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Sneak into Heraea for a cool poolside lunch

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Don’t call it a McRib: Heraea’s pork sandwich with apple fennel slaw and caramelized onions on a brioche roll.

So many things have changed at the Palms recently that you’ve probably missed out on a few of its newer offerings. For example, Heraea opened in February, a pretty fancy restaurant with a comfortable, subtler-than-you-think sports bar theme. It’s a great place for a night out with your entourage whether you want to catch the game or not, and it’s got a secret weapon—an undiscovered bar and patio set beside the action-packed Palms Pool.

Heraea is open for lunch during the week starting at 11 a.m. and weekend brunch beginning at 10 a.m. It might seem strange that a restaurant specializing in upscale bar food would tackle brunch, but Heraea dishes out the food ordered at the pool, so this kitchen can handle anything. When the weather’s right, it’s tough to beat a laid-back lunch and a few beers by the pool at any Las Vegas resort, but anybody who’s dropped by during Ditch Fridays knows the Palms is special.

Here’s your lunchtime agenda: Start with the crispy green beans ($9) with sweet chili sauce for dipping and the chicken wings ($9) tossed in sriracha and brown butter hot sauce, which don’t need to be dipped, but there’s buttermilk ranch and blue cheese just in case. Move on to a steak salad ($23) with a little Asian flavor, marinated skirt steak over greens, pickled carrots and peanuts in a ginger-miso vinaigrette.

The sandwich-fest runs the gamut from a boneless pork rib beauty ($13) with apple fennel slaw to a cheesesteak ($14) made with ribeye and loaded with peppers, onions and provolone. Heraea’s burger ($15) is one of the juiciest you’ll find anywhere, two thick patties layered with cheddar cheese and bacon marmalade. The flavors are classic (with a few surprises) and complement a solid beer and cocktail selection, making it easy to piece together a fun and delicious afternoon. As soon as it stops raining, you know where to go.

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