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LAS VEGAS (
MainStreet) -- Labor Day may be over, but the fun and the barbecues don't have to end there.
TravelsinTaste searched high and low to brings you these delicious barbecue alternatives you can enjoy anytime -- at the restaurant or replicated at home.
Vegas is for indulgences, so for the ultimate in burger toppings try The Billionaire Burger.
Holsteins Shakes and Buns, the burger restaurant concept at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, offers specialty burgers with unique toppings and house-made sauces, which means you can skip the ketchup and mustard this time and go with the Billionaire's foie gras and onion marmalade.
Can't make it to Las Vegas? You can try the onion marmalade at home by combining onions and garlic in a saucepan with oil, cooking until translucent. Add wine vinegar and sugar and reduce until a glaze. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool and serve, topped with foie gras. If you are a true billionaire, though, it might be best to have Holsteins prepare it for you -- you have better things to do with your time.
Public House, Las Vegas' contemporary tavern, offers a unique post-Labor Day tasty grilled appetizer as part of the creative fare accompanying its selection of hard-to-find cask beers: the grilled octopus with pepperonata and baby potatoes.
It is also easy to make and sure to impress. Create a sauce for the grilled octopus by fire roasting bell peppers and sweet onions, capers and garlic, olive oil, basil, oregano, vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve the grilled octopus in bite-sized pieces atop lightly browned potatoes and pepperonata sauce.
If your grill has never seen an octopus, it might just be best to stop by the restaurant and take a test drive there.
Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey's and chef de cuisine Ryan Studebaker's
Gingham in La Mesa, San Diego, is dubbed the first "urban cowboy diner." It offers guests a variety of "meat market cuisine" dishes, including the "Big Smoke" Mac made with bourbon, cheddar and cream -- sure to be a major hit at any time. Made with pepperonata and smothered in bourbon-cheese sauce, it's "made dirty" by adding pulled pork and some shredded cheddar. Baked until the cheese is golden brown and topped with green onions, this dish is perfect for the carnivore in you.
You want the beef, but your significant other wants a salad?
True Food Kitchen, the healthy and delicious restaurant concept co-created by Dr. Andrew Weil, has the perfect alternative to a traditional salad. With locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz., and California's Newport Beach, Santa Monica and San Diego, the restaurant's Tuscan kale salad takes crunchy kale leaves cut into thin strips and dresses them in a light outdoor-friendly lemon and olive oil vinaigrette. The addition of garlic and red pepper flakes gives this salad a bite that will stand up to anything off the grill and is finished with grated parmesan cheese and toasted bread crumbs.
Noir, the restaurant and lounge opened in Midtown Manhattan this summer, offers two tasty alternatives to your backyard barbecue. The Noir Kobe burger is topped with aged sharp cheddar, red onion, a crispy potato pancake and a signature sauce. Additionally, the Noir gourmet BLT has thick slabs of hand-cut smoked bacon, yellow heirloom tomatoes and house mayo. It's sure to quench your hunger for that outdoor barbecue while dining in style.
How about some celebrity-approved finger food for your pseudo barbecue? Jay Z's
40/40 Club offers great buffalo wings. The wings call for 4 pounds of raw party wings, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 ounces of cubed butter, 1 cup hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of your favorite seasoning, oven roasted at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Rather than dropping these in the fryer for the final touch, throw them on the barbecue for grilled bites. Better yet, stop by, share some wings with your friends and leave the cleanup to Jay Z.