Simple preparations of turkey, yams, stuffing and gravy are the usual features of a Thanksgiving dinner, but this year, why not try something new? Be bold and eschew tradition by checking out these Las Vegas restaurants where you can venture outside the boxed mashed potatoes for some heightened culinary creativity.
While most of these restaurants will also offer their regular menus, make the most of this day of eating by seeking out something special.
Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
At Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, executive chef Joseph Elevado will channel a love of Eastern food with an Asian-inspired main dish on Thanksgiving. His turkey with Thai coconut green curry, kabocha squash, winter melon, dried cranberries and Thai basil guarantees to be anything but a stereotypical holiday meal.
Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace
Since you’re technically still in the Southwest, you should indulge in the flavors that have made it such a popular foodie region. You can do this deliciously at Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace, where you’ll find chef Bobby Flay’s unforgettable, kicked-up iterations of regional fare.
Unique Thanksgiving specials include a jumbo lump crabcake with habanero tartar sauce, avocado crema and pickled chile slaw, and double-cut pork chop with pomegranates, whole grain mustard, chili-bourbon sauce, a blue corn tamale and cranberry butter.
There is turkey here, too, but it’s definitely not your typical take. Flay’s horseradish maple-glazed bird is served with orange sage butter, creamed kale, sweet potato gratin, wild mushroom and chorizo-cornbread stuffing, smoked chili gravy and cranberry-tangerine relish.
Heritage Steak in The Mirage
Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak is one of the city’s must-stop destinations if you have a hankering for rich proteins. On November 24, the restaurant will offer starters your aunt probably wouldn’t dream of making: curried-apple-and-sugar pumpkin soup with maple bacon, apple butter and puffed pumpkin seeds; a baby kale and frisée salad dressed in black truffle vinaigrette that’s topped with pancetta and a soft-poached egg; and Berkshire porchetta with preserved lemon, rosemary and cinnamon-spiced chicharrón.
The fixings include sausage and caramelized leek stuffing; cranberry sauce; potato purée; roasted Tokyo turnips and thumbelina carrots.
If you simply must have a taste of the traditional, order the pumpkin pie and cranberry ice cream.
And since good eating won’t just happen on Thursday, check out Other Mama, a highly lauded off-the-Strip restaurant, over the holiday weekend. While the American-style raw bar and cocktail lounge will be closed on the actual holiday, chef/owner/Morimoto alum Dan Krohmer recently unveiled a limited availability seven-course tasting that takes place every Friday and Saturday night.
His menu focuses on raw and cooked foods with uncommon sustainable products, mixing Asian, American and South American influences along the way.
Also, in honor of a most successful first year, Krohmer freshened up the regular menu with new dishes such as skate wing sliders, grilled octopus, Maine lobster tostadas and white fish aguachiles.