First look: First Food & Bar opens in the Palazzo

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From the Palazzo casino, I head toward the two-story waterfall, up the escalator and make a beeline toward Barney’s.

Although tempted, I bypass the women’s shoe department windows and head down the long corridor to the right of the Lanvin-loving shop.

Today isn’t a day for shopping, it’s a day for eating — First.

Sliders with caramelized onions, hand-cut french fries, one of the most amazing red velvet cakes I’ve ever had with key lime cream cheese filling and meringue on the outside.

First Food & Bar does it different. It’s simple sophisticated—classic American food with a brain. Chef Sam “Sammy D” DeMarco pulls from his experiences to bring flavorful food to First that everyone feels comfortable with.

Fresh chewy pretzel twists with three mustard variations—and that’s just the bread offering.

Lollipop buffalo wings, meatballs with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh garlic bread, and a tasty falafel chopped salad served in an iceberg lettuce cup can either be eaten with a fork or picked up with your hands. The Mediterranean flavors of the falafel and cool, crisp lettuce is the perfect way to start your meal.

Not to be outdone, the drink menu at First is fun and flirty, with items like the cotton candy kiss, a smooth blend of Grey Goose and elderflower, aromatic vanilla, fruit juices and a crushed Life Saver rim.

With a great space, DJ booth, beautiful view of the Strip, scrumptious eats, and convenient location around the corner from Barney’s, the schedule for my visit that day went as follows: Eat First, shop second.



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