Thomas Keller is easily the best chef in the country. He has two 3-michelin star restaurants in the US: The French Laundry in Yountville, just outside Napa Valley and Per Se in New York City. I have been to both and can easily say my meals at Per Se are of the best in my life.
Keller also has a few casual restaurants known as Bouchon, one of which is located in The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Bouchon is a French Brasserie done really well. Steaming hot baguettes arrive to the table with jam and butter. Staples include chicken and waffles, croque madame, and brioche French toast. The chicken in waffles dish is far from ordinary. A plate of steaming hot rotisserie chicken comes out next to four pieces of a bacon and chive waffle. Three sauce dishes adjoin the plate, one a savory gravy, another sweet maple syrup and a third, Tahitian vanilla butter. This dish is the perfect combination of salty and sweet...ying and yang.
The croque madame is a toasted ham and cheese sandwich on brioche with a fried egg, mornay sauce and a heavy helping of french fries. This dish was good, but not as spectacular as the chicken and waffles.
The Bouchon French toast is more like a dessert as layers of brioche and cinnamon create a bread pudding with apples, custard and maple syrup.
If they are offering a strawberry croissant as a special you must try it: a half croissant covered with a strawberry jam and a crumble topping. The food here makes for the perfect lunch on an afternoon in Vegas. Service is usually worse than spotty but the food is more than well executed and therefore worth the visit.
Bouchon The Venetian Hotel & Casino (702) 414-6200