Sugar Factory American Brasserie – Las Vegas

Food Adventures, Las Vegas

We had just gotten into town after a long drive from LA. After we checked into our hotel and freshened up, we wandered over to Paris. Win some, lose some, and then, around 4am, the hunger struck. We asked one of the friendly drink girls where we could find steak and eggs. She hailed over this important-looking man in a suit (probably a floor man or pit boss) and announced “Please escort these lovely ladies to the steak and eggs!”

Steak and Eggs!

Steak and Eggs!

We wove through the casino floor to the entrance of Sugar Factory American Brasserie, the restaurant side of the colorful candy shop. Tucked away in a secluded corner, we never would have known that it was open at that hour, let alone that it would be serving one of my favorite comfort foods 24 hours a day.

After we were seated, we were greeted by the ever-friendly Skip. We browsed through the extensive menu over ginger ale. The late-night (12am-6am) menu features selections from the breakfast dishes, pizzas, appetizers, and pages of fascinatingly colorful goblets of cocktails.

Yummmm comfort food...

Yummmm comfort food…

Of course, I had to get the Sugar Factory’s Steak and Eggs — grilled rib-eye steak accompanied by two eggs and a bearnaise sauce. Sunny side up eggs, tender and juicy rare steak… I was in heaven! All of the dishes in the Eggs & Omelets section are served with home fries and your choice of toast. White, wheat, or cranberry challah. Wait, what? Cranberry challah?!

Cranberry challah

Cranberry challah

That’s right – cranberry challah. The delicious, Jewish egg bread was dressed up with dried cranberries, although it tasted suspiciously buttery like a brioche. Maybe it was slathered with butter before it was toasted. It was through a conversation over the word ‘challah’ that we found out Skip had lived and worked in LA for a while, at the infamous Canter’s Deli. What a small world!

Oven Baked Mac & Cheese

Oven Baked Mac & Cheese

N has a soft spot for mac and cheese, so she went for the Oven Baked – macaroni, cheddar cheese sauce, buttered breadcrumbs. She looked so happy digging into the piping hot gratin dish full of rich, creamy, and decadent goodness. Skip brought out some hot sauce and she was all set!

Beautiful decor!

Beautiful decor!

Sure, the food was a bit pricey ($18 steak and eggs, $17 mac & cheese), but they really hit the spot and were conveniently available 24 hours a day. We were also pleasantly surprised by Skip’s amicable service; I’m sure it takes a certain personality to be able to serve obnoxious late-night drunk people with smiles. Next time you’re in Vegas and the munchies hit, be sure to swing by Sugar Factory!

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Check out Sugar Factory: sugarfactory.com

Paris Las Vegas Hotel
3655 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

See their Yelp reviews here!

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Bacchanal Buffet – Las Vegas, NV

Food Adventures, Las Vegas

Las Vegas really has something for everyone. This is especially true at the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace, which recently underwent a $17 million renovation to its 25,000 square foot dining area. Featuring over 500 dishes prepared daily, some of which are made to order, this buffet is the hottest and newest in town.

Rainbow of macarons!

Rainbow of macarons!

It was literally and figuratively difficult to digest that two hour eating marathon, but as they say, pictures say a thousand words. If we missed any descriptions or details, let us know in the comments and we can try to fill you in!

Based on what we could see from the main dining room, there was an extensive seafood section (both hot and cold) and Mexican food with an impressive variety of freshly prepared salsa. Prioritizing, we decided to visit the seafood section first.

Cocktail Shrimp

Cocktail Shrimp

Giant shrimp, conveniently peeled down to the tails, piled over ice. The shrimp were sweet, tender, and plentiful. Don’t miss the sauce bar next to it – there’s plenty of tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and drawn butter to be had.

Green Mussels

Green Mussels

These steamed cuties propped up in ice were a unique find in a cold bar. The mussels were a bit chewy and probably would have been better hot.

Speaking of hot…

Seafood Guys

Seafood Guys

Just behind the counter of mollusks and crustaceans on ice, these friendly fellows loaded steamed crab legs into large pots of boiling water to reheat. Occasionally one will leave his post to shuck fresh oysters for patrons wandering by.

