Eating Through Las Vegas: Part 2

Alright Nomsters, it’s time for part 2 of our “Eating Through Las Vegas” series.  If you missed part 1, no worries, just click here.  As mentioned previously, we’re covering two restaurants per post so it’s gonna be another long one!  We’re starting today’s blast off with our lunch recap from Honey Salt, a charming farm-to-table restaurant located on 1031 S. Rampart Blvd.  The interior was so warm and inviting – we were honestly impressed the second we walked through their doors.  You’ll know exactly what we mean when you see their space.

amazing beet salads in LV

We started our meal off with two appetizers: Beets and Goat Cheese and Calamari.  The calamari was good, but the beet starter was the real MVP.  It came with both roasted & pickled beets and had purple haze cheese sherry reduction + tangerine oil.  And can we just talk about presentation for a sec? Look at how sexy this dish is.

best beet salads in Vegas

above:  beets as art || below:  calamari with blistered shishito and piquillo aioli

calamari honey salt

You’re probably shocked that we only got 2 apps, but we weren’t super hungry so we went easy on this meal.  Shortly after we devoured our starters, our wonderful waitress brought out our entrees.  We got 3 different plates and shared everything:

  • “Grain Power” Salad with Salmon ($12 without the protein):  red & white quinoa, beluga lentils, avocado, shaved fennel, and radish tossed in a citrus vinaigrette.
  • Biloxi Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich ($14):  topped with a creamy slaw, house durkee’s dressing on a brioche bun, accompanied by a caesar salad.
  • Prosciutto Flatbread ($14):  topped with bellwether farms ricotta, grilled pears, figs and basil.

The highlight of this round was definitely the flatbread.  The dough was cooked to perfection, and we absolutely loved the balsamic reduction drizzled on top.  We had no idea grilled pears went so well with prosciutto, but the flavors came together beautifully.  For those of you interested, they also have turkey meatball and margherita flatbreads available.

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On a more random note, if you’re looking to get a gourmet meal for less in Las Vegas, hit up Honey Salt for their “power” lunches.  $21 for 3 courses: soup, caesar or green goodness juice + any sandwich or pizza + bread pudding or salted caramel ice cream.  We got to try their green goodness juice ($8), and it was REALLY yum.  Made with kale, apples, fennel, cucumber, celery, lemon, and ginger – you won’t be able to get enough!

delicious flatbread at honey salt honey salt flatbread

above:  their magical flatbread || below:  for quinoa lovers everywhere

honey salt LV

below: house durkee dressing = honey mustardy

honey salt las vegas

If you’re looking for an elegant place to eat in Las Vegas, definitely give Honey Salt a try!  And remember to get their beet salad, their green goddess juice, and [any of] their flatbread/s.  Located near Tivoli Village, this place is about a 15-20 drive from the Strip.

Incredible Italian cuisine at Buddy V’s Ristorante.

Afterwards, we went shopping in the Strip before heading to Buddy V’s for a very early dinner – we had tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s “O” show at 7:30 so we ended up going at around 4:30 PM.  We had a fairly light lunch (for our standards at least) so we were hungry at that point.  Luckily, Buddy V’s hit the SPOT in every way imaginable!  This restaurant had everything from an amazing view to killer live music, and the food was straight up ridiculous – we mean that in a good way BTW.

amazing cocktails at buddy vs

We had a reservation so we were seated quickly!  We didn’t think the restaurant would be busy at 4:30, but we were SO wrong.  The place was PACKED, and after trying their food, we could definitely see why. We started our meal off with drinks and got two fancy schmancy cocktails:  the Bella Ragazza and the Acai Mojito.  Both drinks were priced at $14 and were super delicious.  The Bella Regazza was made with don q coco, strawberry, lime, and organic simple syrup, while the mojito contained cedilla, veev, lime, mint, apple juice, and sierra mist.

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buddy vs ristorante las vegasbest italian food in vegas

Then came the delish starters.  We got three different plates and ate family style because that’s how we roll.  Here’s what we got:

  • Panzanella ($14):  buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, focaccia croutons
  • Grandma’s Meatballs ($13):  made with beef, veal and pork and topped with parmesan
  • Buddy’s Salumi & Cheese Board ($21):  olives, pickled veggies, grilled italian bread, genoa salumi, spicy capicola, prosciutto san danielle, grana padano, tuscan pecorino, and gorgonzola.

We can’t even begin to tell you guys how much we enjoyed everything.  The salad was yum and all, but the meatballs and charcuterie were outstanding.  You can’t go wrong with either – the portions were humongous, and everything was SO fresh.

meatball appetizer at Buddy Vs

above:  melt-in-your-mouth meatballs || below: the best charcuterie platter eva

amazing apps on Buddy Vs

Then came 3 equally delicious entrees:

  • Beef Tenderloin ($38):  served with sautéed spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, mashed potatoes in a chianti sauce.
  • Nonna’s Lasagna Al Forno ($26):  made with Italian sausage, beef and pork, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, parmesan.
  • …Branzino ($29):  We couldn’t remember the name of this dish – hence the “…” – but it was SUPER nom and came with an arugula salad.

We hate to sound like broken records, but it was all SO delicious.  Now, the fish was cooked to perfection and the lasagna was stupid good, but our favorite was the beef.  The meat was SO tender and flavorful that we finished EVERYTHING on the plate, even after stuffing our faces with apps.  The chianti glaze was unbelievable, and it’s an absolute must-try if you’re in Las Vegas – well worth $38.

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best meat dishes at Buddy Vs

Cue the drool…

delicious dishes at Buddy Vsbest dishes at buddy vs

Some of the best lasagna we’ve ever tasted…

Buddy Vs lasagna

Anddddd their branzino – #seafoodloversunite!

delicious fish dishes at Buddy Vs

We couldn’t leave without trying their dessert menu – Buddy V IS the Cake Boss after all – so we got 2 different sweets to share:  Buddy V’s XL Lobster Tail and Lisa’s Warm Nutella Cake.  The Lobster Tail was a flaky pastry shell filled with custard cream, and it was seriously EVERYTHING!

And just when we didn’t think dessert could get any better, we tried the Nutella Cake and died.  The cake was warm, soaked in chocolate sauce and came with salted caramel ice cream.  The dolci was scrumptious, but if we had to choose between the two, we’d go with the nutella cake because it has nutella in it, and nutella just makes everything better x10.

buddy vs desserts

What would dessert be without coffee?  We each got cappuccinos, and they came with mini-biscottis.

buddy vs las vegas

So, should you come to Buddy V’s?  Abso-freaking-lutely.  We can’t stop thinking about their food, and we’ll DEFINITELY be going back the next time we’re in fabulous Las Vegas.  Everything was delicious so we have no doubt you’ll be more than content with whatever you order.  Happy eating, Nomsters!  We hope you enjoyed part 2 of our Vegas food diary – keep your eyes peeled for part 3.


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