Best Appetizers in Vegas
My husband and i are headed to Vegas next month. We "invented" the something called the appetizer crawl in New Orleans where we jump from restaurant to restaurant and have one (sometimes 2) appetizers and a drink at each before journeying on. We're looking forward to continuing the tradition in Vegas and are soliciting any opinions on the single greatest appetizer. We're staying on the strip, so we'd prefer to keep everything there. Thanks in advance for any advice.
You may get many replies, because there are few better cities anywhere to do such a crawl these days. Consider the following, which comes with a nice "catch" -
Seafood Petit Plateau
ENOTECA SAN MARCO
Acetai "Vinegar Maker's Salad"
Fried Spiced Globe Artichoke with Honey, Pine Nuts & Mint
Grilled Octopus, Potatoes, Puntarelle & Chilies
Sawagani (flash fried Japanese river crabs)
Bone Marrow Flan, Mushroom Marmalade, Parsley Salad
Beef Cheek Ravioli with Black Truffles & Crushed Duck Liver
The "catch", of course, is that they are all under the same Palazzo/Venetian roof, and that none of the places are more than just a short stroll from the others. You could do similar in-house crawls at the Wynn/Encore, Caesar's Palace/Forum Shops, Bellaggio, MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay without ever leaving the properties.
(By the way, the above list are not necessarily the greatest at the properties listed, but show how a progressive crawl can be done in which each course adds a layer to the previous one.)
Array of Oysters at Bouchon.
Andre's Signature Duck Foie Gras Nougatine with Honey Meringue and Raspberry Coulis ($24) at Andres
Bobby Baldwin Burgers ($21 Kobe Sliders-threesome of aged chedder, grilled onions, and spiced fried) at Fix at the Bellagio
Beef Carpaccio ($15 Crisp Roquefort polenta, shaved parmesan, cipollini onions) or the Lamb ($14 Creamed corn, natural lamb reduction, corn shoot salad) appetizers at Olives at the Bellagio
Daniel Boulud Brasserie - PATE DE CAMPAGNE FORESTIERE
CUT - PRIME SIRLOIN STEAK TARTARE OR BONE MARROW FLAN
Mesa Grill - SHRIMP TAMALE
SW steakhouse - BLUEFIN TUNA AND YELLOWTAIL TARTARE
Nobhill at MGM has great apps, I love their Green Goddess Salad, and they have the best cocktails in Vegas, if you go you have to try the Mojito.
Also, Bradley Ogden at Caesars had the best soup I have ever had, a lobster corn chowder with bacon...wow, it was heavenly! They have nice bar/lounge seating if the restaurant is crowded.
Coming in late here, but the truffled mac & cheese at Stripsteak is one of the best appetizers we've had anywhere (technically, it was a side). Their duck fat fries trio, with 3 matching sauces, is no slouch either. The shallot-potato cake with scallion creme fraiche was also quite tasty (I had that one on a different visit).
That said, I don't know that I would announce our intentions next time if we came back for just appetizers -- when we told them that we just wanted appetizers/sides, they seated us in the bar, with its uncomfortable low-to-the-table seating. Also, we didn't really want drinks and when we asked for regular water (and I can understand their not being thrilled with that, being a bar and all...) they served us unfiltered Vegas tap water, which no locals in their right mind would drink. So since we didn't want booze, we ended up ordering bar cokes.
We saw a tower of tomato-dusted red onion rings go by that looked excellent, but that would have to wait for another time. The scalloped potatoes w/caramelized onions and shallots were good but not great. Definitely skip the crabcakes, though. Deepfried, fishy, and not all that crab-heavy.
Overall, an excellent appetizer/side selection. Good-sized portions; enough to share.