You can’t travel to Las Vegas without eating great food. There are so many restaurants, buffets, cafes, and bars to try out, it’s a wonder I was able to roll back home without throwing up. I stuffed my face in Las Vegas, and so did my fellow cholas Julie, Marla, AJ, and Xenia.
El Segundo Sol – Fashion Show Mall
On the night we got in, the five of us hopped in a cab and headed to Fashion Show Mall for a quick bite. If you’re not familiar with the mall, it’s located smack dab on The Strip, across the street from the Wynn, Treasure Island, and adjacent to The Venetian. It’s been renovated and updated with new stores – I hadn’t been in there in a couple years. The team at FSM sent over a gift bag of goodies like a reusable bag, sunglass pouch, antibacterial gel (germs, y’all), and a notebook. They also provided a gift card for munchies, so we lasered in on El Segundo Sol for some appetizers.
We couldn’t figure out what to order so we ordered a gang of appetizers. My favorites were the fundido, sweet corn tamales (holla!), the crab tostadas, and… oh hell. I liked everything on the app menu! I posted on my FB page that I had never had fundido until this trip. A friend commented ‘Hello, you’re from LA!’ I know! Y’all suck for not showing me the way earlier, friends.
Â As we finished our appetizers, all I could think was,”Why don’t more people know about this place?” Now you do. If you need to step away from the gambling for a bit, head to the Fashion Show Mall for some “normalcy” and good eats!
Pampas Brazilian Grill – Planet Hollywood/Miracle Mile Shops
Meat your match at Pampas Grill. Pun intended, nerds. Are you familiar with Brazilian churrasciara? If you’re a meat eater, you’ll like this place. Servers come around your table and slice meat on to your plate, like clockwork. We were lucky to get seated in a private room – just the five of us! We took appetites up to the salad bar area and loaded up on non-meat items:
Then it was time for meat. Lamb, tri-tip, top sirloin, chicken wrapped in bacon, pork sausage, ham and even pineapple! My favorite was the lamb. I had the server come back twice for lamb.
We also met the head chef of the Las Vegas location. The menu changes seasonally, depending on what’s going on on the calendar as well as who is coming to town. I bet the menu changed for the CES and convention attendees this month. I’m sure it’ll change again for spring break!
We topped off our meat-filled dinner with dessert. Because… DESSERT. My pics came out kind of sad because of the low light. Trust me – NOM. We sampled the flan, chocolate mousse, cheesecake and tiramisu. We were going to have a Fight Club going on during dessert because I really didn’t want to share the flan. However, I was also going to burst from gorging myself, so I guess the right thing to do was to share.
But wait there’s more.
Sugar Factory – Las Vegas Town Square
Lastly on this post is our night at Sugar Factory. Friends, if you like candy, you will like Sugar Factory. We headed here after catching Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace. (Post coming up about that awesome show). The team at Sugar Factory hosted a dinner for us at their Town Square location. We got our drinks on first. (These women can hold their liquor, unlike moi, who ordered a straight-up milkshake called the Memory Lane.)
Marla and I ordered mostly vegetarian dishes. I ordered a bunch of sides – mashed potatoes, green beans, and asparagus. I have to say, my food was over-salted. If you’re going to order these sides, ask for light butter/salt. Or better still, don’t be an ass like me and order an entree. Lucky for me, the cholas didn’t try to stab me with their forks when I plucked a bite of steak from Xenia’s steak frites and a slice of pizza from Marla’s giant pie.
While the other gals ordered more drinks, I was still nursing my Memory Lane milkshake, made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, marshmallows, topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and waffle cone pieces. I don’t know about you but Sugar Factory wins for milkshakes in my book. As the kids like to say, that was bomb.
When it was time for dessert, I waved my white flag. The others had another idea. Voila – the Classic ice cream sandwich. Yet another winner for Sugar Factory. If I had brought someone else’s children here, I think I would totally win for both “mom substitute of the year” and “blogger most likely to give children a sugar high before bed” awards.
There you have it. Three different restaurants, three different cuisines! There’s always something for everyone in Las Vegas.
Have you tried any of these places before? What were your experiences?
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Disclosure: Many thanks to the teams at Fashion Show Mall, Pampas Grill, and Sugar Factory for hosting dinner for the five of us. The above is my honest opinion. This would not be possible without the letters F, P, and S.Â