Travel blog: A glorious and triumphant return to Las Vegas

Welcome, friends. It's been a while, huh?

So, having survived this whole COVID ordeal for 2+ years, we decided to blow three years worth of travel budget in one summer. Which meant we had to return to Las Vegas.


We started at a new place at Harrah's called Walk On's, which is a Cajun sports bar. I got the gator wrap, which was quite tasty. Gator basically tastes like chicken, so this was nothing mind blowing in terms of exotic flavours, but I'm not going to a Cajun place and ordering a hamburger - I want something weird enough. My wife got the shrimp Po Boy. We both enjoyed our food.

We went back to Walk On's a couple of days later for breakfast, which for me was a pretty good chicken and waffles. It's hard to screw up chicken and waffles, and yet...

I also had the most disappointing chicken and waffles I've ever eaten. Which was surprising because it came from Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Streetbird Fried Chicken at Resorts World, the newest big hotel/casino on the strip. The chicken was under-seasoned, the waffle was... fine ... but the sweet and spicy syrup/sauce was neither sweet nor spicy and the end result was bland on bland on bland.

On the other hand...


The beef claypot rice from Geylang Claypot Rice was flavourful and terrific. I would absolutely get this again.


And the Peking Duck Tacos from Fuhu Shack was right up there with the best, most surprising dishes of my life. Highly recommend.

There were a bunch of other places at the Resorts World food hall we wanted to try but didn't get the chance this time around. The concept is cool - a bunch of little restaurants each representing a country's cuisine and they only serve 2 or 3 things. So the ordering and expediting is uncomplicated for both the customer and the restaurant and you can sample all kinds of places and not get overly stuffed. Think of it as a very upscale Heritage Festival (a reference Edmontonians will understand).


Somehow, I'd gone my entire life to this point without having cacio e pepe, a minimalist Italian dish that proves the point that great taste can be had without a billion different ingredients. We went back to Eataly at Park MGM for our last dinner prior to leaving and as soon as I saw this on the menu, I knew I had to have it. So good. We immediately recreated it when we got home.

Also terrific at Eataly was a focaccia with burrata.


And, of course, Gordon Ramsay Burger, remains the best hamburger I've ever eaten.


So, in the end, a very successful food trip to Vegas, which also involved a lot of walking, several days relaxing at the pool and temperatures that peaked at 41 C, which even for me is pretty warm. And, of course, we only got to about half the restaurants that were on my list, so we have a head start on the next trip, whenever that may be.




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