Today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Let’s face it, it’s hot everywhere… especially Las Vegas. If you are trying to beat the heat, check out one of these cool treats!
Vegas is known as “Sin City” so it goes without being said that there are frozen alcoholic beverages everywhere you look. Maybe you are under 21, maybe you need a break from the alcohol or maybe you don’t drink at all. We found some great places to grab something to cool you off if you are in a hurry!
Serendipity 3 is located in front of Caesar’s Palace. It is a whimsical atmosphere with an even more creative menu. They are known for their extravagant meals and large portions, but sometimes also their wait. Skip the line and check out their outdoor counter located right by the restaurant entrance. Try their famous frozen hot chocolate, it is a thinner, icier version of a milkshake. While all are delicious, my personal favorite is the strawberry.
Vegas is known for many things, gambling, drinking and nightlife, but Vegas also has some of the best food out there. Buffet’s typically offer a vast spread of food and focus on quantity, not quality. They tend to be visited for their sheer consumption opportunity, not to experience delicious cuisine. Nothing could be further than the truth at Vegas’ newest buffet at Caesar’s Palace.
Recently, Caesar’s Palace took on a huge project and spent a ridiculous amount of money to remodel their entire buffet. The hard work and money was well spent. The décor is modern, sleek and classy while still paying respect to Caesar’s atmosphere. The dining area can hold an impressive 600 people while serving hundreds of delicious items daily. The food, service and experience are one of a kind. Each item is carefully executed and delicious. While the quantity is impressive, the quality is what makes them stand above the rest.
Their brunch is the best out there and will satisfy your every craving. Arrive early, a line will quickly form. The buffet might be a little overwhelming, but during the walk to your table the staff will give a tour and eagerly answer any questions. Make sure to let them know of any dietary restrictions, in my experience they have been very vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. Thankfully, proportions are small enough for you to taste anything that entices you.
Las Vegas may be known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, but someone should start a campaign to rename it the Food Capital of the World. Las Vegas’ bountiful buffets are one of the main attractions of the city for foodies and gourmands, and there are enough different ones that you could pick a different buffet each day of the year without repeating. With so many choices, how do you find the best? Here your choices have been winnowed down to the top picks by category, so you can match the buffet to your personal food mood.
#1) The Best Gourmet Buffet in Las Vegas: Le Village
Not just the best gourmet buffet, but many locals’ pick for the best of Las Vegas, Le Village goes the extra mile by featuring real French cooking that would please even the biggest food snobs. Located in Paris Las Vegas, the buffet features food stations from five different provinces of France, and each area has a gorgeous facade designed to replicate the look and architecture of the region as well. You can eat inside if you like, or outside in a charming Parisian town square.
But decor aside, the food is to die for. Each dish is prepared as it is ordered, so you have much fresher food than you get at the heat lamp buffets. Some of the best dishes are from the region of Brittany: Coq au Vin and Roast Duck with Honey Lavender Glaze. Made-to-order crepes are lushly filled with fruits or savory topping. Even the bread is baked right on the spot! Does it even need to be mentioned that at a French restaurant the pastries are excellent?
Location and Prices: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd South (702) 946-7000 $25 -$40 (Lunch/Dinner)
One of the great things about Vegas is that there are special deals everywhere. This can come in handy when looking for places to eat. During happy hour, between 4pm and 6pm or so, you can find discounts at just about every bar and/or restaurant. Some specials are promoted and announced on respective websites and in the restaurant and/or casino and some aren’t.
The Palm Steakhouse inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has one of the most famous happy hour specials on the Vegas strip. The Palm is the kind of steakhouse where you’ll traditionally drop $100 per person on dinner but during happy hour you can get small plates and appetizers for under $6 from 4:30 to 6:30. What makes this happy hour even better is that they also do a reverse happy hour from 9:30 until close.
Diners played an important part in my life being from the east coast. Diners were a place to hang out with friends at the end of the night or get breakfast in the morning. A lot of memories happen in the diner. Diners are much less prevalent as you move west on the map. Even though there aren’t many of them diners still exist out west for a variety of reasons. Diners are traditionally inexpensive restaurants with large menus catering to any food craving you can have and they’re open all night. Even though there are hundreds of items on the traditional diner menu the staples are a good burger, decent breakfast and good easy to drink coffee. Most diners usually have one other item that they’re known for.
Even with the locals, Las Vegas tries to be everything to everyone so it’s no surprise that you’ll see diners from the east to the west with a few local favorites. Every casino has it’s own version of a coffee shop which fills the role of the diner. Having said that it’s interesting that one of the best diners in Vegas is at the oldest hotel in Vegas – The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.
Let’s set the scene. It’s 4am and you’re done with the club or gambling or whatever Vegas had in store for you the night. All you want is something to eat before you pass out. While there’s usually a sit down restaurant in every casino resort but most hotels don’t have quick and inexpensive late night dining options. I’m talking about the place where you can get a drink and bite around $10 in just a few minutes.
I always recommend having at least one glass or bottle of water before crashing for the night. Rehydrating in a dry city like Las Vegas is important for the sober or unsober. Here are some of my favorite places to grab a quick cheap bite to eat inside and outside of a casino.
