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.