Fan’s Choice – Las Vegas – Mesa Grill

The suggestion was to try Bobby Flay’s restaurant.  Thank you so much for that!  I have been wanting to try Mesa Grill at the Caesar’s Palace for quite some time and this was just the excuse I needed.  I am here for the Saturday Night Foodie fans!
We went to Mesa Grill on a Saturday night, around10:30 p.m., and they were packed!  This was a very fun place with a lot going on.  I liked the different types of “flames” , like the copper metal flame door handles, which were incorporated throughout the décor .  We decided to sit at the bar versus waiting 30 to 40 minutes for the dining room.  They had an impressive tequila selection on display.  Some stuff I have seen before and a number of regulars.  One of the things we learned is they rotate out their 70+tequilas regularly.  They also had a number of Vodkas and Whiskeys.  They are known for their margaritas, which I would say, were very good.  One of their signature drinks, is the Cactus Berry margarita, which was so smooth even Kim liked it. Kim often claims that she “broke up with tequila a long time ago!”   Kim had a Strawberry Fields martini which was made with organic cucumber vodka, mint and muddle strawberries.
Cactus Berry Margarita
Because this was our second stop of the night we opted to just sample a few appetizers.  We started off with the Rough Cut Tuna “Nachos” and Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale.  Even though the place was packed the food came out fairly quickly.  It was rather impressive!!
The Rough Cut Tuna “Nachos” came with Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce, Avocado Crema and two different styles of chips for scooping.  The tuna reminded us of a Hawaiian Tuna “Poke” (or like a tuna tar tar for you non-Hawaiian officianados) but was not what we expected “nachos” to be.  The two sauces were very flavorful and it was presented well, but don’t need to go to a Booby Flay restaurant for Poke.

Rough Cut Tuna “Nachos” and a Strawberry Fields Martini
The Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale with Corn-Cilantro Sauce.  Oh my God! All I can say is who cares if there was shrimp in this.  This was one of, if not the best, tamales I have ever had!  The maza of the tamale itself was perfect, super tender with great texture and flavor.  Add the cream sauce and this was just unreal!!  Don’t get me wrong the shrimp were cooked to perfection and also had great flavor but really, who cares when you have a tamale like that.  This is a dish I will remember for a long time.

Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale
After the success of those two appetizers we decided to try a couple of more…so we could report back to you all, of course!  And yes we got more drinks too.  The bartender was very friendly which just added to the great experience.
We decided to try the Goat Cheese “Queso Fundido” with Rajas and Blue Corn Tortilla strips.  This came in what looked like a mini, rectangular, cast iron dish.  The goat cheese was piping hot, having come out of the broiler; it had a nice crust on top.  It had very good flavor but this dish was very rich.  If you like goat cheese then you will like this a lot.  Can I get more chips please!?!

Goat Cheese “Queso Fundido”
Lastly, we ordered the Smoked Chicken and Black Bean Quesadilla with avocado and toasted garlic crème.  We really liked this one too.  It had very complex flavors with the garlic crème, cheese and smoked chicken.  The tortillas had a great texture and the flavors would burst into your mouth.  I would order this again but only after I try some of their other dishes first!
Smoked Chicken and Black Bean Quesadilla
As you can tell we only liked Mesa Grill a little bit.  Actually this is one of the best food adventures we have had in Las Vegas. We will defiantly visit here again. Thank you for giving us an excuse to check it out!
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Next stop will be “Hash House a Go Go” at the Imperial Palace
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