The #1 activity we did on our recent Vegas trip was EAT. I’ll be writing a few more posts about our Vegas experience but first, FOOD. Always the most important thing, in our opinion. Click on the numbered titles to be redirected to the restaurant’s website.

1. Serendipity

You’ve probably heard of this place before from their popular NYC location. Their specialty is everything sweet but they’re actually a restaurant as well. We not only had dessert here but also brunch. Everything was so divine. They’re always busy so getting a reservation is recommended. GO NOW!

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Our first afternoon walking around we stopped in for their cookie sundae. The hot fudge was PERFECT.

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We were both happy and sad about the amount of ice cream we consumed.

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Later during our trip we stopped in for brunch. I ordered their smores hot chocolate with a shot of espresso. Needless to say I could legitimately make like seven smores out of the supplies they gave me. The cups were like bowls!

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Curtis ordered their mocha cappucino.

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For brunch we split the chicken and waffles and then ordered their “bread basket” thinking it would be a smaller add on. We ended up taking all the pastries with us to eat on our hike later that day. Stuffed!

2. Cabo Wabo Cantina

Cabo Wabo was busy every time we walked by no matter what time of day. If that doesn’t prove it then take MY word for it. Seriously get here immediately. Luckily we didn’t have to go far because they’re located in Planet Hollywood which is where we stayed. We slipped in for breakfast and it was the most delicious experience! I still dream of my egg quesadilla most mornings…

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Breakfast Nachos that we didn’t even get close to finishing but YUM!

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Croissant French Toast.

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The aforementioned breakfast quesadilla. It was so nice and crispy but cheesy on the inside!

3. Mon Ami Gabi

Breakfast at a French Steakhouse? Maybe not your first thought but WOW were we… wowed. Plus the great thing is we found out from our server that they have one of these in Chicago. Hallelujah! I couldn’t stand to be parted from the lemon pancakes forever. They have an amazing patio that was packed all the time and thankfully even though there was a line we didn’t wait too long for a table inside. Located inside the Paris Hotel and Casino.

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Quiche Lorraine was my pick. Very classic. It was a personal pan pizza…but quiche. The flavors were incredible!

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Curtis ordered another classic – Croque Madame. No complaints from him although there was no way we could finish the fries.

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Ah yes, the lemon pancakes. How do I put this? They COMPLETE ME! For someone who is a lemon lover I had never before had lemon marmalade which I now realize is a CRIME. These were thin like a crepe but a bit crispier and came topped with the marmalade, powdered sugar and a side of fresh whipped cream.

4. Wicked Spoon Buffet

We knew we wanted to go to a buffet while in Vegas and we heard from more than one source that the Wicked Spoon was one of the best. We went for dinner. It’s located in The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.

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To be honest we went right before closing time and were frantically eating so a few pictures of our full buffet plates were all we could manage. They don’t do it justice! Everything was better than I was expecting and I loved that they presented most items in a small sample size portion so that you could try a myriad of dishes.

They offer Mexican, Italian, Asian, Southern American, a cold bar including salads, cheeses and meats, a hot meat bar, a bread bar, seafood galore and dessert. P.S. Not only were there many cakes and cookies but they have a gelato case full of flavors!

My TOP items were the Lemon Tarragon Crawfish Risotto, chicken wings, Mac and cheese, and the raspberry macaroons. YUM!

5. Carson Kitchen

This is the only restaurant we tried off the strip. It’s a couple of blocks from Fremont St and it’s SO worth it! We oohed and ahhed at every creation set before us. This is always our favorite genre of food – farm to table gastro pub. We sat up at their kitchen bar so we could gossip about the line cooks but they also have an incredible patio area. It’s not a large place and you’ll need a reservation.

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Award Winning bacon jam! It felt disgusting toward the end but we managed to finish the entire thing.

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The gyro tacos were a little spicy, very savory and had that little tart zip from the feta and tzatsiki. WOW.

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Sweet potato and pork gnocchi. This was really hearty and filled with vegetables and amazing flavor.

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Glazed donut bread pudding. Enough said. It might not be the prettiest looking dessert but let’s just say I resented having to share.

6. Jean Phillipe Patisserie

Located inside Aria Hotel and Casino is this sweet little French patisserie with an array of options. Now, I never order anything other than a lemon tart from a French patisserie because nothing could ever compare. It is my one true love. This one was no different. It also had a little layer of strawberries down in the curd which just made me love it more! Great place for a pastry and coffee. They also boast the world’s largest chocolate fountain but it was sadly closed for repair during our visit.

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7. BLVD Creamery

 This was our last stop before jumping on a plane back to Chicago. We knew ahead of time that we wanted one thing and one thing only – a donut ice cream sandwich. Sounds insane, right?! Well, we got ours with nutella ice cream and while it was warm and doughy and nutella-y I wanted it to be a little more OMG. Maybe I’ve had too many European nutella desserts that nothing else could ever compare? However, I still loved the feel of this place and if I had had more time I would’ve gotten one of their alcoholic milkshakes or the cookie ice cream sandwich which both looked incredible. The ice cream flavors here were on point!

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To see the articles that led me to these amazing hotspots in the first place visit my Las Vegas pinterest board here.