Do yourself a favor and save room for the made-from-scratch cheesecake
Virtually every Las Vegas casino resort has the ubiquitous steakhouse, but the Golden Nugget boasts of two gracing its property: the fine-dining Vic and Anthony’s and the more laid-back Saltgrass Steak House. The casual steak house offers a fun, relaxed enjoyment with all the accoutrements one expects in a steak house—but in a less formal atmosphere with prices a few notches below upscale versions.
Like the Golden Nugget, the Texas-themed Saltgrass falls under the Landry’s umbrella. It’s a really big deal in Texas—isn’t everything bigger in Texas?—with the first rendition opening in Houston in 1952. Now there are more than 80 locations spanning the Southwest, with this latest opening the second in Nevada after the Laughlin Golden Nugget opened its in 2010.
The highlights of the menu are the Certified Angus Beef cuts of ribeye, porterhouse, center-cut top sirloin and filet, known for tenderness and seasoned with the Saltgrass 7-Steak Spice and topped with garlic butter and with optional additions of sautéed mushrooms, shrimp and crab. Entrees come with choice of side such as macaroni and cheese, baked or mashed potatoes, green beans and country fries.
Non-steak options include baby back ribs, chicken, Atlantic salmon, shrimp, burgers and appetizers. A must-try appetizer is the spicy Range Rattlers: jumbo jalapeños stuffed with shrimp, Jack cheese, cilantro and ranch dressing. Don’t forget to save room for the made-from-scratch, decadently rich carrot cake or cheesecake.
Vintage Cowboy Vibes
Named for the Salt Grass Trail of the legendary cattle drives, there are myriad images throughout the space filling nearly every nook and cranny, including black-and-white vintage photos of ranch activities, plus cattle skulls, stuffed wall mounts, lariats, rifles and chandeliers festooned with cattle horns.
Supper with Spirits
Libations include beer, wine, spirits and hand-mixed cocktails. Topping the list are the Tropical Sangria with Absolut Vodka, Malibu Coconut Rum and Pineapple, Cranberry and Orange Juices topped with Calabria “Private Bin” Moscato and Q Ginger Ale; Frozen Crown and Coke, a slushy mix of Crown Royal and Coca-Cola; and Tito’s Texas Tea, a 22 oz. Long Island Iced Tea made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and a hint of Tequila.
What to Wear: Pretty much anything you feel like as casual is the rule here.
When to Go: Sunday, Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.