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Mesa Grill

Posted in Destinations, Restaurants, Reviews with tags , , , on January 11, 2008 by Susannah

The Bar at Mesa Grill

A while back I sought advice on where to eat in Las Vegas during my visit there. All of you responded with pensive and thoughtful comments.

Unfortunately, my trip to Vegas went entirely unplanned. Because a family reunion brought me to Las Vegas in the first place, and didn’t know where I would be staying, what we would be doing and what familial obligations I’d have. For this reason, I didn’t bother to book any reservations in advance, and as a result, there were limited places where I could go.

A slew of disappointing phone calls and one last-minute reservation later, we found ourselves at the Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay’s Southwestern standby. It was the only place where we were able to secure a reservation on Christmas Eve.

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Bouchon Bakery, Part Deux

Posted in Destinations, Restaurants, Reviews with tags , on December 28, 2007 by Susannah

Apologies for not posting sooner — I’ve just returned from vacation in Las Vegas.

It has been nearly two months since my first experience at New York’s Bouchon Bakery, so while vacationing in Vegas, I thought it only appropriate to pay a visit to the Las Vegas outpost of the bakery, located in the Venetian.

I only had a minute to stop by, so I grabbed the ham and cheese baguette and carrot cake on the way out.

Carrot Cake

The ham and cheese baguette was the best I’ve ever had. It had been briefly toasted, and the baguette’s crisp, warm exterior gave way to a soft interior. The ham wasn’t too salty but wasn’t at all lacking in flavor; the semisoft, Swiss cheese was mild. I could taste mustard and the slightest creaminess of mayonnaise, just enough to enhance the flavors of the ham and cheese — exactly the way condiments are meant to be used.

I don’t like traditional carrot cake, but tried the carrot cake that Andy purchased anyway. The cake was a twist on the sandwich cookie, with the icing was the filling, sandwiched by two cake “cookies.” Neither the cake nor the icing was cloying, and the batter had a rich orange peel and nutmeg flavor. I actually found it to be mildly enjoyable.

I’ve attached a blurry on-the-run photo of the carrot cake, but I was too hooked on the sandwich to even stop to take a picture of it. Honestly.

Bouchon Bakery, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nev. 702.414.6200

Where should I eat in Vegas?

Posted in Destinations with tags , , on November 2, 2007 by Susannah

Vegas

Las Vegas might be the mecca for gambling, debauchery and one-night stands, but it’s one of America’s high-end dining destinations.

This year I’ll be celebrating the holiday season in Sin City as my extended family is a little too obsessed with gambling. (I’ve never caught on to that; my tenth-grade statistics teacher taught me that the house always wins.) Vegas is not my destination of choice, but I’ll be looking forward to trying some of the world-famous cuisine that America’s Playground has to offer.

Dozens of designer chefs from around the country have capitalized on the Vegas restaurant market, launching spinoffs of their highly successful originals: They include Thomas Keller (Bouchon), Daniel Boulud (db bistro moderne), Emeril Lagasse (Delmonico Steakhouse), Wolfgang Puck (Spago, Chinois), the Brennan family (Commander’s Palace), and Bradley Ogden (Bradley Ogden). Supposedly, there are excellent mom-and-pop establishments, too. And let’s not forget that the city is full of buffets to end all other buffets.

With a budget like mine, I certainly won’t be eating like a king at every meal, but I’d like to splurge on at least one or two excellent meals of any sort. If you can recommend (or discourage) eating at any restaurants in Las Vegas, please drop me a note!