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Luscious Las Vegas…Restaurant Reviews

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Some of us girls who met in Italy reconnected in Las Vegas for a mini reunion as Mary had a conference in the area.  Virginia and I got a nice deal at The Venetian which included a resort credit at its restaurants.  As such, we found ourselves eating a lot!  Below are a variety of restaurants in Las Vegas we tried over the weekend:

Sugar Cane (The Venetian)

We ordered breakfast at Sugar Cane and it was quite good.  I got avocado toast topped with roasted corn and an egg while Virginia ordered Huevos Rancheros which was presented in a very unique way.  The food and service were both excellent. It was our best breakfast in Las Vegas.

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant

For dinner one night, we visited Ferraro’s, a very popular restaurant in Las Vegas off the strip.  It was packed at 6:30pm!  Virginia is friends with the owner so we were treated like queens.  Ferraro’s pasta is made in house, its fish is Safe Harbor certified, and its beef is all natural.  It’s fine quality ingredients and amazing service made for a lovely dinner!  Between the five of us, we ordered carpaccio, soup, lasagna, pasta topped with wild boar ragu, dover sole, and more.  We were surprised by a tasty dessert as well.  What a delightful evening!

Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas (The Venetian)

YUM!  The pastries at Bouchon Bistro (the restaurant) and Bouchon Bakery (a to go stall) are mouth watering good.  We had both the almond croissant and a sticky bun and weren’t disappointed.  They might be the best pastries in Las Vegas. We gobbled them up too fast to get a photo!

While dining at the Bistro, we ordered eggs any style and we got so much food it was ridiculous.  The meal came with a pastry, toast, sausage, bacon, fritters, coffee and juice.  We could hardly eat half of it.  If we hadn’t had the resort credit, I’m not sure we would have sat down for a $25 breakfast, but it was good!

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (The Venetian)

We tried eating at Yardbird twice.  The first time at 2pm on Saturday and there was at least a 20 minute wait for two people so we went elsewhere.  The next day we tried again at 11:30am…there was even a longer wait for a table, but the lounge area had some first come, first served seating, so we ate there.  Given the popularity, I expected the food to be incredible.  Neither of us found that to be true.

lunch at yardbird las vegas

I ordered an egg white omelette with artichokes and peppers while Virginia ordered the smoked chicken salad.  My meal could have used salt while Virginia thought her chicken was salty.  The basket of biscuits were OK, but honestly, the far less busy Sugar Cane situated across the hall was much better to us.  Of course, we didn’t order the signature dish…chicken and waffles…but I had already had that meal once (at Lagasse’s Stadium which is now closed) and the portion was large enough to share.  Perhaps the large portions or the inviting atmosphere was the draw.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge (The Bellagio)

Yellowtail, in my opinion, is by far the best restaurant in Vegas. Or at least the best sushi restaurant in Las Vegas. I rarely eat at the same place twice, especially when I’m visiting from out of town because I like to try new places. I return to Yellowtail any chance I get. I’ve eaten at this sushi restaurant in Las Vegas four to five times and it has never disappointed.  Every thing about it is great!

The service: wonderful!

The sushi: Creative and divine.

The Big Eye Tuna Pizza is the most popular item on the menu and despite the name, just order it!!!!  I ordered two for our table of six, and my guests ordered another one.  The name is a complete misnomer. The tuna is served on a crispy flour tortilla and drizzled with truffle oil. The creation, by chef Akira Back is so delicious that you can find the recipe online.

tuna pizza at yellowtail, the best sushi restuarant in Las Vegas

Another favorite was the Mile High Roll and the most creative roll might have been the one with pop rocks.  The roll with short ribs with cole-slaw was also a treat.

The atmosphere: Amazing…get a table on the patio and watch the fountains.

After dinner and enjoying the fountains, be sure to visit the Bellagio’s atrium to see its exhibit.  It is always wonderful!  I particularly like the Christmas display, though the Thanksgiving display during our trip was quite nice.

Cheffini’s (Downtown Container Park)

We decided to venture to downtown where a new container park has been built with shipping containers.  Along with some interesting art (a locks of love heart and a giant preying mantis), is a variety of stores, restaurants, bars, music stage, and jungle gym park.

We just needed something quick before we headed to the airport so we tried Cheffini’s (which is now closed).  We weren’t in the mood for gourmet hotdogs for which it is known.  Instead we ordered sliders.  They were fair.  Regardless, you should check out the container park for a different thing to do in Las Vegas.

These are only a few of the thousands of restaurants in Las Vegas, but it’s a start.  ETB

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Beth Bankhead

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