Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
You’d figure a guy who hails from a Gulf Coast state would know a thing or two about shrimp, and in the case of Emeril Lagasse, you’d be right. His fish house serves a cocktail of Creole-seasoned boiled shrimp with lemon, capers, red onion and microgreens, with a spicy horseradish cocktail sauce.
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand, 702-891-7374, emerilsrestaurants.com.
Another Las Vegas institution that has become nearly extinct, the bargain shrimp cocktail lives on at the Skyline Casino in Henderson. Belly up to the bar and you’ll be served a tall plastic tulip cup filled with fresh, good-sized shrimp and nothing but shrimp — well, except for the cocktail sauce the bartender squirts on top. Best of all: It’s $1.50.
Skyline Casino, 1741 N. Boulder Highway, Henderson, 702-565-9116, skylinehenderson.com.
These shrimp truly are smokin’, courtesy of Libertine Social’s wood-burning grill. After smoking, the four giant Florida Gulf shrimp are tossed in a light citrus vinaigrette and served with cocktail sauce and Old Bay aioli, on ice in a pot that exudes more smoke when the lid is removed.
The Oyster Bar
Here’s a cocktail that’s about as classic as it gets: U-15 shrimp are poached in a proprietary spice blend, then quick-chilled and served with cocktail sauce with a touch of Atomic horseradish.
The Oyster Bar, Palace Station, 702-367-2411 or palacestation.sclv.com.
Brigg’s Oyster Co.
This is one is almost two dishes in one: It starts with jumbo prawns, topped with lemon and cocktail sauce, but once the prawns are gone, the chopped lettuce and celery below them serve as a sort of de facto salad.