There is so much great dining on the Vegas strip that it’s easy to forget that Las Vegas is a rather large city of 2 million people. Like most bigger cities in America, the different ethnicities break out into certain sections in the city. Most larger cities have a section of town called “Chinatown”. In Vegas, Chinatown is just off the strip heading west on Spring Mountain Road. Spring Mountain is the road that crosses the Vegas strip in between The Palazzo and Wynn. While Chinatown in many cities is exclusively Chinese it’s a little different Vegas (of course). Chinatown is made up of all Asian ethnicities so you’ll find a great selection of the best Asian goods from Vietnam to Japan and, of course, China.
The dining in Chinatown is the most authentic Asian cuisine that you’ll find anywhere in Vegas. You’ll also find some of the most cost effective dining in Las Vegas in Chinatown where you can easily find of dinner’s for under $10. The money you may spend on a cab from the Vegas strip you’ll save on the cost of the meal. Since this is Las Vegas and not the Vegas strip just about every restaurant you’ll find are located in strip malls.
Up until last year it wasn’t awesome being a beer drinker in Vegas. The beer selection in Las Vegas was held to your typical American macro brews Bud, Coors and Miller. Sure you could find some bars and restaurants with a few different beers but there weren’t many. It’s strange to think that a town famous for its fine dining and great cocktail rooms wouldn’t treat beer with the same reverence. Thankfully that has changed and the craft beer revolution has hit Las Vegas!
By definition craft beer are small, independent and traditional beer makers. I prefer craft beers because I like beers with a more robust flavor. The traditional American beers aren’t the most flavorful or interesting tasting beers. Craft beers are usually more expensive so it makes sense why a casino wouldn’t carry them but even that’s changing with some casinos offering Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada, the number 1 and 2 craft beer companies in America, at the tables and slot machines. On the casino floor I will always opt for a Sierra Nevada if Nevada if available.
One of the great things about Las Vegas is that it’s always changing. The 80′s and 90′s brought themed hotels and casinos while the city tried to cater to families. More recently hotels have shunned the themes in favor of more modern designs where they depend on what’s inside the casino to wow us. There are hotel-casinos, like the Cosmopolitan, which rarely mention the fact that they have gaming and emphasize the nightclubs and fine dining in their marketing. All of this just makes Las Vegas a more diverse town and that’s great. Somewhere between the theming and de-theming of the hotels Las Vegas became a town for foodies. The finest chefs across the world have restaurants in Las Vegas.
Variety is the spice of life whether you have wide interests and even when you focus on a niche. My niche as a foodie is steak. I’ve been to almost every steakhouse on the Vegas strip and I continue to explore different steakhouses when they open or go back to the few steakhouses that have been around for years that I haven’t had a chance to visit.
Just about anyone can crack open a beer or throw together a Jack n Coke but creating a cocktail is not so simple. A cocktail is a little more complex. By definition a cocktail an alcoholic mixed drink that contains three or more ingredients with at least one of those ingredients being a spirit. You can get a drink at any bar but you can’t always find a cocktail. Creating a cocktail is an art – so much so that bartenders that make cocktails are often referred to as mixologists. Call the cocktail creator what you want but if they can turn a drink into more of an experience then a drink you have someone and something special.
Over the past few years downtown Vegas has undergone a facelift. It’s no longer “Old Vegas” even if it is old and in Las Vegas. Old Vegas was a place to go for a cheap time in Las Vegas and it still is in part. The recent facelift downtown has not only yielded cleaner and more modern casinos but its also added a slew of new bars and restaurants. There’s even a website, fremontstreetbars.com, to keep track of all of the new bar activity in downtown Vegas. Many of the new bars don’t just serve drinks, they cater to the cocktailer in all of us. Here are some of the best places to cocktail around Downtown Vegas.
If you don’t feel like dealing with the hustle and bustle of the huge, somewhat over-played restaurants and bars that everyone goes to when they visit Las Vegas, then I have some great suggestions for you. I have had the pleasure of frequenting a few bars and restaurants that fly under the radar in Las Vegas and I am going to give you a peak into my secret stash.
Firefly is a true favorite restaurant amongst Las Vegas locals. Not to mention the fact that it is a tapas restaurant, which is perhaps the greatest invention ever (you get a little bit of this and a little bit of that or a lot of that). What could be better? A dessert sampler!
I know the newest Las Vegas attractions always need to out due the previously newest and greatest attraction. It has come to my attention that you and 21 other people can be strapped to a moving “table” and hoisted 180 ft. over the Las Vegas strip all in the name of a good meal and drinks? I am all for trying new adventures but a few key points go through my mind when thinking about this apparatus.
First, I don’t love heights. I know Rihanna sings about “Diamonds in the Sky” but I see a 7-ton table dangling over the black asphalt of Las Vegas (when staring straight down I am sure you don’t see any twinkly diamond lights, just BLACK hard cement). Yes, I love a great view but I would prefer looking from the protection of a building or enclosed area where my feet can touch some sort of ground. Suppose you are hoisted up to enjoy a fantastic meal in the sky. You are strapped in to your chair with a safety harness, with no chance of escaping (falling) and all of sudden as the waiter serves you your luke-warm French Onion soup (for your left side of course) you notice your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend and their new lover staring across from you at the other end of your table. What a wonderful dinner you will have when all you want to do is get the hell off this nightmare in the sky and run the opposite direction. Dinner in the Sky will teach you some patience for sure.
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