cheesecake chimichanga. Cocktails are a must here, although they're called "pig tails" to carry the theme.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: The Smashed Pig's menu shows off its gastropub aesthetic with tasty, filling dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and craft beers.
Terrisa's expert tip: Brunch at The Smashed Pig is one of their most popular offerings and is served Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Enjoy brunch and lunch favorites like The Crab Benny, stuffed French toast, a breakfast burrito, a pub burger, bottomless mimosas, and more.
Neighborhood restaurant Locale Italian Kitchen is well known for its menu full of well-executed, hearty Italian dishes. The restaurant's pleasant interior design has both industrial and farmhouse touches, with the result being a comfortable setting for the homestyle food. While the menu may change with seasonal availability, look for dishes like grilled octopus, rigatoni bolognese or blue crab black spaghetti, along with other selections of pastas, antipasti, pizza and entrees. Brunch is served on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and offers some classic drinks, like a bottomless mimosa, rosé or bellini, which pair well with breakfast pizza, steak and eggs or lemon ricotta waffles, among other choices.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Locale Italian Kitchen serves up hearty fare bursting with flavor and features house-made items throughout the menu.
Terrisa's expert tip: Locale's Happy Hour happens in their bar and lounge Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. and offers terrific deals on food and drinks. Enjoy a Margherita pizza for $8, Caesar salad for $5, $4 beer, well drinks for $6 and more.
Chef Natalie Young is a venerated Las Vegas chef, and the food at Old Soul demonstrates why her dishes are so acclaimed. Located at the World Market Center in Downtown Las Vegas, the comfortable, antique-accented space invites guests to sit down and savor their meal along with a cocktail. The menu offers Southern-inspired dishes like collard green artichoke dip, fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs, but that's just a start on the flavor-packed offerings. Look for hearty entrees like meatloaf, pork chops and a whole grilled branzino. For dessert, enjoy cherry pie or peach cobbler. Don't forget to order a hand-crafted cocktail to go along with your meal to fully enjoy the essence of Old Soul.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Old Soul's upscale comfort food and handcrafted cocktails are served in a welcoming space filled with cozy touches.
Terrisa's expert tip: On Tuesdays guests can enjoy Taco Tuesday during lunch service at Old Soul. Beef or chicken street tacos with sides of rice and beans are available for just $13.
Harvest is a restaurant devoted to a farm-to-table sensibility. Designed to deliver healthy, sustainably sourced foods in innovatively delicious ways, the menu at Harvest is adjusted as needed to ensure the freshest food is served. The range of dishes at Harvest guarantees diners will find plenty to enjoy, with in-season produce and carefully sourced meats, like grass-fed filet mignon and organic chicken. The cocktail menu features classic drinks with cold-pressed juices and homegrown herbs. Locavores will be pleased to know Harvest uses locally produced ingredients where they can, especially in the salads. The warm interior is comfortable and inviting, and the glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen will let you see the wonderful dishes being created.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Harvest embraces the philosophy of farm-to-table with a menu featuring upscale dishes made from fresh, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
Terrisa's expert tip: The wine list at Harvest reflects the restaurant's seasonal and sustainable approach. The 350 selections are focused on small production American wineries but also include wines from around the globe.