By: Bob Gourley
A lot of folks love breakfast anytime of the day. And that is one of the main draws at The Pantry inside the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
In fact, the menu is laden with so many choices you could visit several times a day and not order everything. This is an open and cheery place with a dining area that is awash in white and earth tones plus a bar area for a casual cocktail before seeing one of the shows like Terry Fator or Matt Goss. The emphasis is on American comfort food items made from the freshest ingredients available.
Meat and non-meat lovers will be pleased. Corned Beef Hash is made with poached eggs, slow-cooked meat and grain mustard Hollandaise. But if you want it sans meat order the Garden Vegetable Hash with basil-nut free pesto and poached eggs. A traditional Eggs Benedict is a collection of poached eggs, sliced ham, arugula and Hollandaise sitting on top of an English muffin.
Chicken and Waffles are showing up on a lot of menus and the Pantry version includes Texas Pete fried meat and a fluffy buttermilk vanilla waffle. Individual baked goods are creative like bagel and cream cheese you can get plain or loaded. Muffins come with blueberries or bananas and a chocolate croissant will put a smile on your face.
Even though the fare is heavy with breakfast options they also employ a selection of all-day entrees that will keep you coming back. The “Shareable” list includes Crispy Calamari with sesame-lime dipping sauce. Loaded Waffle Fries are topped with melted cheddar, bacon and sour cream.
Salad fans will like Farmer’s Greens, a fresh concoction of tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. The Arugula and Maytag Blue version is filled with sun-dried cranberries, fuji apple, toasted pecans and maple-sherry dressing.
Of course, you will find a bounty of burgers and sandwiches. The Backyard Burger has caramelized onion, tomato, greens and cheddar on a potato bun. The slow-smoked pork sliders are legendary with bourbon BBQ sauce, coleslaw and a butter bun.
If you are really hungry ponder the Grilled Shrimp Penne made with prosciutto, roasted garlic alfredo, pesto, mushrooms and roasted peppers. The spaghetti entrée is enhanced with jumbo meatballs drenched in marinara and parmesan. Fish and chips are constructed with beer-battered Haddock and crispy wedge-cut fries.
Desserts are served any time and you will want to have at least one of them. I’m not sure who Everett is but he makes a mean bread pudding that features Grand Marnier crème anglaise and dark rum caramel sauce. The Hot Iron Cookie Skillet is another good way to end the meal.
The Strip is loaded with very expensive restaurants that don’t always deliver. The Pantry offers a nice list of breakfast and lunch/dinner items that will not only fill you up but won’t harm your wallet either. And it isn’t bad to be able to get some scrambled eggs late at night.
The Pantry, Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas. (800) 374-9000. www.mirage.com.