My last night in Vegas for WWDMAGIC was capped with the most amazing dinner at a place I definitely wouldn't have found on my own. One of the best parts of traveling is finding places to eat and things to do that are off the beaten path. I don't normally take the tourist route (landmarks, famous restaurants, etc.) when I'm traveling, especially while I'm traveling for business. One of my new blogger friends, Emily, ended up meeting one of the owners of The Barrymore at WWDMAGIC - who then invited us to come and enjoy dinner there on our last night in town.
The Barrymore is the latest joint from award-winning chef, Anthony Meidenbauer, and Billy Richardson, owner of Block 16 and brainchild behind some of Las Vegas's most popular nightclubs and lounges. Adding a contemporary twist to retro Vegas, Barrymore servers up American Classic cuisine that's both approachable and unpretentious. We had an incredible meal that mixed things that are familiar to most (steak, mac & cheese) with fun, unexpected pairings (gnocchi, squid ink risotto.)
Some bread & veggies to start off. Softest, yummiest French bread I've had in awhile! Special shoutout to the pretzel bread which was also muy delicioso.
A few appetizers to whet the palette. Clockwise from top left: Roasted artichoke w/greens, salsa verde & parmesan; Octopus ála Greque (roasted w/cous cous, olives, capers & lemon-oregano vinaigrette); Semolina gnocchi (w/summer squash blossoms, fava beans, goat cheese ricotta & shaved summer truffles) & Lobster mac & cheese
The main courses: Pan Roasted ‘Jidori’ Free Range Chicken w/sweet corn grits, roasted chanterelles and natural jus; side of creamed corn & lobster; Diver Scallops (pan-seared w/squid ink risotto, tomato sugo & crispy fried artichokes) & filet mignon.
OMG dessert. Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée w/peach compote, apricot honey sorbet & candied pistachios; Warm Chocolate Cake w/praline fudge sauce, hazelnut brittle & milk chocolate sorbet; Amaretto Cheesecake Mousse w/biscotti crust, poached cherries & lemon olive oil sorbet and Strawberry Shortcake Coupe w/sweet biscuit, fresh strawberries, orange curd & chantilly
The cozy 1,400-square-foot restaurant only seats 50, and boasts a wine list featuring 50 selections under $50. Hella 50! It's not too far from the Las Vegas Convention Center, either: located at 99 Convention Center Drive, 89109 between Las Vegas Boulevard and the LVCC.
Check it out for yourself next time you're in Vegas! BarrymoreLV.com.