Few types of cuisine are more hotly debated than barbecue, but Las Vegas seems to agree that Mabel's BBQ is a delicious new addition in town. Located at the recently renovated Palms, Mabel's is the creation of Chef Michael Symon, well-known to Food Channel viewers. This is some serious barbecue, with half-pound servings of brisket, chopped pork, pork belly, kielbasa or turkey. If you love ribs, you'll find pork spare ribs, sweet ribs, and a giant beef rib (for two). The menu also offers sandwiches, salads, and all the expected sides--beans, coleslaw, greens, mac and cheese--along with a robust selection of wine, beer and cocktails. The meats are all house smoked and are sourced from humanely raised animals that are antibiotic free.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Savory, smoky, flavor-filled barbecue awaits you at Mabel's BBQ at the Palms.
Terrisa's expert tip: Mabel's includes a fun (and tasty) secret: Sara's, a restaurant within Mabel's. This old-school setting features tableside preparations and an upscale menu offering classics like smoked prime rib.
Eataly isn't a restaurant--it's a food experience, an Italian marketplace featuring cafes, bars, restaurants and market. One of many newer food offerings on this end of the Strip, Eataly holds three restaurants, several additional casual counters and bars, a market and a wine shop. A full calendar of tours, cooking classes, wine and beverage tastings along with specialty dinners provide an abundance of food-centric things to do. A stop at La Cucina del Mercato gives you the chance to experience "counter-to-table," six different fresh counters where you shop and then watch the experts prepare your purchase. Among the other stops at Eataly, you'll find a steakhouse, pizza, Lavazza, the Gran Caffe Milano bar and even a Nutella Bar with croissants, crepes, cookies and other treats.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Eataly offers not one restaurant, but several, along with an Italian marketplace full of specialty food retailers.
Terrisa's expert tip: The abundance of casual counter-service restaurants at Eataly makes it a great place to stop in for a quick bite when you're out on the Strip.
The Park Las Vegas has been supplying a steady stream of notable new restaurants, and Best Friend by Roy Choi is definitely among them. The highly anticipated restaurant brings the chef's culinary history alive in the menu, with strong influences from both L.A. street food and Korean cuisine. Guests enter through a liquor storefront into a lively space full of color and plants. Small plates and starters include Korean Wings, dumplings, braised and charred octopus. Other options cover a wide range of dishes: Kimchi Fried Rice, Spicy Cold Noodles, barbeque, tacos, and "large format" dishes for the table, like Lobster Kung Pao and Caviar Tostadas.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: The fusion of culinary influences at Best Friend results in deliciously creative food.
Terrisa's expert tip: Best Friend offers a Lady Gaga Pre-Show Menu for $125 featuring two choices of Korean BBQ (short rib, pork, chicken, vegetables or shrimp), rice, banchan and dessert.
With its great menu of modern food, an expansive selection of drinks and entertainment, Therapy offers guests a dining experience that's sure to please. This Downtown Las Vegas eatery occupies an open, industrial-style space with a welcoming vibe. Start off with Chorizo Empanadas, Chicken Meatballs with jalapeno cilantro pesto or Devils on Horseback, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with truffle goat cheese and almonds, served on romesco. The innovative entrees include roasted duck, a chimichurri steak, risotto and a delicious selection of sandwiches, including a Wagyu beef burger. You'll also find vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. The drink menu includes a house-made sangria, a wide selection of wine and beer and an array of specialty cocktails.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Therapy's innovative dishes, creative drinks and casually chic atmosphere make it one of Downtown Las Vegas' most popular restaurants.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Fremont Street Experience is less than a block away from Therapy, so if you want to take a walk under the canopy, it's only a short walk away. The Viva Vision light show on the canopy starts around sunset.
NoMad Library is located at the NoMad Hotel, the exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel at Park MGM, one of the trendiest new spots on the Las Vegas Strip in 2019. The menu here is filled with refreshed American classics, but the atmosphere has European touches. The decor here imitates a library, adding to a plush ambiance that pairs well with the food. Look for dishes for the table, like the Le Grand Plateau, a selection of raw seafood, or the steak tartare. Other appetizers include Oysters Madison, ceviche, Foie Gras Torchon and Pata Negra, with Iberico ham, grilled bread and tomato relish. For entrees, choose from among pasta dishes, fish, lobster and such mouth-watering dishes like the Beef Rossini, an Escoffier filet, roasted foie gras and truffle-Madeira jus.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: The well-crafted dishes at NoMad Library showcase American classics in an elegant atmosphere.
Terrisa's expert tip: The NoMad offers table-style service for some dishes, like its signature dishes for two: the roast chicken, stuffed with foie gras, black truffle and brioche; and the Ribeye, a 32-ounce, 80-day dry-aged cut roasted and served with shallot herb butter and sauce au poirve.
Cipriani Las Vegas recently arrived in town at Wynn, and it brings a reputation for upscale Italian food with it. The interior design has a nautical theme with serene neutral tones, giving guests an inviting space to enjoy the restaurant's acclaimed food. Signature dishes include carpaccio alla Cipriani, baked tagliolini with ham, pizza, Japanese dishes and even a decadent vanilla meringue. Other menu choices range from expected standards like pizza and pasta to a 28 ounce Wagyu Rib Eye Tomahawk. The restaurant started out in Venice, Italy, and each successive location has stayed true to its Italian roots, and the Las Vegas outpost is no exception.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: The flavorful Italian food at Cipriani Las Vegas has been attracting attention ever since its opening.
Terrisa's expert tip: Cipriani has a dress code requiring business casual attire--dressy for women, collared shirts for men, and no shorts, sports clothing or open shoes. Additionally, children under five aren't admitted.
Sadelle's recently replaced Cafe Bellagio, giving it a whole new look and menu. Located adjacent to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Sadelle's is the only place where you can find a table with a view of the Conservatory's amazing display. If the menu and atmosphere here feel a little like New York, it's because the original Sadelle's is located in SoHo, and the idea was to re-create their vintage-style restaurant in Las Vegas. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sadelle's offers choices like hand-rolled bagels, lox towers, generously sized chopped salads, fried chicken and a New York ribeye smothered with onions. Roaming carts bring around pastries and Bloody Marys. With its upscale deli-style dishes and a beautiful interior decor, Sadelle's offers guests a great option for casual dining on the Strip.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: The newly opened Sadelle's brings a version of its upscale NYC deli to Las Vegas, right next to the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Terrisa's expert tip: Sadelle's offers a very affordable Theater Menu from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with three courses for $33. Dishes include tuna tartare, Garlic Chicken, Rigatoni Bolognese and Babka a la Mode.
Serving up one of Las Vegas' most unforgettable dining experience, Marché Bacchus is only short drive from the Las Vegas Strip but gives you the feeling that you've left the city and perhaps landed in Southern California. Located in the Desert Shores community west of the Strip, at Marché Bacchus guests can enjoy a leisurely meal while watching the ducks swim by on Lake Jacqueline and sipping on some wine from the wine shop. The lovely setting is a perfect backdrop to the delicious French cuisine. In addition to cheese and charcuterie selections, the bistro serves soups, salads, appetizers and an array of specialty sandwiches and entrees. The delectable escargot is not to be missed, and the Steak Frites are habit-forming. Desserts include a perfectly flavored créme Brulee as well as tiramisu, bread pudding and a cheese selection.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Spring is one of the best times to stop at Marche Bacchus to enjoy its inviting indoor-outdoor atmosphere and garden-like patio.
Terrisa's expert tip: Marche Bacchus recently completed renovations (after a vehicle crashed into the front of their storefront) and added an exclusive selection of whiskey and other fine spirits.