What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, especially if you’re a blogger. And, if you’re a gluten free, paleo blogger, you spill the beans on all the great spots to eat.
Although I knew I would be able to find food to eat during my recent vacation to Las Vegas and La Quinta, California, I didn’t realize what a huge selection I would be able to choose from. To say that Las Vegas is gluten free and paleo friendly is an understatement. For me, it was a wonderland. I wish every city was so accommodating.
Our first night there, we sauntered into Holsteins, in The Cosmopolitan, where we were staying. They serve up amazing gourmet burgers. I ordered my mushroom burger, wrapped in lettuce. At that point, my server informed me they had homemade gluten free buns. Since I had decided to do this trip gluten free, and not necessarily paleo, I went with the gluten free bun. I am so glad I did! Typically, I have a love/hate relationship with gluten free bread. I love the idea of it. I hate the taste and consistency. Usually, I end up taking the bun off, and just eating the meat and toppings. Not this time. I ate the whole thing! Since I had prepped my system by doing strict AIP before my trip, I also ordered a lovely cocktail with tequila, jalapenos, and cucumber water. It was spectacular!
Surprisingly, I was really hungry the next morning. I love a good buffet, mainly because I can typically find at least a few foods to eat. Wicked Spoon, the buffet at The Cosmopolitan, was the easy choice. I had my pick of clearly marked gluten free dishes. Had I wanted to eat AIP or paleo, I could have easily done so. But, a visit to the gluten free dessert section did me in. I had my fill of healthy, fresh veggies, meats, and seafood. Then, I polished off a vegan mango coconut milk dessert and half of a gluten free chocolate cupcake.
After a 5 hour walk (no kidding) around Vegas, and a few hours at the slot machines, we wandered up to our room to get ready for dinner. Being that we were exhausted, we opted to have room service deliver our dinner. I ordered half a brick cooked chicken, roasted potato slices, asparagus, and carrots. I also had them bring me a pot of hot water, to make a cup of my herbal tea, which I had packed. Our dinner was brought up, complete with a table and everything we could have possibly asked for. We felt like a king and a queen. The food was absolutely delicious, to boot. When we were done, I called down to have them take it all away. They came in, cleaned it all up, folded up the table, and took it all away. Beautiful!
Our next day was spent mainly by the pool. I had a couple of tequila berry infused cocktails. Yum! We also enjoyed lunch poolside. I had shrimp ceviche, which was amazing. For dinner, we went back to Wicked Spoon for the dinner buffet. I told y’all, I love a good buffet. This time, I stuck to an AIP paleo meal. I figured after the drinks poolside, I should be a bit more strict with my eating that day. I filled up on kale salad, roasted pork belly, roast beef, lamb, cauliflower, and beet salad. No dessert for me that night.
The next morning, we were leaving on a four hour drive, through the desert, to La Quinta, California. Before heading out on our journey, we headed to breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Las Vegas. I had researched gluten free restaurants in Las Vegas, and Mon Ami Gabi had been listed on every site I researched. I ordered the gluten free Eggs Benedict. The food, the atmosphere, everything was on point at Mon Ami Gabi. There were also several menu choices for those of you looking for paleo meals.
We arrived in La Quinta Resort & Club in California around 5:30 that afternoon. Our suite was fantastic! We had a beautiful view of the mountains, and a private balcony and pool. It was truly breathtaking! Of course, all that driving (actually riding along, not driving), had made me hungry. My first restaurant choice was Morgan’s In The Desert, a farm to table eatery, located in the resort. I was treated to a delectable meal of beet soup and slow braised Angus short ribs. The entire menu is gluten free, and many of the dishes are paleo-friendly. I was actually told by our server that the chef, Jimmy Schmidt, who has won three James Beard awards, hates gluten. Top notch dining!
The next morning found us eating breakfast at Twenty6 Restaurant, inside of the La Quinta Resort. They offered a buffet; so, I was pretty stoked. I believe I filled my plate three times! There was everything from an omelet station to house-made yogurt and gluten free granola. Everything was locally sourced and fresh. Thumbs up!
Dinner that night and breakfast the next morning were supplied by the resort, for the function we were attending. I had ordered the gluten free salmon dinner, and organic eggs, bacon, and fruit for breakfast.
After breakfast, my hubby and I headed back to Las Vegas, for one more day of debauchery. We reached Vegas around two in the afternoon. Feeling like it was time for a snack, we headed to Caesar’s Palace, for some gluten free gelato. It had been years since I enjoyed gelato; so, needless to say, I totally savored it. Once I had had my gelato fix, we walked around, shopped a bit, and headed back to The Cosmopolitan. At our hotel, we wandered into The Henry, mainly because of their TVs, for dinner. We wanted to watch the presidential debate while we ate. Luckily, we ate at the bar, where I could drink while watching it. I had the bartender fix me up a drink I created which is a shot of Patron, San Pellegrino, a splash of pineapple juice, and a squeeze of lime. Then I ordered the best gluten free reuben I’ve ever had, on the BEST gluten free bread I’ve ever had. If you’re a reuben lover, like me, you have got to go to The Henry.
At midnight, we jumped on the redeye, and flew home.
I think the most surprising thing to me, was the fact that I didn’t get sick the entire time I was on vacation. I’m not sure if I’ve just healed to the point where I can be more open with my diet, or if the food was just of the highest quality and care in preparation. Typically, if even a bit of gluten or soy get into my body, I suffer from horrible IBD symptoms. It’s amazing to me that even though I ate at buffets, where you’d think cross-contamination would be a given, I never felt sick at all. That tells me they are either really careful, or I was really lucky. Since I didn’t win big at the slots, I don’t think it was me being lucky.
All in all, I’d have to say this was a fantastic vacation. I highly suggest staying at The Cosmopolitan, unless you have kids with you. It’s not really a place for little ones. You’ll see what I mean if you stay there. It’s a beautiful hotel, with amazing restaurants and bars. Obviously, I also suggest all of the restaurants I listed. And, if you’re headed out to La Quinta or Palm Springs, I think you’ll love staying at the La Quinta Resort & Club. It’s a great place to stay if you’re going to Coachella, too.
Now you know where to stay and eat in Las Vegas, when you’re gluten free or paleo. It’s time to start planning your vacation!
As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!