Monday, January 9, 2012

HUGE Vegas Restaurant Reviews****WARNING**** LOTS OF FOOD PICS... WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY!!!

Hi Dolls,
I would be remiss if I didn't share the fabulous food that I had when I went to Vegas!  There are several pictures of 5 different spots and a snack shack I visited while there for New Years.  If you plan on visiting Vegas in the future, I recommend these spots! For more Vegas restaurant reviews, please look at my blog posts here,           here and here from when I went over the summer.
Let's get right to it!

1.) Max Brenner:  Chocolate by Bald Man
(Caesars Palace)

This restaurant is for the Chocolate Lover in you!  The restaurant is well-known for it's desserts, but have a fabulous menu of savory dishes as well.

When you walk in, you are greeted with barrels of chocolate, chocolate colored walls, a hint of chocolate in the air, chocolate syringes, and a serene chocolatety ambiance.
The dessert menu tells a story about Max Brenner's love of chocolate.
Here's what we had to eat:

Fish Tacos w/ Red Beans and Rice
Max CheeseBurger and Fries
Steak Panini
This was my dish so I can tell you how good it was! It had delicious slices of steak, fried cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, spinach, and a delicious red pepper spread.

The Fries
The waffle fries have a savory chocolate powder that makes them taste so uniquely delicious!

Spicy Chicken Pizza

They even had a chocolate shop inside of the restaurant!



Overall, we were very pleased with Max Brennar.  The service was great as well as the food which always makes for a pleasant experience.  I will definitely go back.  Maybe next time, I'll get a dessert!
Max Brenner on Urbanspoon

2.) Grand Lux Cafe (Venetian)

If you enjoy the food at The Cheesecake Factory, you will LOOOVVEEE Grand Lux Cafe!!!  It is owned by the same company.  The menu has a variety (not as lengthy as CF) of delicious food to choose from including a breakfast and late-night menu.  We went around brunch time and here is what we ordered:

This was my dish.  The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich made with Brioche, bacon, egg, Vermont cheese, tomatoes, and ham, and a side of  hashbrown.  YUM!

 Chicken and waffles!  It looked great!
Spicy chicken and shrimp jambalaya!!!! Mercy!
I've eaten here and at the one located at The Palazzo several times and I am never disappointed.  The food is always phenomenal!

Grand Lux Cafe (Venetian) on Urbanspoon

3.) Rainforest Cafe (MGM Grand)


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I have always wanted to try Rainforest Cafe ever since I first saw it several years ago.  I finally had the opportunity this time around in Vegas. 

The ambiance is perfect for children!  The restaurant looks and sounds like the rainforest. It's definitely kid-friendly.



Unfortunately, the scenery was the best thing about this place.  The food was sorely overpriced and lacked flavor!!!  Here is what we had....you can probably look at it and see it lacked flavor.

Chicken and Beef Fajitas

Rotisserie Chicken and Mashed Potatoes (FlavorLESS)

Rainbow Trout (this was my dish and it was the tastiest!)
Overall the place was cute but the food was not...LOL!!!



Rainforest Cafe (MGM Grand) on Urbanspoon

 Here's a quick look at what I was wearing that day!
Sunnies: Coach/Jacket: H&M/ Tights: Ross/ Boots: Bakers (old)

4.) Dragon Noodle Co. (Monte Carlo)
We finally went to Dragon Noodle Co. inside of the Monte Carlo hotel and casino after years of passing it by and I have to say it was a pleasant experience.
The fact that there was a lunch special that included soup, entree, spring rolls, rice, and a fortune cookie for $9.95 helped me like it even more!
I loved the oriental decor on the inside.  It was a lot bigger inside than I thought it would be.
Here is what we had to eat!
Egg Drop Soup
You have a choice between Egg Drop and Hot and Sour Soup.  I prefer Wonton over the two but that would've cost and extra $3....no thanks.
Orange Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken (SPICY!)
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Mongolian Beef
Me, happy because of my full belly! :)
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I have to admit that the food here was pretty good for the price.  Perfect spot for lunch in Vegas!
Dragon Noodle Co @ Monte Carlo on Urbanspoon

5.) Catfish Alley (Hawaiian Marketplace)
If you're in the mood for some good ole' southern style catfish, Catfish Alley is the place to go honey!!!!  They have two locations and this one opened recently in Hawaiin Marketplace across from Aria!
 The walls on the inside have pictures of celebrities. It sort of reminds me of Glady's Knights Chicken and Waffles in Atlanta.
 The menu includes some of you southern favorites,like fried chicken, shrimp, and ofcourse catfish!

 We ordered the family meal and shared!  Let me just tell you how delicious this catfish is....well I'll just say it's some of the best I've ever had. The seasoned fries were good too.  I liked them better than the sweet potato fries. 
Oh and look who I ran into while at the Catfish Alley......"FLAVOR FLAV".... LOL!

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I look forward to the next time I go to Vegas just to eat here again!  Two thumbs up from me!
Catfish Alley on Urbanspoon

6.) Big Hurt's snack Shack (Next to Flamingo Casino)
Last but not least, I had to share this snack that my brother just had to have from Big Hurt's Snack Shack!

This little shack seems like the perfect place to stop at for a quick, FATTENING pick me up, while trekking up and down the strip!!! The menu consists of your favorite carnival food like chili cheese dogs, nachos, and jumbo pretzels.

