Located just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, DW Bistro is a unique, destination-worthy addition to the Las Vegas restaurant scene thanks to interesting food, a sophisticated cocktail list and a space that boasts a bit of a ‘60s-mod vibe thanks to its vibrant orange and white decor.
Mixing New Mexican culinary influences with those of Jamaica — Executive Chef and co-owner Dalton Wilson was born in Jamaica and moved to New Mexico at age 7 — is not for the faint-hearted, but this eatery is anything but predictable. A recent late-morning meal during a visit to Sin City demonstrated why Eater Las Vegas voted DW Bistro one of the best brunch choices in the city and appointed it to their list of 38 Essential Las Vegas Restaurants. These are not small accomplishments in a city with such a vital restaurant scene.
What to Eat:
DW’s amazing version of chicken and waffles features savory, well-spiced jerk chicken, while the waffles are topped with orange zest and DW signature maple syrup laced with Myers’s Jamaican rum, cloves and Cointreau. The New Mexican slow-cooked pork features flavorful, incredibly tender pork simmered in red chiles over a bowl of rice and topped with an egg. Chicken flautas, topped with queso fresco and lime-infused sour cream and dotted with edible flowers, are presented on a bed of avocado tomatillo sauce. The New Mexican-style green chile cheeseburger with jack cheese, jalapeño bacon and heirloom tomato.
What to Drink:
The superior cocktail list includes such gems as the Jamaican Mojito, a mind-blowing medley of Shellback Spiced Rum, guava puree, fresh strawberries, ginger syrup, mint and ginger beer that pairs beautifully with the jerk chicken. Another major standout is an Old-Fashioned variant, the DW Fall Fashion: Amador Double Barrel Whiskey, the aforementioned DW maple syrup, muddled orange, Xocolatl Mole Bitters and Filthy Cherries. The Spicy Citrus Mule with Mama’s Boy Tequila Infusion with muddle jalapeño, lime juice, jalapeño-infused syrup and ginger beer. If you’re seeking something light and sparkly, the Capri Sunny Slope should fit the bill: nectarine vodka, mango puree, pineapple and orange juice and MoscaMango sparkling wine, or try the Hair of the Dog: rose sparkling wine with a side of jalapeño bacon.
More Reasons to Visit:
DW offers different theme brunches from time to time, like their recent PRIDE Pajama Brunch, ‘80s brunch, an Ameican Hustle-style brunch and more. If it comes around again, Id love to go back for the Sinful Brunch at Night, inspired by the seven deadly sins.
They currently have a pop-up shop within the space which serves as a preview of their upcoming DW Kitchen + Market, featuring goodies like their housemade scones and jams and Tonewood maple cream, along with housewares.
Would I Go Back:
Definitely. Though they’re widely acclaimed for brunch, they also serve dinner and lunch. I’d love to try the braised short rib with bordelaise sauce or the pan-seared salmon with guava beurre blanc.
DW Bistro, located at 6115 S. Fort Apache Road in Las Vegas, is open for lunch and dinner on Tuesdays through Saturdays and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.