Ten of our favorite dishes in Vegas

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We’ve scoured the city to find some of Vegas’ best dishes. We’ve found a quick lunch pizza and a high-end velvety soup — and everything in between — including a light, summery fish dish and a classic spaghetti.

Here are our picks for some of the best dishes in Vegas.

Escargot en croûte

Available at: The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Why we like it: Escargot, garlic and herb butter and puff pastry — need we say more? This delicious take on traditional escargot is almost a meal by itself. Tender escargot and mushrooms are cooked in garlic butter and put in a dish, covered with a dome of flaky puff pastry and served with an Asiago cheese crisp.

Cost: $12.

Spaghetti

Available at: Scarpetta in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Why we like it: By now, you might have heard of Scott Conant’s famous spaghetti at Scarpetta. The house-made pasta is simple, but doesn’t disappoint. The tomato sauce, made with fresh tomatoes, San Marazano tomatoes and basil keeps this dish light, fresh and crave-worthy.

John Dory at MiX is a great summer dish.

Cost: $24.

Artichoke and black truffle soup

Available at: Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace.

Why we like it: As one of Guy Savoy’s signature dishes, the artichoke and black truffle soup doesn’t disappoint. A smooth, light artichoke soup is topped with shaved black truffle and Reggiano Parmigiano cheese. The soup is served with a toasted mushroom brioche and black truffle butter.

Cost: $68 à la carte. (The soup can also be ordered as part of Guy Savoy’s tasting menus.)

John Dory “meuniere”

Available at: MiX in The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.

Why we like it: The ultimate summer dish, the John Dory at MiX offers a light, healthy but satisfying meal. A tender John Dory is cooked perfectly and served over thick-sliced heirloom tomato. The dish is then topped with tender baby fennel, a light brothy tomato sauce and stewed cherry heirloom tomatoes.

Cost: $38.

Milos special

Available at: Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Why we like it: The Milos special doesn’t have any outstanding ingredients, it’s just all about the preparation. Thin slices of zucchini and eggplant are lightly battered and fried crispy (not greasy) and served with a thick, housemade tzatziki sauce. Best of all, there are tender chunks of fried kefalograviera cheese on the platter as well.

Tofu salad at Raku.

Cost: $29.

Chocolate Soufflé crêpe

Available at: Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie

Why we like it: We like the chocolate soufflé crêpe for a few reasons. First, you get to try a delicious dessert at a reasonable price. Second, the soufflé crêpe is big enough to split if you’re getting it for dessert. Third, did we mention there’s chocolate involved? The crêpe starts with vanilla soufflé pastry cream in the middle and is topped with decadent chocolate sauce, powdered sugar and chocolate fudge brownie bits. It’s our only sweet that makes this list and is a truly sinful treat.

Cost: $9.95 vanilla

Tofu salad

Available at: Raku on Spring Mountain.

Why we like it: Every aspect of the tofu salad at Raku is elevated. The best way to describe it would be a twisted Caprese salad. Homemade tofu takes on the consistency of tender, soft mozzarella between slices of fresh tomato on a bed of seaweed. The best part is the crispy baby eel on top, which gives it a little crunch.

Cost: $7.

Truffle potato chips with Maytag blue cheese sauce

Available at: Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in MGM Grand.

Capricciosa pizza at Settebello.

Why we like it: Some people say the use of truffle oil should be banned from restaurant menus, citing that it’s an overused (and misused) ingredient. But if you like it (and we do,) you have to try the truffle potato chips at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. It’s the ultimate comfort food. The dish starts with crispy housemade potato chips. Add fragrant truffle oil, a creamy Maytag blue cheese sauce and blue cheese crumbles. Best of all, the appetizer is big enough to share, if you’re willing.

Cost: $11.

Capricciosa

Available at: Settebello in The District at Green Valley Ranch Resort.

Why we like it: We’ve had a lot of pizza, but our go-to for Neopolitan-style pie is the Capricciosa at Settebello. This chewy, thin crust pizza embodies the perfect balance of flavors: prosciutto cotto, crushed tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, olives, basil and artichoke hearts. It’s one of our favorites because it’s not too heavy (perfect for lunch) and the chewy dough is perfectly charred.

Cost: $13.

Foie Gras PB&J

Available at: Michael Mina in Bellagio.

Why we like it: Whenever you take two of our favorite things and put them together, it’s a good thing: Ice cream and cake, bread and butter, cheese and–anything. But when we read foie gras and peanut butter and jelly on the same line of the menu, we were skeptical. Once we tasted it, it was a different story. The foie gras peanut butter and jelly sandwich at Michael Mina is a delicious hors d’oeuvre, made with foie gras mousse prepared to a fluffy peanut butter-like consistency, huckleberry gelée and toasted brioche bread. It’s the perfect combination of comfort food taken to the next level and executed perfectly.

Cost: $18 (for an hors d’oeuvre platter, including steak tartare, smoked salmon and a crab BLT.)

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