By Steve Beauregard
The Linq Promenade is the fun and attractive new pedestrian shopping, dining and entertainment plaza tucked in-between the Flamingo Hotel and Casino and the Linq Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
While there is unique array of shops at the Linq, the diverse list of restaurants and bars at the Linq Promenade is even more impressive.
Brooklyn Bowl is just one of many restaurants & bars on the Linq Promenade
Here’s a list of all of the bars and restaurants at the Linq Promenade, in alphabetical order.
Located in the spot formerly occupied by the BLVD Cocktail Company, AmeriCAN specializes in, well, cans of American beer.
They server regular cocktails too of course, but beer is the focus. In fact, the bar serves up 70 different kinds of beers and will soon have cans of beer from all 50 states available.
Amorino Gelato – This dessert stop boasts 1,500 square feet, inside which you’ll find macroons, chocolate croissants, and 24 flavors of European gelato and sorbet, served with your choice of waffle cones or crepes. Amorino’s opened in August of 2016 and also serves gourmet coffee and 10 different flavors of Italian hot chocolate.
Brooklyn Bowl – A bar, restaurant, live music venue and bowling alley, all combined into one. The unique concept is classier than you might imagine.
The 80,000 multi-story complex has 32 bowling lanes. The restaurant, (called the “Blue Ribbon” serves standard American sports bar menu items, and is known for their delicious fried chicken.
Readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal rate the Brooklyn Bowl’s music area as the “Best Small Concert Venue” in all of Sin City. As you might imagine, drinks are on the expensive side here.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar – A pleasing looking two story Mexican restaurant with both a DJ and a riding mechanical bull. The bull, Chayo, is available to ride beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (He takes off Sundays and Mondays. Even pretend bulls need their rest).
Befitting of their name, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequilla Bar also has 50 different tequilas. Do not try all 50 in one night. They have Latin nights many Fridays, and also show a lot of UFC fights. This may be topped however, by the people watching on the Linq Promenade, and watching buzzed people try to ride the mechanical bull.
The upstairs patio offers beautiful views of the High Roller observation wheel, while the downstairs patio is perfect for people watching, partly due to its central location.
The décor and overall vibe gives you the impression it would be expensive, (and the entrees are not, in fact, cheap), but during happy hour, (4 to 7 PM), cocktails and margaritas are $5 and draft beers are just $4 – all of which are reasonable, especially by Las Vegas Strip standards.
Overall, Chayo seems to gets great reviews. Their lobster tacos and shrimp ceviche are particularly noteworthy. Here is the link to the Chayo menu.
With the surprisingly lack of good Mexican restaurants on the Strip, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar may be worth your dining dollar (or pesos).
Flour and Barley – A restaurant with a menu that is entirely glutten-free. Just kidding. Flour and Barley is a “casual Italian” place with brick-oven fired pizzas, pasta dishes and such. They also have a sports bar area, and an outside walk-up window where you can pick up a quick slice of pizza to go.
Flour and Barley has a cozy, 1,200 square foot outdoor patio in front, and an impressive selection of microbrews.
Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop – The name of this San Francisco icon says it all. The Ocean Beach Sundae and Golden Gate Banana Split are two of their noteworthy ice cream creations.
Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips – This small, charming, 740 square foot fish and chips stand opened on October 8th, 2016, close to the entrance to the Flamingo. There is seating for just 64 patrons inside, with some additional tables out front. In addition to fish and chips, the small menu includes bangers and mash (sausage over mashed potatoes for us Yanks), and seafood chowder.
Gordon Ramsey’s Fish n’ Chips
Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips is located very close to the giant pink Flamingos in front of the Linq’s Flamingo entrance.
Haute Doggery – This quaint, 1,000 square foot eatery serves gourmet hot dogs with every type of topping imaginable. Plain hot dogs start in the five buck range (just the dog, not a meal combo or anything), and prices go up to $11 for the “Billionaire Dog” which is a Kobe beef frank with Foie Gras torchon and truffle mayo. They are open until midnight on weekdays, and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
In-N-Out Burger – Opened in January 2017, this outpost of the iconic California burger joint makes it the first (and only), In-N-Out Burger on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a retro-themed decor, patio seating, and of course, it’s famously simple (but delicious) menu.
