Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace

October 23, 2009

As LilSis and I were rushing out of Caesar’s Palace toward the Las Vegas airport the other day, we stopped at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill for a quick but really delicious lunch at the bar.

The bar at Mesa Grill in Las Vegas

The bar at Mesa Grill in Las Vegas

We wanted to try Mesa Grill the last time we were in town, but never got there, so we were determined to work it into our schedule this time around all of the BlogWorld stuff.  We were super-happy that we were able to squeeze in a speedy lunch at Mesa Grill as we were scrambling out of town.

Initially, we had an awesome impression of Mesa Grill.  The decor was absolutely beautiful with copper, wood and glass elements working perfectly together in the dining room.  Secondly, we were greeted by a very friendly, professional and helpful bartender.  So far, so good!  We’re happy.

We’ve been pretty disappointed with the service recently at most hotels and restaurants in the city.  We don’t know if it’s because we’re women or that we’re straight or that we’re forty-something, but 95% of the service has been horrible, so Mesa Grill was a breath of fresh air.  Not hating…just being honest.

Now, on to the food.  We like to try several things at a new place, so we split three appetizers.  Here’s what we got:

  • Grilled Asparagus Salad with Wild Mushrooms ($14) Mixed greens, grilled asparagus, pecans, Maytag blue cheese, wild mushrooms, and Red Chile Mustard Vinaigrette.
  • Sophie’s Chopped Salad ($10) Chopped romaine, tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans, kalamata olives, cubed cheddar cheese, and crispy little squares of  blue corn tortillas with balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Wild Mushroom Quesadilla with White Bean Hummus and White Truffle Oil ($14) Housemade tortillas filled with sauteed mushrooms and really good cheese (whatever it was), with a big dollop of garlicky white bean hummus on top, and drizzled with a spicy chile sauce and truffle oil.

We absolutely loved all 3 of these dishes, as well as the jalapeno cheese bread, and agreed that it was one of the best meals we’d had in Vegas.  We ate every crumb and almost licked the plate!

Was it fancy?  Not really.  But was it well-executed, flavorful, creative, and even delicious?  Was it served in a gorgeous comfortable setting by friendly, well-trained people?  Was the service quick and efficient?  Were the prices reasonable?  Oh, heck, yeah!

Mesa Grill Dining Room

Mesa Grill Dining Room

We loved Mesa Grill and will absolutely go back the next chance we get.  It was totally our kind of place.  Way to go, Bobby Flay.  You’ve done a great job with your decor, your menu and your staff.  We’re impressed!

~BigSis

7 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Kim

    October 23, 20098:34 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that Mesa Grill was a good experience. I met Bobby Flay at a Food Show in Lexington earlier this month. He actually handed me an apple dessert made by him at the end of the show. He was very charismatic and very handsome in person!! I have a big time celebrity crush on him. 😀

  2. Posted by BigSis

    October 24, 20099:59 am

    Hi Kim! The food was really really good. If you have the chance, you should check out Mesa Grill. I agree that Bobby is a handsome guy! 😀

  3. Posted by Katrina

    October 24, 200912:13 pm

    We went to Mesa Grill in NYC and LOVED it. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. (Maybe we’re just not being so well served.) LOVED the blue corn muffins. Loved the pork tenderloin I had as well as some sweet potatoes. I can’t wait to go try some of those salads!
    .-= Katrina´s last blog post … A Very Random Post Because I’m a Little Behind and Some Blogger Linky Love =-.

  4. Posted by BigSis

    October 24, 20091:28 pm

    Hey Katrina! I’m glad you liked it too. We didn’t get to try the blue corn muffins…darn! Maybe next time!

  5. Posted by sue singer

    February 11, 20119:10 am

    Was in Vegas last week ate dinner at Mesa Restaurant.I loved apple salad and am trying to get receipe for it.I would not recommend twice baked potato very disappointing for an Irish gal.Any help getting receipe?

  6. Posted by BigSis

    February 12, 20113:08 pm

    Hi Sue, I’m glad you liked the restaurant. We didn’t try the apple salad or the tater while we were there; there were too many other dishes calling our name. From what I can see online, it looks like the recipe for the salad is in Bobby’s Mesa Grill Cookbook. I also was able to find the recipe in a book preview on books.google.com. I’m not sure if this link will work for you, but here it is. If it doesn’t work, you might try going to books.google.com and searching for Mesa Grill Apple Salad Recipe Orange Vinaigrette. Good luck!
    http://books.google.com/books?id=xcdvWSyu81wC&pg=PT100&lpg=PT100&dq=mesa+grill+apple+salad+recipe+orange+vinaigrette&source=bl&ots=IGBopcl_5I&sig=vBINehLl9Jb8-bnct9OclDrwKs4&hl=en&ei=ZfVWTbL7GsKBgAeq_qnaDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

  7. Posted by RedNek

    June 12, 20112:37 am

    I loved the apple salad I had in Vegas in Early 2011 @ Vegas @ Mesa Grill; it was the best salad I’ve ever had and I’ve had lots of good ones :)

    I bought the cookbook and tried to recreate tonight and failed; it was good, but not ‘damn that’s good’. Small complaint: Their version of ‘doneness’ for steaks is rare (ex/ If you order a medium there It’ll probably be cooked similarly to a rare somewhere else).

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