Restaurant Review: Mesa Grill, Las Vegas, Nevada

I love Bobby Flay – from his “show-downs” and other shows on Food Network TV to his cookbooks and products, he has it going on. As I mentioned in my Vegas blog: “The Great”  whenever we’re in Vegas, we always go to Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill for lunch. I love this place, especially the margaritas and the Mesa burger. Since I wasn’t eating meat on this last visit, I branched out and got something different meal-wise – smoked shrimp tacos – Wow! But I did stay with my tried-and-true delicious cactus pear margarita – always a treat!

This was the first time Dan and Wanda (Brad’s parents) tried Mesa Grill, and I think they’ll be back. It’s a cool, eye-catching yet inviting space right next to the sports book in Caesar’s Palace.

We started with a round of drinks – Dan had a beer  (some sort of microbrew ale) and the rest of us had the cactus pear margaritas  ($13.00 ea.) These are made with Corazon de Agave Blanco tequilla, cactus pear syrup and fresh lime juice. Refreshing, and not too sweet. You just don’t find these margaritas elsewhere. They are awesome and one of the reasons I insist on coming back to Mesa Grill each visit to Vegas. Check out my upcoming blog on marvelous margaritas – this one makes the cut!

After we ordered our meals, our server (who was attentive, knowledgeable and funny) brought us a fresh basket of assorted bread. I tried the jalepeno cheddar bread- yum. Just enough heat, and the texture was great. Wanda loved the corn muffins.

Wanda had the Cremini Mushroom Quesadilla ($14.00), which she raved about. It was made with Fontina and ricotta cheeses, and came with a fried egg on top. If I’m in veggie world next Vegas visit, I will probably get this.

Brad and Dan had the Mesa burgers. Brad knew what to expect, and it is the one thing on the menu that’s hard to resist. Dan had a look of surprise when his burger arrived – he couldn’t believe how big it was! At $16.00 for a burger (served with double cheddar cheese, grilled Vidalia onions and fries on the side) it’s actually a good deal considering all of the food you get. They both loved their burgers, and I was jealous, but it turned out that I shouldn’t have been.

I ordered the Smoked Shrimp Tacos Plus Salsas ($22.00). These rocked! The shrimp were perfectly grilled and the accompanying salsas and guacamole were fresh, tasty and perfect. I was served six spicy shrimp and two flour tortillas, plus plenty of sides, and by the time I was through I was quite the happy camper. A bit pricey for lunch, but ooooh, ooooh, so good!

Other mainstays on the menu that I can recommend from previous trips to Mesa Grill include the Cornmeal Crusted Chile Relleno and the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. All great. I’m ready to go back now!

Ratings

  • Price:   4.5 – Pricey, especially for lunch, but worth it!
  • Service: 4.75   – Consistently good on numerous visits.
  • Food:   4.75      Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum.
  • Recommend:   Yes, I will keep coming back for more!
  • Kid friendly:   I guess, but Vegas is no place for kids. Don’t get me started.

1= hater, 2=poor, 3=adequate, 4=above average, 5=superb

Viva, Las Vegas!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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