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Best Appetizers in Vegas

kastoney Feb 17, 2009 01:15 PM

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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    QAW RE: kastoney Feb 17, 2009 01:47 PM

    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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      Friend of Bill RE: QAW Feb 17, 2009 03:29 PM

      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.

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        vegasjlt RE: Friend of Bill Feb 17, 2009 05:25 PM

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

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        sushilady RE: QAW Feb 19, 2009 09:59 PM

        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. A5 KOBE RE: kastoney Feb 17, 2009 10:08 PM

        Daniel Boulud Brasserie - PATE DE CAMPAGNE FORESTIERE


        Mesa Grill - SHRIMP TAMALE


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          palmdoc1 RE: kastoney Feb 19, 2009 08:58 AM

          carpaccio @ olives

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            ries27 RE: palmdoc1 Feb 21, 2009 06:10 PM

            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.

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            elrushbo RE: kastoney Feb 22, 2009 04:56 AM

            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.

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              ScottT RE: kastoney Feb 22, 2009 07:31 PM

              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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                foodgimp RE: ScottT Feb 23, 2009 12:25 PM

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

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                climberdoc RE: kastoney Feb 23, 2009 03:13 PM

                The "Colors of Caviar" at Guy Savoy was not only the best appetizer I've had, but up there with my favorite restaurant courses of all time. It was complex, thought provoking, beautiful to look at, and downright delicious. You'll pay for the pleasure though. It cost around $70.

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                  foodgimp RE: climberdoc Feb 24, 2009 04:46 AM

                  You can get that Ala Carte? I had it as part of my 10 Course meal, and it was out of this world!

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                    cgervais45 RE: foodgimp Feb 24, 2009 08:25 AM

                    I do believe they serve it at the bubble bar ala carte!!

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                      climberdoc RE: cgervais45 Feb 25, 2009 02:33 PM

                      It was ala Carte when I dined there but now I see it listed only on the Prestige menu. I'm sure that if you're willing to shell out $70 on an appetizer with approximately 5-bites, they'd be happy to make it for you.

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                  kastoney RE: kastoney Mar 7, 2009 05:17 AM

                  Thanks for all the amazing suggestions. We're heading out in a few days and I can't wait to try some of these.

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                    Dave Feldman RE: kastoney Mar 7, 2009 11:50 PM

                    Please report back -- I'm curious about what you choose and how the evening went. I'd be especially interested in whether any place minds that you are eating appetizers only.

                  2. Steve Green RE: kastoney Mar 24, 2009 09:56 AM

                    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.

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                      Budser1228 RE: Steve Green Mar 25, 2009 07:45 AM

                      The blue cheese souffle at Bradley Ogden is wonderful and it comes as either a side dish or appetizer.

                      I also like the rock shrimp appetizer at FIX, but the Billy Baldwin Burgers are good too.

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