Sparrow + Wolf
It’s impossible to overstate how influential Sparrow + Wolf has been on the Las Vegas dining scene. Before Strip veteran Brian Howard opened its doors in 2017, the Spring Mountain Road corridor (aka “Chinatown”) was known almost exclusively for exceptional Asian restaurants. Howard believed he could use his French fine-dining background to create an elevated, distinctly American concept able to go head-to-head with the Michelin-starred eateries of The Strip. What many viewed as a longshot paid off in a big way -- not only for the chef and his team, but also for the neighborhood, which has never been the same.
Howard’s cuisine somehow walks a tightrope between innovation and familiarity, complexity and comfort. It’s a bold combination that might not work without a brilliant staff that’s able to enthusiastically guide each guest through a menu that can, at first glance, be a bit disorienting. The bar program is another homerun: visually stunning craft cocktails prepared with a touch of dramatic flair. And while Howard is an enthusiastic carnivore who excitedly makes use of every part of an animal (lamb neck anyone?), VegansBaby.com founder Diana Edelman sings the praises of the “plant-based tasting menu they can whip up.”