Rakeback.com WSOP Primer Vol. 3 – Where to Eat (Part 2)
By CKBWoP, Rakeback.com Poker News Special Guest Columnist
If you are looking for fantastic food that won’t bust your budget, there are a number of more casual dining options on the Strip worth visiting.
Although it may look like a low-end take-out restaurant from the outside, China Poblano is a far cry from your typical Mexican or Chinese restaurant. Chef José Andrés puts a modern, whimsical spin on traditional dishes. Lamb pot stickers, dan dan mian noodles, scallop ceviche (with tequila spray) and cochinitas tacos are some of the many highlights on the menu.
This is the most casual of the Mario Batali restaurants. Otto features various cheeses, cured meats, and small vegetable plates if you’re looking for a light nosh, in addition to pizzas, pastas and entrees. The veal and ricotta meatballs are the best in town.
Mon Ami Gabi is a reasonably priced French bistro with a huge bonus – the outdoor patio directly faces the Bellagio fountains. You can’t make reservations for the patio, but I’ve never had too much of a wait. The bread and macaroni gratin are phenomenal. Mon Ami Gabi is my recommendation for a good first date location.
Burger restaurants are becoming as ubiquitous in Las Vegas as steakhouses, but Holsteins ranks at the top of the list. Start with the bull’s balls (braised veal stuffed risotto balls) while you ponder over the selection of inventive, gourmet burgers. Holsteins is one of the few restaurants in town to feature milkshakes.
This Todd English outpost is the place to go for upscale pub fare. Go the carvery route and choose your own meat, bread and sauce, or choose from the many burger options and traditional dishes. With mac and cheese and corn dog puppies on the menu as well, you’re never too far from comfort.
Gaylord is not technically on the Strip, but it is close enough. The restaurant features traditional Indian specialties like chicken tikka masala, aloo gobi and biryani. Gaylord might seem a bit pricey relative to your favorite local Indian restaurant, but compared to the slim dining options at the Rio, it’s one of the best options available.
Dos Caminos offers sophisticated Mexican dishes and inventive cocktails. For tequila fans, Dos Caminos carries one of the broadest selections in Las Vegas. The freshly made guacamole and dos enchiladas go great with a frozen prickly pear margarita (or three).
HHAGG describes itself as “twisted farm food.” The sage fried chicken and waffles (did I mention that there is bacon inside the waffles?) is one of the signature dishes. In addition, the meatloaf, red pepper, spinach and mozzarella hash is a skillet full of flavorful goodness. Be warned, the portions are massive.