Grand Lux Cafe, Las Vegas

In between the decadent buffets and the pasta filled with pork and foie gras of Las Vegas, my body sent out an SOS. It needed vegetables and it needed them fast. I didn’t want to waste a fantastic restaurant meal on just a salad, but I wanted to make sure that the food was at least tasty. I also needed it to be nearby The Venetian’s casino where I was playing, and preferably somewhere that wouldn’t make my credit card scream in angst.

Grand Lux Cafe fit the bill.

This somewhat upscale cousin to The Cheesecake Factory is enormous, open 24 hours a day, and has many offerings. It features lots of the same entrees as The Cheesecake Factory in its bible-legnth menu, as well as a plethora of other items. Whether you feel like Asian tuna, hot wings, a burger, or pasta in Sunday gravy, The Grand Lux offers it, at a reasonable price point. It is ideal for large group of people because literally everyone can get something (s)he feels like. You can go in an evening gown at 10 AM or jeans at 8 pm and feel equally at home.

Though you could easily order a 3 course meal here, this wasn’t the point of my visit. This was my detox meal.

Chopped Salad  with Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Tomato, Maytag Blue Cheese, Avocado, Egg and Greens Tossed in Our Vinaigrette

Yes, my detox meal included blue cheese and avocado. But I left off the bacon…you know, to be healthy.

This is just a damned good salad. Crisp lettuce, creamy avocado, and sweet tomatoes. The chicken is juicy and still warm from the grill and the vinaigrette is tart and light. The final touch is the blue cheese, pungent and rich. It is basically a chopped Cobb Salad, and incredibly satisfying. Of course, if you don’t feel like that you could always order the:

BBQ Chicken Pizza and Salad Lunch Special

Or the:

Salmon Three Ways – Fresh Salmon Prepared in Three Styles; Soy Glazed with Shiitake Mushrooms, Horseradish Crusted with Asparagus and Almond Ginger with Green Beans and Beurre Blanc

Whatever you order here, the food will come quickly and in huge portions. An entrée can easily be split between two people, and if you have room for it, a slice of cheesecake is a delicious dessert.

Or, of course, it’s a great place for a detox meal featuring avocado and full fat cheese. 

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  1. Back in 2005 I spent an entire day walking around the strip and by dinner time I wanted a big meal. So my friend and I popped into Grand Lux. It was pretty good, I definitely preferred it to Cheesecake. But my camera back then was terrible – it wouldn’t focus in low light and the flash obscured everything. So my pics were ruined.