A Poker Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas Slideshow
July 13, 2011
They come for the World Series, and stay for the food
Society Café at the Encore
Order a Bloody Mary to be made tableside to go with your Frosted Flakes French toast or their Ultimate Steak and Egg Sliders (they come with a bacon-Cheddar muffin). And keep an eye out for players like Johnny Chan.
Bellagio’s Snack Bar
When hunger strikes, there is no better solution than the no-name snack bar right next door to the poker room. Where everything else in the Bellagio is pricey, this stand serves up satisfying bacon cheeseburgers and pulled pork sandwiches on the cheap. Standing in line here may be the perfect place to spot players like Ben Lamb.
Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse
At the 24-hour steakhouse (should there be any other kind?), order the signature steak and soak up the history that surrounds you — poker icons like Doyle Brunson dined here alongside members of the Rat Pack, on many an occasion. Stop in the poker room after dinner to see walls lined with pictures of World Series of Poker winners through the 1990s.
Famed chef José Andrés’ Vegas outpost of his popular tapas restaurant, Jaleo, serves traditional Spanish fare like jamón ibérico, garlicky shrimp, and chorizo with potato purée to skilled players like Katie Dozier.