Looking at the menu  below, can you guess what he just insisted upon getting???


 Yep, FRIED OREOS!!!! 
 As if there aren't enough calories in a plain Snickers Bar, Twinkie, or Oreo, they are dipped in a batter, fried to golden perfection, then drowned in whipped cream and chocolate sauce......(My stomach hurts thinking about it! Guess that's where the stand got its name :)) Nevertheless, my brother TORE IT UP!!! He did say this a indulgence good for every 5 years lol!


Big Hurt's Snack Shack on Urbanspoon
WHEEWWW!!!  I know that was a lot but I just had to show you guys the wonderful places you can dine at in Vegas (and this doesn't even scratch the surface!)  I hope I'm not leaving you all too hungry.  To tell you the truth my stomach started growling just looking back at all of the good eats! 
Next time I go to Vegas I want to try the following spots:
  • Mon Ami Gabe French Restaurant
  • The Sugar Factory Restaurant
  • Hash House a Go Go
  • Hot N Spicy Crawfish
If any of you have ever been to these places let me know what you think about them. I hope you all had a great start to the work week!  Talk to you all very soon!

~Trice

24 comments:

  1. Wow ya'll got it in with the food. We have a Grand Lux Cafe here in Chicago and I love it. That Catfish Alley looks like a must do.

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  2. OMGGGGGGGGG I'm starving now!!!!!
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  3. Girl, you make wanna go to Vegas just to go and eat!!! I will definitely be using this post the next time I'm there. I have been to the Grand Luxe café in Chicago and I loved it, the Chicken and Waffles are delicious. I have bee to the Hash House A Go Go and it was very good. But the portions are huge. I mean REALLy huge. Be prepared to share. Looks like you had a ball. Now I'm hungry! LOL!

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  4. I love your family...the love food!!

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  5. Vegas is certainly not short of good eats. Those waffle fries are making me hungry.

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  6. I've been to Vegas so many times and I've never dined at either of these restaurants. Wow! This was a great review and ure right....I'm now hungry.com, LOL!

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  7. You make me want to visit Vegas for the food alone! I'm going to need you to tell me the go to food places in Jacksonville for when I visit next month. Email me please hautemommykc@gmail.com.

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  8. I am HUNGRY & will visit each spot when I visit Vegas again... Thanks for sharing

    Tammy

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  9. WOW @ the food.They all look so yummy.The steak panini looks so delish!!!!

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  10. you are making me drool!!!
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  11. I've been to Grand Lux Cafe & The Rainforest Cafe out here in Cali! Love both restaurants. I definitely have to try Max Brenner: Chocolate by Bald Man next time I'm in Vegas! The food looks DELISH! Great food post!

    Myeshia

    http://Full-FiguredDiva.blogspot.com

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  12. Thankssss for the disclaimer, and even though i should have skipped looking, I had to see the food! Super hungry! I hate this diet! hahaha
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

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  13. So much good eats! OMG FLAVA FLAV!! That's so fun!

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  15. I think the Max Brenner place is my calling. Anything with chocolate and I'm there, LOL.

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  16. All the food looks amazing and yes now I am hungry!! I have always wanted to visit Vegas, I really need to make plans to do so!!



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  17. Flava Faaaaavvvvveeee!!!!!!! LOL
    I just ate, but looking at all this food, I can eat again!
    I miss the Grand Lux Cafe inside the Venetian!! I know Palazzo has one too, but my girlfriends and I always went to the Venetian. Ahh, such great memories of chatting over buffalo chicken rolls. Did you try those there?? MMmm so delish.
    I could have told you Rainforest Cafe wasn't the ish. Pretty much everyone always said that the food was way overpriced and not very good. But I have the same picture sitting outside it like you. :)

    Hash House A Go Go is apparently the place to eat! I always heard nothing but fabulous things about it, unfortunately we never ate there. I have no idea why. :/
    Hot N Juicy (I think that's what you meant for the crawfish) is AMAZING! They were on either Man Vs Food or one of those food tv shows and they seriously live up to all the hype. We ate there a couple times and it was really yummy. Always packed though.

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  18. This post was great! Love all the pictures!

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  19. I'm itching to take a trip to Vegas!! Now after seeing all of this food is making me want to go tomorrow!! Yummmyyyyyyy. Looking pretty as always!

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    michelle
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  20. ohhh my goodness, I am new to your blog and Ialready love it! Looks soooooooooo good.
    Natalie
    http://thejazzyspot.blogspot.com

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  21. Awww, this made me homesick! I moved to OH from Vegas about a year and a 1/2 ago. My husband and I definitely consider Vegas home. As far as the Rainforest Cafe` you're totally right. It is cute but the food isn't anything to write home about. BUT you MUST try the Hash House. They have huge portions and the food is amazing! Glad you had fun!

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    ~Khalilah~

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  22. Why do I always seem to read your blog when I'm starving?! Looks like you had an amazing time, the food looks spectacular!

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  23. You weren't kidding...not hungry BUT STARVING NOW..


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  24. Yeah, I have total food envy. I have been dying to go to Max Brenners, forever! Catfish Alley looks like it is right up my alley (I will always be a Southern girl). Plus, meeting Flavor Flav is a once in a lifetime picture opportunity! What a good time!

    *Erin

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