For New Englanders, pot roast conjures memories of traipsing home through snow to find a kitchen warm with the scent of slow-cooked beef and vegetables. Las Vegas may not have the blizzards of the northeast, but the surprisingly chilly desert temperatures can still inspire a longing for the classic winter dish.
Pot roast — occasionally referred to as Yankee pot roast — is a dish borne out of frugality. New Englanders would use tougher, and therefore cheaper, cuts of beef and whatever vegetables were on hand (usually potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions) to make the simple, slow-roasted dish, which is named for the fact that it is literally meat roasted in a covered pot.
Here in Vegas, the comfort food staple makes an appearance at the following restaurants:
Pot roast 24 hours a day
Pot roast at 3 a.m.? Sure, why not. In classic Vegas fashion, diners need only make their way through the Downtown Grand to find pot roast served at any hour of the day at Freedom Beat. Chef Scott Commings of Hell’s Kitchen fame offers pot roast just like mom used to make it: slow-cooked with root vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes.
Freedom Beat, Downtown Grand, 206 N. Third St.; 702-719-5315
An upscale option
Thanks to the lower price point of the ingredients and the association with comfort food, pot roast is most commonly found at diners. Those looking for a fancier establishment that serves the dish will find just that at Triple George Grill. The restaurant, which exudes old-school charm, serves pot roast made with braised short rib and topped with plenty of gravy.
Triple George Grill, Downtown Grand, 201 N. Third St.; 702-384-2761
Pot roast at a much-loved diner
Metro Diner’s two Las Vegas locations serve pot roast that’s prepared simply, lovingly and with no unexpected flourishes. Here, the dish is slow-roasted and served with a generous portion of red skin mashed potatoes, plus vegetables and a side of bread.
Metro Diner, 7305 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100, 725-333-8974; 249 N. Stephanie St., Henderson, 702-728-5721
A dog-friendly destination
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar may be known as that place where diners can have brunch with their dogs, but the canine-friendly chain offers an expansive selection of meals for humans too. The massive menu, which features everything from burgers to stir-fry, includes a signature pot roast that pairs beef and mashed potatoes with the seldom-seen addition of wilted spinach. When ordered on a winter evening at the restaurant’s heated outdoor patio, it’s perfection.
As inexpensive as it gets
The locally loved Norm’s Diner offers a classic diner experience with vintage-seeming price points. The pot roast here is just $8.99 and is served with thick gravy, mashed potatoes plus roasted carrots, celery, and onions.
Norm’s Diner, 3945 S. Durango Drive; 702-431-3447