January 16, 2017
How are your new year’s resolutions coming along? According to research by the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, a mere 8% of us actually follow our resolutions through to fruition, with only slightly more than half of us lasting beyond the month of January. So what can be done? Should we give in to so-called Blue Monday, sit in the corner and berate ourselves, or throw our hands up and commit to breaking our resolutions in style? You can guess how we feel about that…
To help set you on a path of epic resolution-breaking, we have bucket loads of attractive flight deals in our New Year Sale, with fares from only £299. The only problem is deciding where to go, but if your (former) resolution has seen you fall off the healthy eating wagon there’s only one destination for it – Las Vegas. Nowhere else on earth offers quite such a golden opportunity to #breakitinstyle on the dining front, so ditch the low-carb vows and enjoy chips with everything again at some of our favourite no-holds barred vintage Vegas restaurants and diners.
Set inside the historic Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas, Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery has been dishing up pot pies, patty melts, old-fashioned milkshakes and buttermilk pancakes – said by Esquire Magazine to be the best in the USA – since 1955. A second Vegas branch opened at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in the prosperous Summerlin neighbourhood in mid-2016, and both are open 24 hours a day.
Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery, 1 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 and 9090 Alta Drive Las Vegas, NV, 89145.
Just north of the Encore and Wynn hotels on the centre Strip, Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge first opened its doors in 1972. Alongside a menu of oversized American classics, there’s a rainbow-hued line-up of decadent cocktails, including the signature ‘Scorpion Bowl’ – a 64-ounce monster made with rum, brandy, vodka, orange juice and vanilla ice-cream, plus an added dash of grenadine. Grab your friends, a neon-lit booth and some straws, and you’re all set.
Peppermill Restaurant, Somerset Shopping Center, 2985 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Having just celebrated its 40th anniversary, the 1976-opened French dining institution Pamplemousse shows no sign of slowing down. Located a block off the Strip behind the SLS Hotel & Casino, the restaurant was one of the first French venues to launch in Las Vegas, and its note-perfect cuisine is a hit with locals, tourists, conference-goers and business people alike. Try the duck breast and leg confit or the filet mignon, or celebrate a special occasion with the five-course $80 Gourmet Menu. Swathed in soft red light, the restaurant successfully pulls off a cosy, low-key vibe – unusual for Las Vegas – and is a great spot for easygoing dinners, romantic soirées and intimate gatherings of all kinds.
Pamplemousse Le Restaurant, 400 East Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104
South of the Stratosphere on West Sahara Avenue, the Golden Steer steakhouse is one of the most venerated dining venues in town. Since opening in 1958, some of the biggest stars of the 20th century have occupied its plush red booths, from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. to Muhammed Ali, Natalie Wood and Joe DiMaggio. With a list of classic cocktails, the self-claimed ‘best steaks on earth’ and selected menu items prepared tableside, it’s the place to go for a slice of vintage nostalgia in Las Vegas.
Golden Steer Steakhouse, 308 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Formerly known as Tiffany’s Cafe, Vickie’s Diner is a classic lunch counter/soda fountain-style diner set within the White Cross Drugs centre at the northern end of the Strip. Around since the 1950s, the landmark venue serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day, so if you’re in need of early morning pancakes, a pre-show burger or a post-club grilled cheese sandwich at 4am, this is where you’ll find them.
Vickie’s Diner, 1700 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104
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