By Scott Roeben
Las Vegas is a city filled with delicious dining options. Everyone has their favorite treats, though, and these are my top five. Have I eaten at every Las Vegas restaurant? No. Is this the definitive list of bite-sized Sin City succulence? Yes. And that’s the story I’m sticking to.
Potato Gnocci at Old Homestead Steakhouse, Caesars Palace
You’d be hard-pressed to find anything on the Old Homestead menu that’s not delicious, but the gnocci is the must-order side every single time I visit. This delectable potato gnocci is made fresh and includes generous amounts of truffle butter. The Potato Gnocci with Truffle Butter is $13. (Join the Total Rewards casino loyalty club and get $1 off this side, and discounts on other menu items, too.)
Chicken Parm Sliders, Mob Bar, Downtown
Mob Bar in downtown Las Vegas, formerly Sidebar, has stolen my heart with its unbelievably good Chicken Parmesan Sliders. At a mere $6, these three mini-sandwiches are easily one of the best bites in Vegas. Insider bonus: Check in using Foursquare, and the sliders are free for “newbies” (with the purchase of two drinks or entrees). Perhaps not surprisingly, Mob Bar is just feet away from the Mob Museum. Also highly recommended, although you can’t eat it. It’s still a good time.
Pizza at Café Martorano, Rio Las Vegas
There are many, many great pizzas in Las Vegas. Slices from the “Secret” Pizzeria at The Cosmo get raves, and D’Amores at The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood serves up pizza made from flour and water imported from Italy. But I consider a bite of pizza at Martorano’s at Rio one of the must-try flavors in town. Everything’s fresh, and made from scratch (including the sauce and mozzarella), in-house. The thin-crust pizza runs $18, but it’s a Las Vegas pizza that’s not to be missed.
Ice Cream at Ice Pan, Harrah’s Las Vegas
Ice Pan is one of the great, overlooked gems on The Strip. Ice Pan makes ice cream right before your eyes. The ice cream preparation process takes about two minutes, as ingredients are flash frozen using 35-degrees below zero pans. The flavor combinations are virtually limitless, and the ice cream contains no preservatives or coloring. Another big selling point is that the ice cream has a fraction (a third in many cases) of the calories of comparable ice cream. Amazing!
Crème Brulee at Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Paris Las Vegas
When you dine at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Vegas, you’re in for something truly special. Save room for dessert, though, because the crème brulee is a taste bud pleasing delight that’s an essential part of any Vegas visit. It’s as if the restaurant’s Chef Jean Joho channeled all his decades of experience into this one unforgettable dessert.
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Photos by Scott Roeben