Thursday, July 12, 2012

Las Vegas The Quick List

My husband and I spend a good amount of time dining in Las Vegas, NV each year. People are always asking me where the heck they should dine.. so I thought I would make a quick list.

Great For Breakfast

1) Mon ami gabi (Paris) is a great choice for a breakfast or lunch in the sun. My husband and I ask for a table outside, there is almost never a long wait. On the weekends there is a bloody Mary Bar, and all week long you can order fantastic pitchers of sangria. My husband loves the corned beef hash, while I'm an eggs benedict girl. If you are there for lunch try the lamb burger (special) stuffed with roquefort cheese... mmmmmm
Mon Ami Gabi on Urbanspoon

ok.. we don't eat a lot of breakfast.... on to lunch

Fabulous for Lunch

1) RAO's (Ceasars) is an exact replica of RAO's in New York with additional seating pouring out of the main dining area of only 14 tables. RAO's is FANTASTIC italian... the pizza is great, especially the sauce which is sold throughout the US. If you want to stop in for dinner get the veal chop, you won't be dissapointed.
Rao's on Urbanspoon

2) The Buffet (Wynn) is the best buffet I have eaten at in all of vegas... and trust me I have eaten at many! This buffet is on point. There is always a beautiful variety of seafoods and meat. Favorites are the pea risotto, corn bread w/ pulled pork. no mayo slaw, and the apple and pear cobbler.. YUM!
The Buffet on Urbanspoon

3) Milos (Cosmopolitan) is a clean flavors beautiful traditional Greek restaurant... (dont expect correct pronunciation of galaktoboureko) They have a lunch prix fixe menu for around $21 a person which is a steal. The restaurant is decorated in oversized clay pots, and is garnished with a fish bar.. which you actually get to choose your fish from! For dinner its quite expensive.. but its very good. Nothing innovative, just good greek food.
Estiatorio Milos on Urbanspoon

4) Spago (Ceasars) What can I say, it's an oldie but a goodie. Wolfgang Pucks Spago was opened in 1992 and paved the way for every celebrity chef restaurant in LV. Out the gate I love the fact that this restaurant is located within the hustle and bustle of the Forum Shops. It's fun to people watch at Spago. When you sit, you get an incredible, "not your average bread basket" with a variety of different grains sprinkled in a heavy sea salt (delicious).  As an appetizer I would suggest the Prime Beef Sliders or the pizza. Lamb Chorizo and the Greek are more than delectable. They have a killer Ceasar's Salad, and you really can't go wrong with any of their main courses. I'm disappointed that they took the meatloaf off the menu.. It was so refreshing to find such an old school comfort in such an upscale establishment.
Spago on Urbanspoon
5) Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cuccina (Crystals) If you liked Spago... GO HERE.. I thought this was going to be a joke since its a pizza joint in the middle of Crystals, but when I say its really fantastic, it is really fantastic. Don't be shy to try the Pork Milanese or Eggplant Parm.
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina on Urbanspoon

Go Get Chur Dinner

1) Jaleo (Cosmopolitan) I can't say enough about Jose Andres' JALEO! This place exudes FUN. There are dining tables that were formally foosball tables. Everyone is up close and personal and you are able to watch dish after dish land on each other's tables. Tapas are the way to go if you want to really tease and treat your pallet. For your drink you order from an ipad & for your eats try the Figs and anything that mentions the Iberico pigs of Spain!
Jaleo by José Andres on Urbanspoon

2) La Cirque (Bellagio) Is the most intimate experience you will ever have at the circus. Ok, it's not really the circus but the absolutely stunning dinning room is coated in vintage circus scenes and the ceiling is a stunning take on a colorful circus tent. We had the 4 dish tasting menu which at $94 a plate and is well worth the coin. Dining at La Cirque is like going to the theater and on your way out you are presented with a beautiful little take away box with chocolates (who wouldn't like that?)
Le Cirque on Urbanspoon

3) Eiffel Tower Restaurant (Paris) The restaurant might just have the most spectacular view of Las Vegas. We visited on our wedding anniversary and they gave us the best table in the place because of it. We were also given a complimentary and happy anniversary dessert to top it off. My beef wellington was cooked perfectly and my husband went all in with the Roasted Rack of Lamb. I won't say that the food was incredibly inventive, but I will say that it was really good and the view obviously knocks it over the top. Don't leave without having a souffle. Truly it's my opinion that if a souffle is ever an option for dessert its an obvious choice... unless of course creme brulee is also an option... decisions decisions.. 
Eiffel Tower Restaurant on Urbanspoon

4) Picasso (Bellagio) Perhaps there are too many french restaurants on this list? NAH... Julian Serano's Picasso actually serves dishes of France and Spain where Pablo Picasso spent most of his life. The restaurant is decorated in gorgeous works of Picasso including some of his ceramic pieces. In most restaurants you can either order a la carte or prix fixe . not here.  Here it is Prix Fixe only a choice of the right side of the menu or the left and I will say by all accounts that this restaurant is not inexpensive by any means. Those picassos on the wall, you pay for them. I will say though... its an experience. The american wagyu was succulent as well as the Ruby Red Shrimp. Picasso is truly a fine dining experience.
Picasso on Urbanspoon

5) Carnavino (Palazzo) Joe Bastianich & Mario Batali really get to show off how excuisite Italian cuisine can be. I've eaten here a few times in both the Taverna area and the Dining Room. I have to say for a very inexpensive dining experience "the burger" at the taverna is one of the best in town! As for the dining room the ricotta and egg raviolo with brown butter is unforgettable and go right ahead and follow it up with either a bone in chop or bone in ribeye.. you can't go wrong.
Carnevino on Urbanspoon
As I write this list I truly want to review another 10 spots, but then this wouldn't be a very "Quick List." Vegas is not just for gambling ladies and gents... It's for filling your belly with all that American's best culinary contributors have to offer. I know I do my part! Feel free to add suggestions or beefs!