Las Vegas is one of the world’s best places to find amazing food. From Michelin star restaurants on the Strip to hole-in-the-wall options on the outskirts of town, if you are a foodie, there’s more than enough for you in Vegas.
Professional athletes tend to be some of the best barometers when it comes to food. Think about it, they have to keep their bodies in perfect shape, they eat out at restaurants all the time because they are on the road a lot, and pretty much all of them are millionaires so money is no object when it comes to dinner.
So, I went around the locker room and asked one simple question, “what’s your favorite restaurant in Vegas?”
Not surprisingly, most of the answers were high-end restaurants on the Strip, but there were a few hidden gems off the Strip, specifically in the Summerlin area.
For privacy reasons, and because we don’t need any restaurant owners getting mad at players for not picking their place, I’ve decided to list only the names of the restaurants and not who picked them. I spoke to a total of 15 players for this article, but I did not force them to pick only one restaurant. They are listed in order of how often they were named by a player, including the #1 restaurant on the list which was named by FIVE different guys. (I also linked to the menus by clicking each restaurant name so you can drool while reading this.)
Mainly a seafood and sushi place, Catch has all sorts of options including steaks, skewers, and a few incredible desserts. Catch also has locations in Los Angeles and New York. One defenseman said they love to eat at the one in Manhattan in NYC, but he prefers the location at Aria because “it’s not as bougee.”
Five separate Golden Knights mentioned Catch including one forward who said he special orders the toro nigiri which is a raw piece of tuna belly that he claimed is to die for.
A Japanese restaurant most known for its sushi, Zuma was named by three different Golden Knights. There could be a little recency bias here as the pre-season team meal was held here and it wooed two of the rookies. However, as you’ll see later, I had a lot to talk about with the guys about Zuma, and no one backed down when saying it’s one of the best in any city they’ve been to.
The world-famous Italian steakhouse at The D is a VGK favorite, especially since the owner of the hotel is a diehard Golden Knights fan (look at him going nuts on the glass right above Martin Jones in this picture). Mentioned by two different Golden Knights, one goalie told me he eats something different every time he goes there and each dish is better than the last.
Beauty and Essex
You’ll have to walk through a pawn shop to get to this one, but according to multiple VGK forwards, it’s the best in the city. An upscale American restaurant that serves classics in unexpected ways is a favorite for players because of the variety. One forward told me he’s had sushi, pasta, and a prime steak all in the same meal.