Foodie Survival Guide to NAB

April 9, 20100 Comments

Covering NAB (the National Association of Broadcasters)  is hard work, and you’re bound to get hungry amid all the great sessions and exhibits.

So if you’re heading to Las Vegas April 10-15, check out the not-so-obvious restaurant and bar picks curated by the BakeSpace.com community.

While it’s packed with great meal, snack and bar suggestions, this guide is by no means a definitive list for all things food-related in Vegas.  So please feel free to add your own suggestions (simply post a comment) to let the rest of us know where to go, what to order, and why.

And because you’ll be on the run during NAB, don’t forget to download and print your own pocket guide version of the  NAB Foodie Survival Guide.

Breakfast

  • EURO STYLE: BOUCHON (Venetian) – Cute French place, great decor & order the Boudin Blanc
  • BUFFET: WYNNGet the Fluffy French Toast
  • LATE RISERS (BRUNCH): MESA GRILL (Ceasers) – You will love the Blueberry coffee cake & SIMON (Palms) – if you’re still there on Sunday, they have a great Rock & Roll Brunch – PJs allowed
  • ROOM SERVICE: WYNN – order the Eggs Benedict

Lunch

Dinner

  • THE COUNTRY CLUB (Wynn) : If you’ve got business to do
  • FLEUR DE LYS (Mandalay Bay): If you can afford it. :)
  • MON AMI GABI (Paris): Super romantic!
  • FIREFLY (The Plaza, Downtown) – Tapas & a great view
  • SUSHI ROKU (Ceasers Forum Shops) – Great sashimi, but also try the popcorn rock shrimp tempura with spicy miso glaze
  • POSTRIO’S (The Venetian) – New concept menu, nice atmosphere, order the Bass
  • NORA’S ITALIAN CUISINE: LOCAL SECRET – Baked Ziti or Frutti de Mare (off the strip)

Drinks

  • LIFE CHANGING: BESO (City Center) – The fruit-flavored martinis are super fresh!
  • MAKE AN IMPRESSION: PARASOL (Wynn) - Order the Asian Equation Cocktail
  • WEIRD, BUT GOOD: DOUBLE DOWN SALOON - Try the Ass Juice Cocktail (yes, it’s real)
  • ALL YOU CAN DRINK: BATTISTA’S HOLE IN THE WALL - Order house wine with dinner & free refills

Old School

  • BATTISTA’S HOLE IN THE WALL: Bacon wrapped turkey & lamb drizzled w/ balsamic vinegar
  • BINIONS’ CAFE: Burgers & Bean Soup w/Cornbread 24/7
  • PEPPERMILL FIRESIDE: Order a Scorpion & breakfast 24/7 – Celebrity central. There is free parking in front. Breakfast is awesome, but late night at the Fireside bar inside is killer!
  • GOLDEN GATE HOTEL (Fremont Street, across from Union Plaza) – Order the shrimp cocktail

Late Night

  • HOT WINGS: HOOTERS.25 cent hot wings after 1 am
  • GIRLS & HANGOVER FOOD: THE HARD ROCK
  • CROWD PLEASER: FIRST FOOD (Palazzo) – Mojito Lamb Chops to Tortilla Soup
  • WOOD FIRE PIZZA: STRATTA (Wynn)
  • CELEBRITY HANGOUT: PEPPERMILL FIRESIDE is a must!

Treats

Off the Strip

  • GET DIRTY: ELLIS ISLAND BBQRibs $ 2 beer
  • SEAFOOD: HOT N JUICY CRAWFISH (off Spring Mountain near Jones) – for all those that love crawfish, shrimp, and crab New Orleans Cajun style, this place is a MUST! This place is an “eat with your hands – no utensils or plates” type of place. Also try the cornmeal & fried catfish.
  • BREAKFAST: HASH HOUSE A GO GOAny hash or scramble (coffee also good)
  • THE OMELET HOUSE (Charleston/Rancho) – Heard from @TheStripPodcast that the drive is “totally worth it for the hot pumpkin bread.” Also, they have killer soups!
  • LOW CARB BREAKFAST: JAMMS RESTAURANT (closes at 3 pm)
  • NORA’S ITALIAN CUISINE: LOCAL SECRET – Baked Ziti or Frutti de Mare (off the strip)
  • INTERNATIONAL: RAKU (Japanese), LOTUS OF SIAM (Thai – lunch until 2 pm) and we highly recommend to make a reservation, NAMASTE INDIAN CUISINE(Great buffet under $10, but ends at 3 pm)

Eating at the Conference?
Brad Dick, Editorial Director at Broadcast Engineering suggests, “The food at the convention center rates average. Breakfast selections are often better than lunch, and it’s less busy. I prefer the International Food Market in the South Hall to Banners. If the weather is nice, you might try the outside barbecue.”

Download our “Pocket Guide to NAB Food

Special thanks to…

To all our friends, fans and members who helped us put together this list… thank you!
@cmpartygirl, @wordymouth, @inhabitdesigns, @bellyitch, @joscarson, @katmanalac, @fearlessbean, @shetakesthecake, @datatv, @RetroBakery, @Cheap_eats, @MrsWheelbarrow, @requinn, @darlakrusee, @keeponrunnin, @fieldsofcake, @MiaCucina. @dinnerwithdavid, @KatManalac, @wrapstar, @christine426, @alanajoy, @ddh77, @abbiebassett, @mrtraincom, @courmetfury, @startupdotcom, @whynnlasvegas, @thestrippodcast, @cirena, @robmader, @tastinglasvegas, C.McAllister, C. Godinez, H. Hilton, J. Martin, D. Mendoza, M. Milliren, G. Witham & J. Conlin.

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