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Las Vegas Is Full Of Unexpected Delights

Last updated: February 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Las Vegas Is Full Of Unexpected Delights.

Many things are just a given in Las Vegas. You’ll be able to enjoy world-class entertainment and residencies from entertainers you can’t see elsewhere. Your hotel is probably going to have a kick-ass pool where you can soak up the sun. There will be an opportunity for stretchy pants because you’re definitely going to hit the buffet at least once. The list goes on. While these things are expected and certainly appreciated on a Vegas vacation, it’s the unexpected delights that can really make a trip memorable.

Las Vegas Hidden Gems & Unexpected Delights

The one show were we encourage to bring your phone and take a mid-show selfie

Mid-show selfie? Don’t mind if we do! Photo by DJ Clulow/Caesars Entertainment.

Phones are welcome at this Vegas show

You wouldn’t think you could use your cell phone during a Vegas show. At The Miss Behave Game Show at Bally’s Las Vegas, you’re not only allowed to use your phone, you’re encouraged to do so. Most everything about this show falls into the unexpected category and that’s half the fun. When you arrive, you’ll be split up based upon your phone preference: iPhone vs. “others.” In most shows, it’s obnoxious to see the guy in front of you lighting up the theater with his screen but in this show, you’re expected to text crowd selfies to the show’s hosts. So charge your battery and leave your inhibitions at the door; it’s time to Miss Behave.

Steve Martorano in the DJ booth

Steve Martorano trivia: He got his start as a D.J. and created the first restaurants with D.J. booths in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Chicken Parm with a Side of Hip Hop

What do you expect from an upscale Italian restaurant? Fresh mozzarella, delicious al dente pasta and a killer eggplant Parmesan, right? Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas offers all of that with a side of live DJ action. The restaurant’s namesake, Chef Steve Martorano, likes to hit the decks when he comes to town. After around 9 p.m., the South Philly native takes over the turntables to spin everything from classic R&B to modern hip-hop to disco. Know that the restaurant’s ceilings came by those disco balls honestly.

Find the best souvenirs for a great price

One of my favorite shops in Las Vegas is tucked away in the bottom level of Bally’s Las Vegas. I stumbled upon it while in search of another store and I’m so glad I did. Kids Camp has the cutest and also the most hilarious children’s clothing and accessories. Our daughter definitely sports her “Boob, it’s what’s for dinner” and “I drink until I pass out” bibs. In addition to the silly gifts, Kids Camp also features adorable clothing and awesome deals on the clearance rack, so make sure you make it all the way to the back of the store to find great deals.

Las Vegas hidden gem burger and fries at Old Homestead in Caesars Palace

The Old Homestead Burger. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Dry-aged burgers can compete with the steaks

When dining at a Las Vegas steakhouse, you’re usually deciding between a filet mignon, porterhouse or ribeye. A burger is likely the farthest thing from your mind but at Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace, the unexpectedly delicious item not to overlook is the Old Homestead Burger. It’s got to be one serious burger to recommend it over delectable dry-aged steaks. For starters, it’s dry aged too, a rarity for burger meat. The dry-aged burger is seared in an 800-degree pan then topped with flavorful Tillamook cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and bourbon ketchup. It comes with a side of the restaurant’s signature duck fat fries. You won’t even be thinking about the steak you passed up once this flavor bomb hits your mouth.

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Las Vegas hidden gem and unexpected delight is the Gruyère popovers at BLT Steak

DO fill up on bread when it’s BLT’s Gruyère popovers. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

It’s ok to fill up on bread

Don’t fill up on bread! This is perhaps the number one mantra of eating out, particularly at a tasty Vegas steakhouse. BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas flips the script and offers bread so good you can’t resist. Kick off your memorable meal with BLT’s famous Gruyère popovers. These warm and pillowy piles of cheesy goodness are laced with nutty, rich Gruyère cheese, making them the perfect amuse bouche before diving into one of BLT’s USDA Prime black Angus steaks.

Unexpected delight is the Filet mignon tobanyaki at Sushi Roku

Don’t miss the filet mignon tobanyaki at Sushi Roku. Photo courtesy Innovative Dining Group.

Great steak at a sushi restaurant? Believe it!

I never started out trying to be that person who orders steak at a sushi restaurant but the filet mignon tobanyaki at Sushi Roku is just that good. Sure, the restaurant in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is known for its sushi dishes like the baked crab handroll and yellowtail with diced chiles, but this steak is worth departing from the sushi game plan. The succulent filet is seared to perfection and served with a garlic truffle ponzu sauce that will get your umami taste buds all kinds of fired up. It also comes with asparagus and mixed mushrooms to round out the dish. There’s no reason you can’t have both sushi and steak if you start with a roll, just give this main course some serious consideration or you’ll be missing out on a surprising hidden gem.

Yoga on the High Roller

Did you know you can do yoga on the High Roller? Photo courtesy Caesars Entertainment.

You can do yoga in the sky

Unmatched views of the Strip. Perfect place for a proposal. These are things you might expect from the world’s tallest observation wheel, but the High Roller at The LINQ Promenade offers more than meets the eye. Did you know you can do a chocolate tasting while taking a ride on the High Roller? What about Yoga in the Sky? You can get your downward dog on or sample delicious Ethel M chocolates in a High Roller cabin. There’s also the Happy Half Hour experience with unlimited drinks in the cabin during your ride, though drinks are hardly unexpected in Vegas.

Challenge your family and friends in a tennis match at Bally's Las Vegas

Play tennis at Bally’s Las Vegas. Photo courtesy Caesars Entertainment.

Tennis, anyone?

Did you know you can play tennis at Bally’s Las Vegas? No, we’re not talking about a sports-themed slot machine. You can really play tennis on an actual court. Eight courts to be exact. Challenge your buddies to a friendly match or get competitive and try to be the next Roger Federer. The courts are lit so you can play day or night and you can even get a lesson from ATP tour professional David Pate.

Las Vegas hidden gem at Caesars Palace- The Courtyard at Montecristo Cigar

The Courtyard at Montecristo Cigar Lounge. Photo courtesy Caesars Entertainment.

A breath of fresh air

Garden oasis and cigar lounge seem pretty antithetical but leave it to Las Vegas to merge the two beautifully. Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace features several spaces like The Vault Room and The Library with plush leather chairs but it also has the serene Courtyard space. The venue’s state-of-the-art ventilation system keeps the smoke at bay, so you can enjoy a cigar and a cocktail in a comfortable and fresh space. The brightly lit space with foliage-covered walls offer a distinctively outdoorsy vibe you wouldn’t expect from a cigar lounge.

Hidden nightclub gem is The Terrace patio at OMNIA in Caesars Palace

The terrace at OMNIA. Photo courtesy Caesars Entertainment.

Not your typical club scene

Nightclubs are notorious for pulsing beats and dancing bodies pressed close together on the dance floors. The terrace at OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace is a literal breath of fresh air from the bustling dance floor. You can still hear the sweet beats of the club but you can also take in the gorgeous Strip below while enjoying the nighttime weather.

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Allison came to Las Vegas over a decade ago and fell in love with the city and all its dining and entertainment options. A live music junkie and tequila enthusiast, she has written for Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Sun, Vegas Magazine and Conde Nast's VegasChatter.

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