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: With an emphasis on fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Honey Salt consistently delivers a farm-to-table experience.
Terrisa's expert tip: Honey Salt offers a vegan menu, with entrees like a roasted vegetable pizza, linguine pomodoro, or vegetable curry. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also noted on the main menu.
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 and their famous chicken. For weekend brunch, look for dishes like the biscuit and gravy, shrimp 'n grits or chicken and 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: At Yardbird, the atmosphere is friendly, and the hearty food is full of Southern-inspired flavors.
Terrisa's expert tip: Yardbird is well-known for its collection of bourbon, with over 60 selections. They look for small-batch and experimental styles to secure unique and unusual offerings.
Casa Calavera takes its design inspiration from Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and its menu reflects the holiday's Mexican origins. Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries around November 1 and 2, but at Casa Calavera guests can get in the mood of this fall holiday all year round. The menu includes standards like tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and burritos, a selection of combination plates and entrees like Chicken con Mole, half a chicken with mole, pickled onions and grilled vegetables. The drink menu offers several types of Margaritas, both by the glass and the pitcher, as well as other cocktails, wine and beer. Tequila fans will find a wide selection of choices, from Casamigos and Patrón to Don Julio and Clase Azul Ultra Extra Añejo.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Casa Calaveras pays homage to the Day of the Dead fall celebration with plenty of colorful skulls and delicious Mexican food and drink.
Terrisa's expert tip: Guests can enjoy $7 dishes like chicken taquitos and a quesadilla, plus half off selected cocktails during the Happy Hour at Casa Calavera, 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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 garlic 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: At Hearthstone's weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, you'll find a robust selection of adult beverages, including a Bloody Mary tableside cart as well as bottomless versions of mimosa, rosé and Aperol spritz.
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 frequently 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 Spring Mountain Sour, made with Kasama Philippine aged rum, golden kiwi, lemon balm, palm sugar and fresh lemon.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Sparrow + Wolf is one of Las Vegas most lauded restaurants, and a taste of one of their masterfully prepared dishes will tell you why.
Terrisa's expert tip: Although Sparrow + Wolf is off the Strip in the Chinatown district, it's only about a ten-minute drive west of the Strip. If you're driving, it offers plenty of free parking.
The charming Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas is one of Las Vegas' best-known dining destinations. The restaurant'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 his influence can still be felt in the restaurant's innovative dishes. '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 are also ideal for sharing. Entrees include dishes like pork meatloaf, salmon or cocoa-espresso New York Strip, but 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: The inviting, warm ambiance at Carson Kitchen is the perfect backdrop for its delicious, comfort-food-inspired cuisine.
Terrisa's expert tip: Brunch at Carson Kitchen is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers such delights as an oatmeal brûlée with bourbon, smoked pecan, fresh fruit and Chantilly cream or a Spam Benedict.
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 and English Gastropub 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, and 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: Happy Hour at The Smashed Pig happens Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Look for $6 well drinks and appetizers like duck fat pretzel bites or mini fish and chips for $7 or less.
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 braised beef short rib, rigatoni bolognese or brick oven gnocchi, along with a well-rounded selection of pastas, antipasti, pizza and entrees. Brunch is served on Sunday morning starting at 11 a.m. and comes complete with classic drinks like a bottomless mimosa, which pairs well with breakfast pizza, crabcake Benedict or lemon ricotta waffles, among other choices.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Offering a menu full of flavorful, seasonal dishes, Locale Italian Kitchen serves well-crafted dishes featuring house-made touches throughout.
Terrisa's expert tip: On Tomahawk Tuesdays, guests can opt for a two-person prix fixe meal with three courses that feature a 36-ounce dry aged tomahawk ribeye as the star of the meal. Cost is $129.
The Black Sheep serves American-Vietnamese food to Las Vegas in a modern, comfortable setting on the south side of the valley. Chef Jamie Tran is a veteran of the Las Vegas Strip restaurant scene, and she brings her considerable talents to the table at The Black Sheep. The food is crafted carefully to be a delicious new version of Vietnamese comfort food. The popular Vietnamese Imperial Rolls are made with Duroc pork, shrimp, pickled heirloom carrots, radish and yellow frisee salad. Entrees include dishes like the seared duck breast with curry, roasted heirloom carrots, marble potato, pearl onion and green daikon, or the slow-braised short rib with kimchi fried rice, green scallions, sesame seed, pickled red radish and organic egg.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: The elevated American-Vietnamese dishes at The Black Sheep are contemporary, but with a comfort-food feel.
Terrisa's expert tip: Chef Jamie Tran, who made it into the final four during season 18 of 'Top Chef,' is the chef at The Black Sheep. She was also a 2022 James Beard Award nominee.
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: With an emphasis on fresh, locally and sustainably produced ingredients, Harvest lives up to its name.
Terrisa's expert tip: Harvest has a tradition of bringing in noted chefs for pop-ups. Be sure to check the website before you make your reservation to see who the restaurant might be featuring.