Cravings Mirage. Aesthetically, Cravings is the anti-buffet—the futuristic back-lighted glass walls, dramatic geometric patterns, and low-slung chairs and tables give it the feel of a mod cafeteria from the next century. The brash lighting can be headache-inducing, but otherwise this is a fun, stylish place to nosh. You can even watch cooking shows on the several flat-screen TVs. Eleven separate cooking stations freshly prepare all types of eats, including all-American
barbecue, wood-fired pizza, Chinese entrées, Southwestern dishes, and even sushi. Many selections are made to order, and the Asian items consistently draw top praise. The dessert section—with hand-scooped Italian ice cream, coffee gelato, and chocolate mousse with raspberry puree—may entice you to skip the main course. Mirage Resort, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Center Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89109. 702/791–7111. www.mirage.com. Breakfast $15.99; brunch $20.99; Champagne brunch $25.99; dinner $27.99.