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Las Vegas is a mecca for extravagance. The City of Sin oozes decadence from its every pore. Wolfgang, Charlie, Emeril, Kerry and more celebrity chefs have laid roots in this town, some with multiple restaurants, allowing you to essentially eat designer food for every meal for a week or more. But, beyond the flashing lights, $5,000 bottles of Remy and extravagant tasting menus for those with discerning taste, lies the outrageous food offerings sure to send the culinary-inclined into a ” foodgasm.”?
Most food offerings in Las Vegas are not cheap. After all, once you make all that money winning (riiiight), it burns a hole in your pocket. There are quite a few options to pump that money back into the struggling Las Vegas economy.
For starters, and the ones watching their money, a MUST is the Sunday brunch at Simon in Palms Place. Yes, it's a celebrity chef, but still. For $40 you are assured to roll out of the door after stuffing yourself with the best and tastiest morsels of your life.
Pigs in a blanket with fresh mustard, anyone? Fresh sushi? Sweet and fabulous smoothies? Or, perhaps a Bloody Mary bar?
But, beyond the general brunch offerings is the crowning deliciousness offered at the end of your meal. The outrageous, the sweet, the sure-to-put-you-in-a-food-coma dessert platters. A Simon signature, each table receives handspun cotton candy, cupcakes filled with oozing cream, rice cereal melted into marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies and more. Wear your PJ's or dress to impress. Celebs regularly haunt this popular restaurant.
Then, there's Hash House A Go Go. This restaurant serves up ” twisted farm food”? and offers some of the tastiest and largest dishes on (Imperial Palace) and off The Strip (6800 W. Sahara Ave). From the 15-inch pancakes to the signature Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles to the larger than your stomach scrambles, Hash House A Go Go brings you your calorie intake for the day in true mouthwatering form. It's important to note, the restaurant serves up mean lunches, dinners, desserts and drinks, too.
Outside of breakfast, there are other dishes that can send you into a culinary tailspin. At LBS: A Burger Joint at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, the $30 Extreme Burger will leave you ridiculously full. This monstrosity includes six half-pound beef patties topped with American cheese, smoked bacon, Portobello mushrooms, spicy mustard, herb mayo, ghost peppers (also known as naga jolokia peppers and confirmed by Guinness World Records as the hottest chili in the world), lettuce, tomato and red onion, served between two fresh baked sweet egg buns and complimented with one entire pound of French fries.
Bonus points to the diner who eats everything on the plate in one hour, you get the meal for free, as well as having the burger re-named in your honor, and becoming the inaugural member of the Heroes of the Hamburger wall.
If you like hot dogs, be sure to check out Pink's Hot Dogs in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. It offers the tried and true hot dog, also known as Holly Madison's Naked Dog, which is simply a plain dog with lots and lots of ketchup, to the more extravagant. Non-celebrity inspired dogs include: the Three Dog Night is three dogs wrapped in a tortilla with three slices of cheese, three slices of bacon and topped with chili and onions; the Bacon Burrito Dog, a flour tortilla wrapped around two dogs, two slices of cheese and three slices of bacon, topped with chili and onions; and the Vegas Strip Dog, two dogs crammed into one bun and topped with mustard, onions, chili, cheese, guac and jalapenos.
But, what about dessert you ask? Surely Las Vegas offers indulgence in the form of sweet caloric intake? Of course.
At Strip House, located in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, diners can indulge in the famed 24-layer (!) Chocolate Cake by Executive Chef John Schenk. Measuring in at 8″?, this cake is 12 layers of moist choco cake and 11 layers of chocolate filling, the 24th layer is semi-sweet ganache made of imported French chocolate (cest magnifique!).
The beauty of this cake? Beyond the taste and size, one slice only sets you back $16, which you can quickly make up while max betting the penny slot machines.
Then, there are the more pricey dessert options, for $1,000 Serendipity 3 offers the Guinness World Record holding Golden Opulence Sundae.
The dessert, which requires 48 hours notice to enjoy, is scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream made with Madagascar vanilla beans and rare Venezuelan Chuao chocolate, topped with one of the world's most pricey chocolates from Amedia Porcelana, gold-covered almonds, chocolate truffles, marzipan cherries and candied fruits.
The crowning glory– the 23-carat (and edible) gold leaf. For that much money, rest assured, you get a souvenir. Each sundae is served in a Baccarat crystal dish which is yours for the taking.
For a little less, there's a $750 Decadence d'Or cupcake at Sweet Surrender in The Palazzo Las Vegas. Made with tons of rare ingredients from around the world, and topped with 100-year-old Louis XII de Remy Martin Cognac and edible metallic gold flakes — cupcake lovers around the world are drooling.
Las Vegas culinary awesomeness doesn't end here. Nearly every resort has a restaurant or 10 offering something amazing, something you most likely cannot indulge in anywhere else on the planet, or at least in America.
Ask around when you arrive, you never know what hidden food gem waits!
- Menu – Diana Edelman
- Hash House Chicken – http://www.flickr.com/photos/scaredykat/328174583/
- Chocolate Cake – http://twitpic.com/10x3ux
- Golden Opulence Sundae – Serendipity 3