There are vintage Vegas places all over the valley. The Peppermill certainly fits the bill. Having been open since 1972 their motto has always been “hearty dishes and oversized portions.” And that continues to be one of the great understatements.
I doubt you will find anyplace that delivers portions like these. The most popular time to visit is during breakfast and if you can nab a table before 9:30AM you probably won’t have to wait too long. You can also make a reservation a day ahead.
After you sit in one of their nostalgia-style leather booths your journey can begin. Breakfast is served 24 hours a day and don’t let the seemingly high prices bother you. They are justified.
It was a busy Sunday morning when our family arrived. I decided on a Ham and Cheese Omelet ($23.00). I’m not sure where they purchased plates this big as the egg creation filled it up along with hash browns.
The omelet was cooked perfectly, a little soft with the silky cheese enveloping the ham. Our server told us that there are eight to ten eggs in each order, and I believe it. I finished about half of it along with the classic blueberry muffin that was included. You can also order a lemon-cranberry muffin or a toasted bagel with cream cheese.
My son knew what he wanted long before we arrived, French Toast Ambrosia ($24.50), one of their signature dishes. Warm slices of large toast pieces were enhanced with cinnamon and vanilla.
On top were pieces of seasonal fresh fruit and a choice of whipped topping or sour cream. Blueberry syrup came on the side. My wife duplicated my son’s order and all of us were happy with our choices.
The breakfast fare is full of just about anything you can think of and more. Their “Favorites” menu includes unusual items like Munch’s Breakfast with a collection of goodies like sauteed peppers, onions, linguiça sausage, mushrooms and tomatoes that are stirred into hash browns and then topped with three eggs any style. On top are cheddar and jack cheeses. That will keep you going all day.
Freshly baked biscuits are the highlight of Biscuits and Gravy immersed in country sausage gravy. A Crab Cake Bene features poached eggs and grilled cakes on a toasted English muffin with Old Bay hollandaise sauce.
Sandwiches continue the large portion theme with a pesto chicken edition ($21.00) constructed with marinated chicken breast broiled and delivered on rosemary pan rustique bread accompanied with provolone, lettuce, red onion, tomato, and pesto sauce.
Steaks are a big part of the experience with Porterhouse leading the charge. It is flame broiled with sauteed mushrooms on top. You can also get Chicken Parmesan that includes sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
I haven’t indulged in a dessert but I’m sure they are as large as everything else. A gourmet sundae ($13.95) is made with French vanilla ice cream and a choice of toppings like strawberry, marshmallow and of course chocolate. Crème Brule is another pick.
This is a great place to bring visitors to the region, especially if they are looking for Vintage Vegas. You will leave very full but very satisfied.
Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge, 2985 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. (702) 735-4177. www.peppermillvegas.com.