Owned by Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, Lagasse’s Stadium serves up delicious food and has a fabulous atmosphere for watching games when you’re in Vegas.
This past weekend I went to Vegas for a quick group trip. We ran into some drama on the way to the airport, as I realized 20 minutes into the drive that I had left my wallet at Michele’s house. I’m really glad I noticed when I did, or I would have been like Tom Hanks in the movie The Terminal. We had a direct flight from Wichita to Vegas, and landed at about 12:30. Reilly’s driver picked us up at the airport and took us to our hotel. The Venetian is a gorgeous, all-suite property right in the heart of The Strip. I could have easily never left my room, but that defeats the purpose of going to Vegas. I did an overview of the trip, which was a whirlwind 36 hours.
Maryland baseball was playing in the Super Regionals on Friday afternoon, so our first stop after checking into our rooms was a place to watch the game and eat. The casinos and many bars in Vegas are a sports-lover’s haven. All the casinos on the strip have sports books, huge rooms with dozens of TV’s and the ability to place bets right there on the spot. I have heard that the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament is one of the craziest weekends of the year in Vegas. That’s my favorite sports weekend of the year as well…most of the major upsets happen, and there is basketball literally all day, all weekend.
I failed miserably by not taking pictures of the inside of Lagasse’s Stadium, but I was wowed by the space, and on a mission to both eat lunch and watch the game. The inside is divided into stadium seating, dining room, and private luxury boxes. So it’s essentially like you’re at the game. There are TV’s absolutely everywhere, as is the case in all of the sportsbooks. Unless it’s a huge sports weekend, you can watch any game you want. They didn’t have the Maryland game on when we arrived, and when we asked, they were very accommodating and put one of the TV’s onto the game.
The Lagasse’s Stadium menu focuses primarily on sports bar/gameday type foods, and the menu sections are appropriately named: Tailgating, Pregame, Sideline Favorites, Starting Lineup, Game Time, Sweet Victory.
Shauna, Reilly, Michele and I got there first, and started with nachos and spinach artichoke dip.
The dip was outstanding. We added lump crab, which just added to the creamy texture. The pita chips were warm and soft, and I had to force myself to stop eating those.
The nachos were loaded with lots of toppings and really good as well. I’m not sure why I was surprised, but the jalapenos were super hot. Yeah I know, duh.
Brad, Kacey, Lindsay and Steven showed up not long after we started on the appetizers. We had waited on them to order our food, so as soon as they arrived we placed that order as well. Reilly and I split the fish & chips.
The fish was excellent. It was haddock, a white fish that’s mild, but still has good flavor. The seasoning was really delicious, the fish was lightly coated and fried, and there were 2 generous portions of fish. The tartar sauce was was very good. I don’t normally like capers, but they were ground up so it just lent the flavor without the salty bite. I dipped the fries in the tartar sauce, and it was a wonderful combination of flavors. Oh, and the cole slaw. Blue cheese in the cole slaw. Big chunks of blue cheese. I could have done a big bowl of that and ditched the fries. I don’t think I’ve ever said anything like that in my life. The cheese adds a fantastic creamy bite that works really well with the other ingredients in the slaw. I was happy Reilly had no interest in the slaw because I devoured it. The cole slaw doesn’t come as a side dish, but they really should rethink that.
Michele and Shauna split a burger with caramelized onions, and Lindsay got the bacon cheeseburger
The Lagasse’s Stadium burgers come on a toasted brioche bun. You can go gluten free, by doing bibb lettuce or a special bread. Michele ordered bibb lettuce, not realizing that meant no bread. We figured out what happened, and got her a toasted brioche bun. I didn’t taste either burger but they said they were both really good.
Kacey got the pizza and said it was very good as well.
Maryland wasn’t playing so well, and we really weren’t there to watch sports. So when we were done eating, we went out to the patio so Shauna could have a cigarette. You can smoke in the casinos, but not the restaurants.
The patio is stunning and very large, with 2 types of seating options. I could have easily stayed out there all day long.
Will I go back to Lagasse’s Stadium? No question. The food is delicious, and I would love to hang out there during the NCAA tournament. That is on my bucket list.