Las Vegas Trip: Food Adventure

Sin City offers a wide range of dining options from cheap fast food to high end celebrity chef steakhouses.  During our trip to Las Vegas for New Years and to visit some nearby National Parks, we explored some of their unique food options.  While many Vegas restaurants can get pricey fast, we tried to keep our expenditures low and share some of the massive portions.  This sharing worked out well for me because I got to try more food and, believe me, I ate my fair share and more.  While some of our meals comprised of gas station snacks as we did a lot of driving to sightsee, I’ll try to highlight some of the more interesting food-related events of the trip.

We began our adventure for breakfast at Hash House a go go in the Linq Resort and Casino.  This place had an old fashioned diner feel with a country/farm theme.  They offer many distinctive menu items related to this theme hence their slogan “Twisted Farm Food”. They offer their signature “hashes” for breakfast/brunch, along with egg scrambles, waffles, and their enormous pancakes in flavors like snickers, red velvet, or mango coconut.  And when I say enormous, I mean it. We ordered one to try thinking we’d have no problem finishing it, but we knew we were in trouble when the waiter told my sister and I we wouldn’t be able to finish one between the 2 of us.  We ordered the brown sugar banana pancake and the Healthy Start Scramble with onions, peppers, and salmon.  Yes… salmon.  The scramble options included your typical veggie egg accompaniments, and then salmon.. Weird, right? So that’s what we ordered.

I enjoyed the scramble very much.  Fresh eggs, onions, peppers, and even soft, flaky salmon. It also came with an extensive fruit bowl including mango, blueberries, banana, apple, blackberries, and honeydew melon.  At $15 it was a bit pricey, but the portions and food quality live up to the price.  The pancake was the largest I’d ever seen, even at $11 it was worth the price.  The waiter was definitely justified in his warning.  It was very good too, large chunks of banana and brown sugar topped with butter and sugar made for a massive sugary indulgence.  We got through the scramble and less than half the pancake before our stomachs just about burst.
http://www.hashhouseagogo.com/vegas/

For dinner, we hit up Bobby’s Burger Palace in the CityCenter complex on the Strip.  This restaurant, inspired by Bobby Flay, offers beef or turkey burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, and typical burger place sides.  Your burger can be topped with regional flavors/toppings such as Dallas, Carolina, or Philly style. I ordered the Carolina style grilled chicken sandwhich which came with smoked American cheese, red cabbage slaw and mustard bbq sauce.  This burger was phenomenal.  The huge juicy chicken breast, crispy slaw, and sweet/tangy sauce meshed together perfectly.  Upon first look, the burger seemed a bit small, but the chicken was thick and it was plenty.  We also ordered a side of regular fries and sweet potato fries, both cooked perfectly and each came with unique dipping sauces, both very tasty.  I would highly recommend trying one of the 18 locations of Bobby’s Burger Palace if you’re in the area.
http://bobbysburgerpalace.com/

We finished off the night with a treat from Jean Philippe Patisserie in Aria Resort & Casino.  We ordered a mini chocolate cheesecake, a raspberry macaroon and a salted caramel macaroon.  This was my first time trying a macaroon and I especially enjoyed the raspberry flavor.  The cheesecake was super rich and included a white chocolate shell, very nicely presented.  Check this place out for some unique French treats.
http://www.jpchocolates.com/

 

For lunch the next day, we tried Ramen-Ya in the Grand Bazaar shops by the Strip.  We found this place on a ‘cheap eats’ article online and decided to try their Spicy Miso Ramen.  We thought this would be interesting considering the only Ramen we know is the 10 cent packaged stuff from your local grocery.  This place was more bare-bones than the others but the food was tasty.  The spicy miso ramen included a slice of pork, a bit of cabbage, and a generous amount of noodles in a thick, opaque broth.  I can’t imagine this dish was good for my health with all the sodium I ingested, but if you’re looking for a cheaper lunch spot, you can get ramen here for $9-$11.
http://www.ramen-katanaya.com/

On our trip over to downtown Las Vegas to see Gold & Silver Pawn Shop which is feature on the TV show Pawn Stars.  We noticed Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque which we saw was rated highly on Yelp.  Being huge BBQ fans, we had to try some pulled pork.  As soon as we walked in, it smelled of a southern bbq pit, smoke and all.  At  $28/pound it was very expensive, but the pulled pork was excellent and their 2 sauce choices complemented it well.
http://rollinsmokebarbeque.com/

We got hungry when waiting for the New Years fireworks on the strip and decided to try Pinks Hot Dogs.  Basic hot dogs ranged from $5 up to the deluxe dogs priced around $9. I got the Slaw dog for $5.69 which really hit the spot. I love cole slaw and the addition of bbq sauce brought me right back to my home North Carolina cookin’.  The hot dog is 8” long protruding out of both sides of the bun, making it a very large snack, even a small meal.  My sister ordered the Las Vegas Strip dog for $8.99. This included 2 hot dogs in 1 bun, chilli, cheese, mustard, onions, guacamole, and jalepenos.  This was a monstrous hot dog large enough to satisfy meal-sized appetites.  I would recommend this place for some unique dogs at good prices for the Strip.
http://www.pinkshotdogslv.com/

Our last stop was Serendipity 3 on the Strip at Caesars Palace.  This stop was mainly because we were cold and had run out of things to do in the hours leading up to midnight.  It probably wasn’t a good idea to order a freezing ice cream sundae, but how could we resist an epic deep fried Snickers sundae?  After consuming it, we were overly stuffed and exceedingly cold.
https://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/restaurants/serendipity-3#.WGwImfkrLIU

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We had a great time visiting Las Vegas, sightseeing, and testing a variety of different food options.  I hoped you enjoyed this post and remember, I’m looking for recommendations on what y’all want to see on this blog.  New product I should review? Healthy eating tips? Grocery shopping tips? Recipes? Let me know what you want to see.

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