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.
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!
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!