Hi friends! I promised a food update from Vegas :)
I’ve been so excited to compile this post… like basically the moment I got there. The very first restaurant we went to, I was floored by how many options I had – and this pattern continued throughout the entirety of the trip. I snapped pictures of (almost) everything I ate… my friends love me and totally get it ;)
I honestly can’t believe how easy it was eating here… but actually, it does make sense. Vegas is a top vacation destination in the US, so they sort of HAVE to be accommodating for the wide variety of visitors. It just made me so happy to know I didn’t have to go crazy with swapping out ingredients and all that jazz. I’m typically a little shy when it comes to that and just settle on french fries (haha!)
After the jump, I’ll break down each day!
We arrived in Vegas around 4:30-5 PM, so we were STARVING and pretty exhausted after a really long day of travel. We checked into our hotel quickly and hit the Linq promenade below… which is basically an adorable courtyard at the hotel with restaurant, bars, shops, the high roller, and more. Loved that aspect of this hotel!
So – dinner at the Yard House. I was floored by the options – they had an entire section of the menu dedicated to Gardein dishes. While most of them were vegetarian, they were all easily able to be veganized or made plant-based. I grabbed a Chik’n Gardein Stir Fry – it was to die for. After eating like crap on the plane (vacate = sour patch kids and pretzels), I was craving just a huge bowl of veggies and rice. It was absolutely delicious and very filling. I didn’t eat much else for the rest of the night! This won’t be the only day we visited the Yard House, either ;)
Kicked off Day 2 with avocado toast and a small iced cold brew with extra almond milk at the Nook, which was located inside the Linq casino. Let me just say for the record that it was the best avocado I have ever had in my life. Thanks for being so close to California, Vegas! I ate more avocado on this trip than ever before… I had to take advantage of this. I also grabbed a Naked juice for a mid-morning snack during our exploring. Strawberry banana is my favorite, but they had at least 5-6 options available. I was pleasantly surprised. My belly was full and happy.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar
This may have been my very favorite meal of the entire trip (rivaling the cafe later in this post). Mexican food is my favorite, so no surprise there. I grabbed yucca fries (cooked in canola oil), plain black beans, and chips, guac, and pico de gallo. Again – the guacamole was out of control because the avocado is divine here. I could have just ate an entire vat of it with a spoon. The yucca fries were my favorite – and you guys know how much I love making yucca fries. It was really a tapas kinda lunch, which is my favorite. This place really stole my heart.
I sounded like a broken record to everyone because I wanted to try this gelato place so bad! Located at the Linq Promenade, it just opened and carries certified vegan gelato… a TON of flavors, from fruity to chocolate. Even better, they serve it looking like a flower. Love! I grabbed banana, blood orange, and passionfruit. We never made it there a second time, but I cannot wait to go back. It was incredibly delicious and refreshing. Simply confirm the ingredients of the cone with the barista – I was good to go.
Ketchup Premium Burger Bar
Before Britney, we headed to Planet Hollywood and stumbled upon this burger bar. As soon as I saw the special vegan burger on the menu, I went for it. Lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado. Nothing better than vegan burger and fries! It was awesome and quick, plus they have a ton of cool ketchup flavors at the bar. Love. Just confirm that they do not use any butter on the bun – oil only!
Again, another quick grab for breakfast. I had a banana, Naked juice, and found this vegan orange chocolate bar. It’s vacation, and orange dark chocolate is my favorite… so, you know. Loving this Vegas weather with the top down, too!! My sister has the coolest car.
Yeah, totally not the end of this place yet. I grabbed a side of crispy brussels sprouts and potatoes to share with my sister. OMG. Well first – you need to ask to include the aioli on the side, but other than that. These were soooo good. I need to find a way to mimic at home. They were so crispy and delicious. I also had a summer salad for my meal that included strawberries, walnuts, avocado, onions, and pecans. Radishes came from my sister’s salad – give me all the veggies. I asked for a simple balsamic/olive oil dressing. It felt good to eat this for sure – and the avocado made my life for the fourth time.
Not pictured: Chips + Spicy Guacamole from the Tilted Kilt. I quickly grabbed this at the bar we were drinking at. Avocado for the win, for the fifth time.
Okay, so now my other favorite spot. Sunrise Coffee was off the strip and is my sister’s favorite coffee and breakfast spot. Naturally, we had to go because everything on their breakfast menu can be veganized! Imagine my delight… I wanted everything. I was torn between the breakfast burrito and breakfast sandwich, but ultimately ended up with the sandwich. GLAD I did! It was soon good – tofurky, spinach, diaya cheddar, tomato, AVOCADO, and vegannaise. I want it right now. I’m so jealous my sister lives right next to this place!!
Plus, a vegan chocolate and banana muffin for the road – because seriously, look at that muffin. Last day of indulging for sure. I also grabbed a small iced cold brew with extra soy milk. My sister had a iced pumpkin latte with soy and it was out of control delicious. I love this place – the vibes and baristas were amazing.
Last but not least, Peppermill. Another off-site find. It wasn’t that great for vegans, but we went for the ambiance. It was gorgeous inside – neon with trees growing all around the tables. It was really cool. Again, nothing great for vegans but my love Lauren grabbed me my own plate of chips with salsa while the girls got down with nachos. I also grabbed a side of fries… because chips and fries forever. I wouldn’t recommend this place for a grande meal, but good for picking.
In between the meals, lots of snacking on vegan candy, pretzels, water, and other snacks I picked up in different spots. Overall, Vegas has stolen my plant-based heart. So happy to have eaten like a Queen.
What are some of your experiences when in Vegas? Would love to hear more, because I will totally be back to visit my sister soon! xx bianca