Okay, where were we…?
In Waking up in Vegas aka Schadenfreude, I talked about where we stayed and if we trained. How ’bout food and exciting things to do in Vegas?!
What did you eat?
Well lemme tell ya! There are a ton of dining options in Vegas. A ton, I tell you! You can get some really expensive eats without trying too hard, it’s more of a game to find cheaper eats. At least that’s what we found mid strip.
We ate at the buffets a bit, because how can you go to Vegas without doing that? There is a good deal called buffet of buffets. It allows you to eat at 8 different buffets up and down the strip for $50, for 24 hrs. Considering that one meal can cost $50, this is great! We ate at Harrah’s (since that’s where we were staying) and Caesers (it was right across the street). A note, if you are on a tight schedule for seeing shows and such make sure you give yourself plenty of time to stand in lines at peak times. We got in line for dinner around 5:45 for a 7:00 show at Harrah’s…and it was tight. Same thing at Caesers we got there right at lunch rush and had to wait in line. That being said, it’s a really good deal and Casers has the most amazing pastries…EVER. We literally took one of everything just to try it all.
K, onward. We also at at Cut, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Mesa Grill (DAMN YOU BOBBY FLAY), Dos Caminos, Sushi Roku, Jean Philippe Patasserie, BLT Burger, Trattoria Reggiano, and other places I can’t remember right now…and mind you these are not in any order.
Cut - this was our most expensive dinner. It’s a fine dining steakhouse within The Palazzo. Cut is über chic and modern. The waiters are all in black and the wine and cocktails are on an iPad (right?). This doesn’t mean that the food is pretentious as well. No, no, the food is nothing short of amazing. I got an aged 35 day Nebraska corn-fed steak and Leanne got Wagyu Beef. Mine was delish, I can’t speak for Leanne, but I’m pretty sure she enjoyed it (note the sarcasm). The sides they serve family style (we got mashed potatoes and green beans, from the Midwest…what?) and there were plenty to go around. We even got to meet the sous chef since he was from Virginia Beach as well (small world). In short, if you have money to spend and want a really delicious steak and meal go to Cut!
Mesa Grill – I’ll call this take 500 of DAMN YOU BOBBY FLAY! Because his food is just sooo damn tasty! Mesa Grill is inside Caesers Palace, we were there for brunch. It was really hard not to get the same exact meal that I got in NYC, but I fought the urge and got Scrambled Eggs Chilaquiles w/grits and Leanne got Ranch Style Eggs Tostada w/grits. Notice a trend…yeah the grits. They are the best grits I’ve ever had, literally. I don’t know how B.F. makes them so good, but I’m sure it involves some type of cream and a deal with the devil. Oh! When you go there make sure you ask for a Mimosa, it’s not on the menu, but it’s a must!
Jean-Philippe Patisserie- the Patisserie is located in the Bellagio and they are known for their crepes and sinfully decadent pastries.
Must fight urge....to order...all....pastries!
We got crepes and were not disappointed. Maybe we also got a pastry or two, probably we did. The crepes are made fresh to order right in front of you. I think we were both in a bit of sugar shock after this…but it was totally worth it.
Dos Caminos- we ate here for lunch one day, it is located inside The Palazzo. On our way to our table we were told that Dos Caminos are known for their margaritas and guacamole. So as to not offend our hosts, that’s exactly what we ordered.
The guac was good, but a little too limey. The margaritas were, on the other hand, uhh potent (good). We also got the roasted plantain empanadas and tuna ceviche. The empanada dough was made out of the roasted plantains (sweet and tasty). The tuna ceviche was the winner in this meal, however. The ceviche sat upon a roasted sweet potato disc and was soooo sweet/spicy/tunay when it was eaten altogether. They also had cool wall art…
One last place I want to mention. Just because it was so unexpected. Trattoria Reggiano, is a veeeeerry small restaurant inside The Venetian. It kind of juts out into the walkway like a sidewalk cafe and has maybe 6 booths on the inside. Small. That doesn’t mean they don’t serve great food. Leanne’s penne was cooked to perfection. It was a perfect al dente and the noodles actually tasted like something. Crazy right?! My margarita pizza had the most gooey, salty mozzarella and the dough was thin, doughy, and crispy all at the same time.
So there you have it, I hope you like food! ;) Next up, what is there to do in Vegas, I mean really?