This past week I headed down to the Quad to check out the new Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar. There have been many celebrity restaurants opened in Las Vegas, but I have to admit I was a little more excited about this one.
Fieri is more than just a celebrity. For someone who enjoys food as much as me, Fieri is the guy. Fieri is like the Home Run King of Food. I was excited to see what the man who has been to so many restaurants would do with his own place.
It will be very popular with an outdoor patio that sits right next to the Carnival Court, which separates the Quad and Harrah’s. We started with Chicken Wings as no bar can go without me taking a sample.
To quote the menu, “All our wings are trimmed into lollipops so they’re super easy to eat. Then we brine & roast each before frying & tossing in one of our ‘off-da-hook’ wing sauces.”
We had the Double Barrel BBQ Wings and they were quite good. My only complaint is getting too fancy with the chicken wing by doing the lollipop style to make them easier to eat. In reality you’re taking away some of the best part of the chicken wing and that’s getting to pick that meat off the bone. I prefer my wings the old fashion way but the flavor was great.
Next we had the Guy-talian Fondue Dippers, which were pepperoni-wrapped breadstick twists served alongside smoky provolone and sausage cheese dip topped with fresh tomato bruschetta. I thought this was a nice appetizer and the cheese sauce was amazing.
Another appetizer we tried was the Ultimate Asian Chicken Wrap that was served with Chinese minced chicken, Southeast Asian spring rolls, Thai style chicken skewers and three different sauces to create your own lettuce wraps. We were quite pleased with this dish as well.
Finally, how can you go to a bar-type restaurant and not try a burger? I have to admit, after seeing some of the places and burgers Guy has eaten on his show, I knew his burgers would be special here.
All of Guy’s Big Bite Burgers are made of richly marbled 100% USDA Choice ground beef and then smash grilled. There were five specialty burgers on the menu.
Two choices caught my eye – the Off-Da-Hook Original Smash Burger and the Mac and Cheese Bacon Burger, which is the one I ordered. This burger won the 2013 burger bash in New York City. It’s built with crispy apple wood bacon, six-cheese mac, melted cheese between a garlic toasted brioche bun.
The burger was quite tasty but the bun, which was soft the way I like, made it hard holding up to all the gooey goodness inside. Have a spare napkin ready if you order this one.
I enjoyed my experience at Vegas Kitchen & Bar as it was just what I expected – upscale bar food. I thought the prices were reasonable for being right on the Strip and being a celebrity restaurant. Gourmet burgers ranged from $16 to $18, slightly less if you show your Total Rewards Card.
The location is great. Carnival Court has always been a fun place to hang out and have a few drinks on the Strip. Plus the Linq, with all of its new places, is just a short walk away.
I’ll be back as there are several other items on the menu I want to try. I was there just four days after they opened and the place ran like a well-oiled machine. The staff was prompt and had full knowledge of the menu.
I give Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.
Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at MarcoDange [email protected].