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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Las Vegas: Favorite Bar Food

In the three days I was in Las Vegas, I managed to show my face at a shameful amount of restaurants and bars. I’d like to briefly profile three of the spots I frequent most, and let you in on why I always come back. 

Wolfgang Puck
The Wolfgang Bellini

Pork belly BLT
Blue cheese truffle chips
Set in an open space inside MGM Grand with prime seating for people-watching, Wolfgang Puck offers a late-night menu with pizzas, salads, and their famous bacon cheeseburger. I like to start with an order of chips. They are the richest chips I’ve ever tasted, dripping in truffle and blue cheese. The tuna tartare with avocado was refreshing after that heavy appetizer.  What is food without alcohol, right? I paired the bellini with the pork belly BLT, a bubbles-and-meat combo I can never resist. The slab of pork belly was thick, smokey, and crispy on the outside. It’s never a done deal without a wood oven pizza. This time, it was the spicy sopressata pizza. Delicious!

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MGM Grand

One of John's creations
Stuffed jalapenos
Tuscan Flatbread, Sliders, Kobe Meatballs
When I stay at MGM, I always stop at the bar in Fiamma for small bites and prosecco. My favorite bartender, John, greets us with a round of prosecco before we even sit down. He always treats us right.  The Tuscan Flatbread, Kobe Meatball, and Calamari are my favorite picks, and now the new sausage-stuffed japapenos wrapped in bacon just found a place in my heart. While John is very helpful with making personalized drinks to suit your taste, you cannot go wrong with Kerry’s Strawberry Balsamic signature cocktail.

Todd English 
Crystals at CityCenter

Wacky Wheat Beer Flight at the P.U.B.

Foot long hot dog
Appetizers at Olives
Todd English P.U.B. (Public Urban Bar) in the Crystals shopping center is the place to go for beer lovers, carnivores, and anyone looking to enjoy high-end pub food while watching the game. I’m often seen guzzling a flight of wheat beers, or if I’m feeling confident in my selection I will go for the ½ yard of brew. The beer goes best with the foot long hot dog or mini hush puppies. This time around, I got the dirty chips with fried chicken livers. By day, the P.U.B. is where I go to cure my hangover, and by night, it’s where I get it back. Olives in the Bellagio is another establishment Todd English has blessed us with. I tried it for the first time during this trip. We sat at the bar and ordered a round of appetizers. The Beef Carpaccio was thinly sliced with a bed of lettuce atop a square of polenta. We also ate a fig and prosciutto pizza, potato wedges, and a cheese plate. With pre-dinner-snack intentions, we always go overboard.
Cheese board at Olives

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