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Feb 17, 2009 01:15 PM

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.

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  1. 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

    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)

    Scallop Saltimbucca

    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.)

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    1. re: QAW

      Great reply! I love the beef cheek ravioli. B&B has not gotten much love on this board of late, but I think it is a gem.

      1. re: Friend of Bill

        Had a great meal at B&B recently. Just stick with the pastas, beef cheek ravioli, mint love letters, etc.

      2. re: QAW

        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

      3. Daniel Boulud Brasserie - PATE DE CAMPAGNE FORESTIERE


        Mesa Grill - SHRIMP TAMALE


          1. re: palmdoc1

            I would second the recommendation for the Beef Cheek Ravioli at B&B. I had it for the first time last week and thought it was wonderful. B&B gets knocked a lot here, but it truly was my best meal of the entire week I spent in Vegas.

          2. 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, it was heavenly! They have nice bar/lounge seating if the restaurant is crowded.

            1. Get off the strip and go to Lotus of Siam. Then order Nam Kao Tod, Crispy rice mixed with minced sour sausage, green onion, fresh chili, ginger, peanuts, and lime juice.. This is the best appetizer in Vegas- and it's cheap- $ 7.95.

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              1. re: ScottT

                Another off strip place would be Firefly near the Hardrock. It's a Tapas Bar, so just about everything qualifies as an App.