Bobby Flay’s MESA GRILL Las Vegas
When the JetBlue flight touches down at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, many people get that familiar tingly feeling. Excitement, adrenaline, gonna win big this time! But our thrill comes not only from fantasizing about hitting the $10 million MegaBucks jackpot (although that’s part of it). Our unique-to-Vegas sensation is mainly about hitting the Culinary Jackpot.
We agonize over our restaurant reservations well in advance of the trip, painstakingly coordinating visits to hot new Chefs, old favorite Chefs with new venues, various cuisines and locations. This time, my brother Don imposed a requirement – we could not eat anywhere we had previously eaten. Except, of course, Mon Ami Gabi @ Paris, because it’s our favorite spot for al fresco breakfast and the bar is our afternoon hangout for drinking vin gris and enjoying the Bellagio Fountains.
Another trip to Vegas, another trip to culinary heaven. Thanks to Don’s edict, this recent journey introduced us to Andre’s @ Monte Carlo, the bar at Michel Richard’s new Central @ Caesar’s, Bradley Ogden @ Caesar’s, Sirio @ Aria.
And brunch at Bobby Flay’s MESA GRILL @ Caesar’s:
Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale
*This signature appetizer is a real winner. Very rich, great for sharing.
*Mini Jalapeño Muffins
Goat Cheese “Queso Fundido”
Rajas + Blue Corn Tortilla Strips
*Kristy’s favorite, bar none.
The cheese comes out of the Bakers Pride oven bubbling hot in the Staub mini enameled cast iron dish,
it is then topped with “rajas,” rags of sliced peppers.
Smoked Salmon + Dill Quesadilla
Red Onion + Creme Fraiche
A Delightful Spanish White
2010 Berroia Bizkaiko Txakolina
A charming pale straw-color Spanish white wine produced from a blend of 85% Hondarribi Zuri with the balance of Riesling and Folle Blanche. Floral aromas with hints of mineral and green apple. Crisp, fruity with a hint of sweetness, well-balanced, this wine had a light spritz-y quality.
*A perfect morning wine. 🙂
Bloody Mary is a good choice too.
Baby Romaine Salad
Roasted Garlic Dressing
Warm Hominy Croutons + Parmesan Crisps
New Mexican Spiced Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Grilled Red Onion, Arugula, Ancho Chile Mayonnaise, Southwestern Fries
*Don, Ron, and our server all give high marks.
Grilled Vidalia Onion + Horseradish Mustard
*My mother first couldn’t get over the size, then proceeded to enjoy this burger with knife and fork.
Perfect crust outside, medium rare and very juicy inside. Flay is the Burger King.
Yucatan Style Grouper
Blue Crab Succotash Sauce
*Lori Lynn’s top pick.
I would order this fish every time. The grouper was dense yet flaky, moist, smoky.
The sauce a perfect balance of textures and spicy/creamy flavors. The colors a delight for the eye.
*Where the magic happens.
Bakers Pride Oven
Service was prompt, but not rushed. Knowledgeable, friendly, professional.
The entire restaurant has an aura of vitality. The energy was everywhere from the dining room to the open kitchen to the bar. Mesa Grill mirrors the excitement that is Vegas. As soon as the moratorium on eating at restaurants we’ve already visited is lifted, we will be right back @ Mesa Grill.
Bobby Flay was in the House, on a book tour signing copies of his latest cookbook Bar Americain.
In the mood for more Vegas culinary jackpots? Visit Gastronomic Wonderland!
And please stop by later in the week to Taste With The Eyes other highlights from this recent trip…
22 thoughts on “Vegas Brunch Fav: MESA GRILL”
Culinary jackpot, indeed! Love Flay – he uses all my favorite flavors and I look forward to seeing your photos and reviews of the other places. Lucky girl…you spend a lot of time in LV!
I just posted a similar piece about hotel restaurants in PR. These places may be pricey but when they’re good, you’re right…it’s a culinary jackpot!
Haven’t been to Mesa Grill in ages, but used to love that colorful, vibrant and exciting food. Bar Americain is right around the corner. You’ve reminded me it’s time for a return visit.
Love Mesa Grill! Went there for my b-day a few years ago. So jealous you got to meet Bobby!
Dee – I have to call you and tell you about our conversation.
Oh, this is FABULOUS! His Vegas restaurant is on my bucket list! The last time I was in Vegas, I hit a few good ones – my favorite was The Palms – but it’s grown so much since then!
I can’t wait to see your next entry….I’m drooling with anticipation!
So glad you loved it! We will be in Vegas over the holidays and I planned on calling Mesa Grill for reservations this week! Your photos and experience definitely confirmed my decision.
Lori Lynn, you did it again, I am sitting here, my senses at high alert, gobbling up all that food, er, gorgeous pictures of great food (writing “sitting here, salivating” somehow does not seem to do justice for the rather strong reaction your images provoked)! You make me miss America, albeit in a good way, if that is possible. You are making me dream about all that good food and great cooks the USA is blessed with, and that unfortunately all too many non-Americans have no idea of.
Sorry, my English is going downhill! I promise I’ll try to at least read my gobbledygook before I hit the publish button, next time.
I’ve been wanting to try that resto and after seeing your photos, I need to!
I AM SO JEALOUS!!!! I was just there and met Hubert Keller at Fleur in Mandalay Bay. I was at Ceasars almost every day and was hoping to see Bobby Flay. Next time I am there I will eat at Mesa. Thank you for sharing!
Looks fab! I got to go to Las Vegas! That burger looks unreal!
Oh how fun! Mesa Grill is definitely on our list when we head out to Vegas!
Wow! It’s only 8.30am and I am literally drooling after looking at those fantastic photos and want to try everything! When I finally make it to Vegas I will definitely have Mesa Grill on my list of places to go to. Thanks for sharing such a great experience and congrats on making the Top 9 with your beautiful pics!
thats a great place with gorgeous food, esp the salmon.
beautiful! I’ve eaten there before it was really good at that time as well. Your photos are stunning. Wonderful write up! Cheers and congrats on Top 9
Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!
Ohhh, the tiger shrimp and roasted corn tamale looks amazing! Yes, it takes a great deal of effort to plan ones gastronomic adventures before a trip to LV! I love Mesa and have been there for dinner several times, will have to visit for brunch in December when I’m there. Look forward to reading about the others 🙂
Wow! I’m dying to try some of Flay’s (or other Iron Chefs!) restaurants. Jealous! It looks absolutely wonderful!