Mmm snow crab legs

Mmm snow crab legs

Plenty of cold crab legs lay over beds of ice, but if you prefer them hot, just hand an empty plate to one of those friendly guys and grab yourself a nice pile of legs. We took a break from exploring to enjoy our first few plates of noms.

Enjoying the crab legs at the table

Enjoying the crab legs at the table

The glass panes in the newly renovated dining area let in beautiful sunlight. What a beautiful way to spend a summer evening in the desert!

Centerpiece

Centerpiece

Even the centerpieces at the table looked stunning. The head-to-toe renovation, and even little touches like the table decor, truly made this whole experience beautiful.

And now for more food…

Crawfish and paella

Crawfish and paella

Next to the cold seafood bar was a selection of  hot seafood dishes like cajun-style crawfish, paella, sauteed fish, and more.

Oysters and Shooters

Oysters and Shooters

At the very end of the cold bar, fresh oysters are shucked to order. Some are served raw on the half shell (my favorite!) and others are destined to become part of these delicious oyster shooters (pictured above, top right). Basically like a non-alcoholic mix of tomato juice, cocktail sauce, and tabasco, the shooter had a great kick immediately soothed by the silky oyster. Another great addition to the cold bar was the ceviche (pictured above, top left). With lots of lime and chopped peppers, the fish was tender and deliciously tart.

Prime Rib

Prime Rib

While I moved on to more plates of hot crab legs, Martin went to check out the terrestrial offerings. He came back with this succulent, inch-thick slice of rare prime rib. The generous slice would fit right in at Lawry’s, although it did look a bit lonely without the jus, yorkshire pudding, and mashed potatoes.

Roasted Goods

Roasted Goods

Alongside the prime rib were roasted kielbasa, double-chops of lamb, and rotisserie chicken. Yum! Also on this side of the buffet were pizzas, pastas, and Southern-style barbecue complete with brisket and ribs.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum

Around the corner and past the cheese, charcuterie, and honey bar lies a taste of the East. Stir-fried Chinese dishes, dim sum style dumplings, glistening nigiri sushi, barbecued charsiu pork and Peking duck, and even soups.

Chinese Goodies

Chinese Goodies

Martin brought back a dim sum variety of xiao long bao (soup dumplings), egg rolls, fried gyoza, and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf. (If you look in the background, there’s a peek of a little salmon nigiri.)

Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen

I wove my way to the noodle soups and gleefully ordered a bowl of tonkotsu ramen. The chashu was fatty and the bowl was full of menma (bamboo), so that was awesome. Unfortunately the broth was a bit grainy, so I ended up setting this aside and heading to the desserts.

Artsy slider and macarons

Artsy slider and macarons

Our friend set up an artsy plate of a single slider and some colorful burger-like macarons. We just had to snap a quick photo before proceeding to…

Candy (for decoration only)

Candy (for decoration only)

The dessert section is amazing. Like a grownup version of frolicking through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Display Case

Display Case

Nearly all of the desserts come served on either a colorful square plate or in cute shot glasses.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Even the cakes come nearly bite-sized. The red velvet cake was moist although the frosting was a bit too sweet.

More sweets

More sweets

One of our other friends grabbed the Oreo dome and marveled at the surprise inside (hint: the mini Oreo garnish isn’t the only Oreo in town…)

Shot Glass Desserts

Shot Glass Desserts

The chef’s special, the taro panna cotta, and blueberry cheesecake. It was hard to resist grabbing one of everything!

Gelato and mochi

Gelato and mochi

The pastry chefs here even make their own gelato and sorbets. Also available at the frozen goods section are mochi ice cream like the ones made by Mikawaya here in LA.

Cake Pops

Cake Pops

Perhaps one of the cutest bite-sized desserts are cake pops. The pink ones above are strawberry cheesecake while the conical ones are triple chocolate.

