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BETTING ON BRUNCH

BY JIM BEGLEY

Brunch. It’s the most important meal of the day, particularly after a hard night at the clubs or tables. In Las Vegas, a variety of weekend brunch options await.

Feeling lucky? Then hit the world’s most highly lauded buffet— Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. With an ever-changing menu, you never know what might be served, but be on the look- out for staples such as chicken and waffles, miniature red-velvet pancakes, and chilaquiles.

If the enormity of a buffet instills a sense of alarm, try Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace. Among the Southwestern fare: a New Mexican-spiced pork tenderloin sandwich, green- chile cheeseburger, and blue-corn buttermilk waffle with blackberry bourbon syrup.

GIADA at The Cromwell offers a variety of Italian-influenced favorites, including a selection of antipasti, pizzette and pastas. Splurge on the celebrity chef’s inventive polenta waffles, or dine a bit more modestly with a walnut-raisin panzanella salad.

At Bally’s Las Vegas, Sterling Brunch in BLT Steak is the epitome of classic Vegas showmanship. Enjoy unlimited pours of Perrier- Jouët champagne served by tuxedoed waitstaff while dining on caviar, Alaskan king-crab legs and lobster tails.

More contemporary is HEXX Kitchen + Bar at Paris Las Vegas. Don’t miss the decadent twisted sticky bun slathered with cream-cheese frosting, the wagyu flatiron steak with eggs, or the carrot-cake pancakes.

And last, for classic French bistro fare, look no further than Mon Ami Gabi. Take in Strip views from the patio while sampling a savory croque-madame, steak frites or your choice of crêpes.

Cafe Hollywood at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Cafe Hollywood at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photo by Sam Abrams.

FILM, FOOD AND FUN: CAFÉ HOLLYWOOD DISHES 24/7

Café Hollywood is what happens when food meets museum. Or as Robert Earl, founder of Planet Hollywood International, calls it, “a celebration of Hollywood as seen through the eyes of a quarter of a century of Planet Hollywood’s history.”

While the walls are packed with photos documenting hundreds of iconic red-carpet moments from the company’s storied 25-year history, the food is the real star. Often cinematically displayed— tender, slightly smoky ribs are served on a small wooden picnic table; the High Roller Sampler displays the café’s famous chicken crunch, Texas tostados, buffalo wings, plump shrimp and five-cheese dip appetizers in a nod to the city’s skyline-changing observation wheel; and whimsical Supernova Shakes—are all Instagram-worthy plates.

Supernova shakes at Cafe Hollywood in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Supernova shakes at Cafe Hollywood in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photo by Sam Abrams.

Open 24 hours for casual bites, the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino restaurant serves all-day breakfast, several Asian dishes and a number of pasta plates like fried L.A. lasagna. There is also a pastry shop and sleek wine bar offering more than 40 different wines.

Turbot and fresh polenta by Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.

Turbot and fresh polenta by Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

DID YOU KNOW? GUY SAVOY NAMED WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANT

Acclaimed French Chef Guy Savoy’s Paris restaurant was recently named    the world’s best restaurant by La Liste—which uses algorithm-based software to factor in evaluations of hundreds of international dining guides, millions of online postings (such as Yelp and TripAdvisor) and food-critic reviews to determine the globe’s top dining destinations. Guests in Las Vegas can experience his award-winning dishes at Restaurant Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace.

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