Eating Las Vegas

Gentle Readers, once more I find myself up in the middle of the night, on the West Coast, blogging. Which ties in nicely with today’s topic, Eating Las Vegas. The city doesn’t sleep, and the casinos don’t have natural light or clocks. Time stops having meaning there.

The Poutine topped with an egg from Public House. When time has no meaning, combine breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Poutine topped with an egg from Public House. When time has no meaning, combine breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

However, my tolerance of this bizarre environment does. My ongoing issue with Las Vegas has not been with the city itself, but life inside the conference bubble, where I have to spend the majority of my time. After all, I’m typically in the city to work, not play. However, I do have to eat, and here are my top 3 tips with restaurant recommendation pairings.

Eating Las Vegas

1. Get Off the Reservation! This works on so many levels. First, if the place is so big and fancy that you need a reservation, you’ve increased your exposure financially. I have a certain intolerance of eating overpriced bad food, regardless if it’s on the company dime or mine. Las Vegas can be expensive, so be mindful.

We ate family style at this family friendly restaurant: Lotus of Siam!

We ate family style at this family friendly restaurant: Lotus of Siam!

The other interpretation is also true: if you get outside of the casino bubble to eat, you’ll have a better meal and will extend your Las Vegas tolerance. Leave the strip, listen to Yelp, and try an authentic meal. A recent one at Lotus of Siam was a huge win. Great food family style.

Fried foods stand out at I Heart Burger (but so did the kale salad!).

Fried foods stand out at I Heart Burger (but so did the kale salad!).

2. Go Small or Go Home. So much in Vegas is over the top, that sometimes it’s important to remember that big does not equal good. Two of my favorite places are simple burger joints, not fancy. I always enjoy Burger Bar, I Heart Burger, and The Public House (stick with burgers and the Poutine, thought the salad was lovely).

You’ll notice a theme here, but sometimes a burger and fries is a nice break from the barrage of overly rich food and fine dining. Also, amidst much jeering, I got nice kale salads from both I Heart Burger and The Public House. Thanks team.

Bacon wrapped everything from Mizumi.

Bacon wrapped everything from Mizumi.

3. Don’t Stay Here. If you can’t completely get off the strip, try someone else’s hotel restaurant. Recently I got to try Mizumi at The Wynn. The lobby is stunning, and just not being inside of my complex made a difference to my mood. The menu features a few really amazing things: bacon-wrapped (fill in the blank), pork belly, and beef short ribs. Wow, just wow. Paired with great company, it almost felt like a vacation in the middle of work.

Beef so good we ordered it for dessert.

Beef so good we ordered it for dessert.

So a few tips and tricks for surviving the work side of Vegas, and enjoying your time and food as well. Other favorite spots from the group? I’m all ears.

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