This past week we enjoyed a few days in Las Vegas, Nevada, somewhere I’d never managed to visit before. I’m not a gambler, but I was excited to go primarily because I’d heard about how friendly the city of Las Vegas has become to vegans in recent years.
We decided to stay at the Encore hotel located on the Strip. Owned by Steve Wynn who went vegan in 2010, he has since introduced vegan options to all of his restaurants in his Wynn and Encore resorts. I’m not sure where else in the world you can have such a vegan-friendly getaway, so I was super excited! We decided to take advantage of as many options as we could in this long weekend.
One noteworthy aspect of our flight to Las Vegas was that illusionists Penn and Teller were seated two rows behind us! They seemed very personable, chatting with other passengers. I later gleaned from billboards all over Las Vegas that they have a long-running show at the Rio Hotel & Casino.
We were a bit jet lagged on arrival but spent time walking around the Wynn and Encore hotels looking at all of the dining options. We ultimately ordered room service as we were fading, and I enjoyed the Country Club Gardein “Steak” Salad with arugula, grape tomatoes, warm fingerling potatoes, crispy onions, vegan “blue cheese” dressing and topped with Gardein steak. Delicious! Gardein products are featured on a lot of the Wynn and Encore restaurant menus and I love that so many people who perhaps haven’t heard of these delicious meat substitutes before are being exposed to them here.
Even the to-go areas of the hotel offered vegan options. We visited the Lobby Bar and Cafe several times and it was no problem getting soy milk for coffee and tea, as well as a vegan chocolate chip muffin. I usually steer clear of muffins, but felt it was necessary for research purposes. It was fantastic!