AWS re:Invent Restaurant Guide

November 15, 2017 Kevin Dabrowski

If you’ve read our awesome AWS re:Invent Travel Guide then you’re probably already sitting on your perfectly packed suitcase counting down the minutes to go time!

This time around we’d like to share some insider tips regarding the best grub in town.

Most of the places on this list will seem like no-brainers to Americans but they’re a must-visit if it’s going to be you first time in the United States or in Las Vegas.

All the eateries we included in our guide are located close to The Expo at the Venetian – so even though they may not all be within one’s typical understanding of “walking distance”, they’re as close as local proximities allow.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

So let’s start the day right 🙂

With a hefty, delicious, all-American breakfast that’ll be sure to keep you full for many hours (or days!).

1. Denny’s

@ 3397 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

We recommend ordering Denny’s most substantial breakfast option.

The slam to conquer all slams: The Lumberjack Slam!

Photo by Joits on Flickr

This colossal two-plate meal consists of two fresh fluffy buttermilk pancakes, a slice of grilled ham, two bacon strips, two sausage links, and two sunny side up eggs, plus hash browns and two slices of white toast. All that for $9.99!

Now that’s a mouthful even when you just say it out loud!

If you just ate at Denny’s you’re probably not thinking about lunch. And won’t be for a while.

But nonetheless, here’s a few fresh and filling lunch spots you should definitely try at least once while you’re in the U.S.

2. Chipotle

@ 3475 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

The famed Chipotle Mexican Grill. This one is a staple on the American food map.

One of the best things about this place is that you can go there every day and eat something completely different each time. That’s because the menu consists of various ingredients, which you can join as your taste buds desire. Prices range between $7-$9.

Photo by James Lee on Flickr

On top of that, the company has a strongly-rooted “Food with Integrity” policy. Meaning that Chipotle is the only national restaurant brand that prepares food with no added flavours, colours, or preservatives (aside from natural lemon and lime juice).

If you’re looking for something Mexican but less commercial, there’s also the La Salsa Cantina, which serves traditional South of the border fare.

Another interesting lunch spot is Lobster ME, which seamlessly marries the chic and the casual with its unique menu options.

This place knows how to dress lobster down in the best possible way with its upscale fast food.

3. Lobster ME

@ 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

There’s nothing quite as comforting as the taste of delicate, melt-in-your-mouth H.americanus lobster paired with a freshly baked roll, crispy fries, and classic coleslaw.

Photo by Yuri Long on Flickr

This place is perfect for lunch – however, it is a tad more expensive than your average fast food joint.

Even though it’s on a roll, it’s still lobster – that’s why prices range from $14-$24.

Moving onto the third course – we’ve got a couple iconic dinner places you won’t want to miss!

First up is Chicago transplant – Giordano’s.

4. Giordano’s

@ 3619 S Las Vegas Blvd #200, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

Have you ever heard of the many-tier cheesy pizza concoction that is Chicago’s famous deep dish? If not, don’t hesitate to dive right into it’s rich, flavourful goodness.

Chicago style pizza - Giordano’s
Photo by TNVWBOY on Wikimedia Commons

We also suggest bringing some friends because this pizza is no joke – a small deep dish feeds 2-3 people. Seriously.

We recommend the Stuffed Deep Dish Chicago Classic. It comes with pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions. Simple, pure, delicious.

If you’re interested in exploring other deep dish options, you can also check out Giordano’s competition – Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

Have you ever seen “Forrest Gump”? We’re guessing that (unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire life), you’ve definitely seen it. It is one of the most iconic and lovable movies of all time afterall.

And, what else is totally lovable? Well, food, of course 🙂

Perhaps, that’s how the Bubba Gump restaurant was born. This place is 100% Forrest Gump themed.

And, it’s always packed! Patrons are even given signs that read, “Run Forrest, Run” and “Stop Forrest, Stop”, which are meant to help signal to the very busy waiters whether you need their assistance or not. Also, the movie plays on loop all day so we wouldn’t suggest staying there too long 😉

5. Bubba Gump

Forrest says that, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” Except at Bubba Gump’s you really can’t go wrong.

Bubba Gump
Photo by John Ong on Flickr

If you’re hungry, we’d suggest you feast. Quite literally.

Try Forrest’s Seafood Feast! It’s a whole platter full of hand battered Fish & Chips, freshly made Seafood Hush Pups, served with french fries and homemade dipping sauces (Tartar, Cocktail, and Remoulade). This mighty combo will set you back $20.99.

If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, this place might just do the trick.

It’s located inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel, and like most hotel restaurants go – it’s more fancy than the fast food joint across the street.

6. The Wicked Spoon

@ 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

The Wicked Spoon
Photo by merri on Flickr

This All You Can Eat buffet is sure to hit just about anyone’s culinary spot.

It serves a mix of high quality, well-known and readily enjoyed American staples as well as creatively crafted seasonal items.

It’s priced at $42 during the week and $49 on the weekend. That may seem a bit steep, but then again, you pay once and you’re sure to get a multi-course meal out of it.

Plus, it’s fun to try all the different dishes!

This next place is decidedly the swankiest of the bunch.

Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality, opened this second location of the acclaimed Mesa Grill in 2004.

And it’s been a big hit since then!

7. Mesa Grill

@ 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

Mesa Grill
Photo by Calgary Reviews on Wikimedia Commons

This upscale eatery offers a modern take on traditional American Southwestern cuisine.

The menu is filled with top quality meat cuts grilled to perfection.

Bobby concocted special dishes such as New Mexican Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Ancho Chile Sauce, Sweet Potato Tamale, and Crushed Pecan Butter.

A taste of this famous chef’s culinary mastery will set you back from $26-$60 for an entree.
But, that’s not so bad considering that a Lobster Roll at Lobster ME is listed at $24.

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