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Snack On This – Our Favorite Las Vegas Snack Foods

Last updated: February 9, 2018 at 9:45 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Restaurants. Comments Off on Snack On This – Our Favorite Las Vegas Snack Foods.

You know those times when you are hungry, but don’t want to eat a full meal so you have something smaller to eat?

We don’t either.

Apparently, they are called snacks.

The thing is, in Las Vegas, where situations are often larger than life, the snacks are usually quite hefty too. Whether sweet or savory, these “snacks” are ones you might want to share. Or you can just do what we do and eat the whole thing yourself. Because, really, what’s the point of a snack if it won’t fill you up?

Here are some of our favorite Sin City snacks.

Snackin’ with Caesar

Leave it to Caesar to take care of his people. There are so many delicious snacks at Caesars Palace that it’s almost like its own snack empire. No matter what kind of snack you want, Caesar has got you covered.

Start with brioche at the appropriately named Brioche by Guy Savoy. The French master chef proves he’s equally adept at baking as he turns out the pastries that are shaped like muffins but have a texture reminiscent of croissants. Moist, flaky, buttery – why even have a cup of coffee without one of these to go with it? On the savory side Savoy offers prosciutto and cheese or bacon, cheese and jalapeno brioche. If you are looking for something sweeter, there is an embarrassment of riches with five different types of brioche – almond and candied fruit, exotic, Nutella and banana, peanut butter and jelly or cinnamon. This pastry stand is can’t miss.

Sticking with the high-end snacks, take a guess which celebrity chef we are visiting for tacos? Unless you guessed Japanese superstar Nobu Matsuhisa, you guessed wrong. As he’s proven with every other dish he’s touched, Matsuhisa has mastered the art of the taco, just in his own way. At the NOBU Restaurant, crispy bite-sized wonton shells are filled with the freshest of proteins whether it be king crab, tuna, salmon or vegetables. However, the king taco here is imported Wagyu beef which showcases the succulent beef and the crunchy shell as a perfect, harmonious duo.

It's always a party at Rao's, best Las Vegas Italian snack food

It’s always a party at Rao’s. The Italian staple serves up some classic snacks.

While Nobu has transformed the taco, sometimes you just want something classic, something homestyle, something that reminds you of what Grandma used to make. If you grew up in an Italian household, your best bet is to journey over to Rao’s, which brings all its old-school Italian sensibilities to Vegas. One of the great things about growing up on the East Coast is having access to some of the freshest seafood in the world. Rao’s takes a Northeastern seafood favorite and does them two ways. Little Neck Clams can be had baked with an oregano bread crumb stuffing or sautéed with garlic, white wine, butter sauce and with a Ciabatta crostini to soak up all that savory broth. Either iteration will transport diners to a different time and a different place, as some of the best cuisine often does.

Then there is Bobby Flay who dabbles in both the familiar and the original. At Mesa Grill, the Food Network star has taken something nearly perfect and improved on it. The quesadilla in its most basic form is already a delectable snack, but Flay enhances it by making a sublime breakfast version. The double smoked bacon quesadilla surrounds that fatty, salty meat with caramelized onions, fried egg and Fresno Chile hot sauce. There’s a reason he has such a tremendous record on his competition television shows “Iron Chef America” and “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Beijing Noodle No. 9 soup dumplings at Caesars Palace

What awaits inside Beijing Noodle No. 9 soup dumplings is a world of taste. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Keeping things in the comfort food genre, there is little in this life more soothing than a perfect dumpling. For that experience, Beijing Noodle 9 is there to fill your every dumpling whim. Their expertly put together dumplings are made in house. Diners have a choice of pan-fried or steamed with fillings like pork and cabbage, shrimp and chive or beef and scallion. They also have Beijing pork bun which is better known as bao and Shanghai soup dumplings with pork where, as the eater bites into the dumpling, a soupy broth fills their mouth along with the meat. It is a one-of-a-kind snack experience.

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Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

The next stop at the snack train takes us to the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. No snack list is completely without a chips and salsa component. For that, we go to the master of snack food, Guy Fieri, and his restaurant El Burro Borracho. The tortilla chip-based options at this cantina are plentiful. Chile-lime dusted tortilla chips come with salsa molcajete but can also be served with roasted tomatillo verde, smokey chipotle, grilled pineapple serrano and roasted habanero lime. That’s a salsa buffet of flavors and heat worthy of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Now let’s add guacamole to the mix. You can go basic with avocados, serrano chile, sweet onion, radish, lime and cilantro. Or you can get your Fieri on and add the following components: roasted corn, chorizo, roasted poblanos, crumbled cotija cheese, shrimp, crab and lobster. Holy guacamole, indeed.

Down the hall, check out All-American Bar and Grille and their snack food monster, messy fries in a box. Sturdy fried potatoes are smothered in steak chili, bacon, egg, cheese and onion. You can apologize to your arteries after you finish all that deliciousness.

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Paris Las Vegas To Bally’s Las Vegas

Best Las Vegas snack food the Loaded Tots at Beer Park at the Paris Las Vegas

Get a load of the Loaded Tots at Beer Park at the Paris Las Vegas. Photo by Total Vegas Blog.

Sticking with the fried potato theme, at Beer Park outside of Paris Las Vegas, their loaded tots present a dish that is truth in advertising. The childhood favorite is topped with crispy bacon, sour cream, Bass IPA cheese sauce and chives to create a revved up twist on the baked potato.

Inside the corridor leading from Paris to Bally’s Las Vegas, snack food aficionados should stop at Burger Brasserie. Pretzels are the name of the game with the doughy, salty snack – here served both soft and crispy – accompanied with brown cheddar ale dip and oatmeal stout mustard. Mix and match to create your perfect pretzel puzzle.

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The LINQ Promenade

Finally, take a stroll down The LINQ Promenade where entire shops are devoted to snacks. There’s chocolate at Ghirardelli’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. There’s pizza at Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza. There are cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes. There are hot dogs at Haute Doggery and there are even sushi burritos at Jaburritos. It’s snack lover’s dream street.

Still hungry? Neither are we.

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Jason is originally from the great state of New Jersey. That’s right – great! He’s lived in Las Vegas on and off for the past 20 years, which he also rates as top notch. As a pop culture fanatic, he loves concerts, great food, offbeat adventures and movies. He has written for too many publications to mention, has sold a few screenplays and is immersed in the creative world.

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