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Your quick food guide to Las Vegas, where bigger really is better

Your quick food guide to Las Vegas, where bigger really is better

Las Vegas food guide

Americans like it big. Eating out in a restaurant is often a challenge akin to a Herculean great labor, or trying to listen to the whole of a Jessie J album. But food in Las Vegas takes this to another level.

I’m 6 ft 2 and 217 pounds and even my elastic stomach quivers at the sight of those mounds of protein and carbs. Yet the City of Lights is flashy in every sense of the word: these plates may be big, but they are also beautiful.

Here’s a quick snapshot to restaurants in Las Vegas, giving you something for every palette. As long as those palettes like meat.

Breakfast:

A.Y.C.E. Buffet at Palms 

AYCE Buffet at Palms Las Vegas food guide
You’ll find your favorite section pretty easily | Photo: Palms Casino and Resort

Vegas’ resorts borrow from the world’s great architecture, so it seems fitting to eat at a buffet that does the same. A.Y.C.E., found in the newly renovated Palms casino, showcases world-wide cuisine in an All-You-Can-Eat fashion.

The aesthetics aren’t going to win any awards – and it sits directly next to the noisy casino – but this isn’t what you’re here for. The food on offer changes after every visit. One day you can enjoy fajitas with a side-helping of roast dinner, the next its sashimi and breakfast wraps.

More often than not, I opted for crispy bacon on pancakes with so much maple syrup I could feel my mother transcend physical barriers through the Atlantic Ocean and tell me off. It just felt too weird eating maki rolls with a side of fajitas for the first meal of the day. Breakfast here serves a purpose, and that purpose is to fill you up.

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Yeah, you really can eat everything | Photo: Palms Casino and Resort

Primrose at Park MGM

Primrose Drawing Room - credit Patrick Michael Chin
Elegant design meets refreshing food | Photo: Patrick Michael Chin

Meanwhile, Park MGM has a slice of continental Europe in their restaurant, Primrose. This classy establishment has the air of a country manor dining room crossed with a French cafe. It’s photo-friendly, coming equipped with living walls and adorable fixtures hanging over the tables. Cute tables and booths make it ideal for groups and single diners alike, with the large windows flooding the room with light.

Those of you that get a bit carried away with the free casino drinks will enjoy the natural light and menu of fresh juices and healthy bites. This is probably the best place to actually recover rather than drown in protein in a cave.

The Mediterranean Plate – emulating one of the most healthy cuisines in the world – is a nice slice of fresh avocado and tomato in a sea of huge plates. Yet those with a bigger appetite might want the breakfast meats – (crispy, American) bacon, sausage, ham, chicken sausage, turkey bacon. All fresh, all fantastic. Though I’d probably share a two plates between two people, instead of a group of six as I did. When you’re used to big plates, sharing plates these are not.

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It has its fair share of indulgence too | Photo: Primrose at Park MGM, Facebook

Lunch:

Block 16 Urban Food Hall at The Cosmopolitan

Block 16 Urban Food Hall las vegas food guide
It’s a food court… but big | Photo: The Cosmopolitan, Facebook

‘Oh a food hall, revolutionary,’ I thought, the hipster moron that I am. But Block 16 really leans into the whole food court schtick: it’s slick in a very American way, but has no concerns about being particularly sexy. Really, it leaves all that to the food.

The level of choice in food at Block 16 felt more like a threat than a challenge. I was instantly drawn to Tekka Bar, because you only have to say ‘Japanese food’ before I sign off the soul of my first born child to get a bite.

The hand-rolled sushi is absolutely delectable; asking the chef at this counter-side bar for his favorite option is the way to guarantee a winner. Watch out for the Tekka Tuna roll for something special.

I dared the Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, though I stuck strictly to the low-spice option of Mild. Spice and I don’t get along, and anything higher would permanently banish my tongue into the depths of hell. The wings themselves were tasty – more of a very solid Intro to American Chicken Wings 101 than something I’d donate a kidney for.

With the variety on offer and the strength of the flavors, it’s a yes from me, even if it’s all a little busy.

Block 16 Food Hall at Cosmopolitan
You won’t struggle to find something to eat… | Photo: The Cosmopolitan, Facebook

Evel Pie

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It’s a busy dive bar with good beer | Photo: Evel Pie, Facebook

Sure, we all know the resorts can deliver food. But Vegas is more than just the Strip. Downtown called and lead me to Evel Pie, a monument to one of Vegas’ most legendary stars and a kitsch tourist haven.

Co-owned by Evel Kanevel’s son, the place is filled with Evel paraphernalia, including X-Rays after one of his crashes. It’s a dive bar through-and-through, with big pizzas, big drinks, and a wink in its eye.

When I say the slices are big, I mean bigger than your head. Other than the size, they are pretty much no-frills: cheese, meat, dough, eat and be happy. Add in a few of their delicious craft beers and that, my friend, is a date I can get on-board with.

While the pizzas dominate the menu, I became weirdly obsessed with the doughnuts. My sweet tooth devoured them with a ferocity that Augustus Gloop would be proud of.

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Food the size of your head | Photo: Evel Pie, Instagram

Dinner:

Triple George Grill 

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Slightly dated but welcoming interior | Photo: Triple George Grill, Facebook

Dinner was a tale of two steaks. One big, the other life-changing.

Triple George Grill is a meat and seafood-focused restaurant Downtown. While it’s a little more sophisticated than its neighbors, the interior is a tiny bit dated, even if the retro feel is purposeful.

The cocktails are very strong. I drank a wonderful Dealers Choice (Bulleit bourbon, Galliano, Domaine de Canton, Orange Bitters, and Lemon Juice), which was deliciously bitter and filled with enough bourbon that I managed to get drunk through the whole cow digesting in my stomach.

Speaking of the cow, I thought I’d experienced meat sweats before, but apparently I was just a sweet summer child before eating a main of Porcini Crusted Ribeye. This 180z monster arrived covered in a mushroom crust. It added delightful twang to a strong steak dish. I definitely enjoyed it. But I’d already ruined my palette by eating perfection the night before.

Scotch 80 Prime at Palms

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Fancy interior, spectacular food | Photo: Scotch 80 Prime, Facebook

Scotch 80 Prime was the culinary highlight of my trip. Dish after dish was a delight, until I feasted on my main course. I dined as part of a group, meaning we could try a selection of dishes. The Tristan Lobster Tail, for example, is so perfectly cooked and seasoned it should be on the American citizens test. The scallops, lightly seared, were divine.

With every dish I drank a flight of whisky, recommended by the spectacular waiters. I suggest you put yourself in their hands.

My steak eating life was leading up to the Wagyu. The A5 Japanese Kobe New York Strip Loin is food perfection. It didn’t melt in my mouth so much as melt my entire mouth. Every bite was such a dream that I want to write a sonnet to each. It’s expensive – $49 per oz, with a minimum order of 4 ounces – but by all the food gods, it was life-changing.

Scotch 80 Prime las vegas food guide
I dreamed a dream of steak | Photo: Scotch 80 Prime, Facebook

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