Jaburritos – What if you combine sushi and burritos? You get Jaburritos! And I have no idea how they taste. Jaburriots has two locations in Las Vegas, and the Linq version opened on January 31st, 2017.
Each sushi burrito runs between $9 to $13. There are also sushi rice bowls, miso soup and (why not?) chips and queso.
O’Sheas – A sanitized, not-as-fun version of the original casino. The new 5,000 square foot O’Sheas has the beer pong and bar, along with 50 different types of beer. The casino still has low limit craps and blackjack tables, so that’s a plus.
The also seem to have cheaper drinks than you’ll find at most of the other Caesars Entertainment properties.
Off the Strip – A two story locally-owned American bistro type of restaurant, serving steak, seafood pasta dishes, lasagna, pork chops and more. Favorite menu items include the lobster ravioli and Beef Wellington. Their cheesecake also scores great reviews.
Off the Strip at the Linq
Off the Strip’s brunch menu runs from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a $60 all-you-can drink option, where you can fill up on mimosas, bloody mary’s, bellini’s and domestic beer.
Adam from the fun “Las Vegas Fanboy” podcast reports the truffle mac’n cheese costs just $7 during happy hour, and is well worth it. (Happy hour runs from 2 to 6 p.m, and from Midnight to 3 a.m.)
Sprinkles Cupcakes – I don’t know what a “Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla” cupcake tastes like, but I bet it beats the ones covered in saran wrap at your local PTA sale. Sprinkles also serves ice cream sundae cupcakes.
This little restaurant also has a cupcake ATM dispenser, for when you get those cravings at odd hours.
Squeeze – a walk-up smoothie and juice bar like you see at any mall – only here you can add alcohol to any drink for $2. They also have sangrias, mojitos, etc. They serve up fresh, organic juices, and combo drinks where you can add your choice of 5 organic fruits or vegetables.
Starbucks – Perhaps you’ve heard of it.
The Tilted Kilt – A chain sports pub known mostly as the place where the sexy waitresses wear plaid skirts and low cut tops. What else do you need?
The food doesn’t get as good of reviews as does the attractiveness of the waitresses. The Tilted Kilt serves mostly standard sports bar type fare: burgers, salads, wings, chicken sandwiches, wraps, etc.
Urban Turban – This newer addition is a small food stand (no seating), that serves curry bowls and a couple of different chicken or vegetarian nan wraps.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue – This New York based restaurant boasts of “Southern Style” barbecue, covering styles from Texas to North Carolina and all point in-between. This 15,000 plus square foot two-story restaurant has three patios and live music every night.
The Carolina pulled pork and Memphis-style ribs get good reviews here.
Yard House – Classic American food at this popular chain, but the selling point may be the 160 different beers on tap. Located on the eastern end of the Linq Promenade, the Yard House has a large outdoor patio for viewing of the passers-by and of the High Roller next door.
COMING SOON TO THE LINQ
Canter’s Deli – Also currently under construction and set to open soon (Spring or Summer 2017), is the Las Vegas outpost of the famed L.A. deli. The restaurant is located near the entrance to the High Roller. It will be nearly five times larger inside than Gordon Ramsay’s, so there will be plenty of seating both inside and on the patio.
The L.A. version is known for its celebrity customers, and was even once the location of a scene in the TV show “Mad Men.” It’s also known for it’s big pastrami sandwiches and New York style cheesecake.
***Restaurants and Bars at the Linq that have since closed, along with my original article wording:
* FAME – Stands for “Food, Art, Music, Entertainment.” There are live performances in this Asian-themed joint, where the first floor attempts to re-create an Asian street vendor vibe, while upstairs is home to a “trendy Japanese” restaurant. But if you describe yourself as “trendy,” you probably aren’t.
(FAME closed on January 23, 2015. A pink notice hung on their door stated that is was “Closed for violation” due to a “Failure to comply” with a Southern Nevada Health District regulation).
* Blvd Cocktail Company – An upscale piano bar with live music, dark lighting, booths and an overall more quiet, cozy vibe than most bars in Las Vegas. As the name implies, there are plenty of hand crafted cocktails to choose from.
(The Blvd Cocktail Company closed in the fall of 2015).
(Photos courtesy of Adrei Asinas, (Off the Strip photo) Ken Lund for two photos including Sprinkles, and Anna Irene via Flickr).