Dessert Variety

Dessert Variety

Perhaps the most interesting was the taro panna cotta. The flavor profile almost exactly replicated halo-halo. The chef’s special turned out to be a spongy raspberry shortcake in a custardy creme anglaise. Yum! Lastly, the shot glass dessert on the right was the tiramisu. Chocolate mousse layered with espresso dipped lady fingers and topped with a mascarpone creme. So good. The macarons had a crispy shell that shatters when you look at it, and the ganache fillings added a great flavor.

Dessert Variety #2

Dessert Variety #2

Sitting next to the cake pops are these cute crispy chocolate cones filled with a chocolate mousse. A fun and cute little treat! In the background, you could see I also went back for seconds  of the tiramisu. And who could miss those chocolate covered strawberries?

Chocolate covered strawberries dipped in pop rocks

Chocolate covered strawberries dipped in pop rocks

The grande finale – chocolate covered strawberries dipped in Pop Rocks. That’s right, my friends. Pop Rocks! Take a big bite out of these juicy sweet berries and the sprinkles immediately fizzle on your tongue. These are incredibly fun to eat and wonderfully delicious. We made sure everyone at the table got to experience it!

A brief look back..

A brief look back…

After indulging our gluttony for about two hours, we finally stood up and with our belly full of noms and our faces lit up with smiles, we walked out of the Bacchanal Buffet knowing we would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting and looking for the all-you-can-eat experience. The price is comparable to other higher-end buffets (here’s looking at you, Wynn) and the variety of and quality of the dishes (especially the desserts) is fantastic. Come hungry.

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Check out Bacchanal Buffet: caesarspalace.com

Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

See their Yelp reviews here!

For weekend dinner, $50 per person. Bacchanal is available with the 24-hour Buffet of Buffets Pass with a $15 supplemental fee.

Earl of Sandwich – Las Vegas, NV

Food Adventures, Las Vegas

Perhaps one of my favorite food origin stories has to be that of the sandwich. Legend has it that John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, ordered that his meal of cold meat be served between two slices of bread so he could continue playing cards without greasy hands. Though you probably wouldn’t get away with digging into one of these lovelies while at the poker tables of Planet Hollywood, it’s definitely worth taking a break from gambling to pay a visit to this 24-hour hot spot founded by the current Earl of Sandwich. (No lie – the founder really is John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich).

Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich

Sure, they opened up a franchise at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, so we Angelenos don’t really have to trek through the desert just to indulge in one of their wonderful hot sandwiches. But there’s no better place on the Strip to cure your hangover from endless Fat Tuesdays, satisfy late-night munchies after clubbing, or simply enjoy a leisurely lunch before poolside lounging.

The menu is dominated by hot sandwiches from classic Club to Caribbean jerk chicken. For fans of grilled cheese and tomato soup, definitely pair your hot sandwich with an order of creamy tomato bisque with homemade crispy croutons. Other items on the menu include salads, wraps, breakfast (during certain hours), and even mac & cheese.

The menu

The menu

While contemplating your sandwich and sides, be sure to consider a drink. This is Vegas after all, and if you want an ice cold beer to accompany that 11am lunch, by all means! Personally, I prefer an Arnold Palmer made with their fresh brewed Earl Grey tea and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Beer Selection

Beer Selection

And to make your decision ever more difficult, they have some tantalizing sweets to tempt you just before the cash register, like the impulse buys at the grocery store. We resisted this time, but those mini muffins did look awfully tasty….

Sweets

Sweets

I managed to say no to all of that because I just had to save room for the Cannonballs!™ … yes, when I saw it on the menu, my first thought was Man, they bothered to market it as an unregistered trademark? My second thought was Who cares what they call it? I want me a meatball sub!

Cannonballs!

Cannonballs!

On its surface, it is simply a meatball sub on the Earl’s artisan bread. But digging deeper reveals a bed of hearty marinara sauce. Pulling the halves apart yields long, appetizing strands of melted mozzarella and parmesan.

Cannonballs!

Oh the melty cheese!

Sexy, isn’t it?

