Vegetarian Dining in Las Vegas: Something for Everyone

Saturday, 02 November 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

Vegas wants everyone to have a good time, and that includes non-meat eaters. These days, more and more people are opting for a vegetarian or vegan diet (about 15 million Americans, in fact), and they don’t want to be left munching on a dull salad or yet another microwaved veggie burger. Luckily, several Vegas restaurants are not only vegetarian friendly, but offer inventive meat-free dishes that will please anyone’s palate. From casual meals to fine dining, here are some of the city’s best bets for vegetarians.

Wynn Hotel Restaurants

Luckily for vegans and vegetarians, when Wynn and Encore head honcho Steve Wynn adopted a meat-free diet, he collaborated with vegan Chef Tal Ronnen to add appropriate menu items at all of his hotel restaurants–even on the in-room dining menu. The result is a stunning selection of options that diners don’t have to dig for. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, for example, keeps it authentically Italian with dishes like Porcini Mushroom Ravioli and a tofu-based interpretation of the famous Caprese salad. Wazuzu offers inventive vegan sushi options and savory Asian entrees. Even Wynn’s steakhouses include more than a few meat-free options, including a must-try meatless meatloaf at Switch.

Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant

(3900 Paradise Rd.)

The decor and the bellydancers are enough reason to visit Marrakech, but for vegetarians, the real draw is the food. The famous six-course feast comes in a vegetarian option, and the almost-endless parade of food truly is a feast. Start with a zesty Lentil Soup and a Mushroom Saute, then nibble on Hummus and Zaaluk with plenty of bread for dipping. Grilled Kabob and a veggie-studded Couscous entree will make you plenty full, but there’s still more. A decadent Moroccan dessert and a cozy pot of mint tea top off the meal.

Komol

(953 E Sahara Ave.)

Vegans will be spoiled for choice at this Thai restaurant close to the Strip. Choices include several options that aren’t usually made dairy-free, such as a creamy Coconut Ice Cream. Start with a Vegetarian Shumai made with edamame or crisp Fried Sweet Potato, then choose your spice level with an entree like Chili Mint Tofu, or Stir-Fried Pumpkin with Basil Leaves. Komol offers their famous Thai teas and coffees in a cream-free version.

8 Surprising and Tasty Room Service Options at Vegas Hotels

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

Room service is an expected amenity at any hotel: even a Holiday Inn can get you a burger with a simple phone call. But this is Vegas, baby. You can dial up just about anything you want. While you’ll find a lot of tried-and-true meal staples on in-suite menus, some Vegas hotels have gone out of their way to provide unique offerings, from late-night snacks to dinners that rival some of the best restaurants. There are plenty of reasons to stay in, whether you’re honeymooning or working on a business project, but these delicious dining options give you one more reason to enjoy the comfort of your room instead of going out.

Japanese Breakfast at the Venetian

Breakfast sets the tone for the whole day, so starting with the typical room-service offerings (bacon and eggs, pastries, pancakes) only prepares you for the ordinary. The Venetian’s Japanese Breakfast is a Zen experience on a platter, and it’s especially perfect if you have a stressful meeting or just want to have a relaxing morning, followed by a swim or some yoga. Served with hot, calming green tea, the breakfast includes steamed rice, a salmon filet, a fresh poached egg, and miso soup, plus pickled Japanese vegetables and nori.

3 Tower Burger at the MGM Grand

Every room service menu has a standard burger, and almost every guest complains about the price. (Let’s face it: room service is a luxury, and the prices are higher than at your neighborhood burger joint.) If there’s a room service burger that’s worth the price, though, it’s at the MGM Grand. The 3 Tower Burger is a whopping 8 oz. beef burger served with choice of cheese and toppings. Health conscious diners can choose a turkey or even a vegetarian version of the huge patty. Add on an order of the Mesquite Fries, which the Grand serves with a signature spicy ketchup. Go all-out Americana with one of their hand-scooped milkshakes, and you’ll be full for a week.

Best Bargain Dining In Vegas

Monday, 28 October 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

It’s increasingly more difficult to find bargain dining in Las Vegas. The $1.99 all you can eat buffet is long gone. Most dining that has been introduced in the past few years either comes with a celebrity chef’s name attached or a hefty brand name. Even fine dining has seen price increases. A gourmet burger will now set you back about $20. Stepping it up a notch the expensive $50 steak from two years ago now costs $60 or $70 for the same quality meat. That said, if you search hard enough there are dining bargains to be found. Here are some of the best and most famous.

Cosmopolitan – $22.13 Lunch Special at Estiatorio Milo’s. This has quickly become the best deal in Las Vegas dining. For reference, dinner at Milo’s will cost about $100 per person. You choose an appetizer, main course and dessert. This is possibly the best discounted fine dining you’ll have anywhere in the country. Besides previewing dining options the menu allows you to make reservations for lunch or dinner.

Hard Rock – $7.77 Surf & Turf is one of the most famous dining deals in Las Vegas and it isn’t even on the menu. Just ask your waitress for details and you’ll get an 8 ounce ribeye, skewer of shrimp, vegetables and potato. The quality of this meal is a little better than you’d expect for a meal at this price. If you don’t have a Backstage Pass players club card this will cost you $9.95. Sign up now for free.

