Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas


If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you already know that we took a vacation from Thanksgiving and headed to Vegas. We were originally going to go to the beach, but we found a Jackpot Deal from Southwest that was only a few hundred dollars more. We couldn't pass it up!

We stayed at the Palazzo this time. We loved the location and the rooms. All the rooms are suites - can't beat that!

The first thing we did after we dropped off our luggage was go place a bet on the Auburn/Alabama game.

We took Auburn and the points. We were confident homers.

Next we headed to one of our favorite spots, Lavo, for a drink and appetizer.
We got an order of Arancini. 
We hadn't eaten since breakfast our time, so we were hungry.

You can see in the background why Chicken Legs loves this bar.

Dinner on our first night was at one of our favorite places, Old Homestead. 
We got the same thing we did back in May. YUM!

Thanksgiving day was completely untraditional. We ate all of my favorite foods!

Lunch was pizza from Grimaldi's. 
This pizza is amazing!

For dessert we checked out the new Buddy V's Ristorante.



We had the cannolis. 
They had chocolate chips and pistachios on the ends and were served with a chocolate sauce. 
They were great!

We also got Buddy's XL Lobster Tail.
It was a flaky pastry shell filled with the most delicious custard cream. 
YUM! YUM!

Thanksgiving dinner was at Sinatra's in the Wynn.

We loved the decor.

They played old Frank Sinatra movies on the TV above the bar. 

We started with the meatballs and polenta fries.
It was great. The meatballs were small - perfect for a starter.

Chicken Legs got the Chicken Parmesan.

He also got a small side of penne pasta.

I went with the lasagna.
We both loved everything! 
We were sad we didn't have a place for the leftovers in our room. 
We both thought it would have tasted even better the next day.

Sinatra's finished the meal with a little dessert tray. 
I especially loved the caramel.

Friday started off with me getting my hair done at the Cristophe Salon at MGM. 
Beautiful!

We hit the slots at MGM before heading to lunch.
BOOM!
I won $300! Paid for my hair and lunch!

Lunch was at the new pizza place at the Aria.
Five50 is located right next to the Sports Book at the Aria.


We started with the Pepperoni Arancini. 
We loved these! 


We went with the Gotham Pizza. Tons of meat and cheese.
It was fantastic. I hated that we couldn't eat it all. It was too good to leave any behind!
We couldn't decide if we liked this pizza better than Grimaldi's. 
They are so different. 
We would eat at both again.

Dinner ended up being at the bar Carnevino.
We had drinks at the bar the night before and decided that we had to eat here on this trip.
We have eaten here many times, but never at the bar.
We started with some Blood Orange Cosmos.
They were filled to the brim!

Normally water isn't something that I would mention, but the water at Carnevino was the best I've ever had. 
It tasted SO good and was ICE cold. It really hit the spot after a long day of walking in Vegas.

Upon the recommendation of our awesome bartender, Cooper, we ordered the Beef Cheek Ravioli for an appetizer. 
This isn't on the menu. They only make about 20-30 servings per night. It was handmade ravioli with a beef cheek filling served with Chefs butter and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
O-M-G! This was life changing. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. If you go, get this!

For dinner we split the Braised Short Rib over a Sweet Potato Mascarpone Puree. 
Um, this was the best short rib I've ever eaten.
Cooper hooked us up with a glass of the best red wine I've ever had in my whole life. It went perfectly with the short rib.

This was the best meal we had in Vegas this time (if not ever). 
We will definitely be back at the bar on our next trip!
If you go, tell Cooper Plain Chicken sent you! 

Saturday was our last day in Vegas. Our flight left late that night.

We had lunch before the big football game at Emeril's Table 10.

We had a reservation, but since it wasn't busy we decided to sit at the bar.


The rolls at Table 10 were SO good! I wanted to eat about 10 of these.

We had to try the candied bacon on the menu. 
It was delicious. 
It was served with maple syrup and had a little kick. 
I excepted nothing less from Emeril.

We also sampled the Chicken and Sausage gumbo. 
I am really into gumbo since our trip to NOLA this fall. 
This gumbo was great! It also had a kick. We loved it!

Chicken Legs went with the Fish and Chips for his entree.
He said it was delicious.

I got the Slow Roasted Pork Po Boy.

BEST BBQ sandwich ever! 
I wished I could have finished it. 
I am on the hunt for this recipe. The sauce was to-die-for!

After lunch we headed down to Lagasse's Stadium to watch the Auburn/Alabama game.

We ended up getting the most amazing suite for a minimum $50 bar tab.

Click to see the whole room.

The suite had a 3 large flat screen TVs, a pool table, a Ms Packman/Galaga arcade machine, private bathroom, and a dedicated waitress. 
BOOM!


Chicken Legs played video games during commercial breaks and half-time.

We ordered a pretzel that was bigger than my head to snack on. 


After the game, we collected our bet and hit the tables for a little while before our flight.


We are thinking Thanksgiving in Vegas might become a new tradition for us!


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12 comments:

  1. It's official - I've added going to Vegas with Plain Chicken and Chicken Legs to my Bucket List!!!! You should set up a Fan Trip!

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  2. Hey Stephanie!
    My husband and I are going to Vegas for the first time ever in January and then taking a bus to the National Championship game (war eagle!)...I've read your posts about Vegas and all of the great restaurants to try. Going there for our first time, what are your all-time favorites that you would suggest for us? We'll be there Saturday and Sunday.
    Thanks!

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    1. War Eagle Rachel! My favorite expensive place is Carnevino. Favorite pizza is Grimaldi's & the secret pizza place in the Cosmopolitan. PJ Clarke's in Caesar's is SO good - good variety of food. You can't go wrong with Margaritaville in the Flamingo either. It just depends on what you are looking for. Check out my post from May too - http://www.plainchicken.com/2013/06/vegas-vacation-eats.html

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  3. I never would have thought of Vegas for Thanksgiving, either, but it sure looks like it was amazing!

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  4. We have spent Thanksgiving in Vegas several times. I love coming in the Monday prior - there is no one around!!! Then, each day it gets a little busier with Friday being crazy!! The last Thanksgiving we were there we ate at Emerils at the Venetian - I can't think of the name. We were staying there that year. Loved our meal! Recommended it to our daughter and her husband and they have spent the last couple Thanksgivings out there and have made that their Thanksgiving meal place, too!
    Janet

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  5. How fun! We keep saying we're going to go to Vegas for Thanksgiving one year, but we haven't done it yet. Maybe 2014 will be the year.

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  6. What a fun thanksgiving :) I bet that was loads of fun. All of that food looks insanely good! making me drool lol :)

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  7. We just ate at Grimaldi's. So good. Thanks for the recommendation.

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