By Heather Turk
Since opening in October of 2014, Downtown Summerlin—a 106-acre shopping, dining and entertainment complex near Red Rock Resort—has become one of the city’s hottest places to dine thanks to its array of appealing restaurants. Here’s just a taste of what the popular local hangout has to offer.
CRAVE AMERICAN KITCHEN & SUSHI BAR
The first restaurant to open in Downtown Summerlin, this delectable eatery is still one of the complex’s best. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can feast upon an extensive menu of innovative dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients as well as a selection of creative specialty rolls. Dinner favorites include the Half Roasted Chicken served with coconut jasmine rice, grilled pineapple relish, fried plantains and a jalapeño orange glaze and the signature Scallops served over a seasonal risotto. Whatever you decide on, don’t forget an order of the tasty Bacon & Cheddar Tater Tots for the table—they’re sure to be a real crowd pleaser! Visit Crave America for more info.
FOGO DE CHAO
Come hungry to this Brazilian steakhouse, which offers a never-ending assortment of fire-roasted meats for lunch and dinner. From the signature picanha (the prime part of top sirloin) lightly seasoned with rock salt to the juicy leg of lamb, nothing the gaucho chefs bring out to the table disappoints. While it can be easy to fill up on items from the gourmet Market Table, like the flavorful brown sugar and black pepper bacon, as well as the scrumptious side dishes, be sure to save room for the main event, as you’ll want to try as many meats as you can. The linguiça (pork sausage) is especially delicious! Visit Fogo de Chão for more info
LAZY DOG RESTAURANT & BAR
This tastefully appointed restaurant, with fun touches like dog bones for beer tap handles, “Good Boy”/“Good Girl” signs on the bathroom doors and a dog-friendly patio, is sure to have something for everyone, including Fido, on its extensive, made-from-scratch menu. Great for families and large parties, the affordable menu offers a wide range of items for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, including chicken, fish, pasta and wok-fired dishes. The succulent Campfire Pot Roast is so tender you can cut it with a fork and the Grilled Garlic Flatbread & Marinara is a must. Other must-tries include the Homemade Veggie Lasagna and the Spicy Buffalo Chicken Nuggets. Visit Lazy Dog Restaurants for more info.