By Heather Turk
The Las Vegas Strip may be popular with foodies thanks to its world-class restaurants, many of which can’t be found anyplace else, but sometimes you find yourself hungry for a familiar favorite. Luckily, several well-known restaurants have recently popped up on the Strip with new locations and even new concepts.
BUCA CAFÉ ITALIANO AT BALLY’S LAS VEGAS
This innovative Italian eatery from Buca di Beppo boasts some of the family-style favorites the restaurant chain is known for, including the palate-pleasing Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken and Mozzarella Garlic Bread, as well a menu of café staples like build-your-own burgers. Open for breakfast (a Buca first!), lunch and dinner, guests can dine from the à la carte menus or indulge in the restaurant’s buffet, which features items such as French toast for breakfast, roasted turkey for lunch and fresh-carved prime rib for dinner. If you decide to order from the lunch or dinner menus, be sure to get the Chocolate Chip Cannoli for dessert—it might just be the best cannoli in town! bucacafeitaliano.com
BUFFALO WILD WINGS AT MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO
Sure to be a popular spot with sports fans, Buffalo Wild Wings’ first Strip location features 63 HDTVs, including three stadium-sized TVs by the bar. Open 24 hours, guests can dine on the sports bar’s award-winning chicken wings without breaking the bank, as prices are comparable to any Buffalo Wild Wings found off-Strip. While the wings are plenty flavorful, if you can handle the heat, be sure to try them with the newly reformulated Blazin’ sauce, which is now made with ghost pepper. Other tasty items great for sharing include the Cheddar Cheese Curds and Potato Wedges flavored with sour cream and chive seasoning. miraclemileshopslv.com
The Las Vegas Strip is even wilder now thanks to this family favorite relocating Strip-side to the Harmon Corner Retail Center by Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Guests can dine inside the tropical rainforest restaurant with trumpeting elephants and playful primates. Outside on its picturesque balcony, they can take in the striking view of Las Vegas Boulevard while dining underneath a canopy of trees. While the atmosphere is remarkable, the fare is equally enjoyable, especially the lightly breaded Chicken Strips and the tender Mojo Bones: slow-roasted St. Louis-style pork spareribs basted with the restaurant’s Smokin’ Mojo BBQ sauce. rainforestcafe.com