The Skinny: For a company retreat, my coworkers and I stayed at the Venetian in las Vegas. Our first night there we porked out at the Wicked Spoon which is a buffet located at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. This would be my first time there.
From what I heard, what sets the Wicked Spoon apart from other buffets located on the Vegas strip is the way they have a diverse selection of portion size dishes already plated out. For example, they’ll have Southern style Shrimp N Grits or some braised Short Ribs with Pasta in their own personal size copper pots. But like all of the other buffets, they have a Prime Rib, Pasta, Sushi, and other International food stations set up.
The Wicked Spoon buffet is also known for their Dessert and Gelato selections.
The High: Of all the stuff I tried, which was a lot, the three things that really stood out for me were the Fried Chicken Wings with Mash Potatoes, Crawfish with a Coconut Sauce, and the Bone Marrow. I was also enjoying the small Mussels with Andoie Sausages, but I bit into one that was full of gunk and soil. That bite pretty much killed my appetite.
As for desserts, I did try the PBJ Gelato and it was good. The Chocolate covered Strawberries and Purple-ish Macaroon with Berries stuffed inside, were alright as well.
The Low: Other than that one bad Mussel, the General Tao Chicken had a heavy dosage of Soy Sauce. It was pretty awful. As I grow older, I’m becoming less of a fan of buffets in general.
Would you come back again? Not really.
More Info: Wicked Spoon Buffet | $22 for Brunch and $35 for Dinner.
The Skinny: Amazing New York Pizza at the Cosomopolitan. Literally a hole in the wall. If I didn’t tell you where it was you’d never be able to find it. NEVER. On the second level of the Cosmopolitan inbetween Jaleo & Blue Ribbon sushi, is this long hallway full of old school vinyl covers. When you get to the end of the hall way it’s like you got warped to a New York Pizzeria, The staff is amazingly nice. Especially the pizza makers. You pick your base either Cheese, Pepperoni, or White and make your “magic” at the end. When it’s Nico making the pizza it’s “making magic” at the end with your toppings. Counter seating only. Or by the slice or by the pie, however hungry you are, they can accomodate. This place is so off the map that they aren’t even mentioned on the cosmopolitan website.
The High: I ordered a White pizza w/ garlic & ricotta, roasted tomoates and basil. The minute I took a bite into that pizza I was in pizza heaven. The crisp of the crust and the flavors of the toppings just went so well together. This is definitely a great place to grab a quick bite to each before you head out for the night or if you’re ending your night and you need something greasy, the Pizzeria is the place to be. I’ve brought several east coasters to do the ultimate test and they’ve passed with flyin colors. If a New Yorker says it’s good, it’s GOTTA be good.
The Low: hard to find if you’ve never been there. Just remember, there are no signs for this place. So it’s on the 3rd floor, in between Jaleo & Blue Ribbon sushi. You can’t miss it…..or maybe you can 😀
Would you come back again: Absofrickinlutely! I will drive down to the strip just to have this pizza. I’ve had Rocco’s NY Pizza & I’ve had Grimaldis, Pizzeria still takes the cake.
More Info: www.yelp.com. Expect to spend $3 for the basic slice and $.50 per additional topping.
– Sniper Tam *Pew Pew Pew*