Gluten Free in Las Vegas!
After much planning and anticipation, Karl and I had our first vacation-for-vacation’s-sake. No occasion, just a break from our hectic young lives. And just looking at that picture above makes me want to go back right this second! Karl had been to Vegas a few times before for conventions and such, and since then has always wanted to take me. The last time I was in Las Vegas, I was a 4-year-old flower girl. I couldn’t wait for us to go!
But as with any vacation for people like us, there’s always the fear: What are we gonna eat?
I have to say that Karl did the most incredible job finding places for us to eat, snack, and stock up the hotel room! So here they are without further delay…
Whole Foods Market
That’s right. A gigantic Whole Foods Market full of gluten free, vegan goodies right on the strip! Not only is there a huge selection, but there’s an eating area with a microwave! Just in case your room doesn’t contain a freezer to hold all your Amy’s Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese you’re gonna be eating during your trip 😀 Now, here’s where things get tricky for someone like me. I have so many food “sensitivities” that many healthy and delicious gluten free and vegan foods are left to be consumed by my healthy counterpart, the husband. So as delicious as Mac & Cheese may sound, it contains coconut oil which is on my list of foods not to enjoy. But then I remember where I am… Las Vegas. I’m sure far worse has happened in this town than a poor, sickly girl indulging in some coconut oil 🙂 Oh yes, I indulged. And then I indulged some more. My joy could not be contained.
Lazy Joe’s Fish & Chips
Holy cow, Lazy Joe’s Fish & Chips is incredible! An array of seafood is breaded and fried in batter that is gluten free, dairy free, egg free… finally! And when’s the last time you had some onion rings? Theirs are better than any glutenous ones I ever had. They are not exclusively gluten free, but the few gluten-containing items are clearly marked on the menu. They are also very careful about avoiding cross-contamination and make sure to fry all gluten free foods in their own fryer. The people there are really nice, too!
Now, here’s another tricky part. I hadn’t had fish and chips in so long… and I already cheated with the coconut oil… so in the spirit of “Viva Las Vegas”, I indulged once again. This time with the gluten free coleslaw and the gluten free tartar sauce (Notice the title of this post is not “Gluten Free and Vegan in Las Vegas”, though it easily could have been were I as faithful to my eating habits as Karl was). It was kind of embarrassing since Karl went through all the trouble of making sure the batter was dairy-free and egg-free before we came here… sorry babe. In any case, this place was more than worth the 10 minute drive off the strip. Plus, they’ve teamed up with the newest gluten free bakery in Las Vegas: Aces Up Gluten Free Goodies. You can even bring in your Lazy Joe’s receipt for a discount! We didn’t have time to check it out, but it’s definitely on our list for next time!
Mon Ami Gabi
After countless hours of exploring the strip, we stopped for dinner at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Hotel. It’s a beautiful little French bistro with a romantic atmosphere. We decided to eat out on the patio, and I’m so glad we did! The entire patio is directly across the street from the Bellagio hotel. So every 15 minutes or so, we got to witness the famous Bellagio Fountains come to life. So beautiful! And the food wasn’t bad either! This restaurant features a gluten free menu as well as gluten free alternatives to the bread and other starters. We received gluten free toast with a small bowl of marinated olives, onions, and other delicious oddities. I’m sure it has a name, but I’m not fancy enough or French enough to know it. Sorry 🙂 Anyway, once again I broke the rules and Karl remained unwavering. I grabbed my gluten free bread (which I’m sure contained milk and eggs), slathered it with butter, and said goodbye to a healthy tummy for a few days. But boy, was it delicious! Then when it came time to order, we both had the Smoked Salmon. Karl had it the right way: just Smoked Salmon. I had it the bad, yummy way: Smoked Salmon with lemon butter sauce (mind you, I’m supposed to stay away from lemon and butter). Wow, when I fall, I fall hard. Such is my self-destructive way of coping with being different for the rest of my life. I’m sure I’ll get better at that eventually 🙂
Anyway, the bottom line: the food was amazing with or without the non-vegan extras. Definitely stop by next time you’re in town!
The next day, we decided to try out Border Grill in Mandalay Bay. Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating. We received a gluten free menu, as well as warm tortillas and salsa (our waiter said he didn’t trust the chips to be gluten free). I chose Peruvian Ceviche (lime marinated Hawaiian fish, aji Amarillo, cilantro, red peppers, pickled onion, avocado, and plantain chips), and Karl had the same. Unfortunately, we unknowingly ordered what appeared to be an appetizer. It was still delicious, just not very filling. We’ll have to be sure and have the menu titles translated for us next time 🙂 This restaurant did have its own gluten free menu, but it was pretty pricy. Everything was free from animal products as far as we could tell, and I didn’t cheat on anything this time! Not that I wasn’t already paying for the mistakes I made the day before. Someday I’ll learn.
The Rest of the Trip
Now, of course, we had many adventures in Las Vegas that didn’t necessarily include food (hard to believe, I know). I’ve already blabbed on long enough, so here’s a small album of all the fun we had. Hope this post helped you plan your next trip to Vegas! Let me know if you find any other good places to eat!