Ok, so many of you know I went to Las Vegas a few weeks ago and went to many different places. I decided to divide up this blog post into 2 separate posts. This one will specifically discuss the MGM Grand hotel places we ate in because we stayed there too and I found myself eating at most of their establishments during our trip.
Then the second post will be the other places we picked throughout the strip to dine at during the evenings and lunches on the other days!
So, let’s dig in…
MGM Grand – Studio Cafe
During our most recent stay at the MGM Grand, I dined at the Studio Cafe for breakfast one morning with my sister. I can honestly say it was the most disappointing meal and service during our entire trip to Las Vegas.
We waited at least 10 minutes for our server to come over to our table and I’m pretty sure the only reason she finally came was that she saw me get up to go complain about not having a server.
I explained I had a gluten allergy and she just looked at me with 4 eyes and shook her head up and down like she understood but I really knew she didn’t.
Based on this experience, I hesitated on eating there but we were starving so I just gave in. I ended up ordering a cheese omelet after verifying they did not put pancake batter in their eggs.
We waited about 25 minutes for our food. My omelet was okay. I didn’t end up sick after eating there but I wasn’t impressed with it enough for the $25 bill. I was charged $2 for a side of sour cream and $4.99 for our coffee.
I would not recommend this restaurant as an option for anyone with food allergies, let alone celiac disease.
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Rainforest Cafe – MGM Grand
After reading some reviews of other folks, we decided to check out the Rainforest Cafe when we arrived to the hotel. It was a long trip and we just wanted to get something in our belly that wasn’t a fortune. I’ve eaten here previously prior to my celiac diagnosis and had decent food so I was confident they would be able to provide me with a meal to suit my needs.
We ate at the bar because there was a 20 minute wait for a table in the dining room. The manager was behind the bar and said the chef would come out and make me whatever I wanted after I explained to him about celiac disease and gluten.
25 minutes later, the manager was gone and the chef never came out to check on me. So I just decided to order a salad and tell them the obvious, no croutons and no bread.
The salad came out with bread on the side of the plate so my sister just took it and ended up eating it. I picked the lettuce off of the salad where the bread had been just in case.
The salad was just okay. Nothing to write home about. I didn’t end up sick afterwards or feeling sick so I guess that’s all that really matters. It is getting tiring of always settling for something just to stay safe.
I don’t think I could recommend this restaurant for my Pretty Little Celiacs.
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Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill– MGM Grand
After playing craps for a few hours and into the morning hours, I found myself starving around 1am and went into the Wolfgang Puck restaurant at the hotel. I will admit I was drinking while playing craps so my memory of the discussion with the waiter may be a bit skewed but I do remember him telling me what were the best gluten free menu items.
They did not have a gluten free menu but the waiter was able to tell me what items were safe.
I settled on the flank steak and mashed potatoes. I gotta say the flank steak was delicious. Cooked to a medium perfection that I love and flavored extremely well, I remember enjoying every bite of this dish. I cleaned my plate for sure.
Unfortunately, I don’t remember the whole visit at the restaurant and do not remember if I asked the normal questions to our waiter but I felt fine after the visit and didn’t have any sickness problems after dining at Wolfgang Puck.
I would say go for it! This place is a keeper! Check it out on www.findmeglutenfree.com
Nobhill Tavern – MGM Grand
The first night we arrived in Las Vegas we stopped by Nobhill because they had a killer happy hour special with great food options. I wasn’t sure I would be able to eat anything there but the manager ended up coming out and talking with me about the menu and giving me some suggestions on gluten free food items.
I decided to get a burger without the bun and french fries. I haven’t had french fries in so long because most places cook them in the same fryer as other breaded items which then prevents me from having some.
The burger came out really fancy with some cole slaw on top and cheese. It was pretty fantastic.
The french fries were little skinny fries which were cooked really crispy (my favorite kind). I could only finish about half of the meal because the burger was really big and there were enough french fries for 2 or 3 people as an individual serving.
This is the only restaurant I felt funny after eating in the whole trip. I did get a bit of a stomach ache and had to run to the restroom at one of the night clubs we went to that night. It didn’t ruin the night but put a little damper on the mood and really made me long for my pajama’s and some tea while we were out partying. Thinking about it, it could have been the cole slaw depending on what they used to make the sauce.
I didn’t get joint pain or a headache and I only had to use the restroom one time so I’m wondering if it was more a lactose issue or a gluten issue. Likely lactose since the problem resolved itself pretty quickly.
I’d say I’m indifferent to recommending this restaurant to you as a gluten free option. I think there were a few other places at MGM offering more knowledge and food options than the Nobhill Tavern. I give it a maybe www.findmeglutenfree.com to write reviews and find places to eat all over!