Last week my gentleman and I took a trip to Las Vegas for my birthday. Though Vegas is brimming with fancy-pants restaurants, we decided to try to keep the costs as low as possible. Lots of drinks and small meals, with a few more costly ones here and there. It was a good decision and we had the opportunity to try a lot of new food. We took pictures of the notable things, which I will now discuss.
Hash House A Go Go
For breakfast the first day after we got to Vegas, I knew we needed to go to the Hash House A Go Go in the Quad. I had seen it on Man Vs Food and, while I wasn't going to order the ginormous chicken-waffle meal Adam Richman ate, I desperately wanted to eat their breakfast. I went for a heavier meal, and my gentleman went for a more conservative granola.
It was not just any granola, though. It is the Sticky Granola, and it was one of the best breakfasts I've ever tasted. It was a delightful, warm granola topped with an enormous amount of fresh fruit, with a little carafe of milk on the side to pour on top. It was just wonderful.
My meal was a vegetarian breakfast hash (mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, potatoes) with some scrambled eggs and a fresh biscuit. It also came with some homemade peach jam, which was amazing. I love breakfast more than any other meal so I was super happy with this.
Jean-Philippe Chocolate & Pastries
Prior to going to Vegas, I asked all of my friends to list all of their favorite things to do, eat, and see. This pastry shop in the Bellagio was mentioned several times, both for its crepes and for its world-famous chocolate fountain (pictures above), so when we went exploring in the Bellagio, my gentleman insisted we stop for crepes. He picked out the bananas foster crepe, which was made to order.
Tacos & Tequila
Although the casinos in Vegas are open 100% of the time, not all of the restaurants are. We got back to our hotel very late one night and wanted some food, and the only place we could get food in the hotel was one of the restaurants, Tacos & Tequila. They only had their late-night small-plate menu so we went with that. Gentleman got some of the tiniest chicken quesadillas ever, and I got a big bowl of delicious nachos. Good enough.
For my 29th birthday, we went to the Hofbräuhaus off the strip. My coworker had told me about the wonders of it - a beer garden modeled after the royal beer garden in Munich. I was disappointed to learn that it has expanded into a chain and can be found in most major cities, particularly since one opened up in Philadelphia so technically we could have gone to the one here instead of all the way in Vegas, but whatever.
The atmosphere in the beer hall is loud and boisterous. Everyone is yelling and drinking beer and standing on tables. Guys in lederhosen are playing accordions and giant horns, and a lady walks around spanking people with a giant paddle in exchange for tips. It was really fun.
I started with a giant pretzel. Gentleman said I should only order it if I was going to eat the entire thing, and I swore I would. I did, but it took awhile (I had to take it back to the hotel and eat it later that night). It came with delicious onion mustard, homemade sweet mustard, and a German cheese spread ("Obazter" cheese). Love love love. Best soft pretzel I've ever had.
As if that wasn't enough carbs, for my meal I ordered the Allgäuer Käsespäetzle. These are little freeform noodles baked into a casserole with onions and cheese. SO GOOD. I ate this later at the hotel as well, mostly because I got too drunk to finish it at the restaurant. Shut up, it's a beer garden.
Gentleman got a riesenbratwurst, which does not have any sauerkraut on it in this picture but he did put some on it. Though it's at a German restaurant, we live in PA Dutch country so it was not very different from food he eats here at home. But he reports it was very good!
Las Vegas is known for its buffets, so obviously we had to partake in at least one during our stay. We made the poor choice of going to brunch buffet on a Saturday, which means all the prices were inflated. I sat down at Caesars Palace and googled the cheapest brunches on the Strip - the Flamingo Hotel was having a brunch buffet that was about half the cost of most of the other hotels, AND it included mimosas. This was an easy decision. We had our Vegas buffet experience (including more crepes), looked at some flamingos and koi fish outside, and then stopped by Sin City Beer for some more beer.
Vegas was fun but I doubt we'll go back. It's expensive and trashy, and there are so many places in the world to explore. But we had a great time!