Bob Taylor’s Ranch House
6250 Rio Vista Street
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Walking into Bob Taylor’s is almost like walking into a small museum. Old-West memorabilia is everywhere and is a fascinating part of the decor. The ranch hasn’t changed much since 1955. Because this was John Wayne’s favorite Las Vegas steakhouse, there remains a large and impressive painting of him over the fireplace along with other real photos of “the Duke” scattered about. It’s hard to miss the always sizzling, mesquite-wood-fed open grill when you walk in the door. You can’t go wrong with the rib eyes (in three sizes) or prime rib. It’s a little harder to find the ranch since suburbia has grown around it. Check out the Web site for directions. Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m.
2245 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Just five minutes east of the Strip, The Tillerman is another local Las Vegas steakhouse favorite that’s been around such a long time it has almost become an institution. The finest meats and seafood are prepared in traditional American cuisine styles. The ambiance is akin to old supper clubs where rich colored woods are blended with greenery. Try a couple of signature dishes like the 1.5-pound select Alaskan King Crab legs that are cracked at tableside, or the 24-ounce Blackened Bone in Rib Eye steak. Watch for early bird specials that are easier on your pocketbook. Hours: dinner service available seven days a week, 4 to 10 p.m.; early bird specials available from 4 to 6 p.m.
Via Brasil Steakhouse
1225 South Fort Apache Road, No. 100
Las Vegas, NV 89117
One of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas to gain a following makes the flavors of Rio come alive. A visit to this elegant and modern Brazilian style steakhouse means that you won’t leave hungry. This is where to come for picanha — the king of prime beef cuts in Brazil. Expect meats to be served “rodizio” style at your table. Although beef rules the meat menu, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage are also presented. With private rooms able to handle large groups, Via Brasil often features specials like its South American wine tasting on Thursdays. Dinner hours: Monday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4 to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Lunch hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.