The cheese stands alone in Vegas






By Nikki Neu

Those who know me, know my love of cheese. It’s no secret—when something cheesy is on the menu, I order it. A cheese plate, fried cheese, cheese fondue, macaroni and cheese—If it’s in the kitchen, I want it on my table. In Vegas, there are some, eh-em, very cheesy dishes.

Cheese dates as far back as 6000 B.C., serving as a preservation technique for goat and cow’s milk. Today, we no longer need to preserve milk, but we do it anyway—mainly because it’s delicious. In Vegas, some of the best uses of cheese just come in the form of cheese plates from culinary greats like Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy and Pierre Gagnaire.

From fondue for two to cheesecake on your plate, these are Vegas’ most exciting uses of cheese.

Ricotta lemon cheese cake

Light, fluffy and tangy aren’t really words to describe traditional New York cheesecake. But at Bacio, the ricotta lemon cheesecake is just that—fluffy and full of flavor.

Grilled cheese and tomato fondue at Nobhill Tavern.

Garlic bread grilled cheese and tomato fondue at Nobhill Tavern.

What makes it extra special? It’s a slight citrus-y lemon flavor that gives it a zesty, fresh flavor.

Available at Bacio by Carla Pellegrino in the Tropicana.

Garlic bread grilled cheese and tomato fondue

This perfectly-crafted grilled cheese sandwich isn’t your ordinary grilled cheese–it’s garlic bread grilled cheese. The crunchy sandwich is cut into cubes and comes with tomato fondue for dipping. It’s simple, comforting and perfect for the winter months. Most importantly, they’re not stingy with the cheese.

Available at Nobhill Tavern in MGM Grand.

Three cheeses

Sitting in St. Mark’s Square in the Venetian is always an experience. A painted sky scene above you, architectural details from Venice around you, an occasional operatic singer strolling by—The only thing you’re missing might be a glass of wine and a bite of cheese.

At Enoteca Otto, a casual-dining pizzeria and Italian eatery by Mario Batali, there is a large cheese selection from Italy.

With a very extensive cheese selection,

Available at Enoteca Otto in the Venetian.

Blue cheese truffle potato chips

As the saying goes with potato chips, you can never eat just one. But in Vegas, you have to spice it up a

The cheese presentation shown with fresh bread and wine at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro.

The cheese presentation shown with fresh bread and wine at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro.

little. Add truffle to those potato chips and top with a special Maytag blue cheese sauce that is absolute perfection. The creamy sauce is drizzled over the housemade potato chips and is finished with chunks of blue cheese on top.

Available at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in MGM Grand.

Fondue for two

Morels offers more than 30 different types of cheese. Epoisse, French brie and Humbolt Fog are just some of the gourmet cheese choices you have to choose from.

However, if you want an extra special treat, traditional fondue. Gorgeous Ementhaler and Gruyere cheese, melted and served with French baguette, perfect for sharing on a winter day.

Available at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro in the Palazzo.

Kefalograviera cheese

The Milos special is a combination of thick tzatziki sauce, paper-thin eggplant and zucchini and—you guessed it—cheese. Deep fried Kefalograviera cheese, that is. Tender cubes of perfectly crisp on the outside and melty on the inside, it’s one of my pics as the best use of cheese in town.

Available at Estiatorio Milos in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.