Take a Culinary Trip Around the World in Las Vegas

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

If you’ve ever dreamed about dining in the great cities of the world, consider a trip to Las Vegas. For the price of one trip, you can experience the dining pleasures of just about every world cuisine. Choose from elegant dishes prepared by renowned chefs or simple, flavorful homestyle meals. Vegas has such a rich selection of ethnic eateries that you can try a different nation’s food every day without repeating. Whether you have one food style in mind or want to sample your way through the city, use this guide to hone in on the best international restaurants Vegas has to offer.

France

Short of actually going to France, Las Vegas is the next-best city for world-class French cuisine. Iconic French Chef Joel Robuchon (voted “Chef of the Century” by the Gault Millau guide) has two restaurants at the MGM Grand. The five-star Joel Robuchon is ranked among the top restaurants in the country, while at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the food is prepared while you watch. Chef Guy Savoy also provides upscale French cuisine in Vegas. If you have something simpler in mind, head to Bouchon Bakery for macarons that are out of this world.

Italy

Italian restaurants are all over Vegas, but some go the extra mile. Casa di Amore provides free limo service right to the door, making it perfect for a romantic date night. The place is distinctly old-school Vegas, and the food is traditional: Veal Parmigiana, Shrimp Scampi and the restaurant’s famous Garlic Loaf are menu staples. For more upscale dining, try Wolfgang Puck’s Trattoria del Lupo, or Carnevino at the Palazzo, with its gorgeous 16-foot ceilings.

Casa di Amore Local’s Bar & Tourist Gem

Monday, 08 July 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

Before living in Las Vegas a major part of planning every trip was around dinner. Actually, this was the only planning. We just needed an hour a day to see each other. It’s Vegas…overplanning is the number one problem I can see to any trip. To this day every visit from that specific group of friends is similar. We choose a new steakhouse on the Vegas strip and search for an off the strip restaurant that tourists don’t really know about. There is a lot to explore in Vegas and that’s part of the fun.

There have always been new steakhouses opening regularly so that has never been too difficult. The more difficult and more fun part of Vegas vacation planning was searching high and low for something that only the locals knew about. There are really two cuisines that Las Vegas does well – Asian and Italian. You’ve already seen the guide to great off strip Asian dining but one of my favorite Italian restaurants needs its own spotlight.

One of the greatest locals finds I made as a tourist and I continue to enjoy as a local is Casa di Amore. Casa di Amore is located on Tropicana just passed the campus of UNLV. Like some of the best off-strip restaurants Casa di Amore is located in a strip mall. Casa di Amore is a classic Italian restaurant that features live entertainment every night. The restaurant isn’t quite retro as it’s not trying to be old school. It is old school. Casa di Amore looks and feels as if it was lifted out of 1973 Las Vegas and transported to today. The walls are decorated with plenty of images of the Las Vegas of yesteryear. The music and the rest of the decor match this.

A Chocoholic Guide to Las Vegas

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

In my opinion, chocolate can solve everything.  Sunburned?  Hot?  Hung-over?  Tired?  Hungry?  Eat some chocolate; it should be considered a food group.  During a recent trip, I was lucky enough to come across some incredible chocolate finds.  Check them out!

If you have a car, you cannot miss the opportunity to tour Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory.  It is a short distance from the strip and well worth the trip!  The entrance winds you through an M&M store with every color M&M’s imaginable along with cute souvenirs for kids of all ages.  After passing through the M&M portion, you past a glass wall of the chocolate factory and get an up close and personal view of how the chocolates are made.  At the end of this hallway, you can chose between a free sample of either milk or dark chocolate.  Then around the corner you will walk into the chocolate addicts dream, their chocolate store.  They have a display case full of chocolates that look as good as they taste, tables upon tables of every possible combination of chocolate/flavors and even homemade ice cream for those hot days.  Check out the brittle (my personal favorite), they even dunk that in chocolate!  Even if you can’t make it to the actual factory, make sure to check out their retail store located inside the Las Vegas airport.  You might miss out on the experience, but you won’t miss out on the taste!

Cool Desserts for Hot Days in Vegas!

Friday, 21 June 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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.

A Walk Through Caesars Bacchanal Buffet. YUM!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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)

Save with Dining Deals in Vegas

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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.

East Coast Eating In Vegas Diners

Monday, 20 May 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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.

Late Night Dining in Vegas Munchies!

Monday, 06 May 2013 by Blog Category: Food and Nightlife.

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.

Chinatown and Off Strip Asian Dining

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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.

Craft Beer Scene in Vegas

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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.

The Search for The Best Steak in Vegas

Thursday, 28 March 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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.

Downtown Cocktailing in “Old” Las Vegas

Monday, 11 March 2013 by Blog Category: Downtown - Old Vegas and Food.

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.

Enjoy Vegas Dining and Bars Like A Local

Sunday, 03 March 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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!

Dinner in The Sky – Las Vegas

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 by Blog Category: Food.

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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