Living to eat Lagasse Stadium style at The Palazzo

Jul 24, 2012 3:00 AM

Some people eat to live. Not me. I live to eat. It’s what I do along with betting sports and horses, and playing poker. I want the action – and I want to eat. I love both.

But what happens when the action is heavy and your stomach is telling you it’s time to eat?

There are places where you can do both. That’s where I can help. Welcome to my first column on Las Vegas eating spots – where you can watch, play and eat at the same time.

Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino is an absolute must whether you’re a Las Vegas local, or tearing it up with your buddies on the Strip. This is the new breed type of sports bar with sports book, restaurant and entertainment center all in one.

No matter which way you turn you won’t miss any of the action as there are more than 100 HD TV’s covering all the games and horse races throughout the restaurant. There’s no need to make a trip to the sports book either because Lagasse’s Stadium has a full service Cantor sports book to handle your wagering needs. They also have an area to play blackjack if that interests you. There is stadium seating in the main area.

But just like kicking back at home on the living room couch, Lagasse’s also has wide sofa seating. Only I don’t have to get up for a cold one. The waiters and waitresses will do that for me from Lagasse’s Stadium’s stocked bar. Stools and regular tables and chairs are available, of course, too. The vibe is good everywhere here.

And, oh, the food! We’re talking about one of the most famous chefs in Emeril Lagasse. His stadium is full of his signature creations, including his famed New Orleans dishes, not to mention everything you could get at your local bar and grill.

A steak sandwich, for instance, is grilled sirloin on herb focaccia with blue-cheese slaw, special steak sauce and balsamic-braised onions, served with truffle-Parmesan steak fries. There’s spiced-rubbed baby back ribs, New Orleans BBQ shrimp, oyster Po Boy, an amazing pork sandwich, grilled Atlantic salmon, chicken wings that would satisfy the craving of even the highest-standard of a Buffalo transplant and Angus beef burgers just to name some of the items. Processed standard bar food this is not.

In between meals, nothing goes better for me than warm soft pretzels, especially when they come with three different beer-cheese dipping sauces, diced tomatoes and roasted jalapeños.

Lagasse’s Stadium may seem pricey for a sports bar but this isn’t your normal sports bar. Oh and after a profitable day at the betting windows treat yourself to the Banana Cream Pie you’ll be glad you did.

There is a happy hour Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. where various items are priced between $5-7 and draft beer is $4. For the overall experience this is my favorite place to eat, bet and watch games but this is a food column so based on the food I give it 3.5 out of 4 forks.

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Starting Aug. 2, he co-hosts First Preview Thursdays at 11 p.m. on ESPN 98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas.