Located in a small strip mall on the western side of Las Vegas, Jamm's might be easy to miss if you're not looking for it. Just keep an eye out for the crowd, and that will help you find this friendly restaurant. The lines may be long, but it's for a good reason: a meal here is homestyle, stick-to-your-ribs food. Forget the diet, because the Pot of Bread is not to be missed. Skillet meals, burgers, sandwiches, omelets and waffles are whipped up quickly and served with efficient cheerfulness. Jamm's is consistently among one of the most popular local restaurants in Las Vegas, being both family-friend and reasonably priced--not to mention it serves great food.
Recommended for Homestyle because: This small homestyle lunch and breakfast restaurant serves generous, tasty dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: Jamm's is a busy diner, and on weekends you can usually expect to wait awhile. Once you're seated, the efficient staff will have you served and out of there quickly.
John Mull's Road Kill Grill was once one of the best-kept secrets in Las Vegas, until Guy Fieri made a stop there for "Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives." Thankfully, this wonderful little barbeque joint is still enough off the beaten path that the lines are usually not too long. Every dish here is delicious, perfectly flavored with the right amount of kick in the spices and cooked to a finger-licking level of wonderful. The hot links and brisket are standouts, but any selection here is sure to be a winner. The Road Kill Grill's Grub Shak gives diners a place to grab a picnic table and eat in the shade, the perfect place to enjoy homestyle barbeque.
Recommended for Homestyle because: The barbecue at Road Kill Grill is some of the best in Las Vegas.
Terrisa's expert tip: You'll need to use your GPS to find John Mull's Road Kill Grill, since it's in the heart of a residential area north of the Strip.
This 24-hour farm-to-table café in North Las Vegas serves classic American diner favorites with a fresh twist--think skillet scrambles, burgers, meatloaf and chicken fried steak. All dishes are made from scratch, with ingredients hand-picked by executive chef George Jacquez from local farms, including Cowboy Trails Farm, Gilcrease Orchard and The Farm, among others. The interior of the 200-seat diner features an array of cozy booths and table seating, with walls adorned with photos from the providing farms. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are available, with breakfast offered from 6-11 a.m., lunch and dinner available from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and a moonlight menu served from 11 p.m.-6 a.m.
Recommended for Homestyle because: FARM 24·7 features farm-to-table dishes of classic favorites made fresh daily.
Terrisa's expert tip: Farm is located quite a distance from the Strip at Aliante, on the outer edges of the northwest part of Las Vegas near Nellis Air Force Base and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Nine Fine Irishmen offers a menu of Irish favorites for both lunch and dinner. Guests can dig in to such traditional homestyle items as Bangers and Mash, or the Shepherd's Pie made with Port wine-infused beef tips, ground beef, onions, carrots and mashed potatoes. Hungry diners will also find a terrific selection of soups, salads, sides and entrées, like the Herb Seared Chicken, Fish & Chips and Colcannon Soup, which is creamy puréed potatoes, cabbage and leeks, topped with crispy Irish bacon. Offering guests a true Irish dining experience, Nine Fine Irishmen not only imports its recipes, but also the ingredients needed to give its food an authentic Irish taste. One of the city's best Irish pubs, the bar was designed and built by the best of Ireland's craftsmen and shipped directly to Las Vegas.
Recommended for Homestyle because: Nine Fine Irishmen offers guests an authentic Irish homestyle dining experience in Las Vegas.
Terrisa's expert tip: To complete the pub atmosphere, Nine Fine Irishmen features live entertainment nightly beginning at 9 p.m. The house band plays a mix of traditional Irish music and more modern tunes.
In New York City, Old Homestead is a veritable landmark, established in 1868. Its Las Vegas location stays true to the style of the original restaurant. Classic American food is the menu's focus, including many types of beef. The beef here is certified Angus and dry-aged at least 30 days in the restaurant's New York City aging box. The famous steaks are uniformly two-inches thick, seasoned generously with salt and pepper, then seared to seal in the flavors from the dry-aging process. Some of Old Homestead's signature dishes include Alaskan King crab legs, Lobster mac and cheese and a 24-ounce Ribeye, "The Gotham." The ambiance is classic steakhouse, with an inviting interior filled with dark woods and leather booths. The perfect complement to a meal is sure to be found among the 15,000 bottles of wine available, and for a decadent meal like this, you must enjoy dessert as well.
Recommended for Homestyle because: Old Homestead's classic menu features steak along with a host of indulgent favorites.
Terrisa's expert tip: Don't skip the dessert menu, which features not only scrumptious desserts, but also a selection of specialty drinks and tasting flights for Grand Marnier, Scotch and whiskey.
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. The menu is filled with traditional dishes and sides that come with a twist, like deviled eggs with smoked trout roe, charred okra, or the skillet cornbread with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapeno. While you'll find salads on the menu, the true stars here are proteins, like the smoked brisket, Virginia Ham and pork ribs. The room is noisy and the atmosphere boisterous, so don't expect to have much conversation here--besides, you'll be too busy eating to have much time for chatting.
Recommended for Homestyle because: The homestyle food at Yardbird is the very definition of comfort food.
Terrisa's expert tip: The restaurant here is very noisy, making it difficult to hear conversation unless you're sitting next to someone. Plan for more eating than talking.
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 Burrata & Heirloom Tomatoes salad with basil pesto and croutons and the juicy Mary's Free Range Brick Oven Chicken served with a side of the flavorful kale & Anaheim pepper mac n' cheese. 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 Homestyle because: Honey Salt is one of Las Vegas' most popular off-Strip restaurants and offers dishes the whole family can enjoy.
Terrisa's expert tip: Honey Salt's happy hour, called Sips & Savors, is a great way to start off any evening. From 3pm to 6pm, guests can enjoy a selection of premium beers, spirits and wines along with tasty small plates.
Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro may be best known for his baking, but Buddy V's Ristoriante shows off more than dessert. Diners are treated to a taste of the Valastro family's beloved heirloom recipes, in a setting reminiscent of the Sunday dinner atmosphere at Buddy's grandmother's house. Offering new twists on Italian-American classics and family favorites, the flavorful menu features the family's takes on all the classics, like My Wife's Eggplant Parm, Grandma's Meatballs and Lisa V's Linguine & Clams. Menu must-tries include Aunt Nina's Mozzarella en Carozza, Jersey City-style fried mozzarella with crostini, tomato ragu and genovese pesto, and the Valastro Sunday Gravy made with meatballs, sausage, lamb, pork and a bowl of rigatoni.
Recommended for Homestyle because: Buddy V's serves up the family recipes of Buddy Valastro, the renowned "Cake Boss."
Terrisa's expert tip: Check out Buddy's Family Brunch every Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., which features an elaborate display of brunch favorites served buffet-style throughout the restaurant.
When you're hungry--and we mean really, really hungry--there's only one place in town to go: Hash House A Go Go. Serving up "twisted farm food" for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is famous for its enormous portions, like its one-pound stuffed burgers: two patties with stuffing in between on a fresh bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Other homestyle favorites include the BBBLT farm-fresh sandwich--bacon, bacon and more bacon, with lettuce and tomato--and the Sage Fried Chicken stacked with Hash House A Go Go's famous bacon waffle, hot maple caramel reduction and crowned with fried leeks. The dishes' large size is matched by the tastiness of the food, making it hard to stop eating, even when you know you should.
Recommended for Homestyle because: Serving big portions of serious comfort food, Hash House A Go Go serves up Las Vegas' most filling homestyle dining experience.
Terrisa's expert tip: Portions here go beyond "large," so be prepared for a plate of food that can't be eaten in one sitting--a to-go bag will most likely be needed.