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Gettin’ All Crabby at LAKESIDE

Sometimes, being a Las Vegas food writer has its advantages.

Actually, being a Las Vegas food writer has many advantages….although like many in the profession, a bout of gout is always looming as a liability to go with all those assets.

Truth be told, ELV has never suffered from gout. Or, amazingly, from high blood pressure.

There’s probably a hundred things wrong with us, but we go about our eating business, hoping that watching our alcohol intake and jogging three miles a day* will keep things operating on an even keel for another fifteen years or so.

Of course, all of that may be whistling past the graveyard, but that’s our regimen and we’re sticking to it.

The payoff, of course, is invitations like the one we received for a “press-only” event at the Lakeside Grill at Wynn. A crab-fest of the first order presided over by Baltimore native and Executive Chef David Walzog.

To say this taste of B’awlmer had everything is an understatement. Steamed shrimp so large they looked like lobster tails. Luscious wagyu sliders, crabby crab cakes, and enough blue crabs to feed a small army…it was a crazy, messy feast of the first order. If memory serves, a lobster tail or two also showed up on our plate.

We ate so much delectable crab, we almost forgot we were 2,500 miles away from their native habit.

About the only thing this feast lacked was a case of Natty Boh:

…but since it’s no longer “brewed on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay,” such an oversight is forgivable.

And that was more than made up for with a panoply of in-house desserts and a box of Berger’s. For those of you unschooled in this Maryland specialty, Berger’s are like little black and white cookies, only thicker, richer, cake-i-er and more densely coated with chocolate. Walzog told us he had them flown in specially for the occasion, and insisted they be the freshest possible…and they tasted like it.

Watching great chefs cook the foods they love, and that got them passionate about foodin their youth, is a treat, and not necessarily something only food writers get to experience.

Just go to Lakeside Grill** and ask for the crabs.

LAKESIDE

In the Wynn Hotel and Casino

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702.770.3310

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* ELV runs 3+ miles a day, but unfortunately, he eats more than four.

** We were just informed that the “Grill” portion of the name has been dropped. Usually, we disdain such nomenclature gimmickry, but in this case it probably makes sense, and gives a better sense of the restaurant.

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2 Responses to Gettin’ All Crabby at LAKESIDE

  • Careful John, you’re coming dangerously close to saying something good about dining at Wynn/Encore! I’m pretty sure that’s a sign of the apocalypse!

  • I miss Philippe (Rispoli)

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