Social House – Aria Hotel in the Crystals Mall

Social House – Aria Hotel in the Crystals Mall

The restaurant was dark and decorated in red and black colors throughout. It would be a great place for an intimate dinner with a significant other. I would not recommend for families or people with children.

This sushi restaurant was a bit on the pricey end but completely worth every dollar spent!
Imagine my comfort level when our waitress explained she also struggles with a gluten intolerance and was well aware of how to prepare the foods and when to check on items to make sure I was safe.

She answered all my questions about the menu and made me feel extremely safe about eating there. When I had questions she didn’t know the answer, she immediately went back to the kitchen to ask the chef to ensure I was staying gluten free!

I decided to try the most expensive roll in the place – it had gold flakes on it! Kobe beef, king crab and yellow fin were some of the meats in this roll. It tasted like magic. I loved it and every single thing about it was phenomenal. I hadn’t spent a lot of money so far on food during the trip so I decided to take a splurge.

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We also had roasted mini potatoes that were seasoned so perfectly and roasted to the greatest crispiness ever that we were all fighting over them at the table.

Everyone at the table enjoyed different sushi rolls that were each equally delicious in their own way. (or so I was informed by the non-celiacs)

If you are in Las Vegas looking for a unique, delicious dinner and aren’t worried about the price tag – I would highly recommend Social House for dinner.

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Maggiano’s – Fashion Show Mall

I’ve written about Maggiano’s in the past but wanted to give it another try to see if they are consistent among the chains with gluten free menus and education of their staff.

Sure enough, the waiter was very familiar with gluten free options and provided me with a description about what could and couldn’t be made gluten free. I settled with the pasta dish I always get and it was delicious.

I do struggle with their Caesar salads though. Not sure if it’s the lactose in the dressing or preparation of the salad but I stopped getting them there. –

It was nice to not spend over $25 on a meal for once during this trip.

This chain really does gluten free right!

 

Border Grill Gluten Free Menu
Border Grill Gluten Free Menu

Border Grill – Mandalay Bay

Our last night in Las Vegas, we decided to take a stroll over to Mandalay Bay and have dinner at Border Grill. This place was highly recommended on the gluten free sites and showed on their website to have a dedicated gluten free menu, so needless to say I was pumped to check it out.

The hostess was not very friendly. I gotta say that I am a stickler for happy, positive employees because they are the face of your business and crucial to customer satisfaction.

I was pleased to see such a large gluten free menu until I opened it and realized 2 of the pages were filled with alcohol choices.

We decided to try the Queso Fundido, which they brought out with corn tortillas and the chips are gluten free there. The dip was pretty tasty for sure but it didn’t knock my socks off.

Our waiter was aware of celiac disease and gluten free preparations so that made me feel at ease too during our time there.

I ordered a shrimp and rice which came out on a plate filled with rice and then a strip of shrimp down the middle. The rice was in a pool of liquids making it a bit soggy. I have to say that I can’t stand wet rice so I just ate the rice off the top and picked at the shrimp. The dish was disappointing and I didn’t leave there feeling like I had an amazing gluten free dish coming from somewhere that specifically has a gluten free menu. The cost of my 10 small shrimp and rice was also $28 which I found to be completely out of line for the quality of the dish.

Now, had that dish come out and completely wowed me, I wouldn’t blink at spending $28 on vacation in Las Vegas for dinner. It just didn’t do it for me so I can tell you I won’t likely go back on my trip to Las Vegas next year.

I would recommend Border Grill because they are educated and understand gluten free meals but I’m not sure it would be my first pick for someone. It’s the safe choice.

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Gluten Free Shrimp Meal
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My sister’s gluten free meal

 

Trevi – Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace

Prior to being diagnosed with celiac disease, this is probably one of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas. It always provided delicious Italian dishes with a decent price tag and a great atmosphere. I love eating outside the restaurant (but in the mall) on the cobble stone street being able to people watch while enjoying a delicious meal and glass of wine.

We decided to stop there and have an early lunch one day while out shopping around. They do not have a dedicated gluten free menu but they were able to give me several options on the menu that could be prepared gluten free. While the waiter wasn’t as confident about gluten free items, he was able to go back into the kitchen and talk with the chef about choices for me, which made me feel pretty good about eating there.

I decided on a filet and mashed potatoes. It’s probably one of the safest dishes we can eat at a restaurant without getting glutened. The steak was cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes were delicious. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Trevi.

While they don’t have a dedicated gluten free menu, I feel comfortable in saying that folks who can’t have gluten but are able to explain and ask questions about their meal would be able to safely have dinner there without any problems.

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Gluten Free in Las Vegas – MGM Grand Reviews

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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…

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Our Room View

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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Flank Steak at Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill

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

 

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Nobhill Tavern Burger and Fries
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Look at this monster burger!

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!