For my 30th birthday, my husband and I decided to jaunt off to Las Vegas. It was totally an impulse trip, which we have never really done before, so that was a lot of fun!
We've always said that we should have gotten married in Vegas (because honestly, weddings are just not really our thing), but I was 5 months pregnant at the time, so we didn't. BUT! For this big milestone birthday, it felt totally right.
The one thing I was most excited about was trying new restaurants, especially since I've been so bummed out about the lack of good food here in Madison lately.
With all the walking, I was pretty much SUPER HUNGRY the whole time. Here's where we ate:
Mon Ami Gabi
I was afraid this was going to be totally lame and overhyped, especially being right on the Vegas Strip. BUT, I think this was the best meal we had the whole time we were there. We came here pretty early for breakfast (like 7 or 8am) and sat on the patio right next to the Strip. THE FOOD was bananas good. I had 3 eggs with date-glazed bacon, hashbrowns, and blistered tomatoes. Literally the best egg breakfast I've ever had. Eric went sweet and had the Blueberry Waffles. Literally the best waffles I've ever had and the homemade whipped cream was amazing and not overly sweet. Sitting out on the patio was fun because we got to see Vegas from a little different perspective and it's a totally different city at 7am than it is at 11pm. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan
After researching basically every restaurant I could find, this was my choice for my birthday dinner. It's located in The Cosmopolitan, which is a super rad hotel with a lot of cool places to eat. China Poblano is a sort of fusion Mexican - Asian situation, except it's not fusion. It's just BOTH cuisines at one place. They have two kitchens for each one and your food just comes out as it's ready. Pretty rad if you ask me. We sat at the bar and were able to watch them make about a million tortillas, which was fun! We had a bunch of small dishes here, but the standout was 100% THE GUACAMOLE. Sometimes guacamole isn't worth what you paid, but this was DEFINITELY worth it and I dream of it every time we have mediocre guacamole now. YES PLEASE.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
We had no idea where to eat lunch one day and we wanted something GOOD, but we didn't really know what. We considered Italian, but landed on Black Tap, which is located in The Venetian (this place is a MAZE). I really had no idea what to expect, except that I knew about their crazy milkshakes from the land of Instagram. We decided to share a giant milkshake and a burger -- The Cookie Shake and the Pizza Burger with onion rings. I would eat that Pizza Burger every single day. FUN EXPERIENCE.
Hash House A Go Go
This is one place we decided to eat that I think is very overyhyped. The atmosphere here is 'meh' and the food is also 'meh.' It was fun to experience, knowing how popular it is and seeing how busy it is, but I don't recommend coming here.
We had In-N-Out twice. I liked it, but I don't like it as much as Shake Shack. BUT ALSO, it was good. Like, it's good food for when you've been drinking or for when you're super hungry and just want to eat. It's a TOTAL ZOO in here - like, wild. You see all types and people get kind of rowdy and you have to get your hawk eyes out to get a table, but if you want to scarf down a burger and basket of fries in 10 minutes, I highly recommend coming here. After all, you'd go broke if you tried to eat somewhere fancy for every meal in Vegas.
I had a cold brew and a macaroon here one day while I went out shopping and honestly, you can't really go wrong there? ;)
I'm trying to remember if we ate anywhere else, but I don't think so. We've decided that MAYBE we'll come back for Eric's next milestone birthday, but not gonna lie, we were exhausted. I would definitely hop a plane for a few of those dishes though, like the entire breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi and the guacamole at China Poblano.