Don’t just take my word for it — there’s always a long line wrapped around the entrance, sometimes even down to the ABC Store. And each person standing en queue will tell you that it’s worth the wait. Must be good, right? And for only $5.99 a sandwich, it’s one of the few places on the Strip that is both delicious AND affordable, saving you more money for margaritas, cocktails, or a hand of blackjack.

Enjoy, my friends!

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Check out Earl of Sandwich: earlofsandwichusa.com

Planet Hollywood
3667 Las Vegas Blvd South, Suite 760
Las Vegas, NV 89109

See their Yelp reviews here!

Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner – Yermo, CA

Food Adventures, Las Vegas

I could not even begin to imagine how many cars cruise along the desert highway between Southern California and Las Vegas, see the “50’s Diner” billboards and signs, and continue on their way. We have been guilty of that ourselves on multiple occasions. But thanks to one fateful drive home from a weekend getaway (and a gnarly craving for milkshakes), we finally stopped in and I’m so glad we did.

Cute signs welcome us into the restaurant

Cute signs welcome us into the restaurant

The walls were completely covered with paraphernalia of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and The Beatles. Album covers, concert posters, autographed portraits, all neatly arranged in a nostalgic mosaic. The entire left side of the diner is actually a gift shop dedicated to 50’s memorabilia, an impressive collection indeed!

Chocolate Milkshake

Chocolate Milkshake

Martin’s eyes immediately locked onto the list of shakes and malts – selecting the chocolate one. It arrived in the classic tall, tapered glass along with its metal mixing cup. Already off to a great start! He took one sip and was hooked. The real old fashioned ice cream touted on the menu was no joke – it was creamy, thick, and made for an excellent milkshake.

Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

I went a slightly different route and selected the root beer float. I was (very pleasantly) surprised to see that it was served with a small cup of extra root beer! An issue (well, a first world problem, really) that was so elegantly solved by their considerate delivery of root beer that any float drinker would inevitably need. Oh, and that vanilla ice cream? Phenomenal. Rich like the French vanilla ice cream variety; I wonder how thick the egg custard sabayon would have to be…. Yummm…

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Like two high school students on a first date, we started with an order of onion rings to share. Crunchy, fried-to-order, and beautifully golden, the onion rings were served with ranch dressing, although we liked them just fine with ketchup. No complaints here!

Fabian French Dip

Fabian French Dip

For his entree, Martin selected the Fabian French Dip — lean sliced roast beef with savory au jus on a French roll. It’s no Philippe’s, but it was definitely a hearty and delicious sandwich. The generous layers of roast beef soaked in the hot jus and made for a simply satisfying experience.

Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak

Did I ever mention that chicken fried steak is a guilty pleasure of mine? I guess I did make that brief comment about comfort food in other cuisines having the capability to be equally comforting to those unfamiliar with them, when I last wrote about okonomiyaki. Chicken fried steak has the same effect on me. I don’t think I ever had Southern food growing up, but there’s just something about the thick gravy slathered over deep-fried beef that just really hits the spot. The battered and fried steak was tender. The curly fries were crispy and fun (I mean, just look at them!).

Cornbread!

Cornbread!

Oh, and what Southern meal would be complete without cornbread?!?! The adorable little cornbread muffins here were moist and a great balance of sweet and savory. It was the perfect accompaniment to my entree, also listed on the menu as “truckers’ favorite.” (In retrospect, that may explain the slightly perplexed look on the waitress’s face when this little Asian girl so enthusiastically ordered it).

All of the staff here were so friendly and we felt truly welcome in this diner that seems to have frozen in time. It’s not the best place to stop by if you are in a hurry, but while you wait for your food, there are some fun trivia questions about the 50’s era on the table and the jukebox continuously bumps classic tunes. I’ll admit – a good chunk of the reason to stop by Peggy Sue’s is for the novelty. But even with the kitschy “diner”-saurs outside, they make a mean milkshake and some good ol’ no-frills comfort food. You can bet I’ll be voting to stop by here on our way to or from Vegas next time!

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Check out Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner: peggysuesdiner.com

35654 W Yermo Rd
Yermo, CA 92398

See their Yelp reviews here!