Food Halls Las Vegas
Before I dive into Food Halls in Las Vegas, let’s talk food! I’m a big fan of chef David Chang and have now visited all four of his Las Vegas eateries. Until April, I’d eaten at his Momofuku at Cosmopolitan every month this year since I was already staying at the property. A couple of friends and I shifted plans from the full-service Momofuku restaurant in April to check out the much less expensive David Chang dining option at Cosmopolitan.
Bang Bar by Momofuku
Bang Bar by Momofuku replaced Pok Pok Chicken at the Block 16 Food Hall at Cosmopolitan on April 1. The prices for “street food” are more than you’d pay for food from the street. Having said that, $10 for a main course at the Cosmopolitan is a solid deal.
Most of the dining options at Block 16 are some of the best values at the property. I don’t mind spending money on a good dinner when I’m out. At the same time, I’d rather not spend that much for lunch or breakfast in a casino. Enter food halls and food courts.
Quick serve dining options are often the least expensive eateries inside casinos. When I stay at a casino I’ll typically grab a quick bite for breakfast and lunch. During the peak of coronavirus, bringing food back to the room was important to me. In addition to being a decent value, food halls are usually are suited perfectly for food to go.
Block 16 Food Hall
The Block 16 Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan is one of my favorites. Bang Bar is a great addition but this area is also home to some other good quick bites. Prices are what they are inside of casinos. Everything would be less expensive off the strip but they’re a value at a luxury casino. It’s nice that Cosmopolitan has a few less expensive dining options available than at its full-service restaurants.
Hattie B’s chicken tender meal for $13 might be the best deal at the property. Three huge tenders and two sides are filling enough for lunch or dinner. Heads up that drinks are expensive ($5 soda, $10 beer) so you might want to grab something elsewhere.
Lardo makes a fantastic grilled cheese…with delicious brisket. The $11 a la cart sandwich is YUGE and more than enough for most people. It’s a nice quick meal if you’re hungry and in a rush. I’m told other items are hit or miss. I haven’t strayed from this because it’s delicious.
District Donuts is currently home to the best coffee at the Cosmopolitan since Va Benne (Illy) is closed. The food is fine but that coffee is fantastic. I usually grab 2-3 cups of the hot or cold brew when I stay at the property.
Ghost Donkey just reopened inside the food court. I love that tiny bar but won’t be visiting anytime soon because it’s so small. Soon enough!
Resorts World Las Vegas opened with a large and impressive food court that offers dining options not found elsewhere in Las Vegas. My interest peaked the first time I read the press release about Famous Foods Street Eats.
I was immediately struck by the concept of a Peking Duck Burrito from FUHU Shack. I ended up getting a Peking duck bowl when I visited to review the room. Sadly the burritos were out.
All orders for the food stalls take place remotely on a kiosk or through the On The Fly service from GrubHub. I love the concept and ended up eating at the food hall three times during my two visits.
The chicken parm sandwich from Mozz Bar by local chef James Trees was fantastic. The brisket from Blood Brothers BBQ was a bit lean for my tastes.
Unlike some of the other dining halls in Las Vegas, there aren’t many deals here. Just about every dish will cost about $20 and drinks add another $5 to the bill. That said, the concept and two of the three restaurants I tried were excellent.
There are still a handful of food stalls I want to try including Streetbird Las Vegas and Kuru Kuru Pa Yakitori by DJ and producer Steve Aoki and his brother.
Other Food Halls
When I stayed at Harrah’s a couple of years ago, I had lunch every day at the Fulton Street Food Hall. Specifically, I had a salad for lunch every day. Much like the other food halls and food courts, the price is right. My big salad was less than $14 and that was usually “free” with Caesars Rewards Loyalty Program points.
There are plenty of food hall and food court dining options available at the larger Las Vegas casinos. Many have upgraded from fast food (like McDonald’s) to quick serve (like Chipotle) and offer a solid less expensive option if you’re just looking for a quick bite or something to go.
Maybe someday, I’ll share the secret about mall dining on the Vegas Strip.