Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Las Vegas
April 15, 2012 2 Comments
Growing up in California (and in a Chinese family) meant that many family vacations involved Las Vegas. Chinese people love Vegas. I have lost count of the trips I have taken with my parents and the number of buffets in which I have indulged. For my boyfriend however, who was born and raised in Texas, Las Vegas existed only in movies and television shows. So for his first trip, we planned an array of sights and dining for experiential diversity. For me too this first trip to Las Vegas would have a few firsts. In particular, this would be my first trip without my parents so it would be a good opportunity to try places other than the usual haunts.
A longtime staple for fans of the Southwestern-inspired chef, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in the Caesar’s Palace was an ideal place to have brunch after wandering around the Strip for several hours. Mesa Grill is casual, intimate, and relaxing. It’s the kind of restaurant you wish you could transplant back home and make it a part of a weekly tradition.
We did not have reservations, but they were able to seat us on a busy Saturday afternoon after about a 30 minute wait. We were disappointed that we couldn’t pick from the normal lunch menu, but there were many tasty options regardless, so we knew we would find something we liked.
Stephen started off with a Mesa Grill Margarita. I love the purple stirrer!
Mesa Grill has the most epic bread basket. Everything that came out was warm and toasty. There was a yummy chocolate pound cake with powdered sugar, spicy jalapeno corn bread, normal corn bread, and I think some kind of nutty bread.
We went with this dish for a starter, it’s ”Rough Cut Tuna ‘Nachos’” with mango-habanero hot sauce and avocado crema accompanied by blue and yellow corn chips. This was incredible. The tuna was of impeccable quality (and this comment is coming from someone who never orders the spicy tuna roll because of concerns of freshness) and Flay’s signature colorful sauces paired well with the glossy texture of the fish. Flaky and buttery, the chips had strong corn flavor and were the perfect vehicle for each spicy, yummy bite.
To pair with our main courses, Stephen wanted to order a chorizo sausage. This definitely tasted as good as the grill marks look.
Stephen’s main course was the Mesa Burger. The whole tower was probably 7-8 inches tall. The Mesa Burger is comprised of double cheddar cheese, grilled Vidalia onion, horseradish mustard and a ridiculously thick patty. The Southwestern fries are herbed, spiced, and salted. Stephen really enjoyed the burger, especially the moistness of the patty, the intensity of the horseradish mustard, and the complete cheesiness of every level.
I went with the New Mexican Spiced Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. It has grilled red onion, arugula, and ancho chile mayonnaise. I really liked the flavors of the sandwich and the tenderloin was impeccably cooked. Surprisingly however, the sandwich was not completely warm throughout as you would imagine a panini to be. The meat was probably room temperature, which was a little odd because everything else (the bread, the arugula), was warm. I liked the Southwestern fries too.
After all this food, we couldn’t even think about dessert. Which is too bad because their dessert selection looked promising. I definitely need to leave room for the Chocolate and Espresso Tart with roasted banana ice cream or the churros. Mmm…
Mesa Grill is easy to find in the Caesar’s Palace and is great prelude to a few hours of shopping in the Forum Shops. We can’t wait to go back!
3570 Las Vegas Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV 89109
877 346 4642
The brunch menu we had is here.
This is part 2 of a series about some dining experiences I had while in Las Vegas. You can read part 1 about Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak here.