Sunday nights are the wrong time to dine on the Strip, since chefs and sommeliers usually put their places on autopilot and go elsewhere for dinner. You’ll likely find them at Rosemary’s Restaurant. At this locals-only spot, 10 minutes west of the Strip, every bottle of wine is half price on Sundays, the tables are free of rowdy conventioneers, and the service is warm and spot-on. The French-influenced menu draws from chefs Michael and Wendy Jordan’s southern and midwestern roots and changes seasonally, but some dishes thankfully never change, including Hugo’s Texas BBQ shrimp, served over Maytag blue cheese-laced coleslaw. Other standouts include thick pork chops with hopping John (rice and peas seasoned with fatback) and Creole mustard reduction; and striped bass with crispy skin atop a hash of andouille sausage, rock shrimp, and fingerling potatoes with a Creole meunière sauce.
Tip: Eat at the bar on Sundays, when you’ll overhear some of the best restaurant industry gossip in Las Vegas.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.