Whether used as a base or for a finishing touch, cheese plays an integral role in characterizing standout dishes from around the world. From the prototypical cuisines of France and Italy, to exotic oriental recipes back, to your good ol’ fashioned southern cooking, cheese adds a new dimension to a city like Las Vegas, where global cuisine truly comes together. The following dishes come from across the Strip and greater Valley area, where cheese truly makes the experience one for the memory books. Tourist or local, fine dining or casual-oriented, you should find something that will suit your fancy here.
FIX, Bellagio: Kobe Chili Cheese Fries
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Thick, hearty French fries come elegantly stacked in a Jenga-like tower. Kobe beef chili and a velvety cheese sauce come in separate bowls alongside for guests to dip or dress as they wish. Rich, savory and spectacular, this dish stands out on an already impressive upscale comfort food menu. Whether an appetizer a side, or several orders as a straight-up entrée, these fries will highlight a dining experience.
Nosh & Swig, East Las Vegas: Lotsa Mozza
3620 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Herb-infused mozzarella cheese and ‘melted’ tomato come together for smooth texture with mild eggplant adding a hearty touch. The key to this dish is a polenta cake that rounds out a harmonious compilation of sweet, zesty and filling. Don’t underestimate Nosh & Swig, because this under-the-radar small plates establishment brings the Turnberry Towers’ former executive chef with years of experience and hundreds of menus under his belt. Don’t underestimate the restaurant’s vegetarian options either because items like the lotsa mozza will knock your socks off.
Andiamo Steakhouse, D Hotel Downtown: Chef’s Meat and Cheese Selection
301 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
This Italian steakhouse is one of the nicest establishments downtown and among the best date restaurants in Las Vegas. And while the steak isn’t up to par, the vast Italian selections more than make up in indulgent, authentic taste. The Chef’s meats and cheeses come out in heaping portions and taste like they’re straight from Italy…because they are. You will have some of the best Parmesan in the country here.
Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo: Cheesy Beer and Pretzels
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Referred to as “heaven for the sports fan foodie,” Lagasse’s Stadium backs up its stadium-style couches, 120+ flatscreens and private viewing rooms with an impressive menu. Sure, Emeril Lagasse’s namesake is on the label, but the real genius is Chef de Cuisine Scott Pajak, one of the most dedicated professionals on the Strip. The cheesy beer and pretzels sports an enormous German soft pretzel with some of the best cheese sauce out there. It is a perfect match with a cold beer and the game of your choice.
Todd English P.U.B., Crystals: Dirty Chips
3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Located in the artistic venue of Crystals at the CityCenter, Todd English P.U.B. is a favorite among beer lovers for its exceptional selections. Comfort food takes on a delicious and creative twist as well. The dirty chips, a hearty appetizer, stacks a sizeable mound of kettle chips with bacon and a drizzle of blue cheese dressing.
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Benjamin Brown is a food journalist and schoolteacher currently residing in Las Vegas. Graduating with a degree in journalism from USC and moving to Sin City with Teach for America, Ben gravitated toward all things food and has since become a expert of restaurants on and off the Strip. His work can be found at Examiner.com.