For Bobby Flay, Las Vegas is a culinary playground, just like it is for many of the country’s leading chefs. Flay runs two restaurants in Las Vegas, Mesa Grill and the more casual Bobby’s Burger Palace.
Mesa Grill was Flay’s New York flagship until it closed down a couple years ago, and today there are two locations, in the Bahamas and in Caesars Palace. Mesa Grill is Flay’s full-on Southwestern concept, where he marries Southwestern flavors with his love of grilling. Menu highlights include spice-rubbed pork tenderloin with Bourbon-Ancho chile sauce, sweet potato tamale, and pecan butter; chipotle-glazed ribeye with red and green chile sauce; and chile-crusted rabbit with wild mushroom couscous and smoked red pepper sauce. There’s also a popular brunch, with Southwestern-inspired dishes including spicy chicken and sweet potato hash with poached eggs and green chile Hollandaise.
For those looking for something less pricey, Bobby’s Burger Palace (which has 18 locations nationally) can be found in The Shops at Crystals in the Aria. This fun and casual burger joint features burgers with a wide variety of toppings (many of which are Southwestern-themed), and the Las Vegas special is white American cheese, Fresno red chiles, and “BBQ Crunch,” also known as barbecue potato chips.