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Las Vegas Restaurants Simple Menus with Amazing Dishes

Las Vegas has a large culinary scene with many restaurants bringing different flavors and cultures from all over the world.

The restaurants my friend and I dined in during our recent trip all had simple small menus. Now for some that could cause a few head scratches, are the dishes amazing or will they not live up to our taste buds expectations with such limited options?

Casa Calavera, a Mexican eatery that labels itself as traditional with an energetic twist to the atmosphere was our first stop.

For our drinks, we chose the Grande Sunset Margarita. It was refreshing, the blend of agave sour, Don Fulano Reposado, Cointreau, and strawberries was perfect. For some margaritas served on the rocks, one component can overshadow the other but this wasn't the case for this particular drink.

The guacamole & salsa served with chips was a fantastic appetizer. The presentation of the guacamole was a visual piece of art garnished with tomatillo, cilantro and slices of radish. The taste of both was fresh and superb, the thick robust flavor and consistency of the salsa was one of the best I've ever eaten.

Carne Asada tacos with a side of rice and beans served as our entrée. The adobo marinated steak with cilantro, greens, Oaxaca cheese and onion continued the theme of freshness from the restaurant. The steak was the star of the dish and Casa Calvera is a place I would recommend for anyone looking for bold flavors with a cool feel while on vacation whether you're with a group of friends or on a date.

We chose Chica Las Vegas located inside the Venetian Resort for brunch the next day. Latin American cuisine brought to the Las Vegas strip by Chef Lorena Garcia of Bravo's Top Chef Masters fame. Walking in and looking at the design and décor, you could see the inspiration and influences from her culture. Another very simple menu and after enjoying the food from the previous day. I was looking forward to eating here.

I ordered the Chica burger, a half pound blend beef burger topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato and pepper jack cheese served on a brioche bun with a side of Chica fries. The burger was delicious, a perfect char grilled taste on the outside with juicy flavors sealed on the inside. Every bite was joyous and the fresh vegetables paired well with the beef. The fries were thick cut and complemented the burger.

I promised myself I would save room for dessert. While looking at the menu, I spotted the Bunelo Donuts served hot with dulce de leche & raspberry sauce. Once they arrived at the table, another surprise was the presentation, the sauces were not served in ramekins on the side but displayed around the donuts. It was a vision of culinary art. The donuts themselves were the perfect sweet treat dusted with powdered sugar. I have a sweet tooth and love desserts, ordering the Bunelo Donuts is something I would definitely do again!

It's amazing what people can experience in Las Vegas and the different influences that continue to come to the city right in front of you at the dining table. This visit showed me simplistic menus came out on top.

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