Going out to eat on the Strip as a family can be a little nerve-wracking. This is Las Vegas after all. Just to get to the restaurant, you have to ask your kid to hide their eyes while the billboard truck advertising all sorts of inappropriate activity drives by. Then there’s the walk through the casino to the restaurant during which you need to remind your child that no, those aren’t video games for kids. After you’ve made it that far, you still have to fend off skeptical glances from other diners who assume you’re from out-of-town and wonder why on earth you’ve brought your child to Sin City.
But this cloud does have a silver lining. Las Vegas is a fabulous culinary city with endless foodie-approved options. And many of those options are appropriate for families.
Last weekend, we tried Spago for the first time. Not sure what to expect in terms of kid-friendliness, we opted to go to lunch instead of dinner. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our food. Here are five reasons why we’ll be going back:
1. Kids menu: Spago does have a kids menu, and they offer crayons and a coloring page for their younger guests. Our table was also covered in white paper, which made an awesome canvas for five-year-old E. to decorate while we waited for our food.
2. Ice cream sundae: Speaking of the kids menu, I was impressed by the kids ice cream sundae. The vanilla ice cream was surprisingly good, and I could tell that the chocolate sauce was the real-deal, not something that came out of a plastic bottle. I love it when restaurant don’t short-change kids. They deserve the same high-quality ingredients that the grown-ups get to enjoy!
3. “Outdoor” seating: Spago is located inside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Although the restaurant is fully-enclosed, the mall area does have a “sky” and many interesting fountains. At Spago, you can sit in the dining room, or you can opt for the cafe area that is closer to the pedestrian thoroughfare that runs through the shopping area. From our seat, we could do some serious people-watching and we had a great view of the huge Trevi Fountain. It was also a great place to sit since there is more background noise in this part of the restaurant, so I didn’t have to remind E. a thousand times to please use her inside voice.
4. Good food for the grown-ups: My husband and I ordered pizza, and it was great! The prosciutto pizza was topped with mission figs, micro arugula, and aged balsamic. I loved the sweetness provided by the figs. And of course, you can never go wrong with prosciutto! The baby arugala provided just a little bitterness and texture. It was a great pizza, and I would definitely order it again.
5. Convenient location: Those of you who have been to Las Vegas know that the walk from the parking garage to your destination of choice can be rather long with a child. The labyrinthine design of many casinos can be difficult to navigate sometimes. However, the Forum Shops are located a short walk from the parking garage, and you won’t have much trouble spotting Spago once you’ve entered the Ancient Roman-themed shopping area. This is also a great jumping-off point for further exploring on the Strip if you chose to do something after your meal.
For another restaurant option in the Forum Shops, read this post from RockStarMom Las Vegas: Max Brenner | Food.