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Munchbar

Caesars Palace - 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
(702) 731-7731

Cuisine: American, Bar Food
Average cost: $15 or less
Payment types accepted: AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, DINERS, CASH
Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 a.m.

Reservations: Not Applicable

Munchbar Review:

Munch on this: It's 11:30 at night and you've been standing in line for Pure with five-inch Yves Saint Laurent platforms on for the past half hour when you get a waft of aromatic food coming from somewhere.

The origin of this aroma is Munchbar - and while you're tempted to wait it out to dance the night away at one of the hottest nightclubs in town, your stomach (and your feet) give in to a little comfort food.

Munchbar is not your average burger joint or late-night grub stop. First, the chef is Bryan Ogden - you know, son of Super Chef Bradley Ogden and former chef at his father's Las Vegas restaurant. Second, the restaurant serves familiar favorites: grilled cheese, burgers, Reuben sandwiches, chili - it's just done really well.

The restaurant is adjacent to Pure, making it perfect for late night munchies. During the day, the restaurant opens into the casino, perfect for people watching and the occasional hailing of Caesar walking by (minus the chariot.)

The food is well, not health food, but it's good. There are juicy burgers smothered with cheese and topped with onion straws. There are french fries with house-made ketchup or sweet potato fries with garlic aioli. There are grilled cheese bites with a tomato dipping sauce that just feeds the soul.

As a New Yorker, getting a Reuben sandwich right with me is tricky. It's not about the individual flavors, but rather the assemblage of the ingredients. Munchbar trades the rye bread for a rye wrap and turns the Reuben wrap into one of my new favorites. The flavors are well balanced - sauerkraut, pastrami, Gruyere (not Swiss) cheese and Russian dressing, and the overall texture of the wrap is near perfection. It's the ultimate comfort food.

The chili with a spicy sour cream is the perfect consistency and would be in good shape if ever entered into a contest.

For dessert, you have to try the s'mores sundae, made with soft serve vanilla and chocolate ice cream, toasted marshmallows, hot fudge and cookie bits topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Munchbar is a casual snack bar, but the food is great, the vibe is fun (note flat-screen televisions and cartoonish wall murals.)

Most importantly, the restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining - anytime you want to munch.

-- Review by Nikki Neu


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