There is nothing better than heading to the Strip to play some poker and grab a bite to eat.
Since the football season has begun I find myself playing poker a lot on Sunday and Monday nights. There is just one game so playing cards and watching the game is always enjoyable, and for me relaxing.
I have found myself playing a lot at Harrah’s as they have a promotion on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights called Splash Pot Poker. Every time a team scores they draw a table number and then splash the next pot with money.
If there is a field goal scored that’s worth $50 while a touchdown is worth $100. If there is a safety or 2 point conversion that’s worth $200 and if there is a kickoff or punt return for a TD that’s $300. It adds more excitement to watching the game. If your table is drawn and they splash the pot with a free $100 that hand can produce some crazy pots as everyone is trying to get that free $100 in the middle.
The other thing that goes with well with poker and watching a game is grabbing a bite to eat. As poker players know, if the table is juicy you really don’t want to get up and go have a long dinner. You want something quick and get right back to the action.
Usually getting something quick translates to something not really that good – until now. Harrah’s just opened their much anticipated, Fulton Street Food Hall.
Now at first glance you might want to call it a food court but as Harrah’s puts it, it’s not a food court but a chef driven marketplace.
The Food Hall has something for everyone. There is a coffee shop with a variety of cakes and pastries sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
They were very smart in putting the bakery in the front so you have to look at the tempting creations heading to the casino from the back valet. The guy who thought of that one should be employee of the month.
Inside Fulton Street you will find a sushi and noodle place. I have to tell you, having a nice bowl of ramen is a great choice for several reasons. When I’m playing poker I don’t want to eat something heavy because I plan on getting back to the tables, not take a nap. This is perfect as it fills you up without weighing you down. The ramen at the noodle shop was very good.
There is also a pizza shop inside the Hall. Pizza is always a staple of the poker player as you can grab a slice on the fly and get right back to the game.
Then there is a section they call comfort foods that has a wide variety of fresh made sandwiches, hot dogs and brats. They even have pasta dishes like homemade lasagna.
Looking for a more healthy choice they also have a “create your own” salad bar section. You can build a salad with your favorite greens and toppings. You can also pick up a fresh fruit and cheese platter to grab on the go.
Next to the salad bar is a section featuring homemade soups and baked potatoes.
After you fill up for dinner don’t forget to check out the frozen yogurt section with a big selection of toppings to make just the right combination for dessert. As much as I like frozen yogurt, the cakes and pastries in the bakery get my vote for dessert.
I absolutely love the concept of the Fulton Street Food Hall and will frequent it often when playing at Harrah’s. The only knock is that at most of the sections you have to take your food item to the main cashier to pay.
When the place is busy, standing in a long line to pay will turn some people off. I was there on the first week so I’m sure they are still figuring things out but you need more than one location to pay at.
Fulton Street is a major upgrade to grabbing a quick bite to eat without having to settle for a fast food burger and fries. The food was good and reasonably priced for being right on the Strip. I give Fulton Street Food Hall a rating of 3.50 forks.
Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. You can find Marco at WagerTalk.com and by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at [email protected].