Within the last few weeks, Vegas has welcomed a variety of exciting new foodie hotspots. I’ve had the privilege to experience the deliciousness of a few of them, ranging from the exquisite dishes at BARDOT Brasserie by Michael Mina at ARIA to classic burgers at Shake Shack at New York-New York.
BARDOT Brasserie: Michael Mina’s BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA has taken classic Parisian food to an entirely different level, with drool-worthy food and inventive cocktails. My meal included Steak Frites – a filet with foie gras butter and french fries that are madein beef fat. We then ordered the Chocolate Macaron, which was big enough to share. BARDOT also serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and who doesn’t love brunch? Atbrunch, you can order bottomless…yes, BOTTOMLESS rosé along with classics such as a fluffy Croissant Benedict. BARDOT is a must-see with its gorgeous brass bar and intimate dining room adorned with rose arrangements and a view of an open kitchen.
Shake Shack: Shake Shack at New York-New York is the famous burger brand’s first West Coast location. Having experienced Shake Shack in New York City, I was extremely excited to learn that one would be opening in my new city! When we arrived, the line was long – stretching on to Las Vegas Blvd long, but who can resist a freshly made burger and crinkle cut fries? This Shake Shack location is also serving exclusive-to-Las Vegas frozen custard concrete flavors, including the All Shook Up with vanilla frozen custard and chocolate toffee bits blended with a slice of banana peanut butter cheesecake from a local bakery. Not only is the food delicious, but Shake Shack will also be giving back to the community by partnering with First Friday Foundation Las Vegas and giving five percent from All Shook Up concrete sales to the program that supports local artists in the city.
Excalibur Buffet: While some may know it as the Round Table Buffet, Excalibur’s buffet received a total makeover and is now playing with the buffet big boys on The Strip. The new interior design includes a modern, chic look and offers Asian, Latin American, Italian and classic American food. Its signature dessert bar was obviously my favorite has I am a notoriously-know choco-aholic, but this is no ordinary station. I was able to create my own crepe, build my own ice cream pop and relish in a warm s’mores cake (or what seemed like a cake).
Honorable Mention – White Castle: While I haven’t been to the new White Castle location on The Strip, I feel as though I have an obligation to mention it as it was one of my favorite fast food restaurants growing up. I have absolutely no shame to say that I am entirely looking forward to visiting White Castle and ordering six sliders. What can I say? I love a good burger, and apparently this location is so great that it was forced to close only 24 hours after the opening to restock. 4,000 burgers made in one hour? Yes, please!
Let me just say that these four new foodie favorites are just the beginning as new places to nom on will continue to pop up around the city. I volunteer as tribute to be the first in line!