If Americans invented anything that the international culinary world has adopted as its own, then brunch is certainly it. The perfect weekend dining/social event, brunch simultaneously embraces the inherent laziness of Sundays with the ravenous hunger that the late start often triggers. We demand our brunches to be chic and hearty, relaxed and memorable — a tall order, to be sure. The following are Las Vegas’ best (and most delicious) answers to this challenge. — Marco Medrano

Bouchon at The Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-6200

Let’s start with the most decadent, the most delicious and, quite possibly, the most I-never-want-to-leave-this-table brunch in Las Vegas. Bouchon is the masterpiece of Thomas Keller, widely regarded as America’s greatest chef by no less an authority than “Time.” Bouchon is a dizzying trip through all of the regions of his native France, and the restaurant’s brunch has been repeatedly voted best in Las Vegas by every reputable media outlet. Whether you fancy the traditional (and mouth-watering) Croque Madame or go all out and tackle Keller’s version of Chicken & Waffles (bacon and chive waffle!), you will simply never forget eating brunch here — ever. Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hash House A Go Go

6800 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 804-4646

This is where all serious Las Vegas foodies have brunch. Organic everything (eggs, meats, cheeses), Hash House A Go Go is mostly known for its legendary farm scrambles, particularly its delicious House smoked fresh salmon, basil pesto, fresh tomato and melted brie cheese. Hungry yet? Hours: weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; weekends, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Buffet At Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3340

OK, even if you hate the very idea of standing in an endless line just to get fed at a trough, you must reconsider your position only once for the singular Las Vegas experience that is The Buffet at Wynn. It’s a visual and literal feast: five kinds of ceviche; Mexican, Southern, Italian, Indian and seafood stations; stick-to-your-ribs barbecue and, of course, eye-popping desserts. This isn’t your discount buffet of yore — it’s a seriously luxurious culinary experience that must not be missed. You’ll be glad you tried it, if only just this once. Champagne brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.