I had snacks and drinks at José Andrés’ Bazaar Meats at SLS Las Vegas last week. There’s no way esports fans could afford those prices. I think two fancy and tasty sloppy joe’s the size of two fingers cost $12. That’s $6 for three bites of food – not a meal.
His food is fantastic but I’m curious to see how they can make José Andrés’ food affordable to younger customers that are visiting a low roller casino.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (December 18, 2017) – ThinkFoodEntertainment, a division of chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, and Allied Esports, the world’s leading network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, will partner to develop the first esports-inspired food and beverage program. Esports Arena Las Vegas, the Strip’s first esports venue, will debut the one-of-a-kind menu when it opens at MGM Resorts International’s Luxor Hotel and Casino in early 2018.
Andrés and the ThinkFoodEntertainment team will create a unique and highly researched culinary program designed for gaming enthusiasts and visitors from around the world who will take part in the arena’s cutting-edge, interactive entertainment offerings. The menu will reflect innovative items catered to gamers, with portions crafted with efficiency in mind.
“Like the rest of Esports Arena Las Vegas, the food and beverage offering will be unlike anything seen across the industry, and José and his team are the perfect fit for that kind of culinary inspiration,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports International. “Whether you are a regular gamer or a first-time visitor, you will leave Esports Arena Las Vegas wanting more, and the unique food experience will be a major part of that sentiment.”
Andrés notes, “I happen to be an avid gamer myself, so I was excited to have the opportunity to create an experience for the esports guest – whether they are playing or just enjoying the show! My team and I are working to create a menu that is delicious, but also practical for the gaming environment. The development process has been a lot of fun as we determine what gamers will want to enjoy while playing!”
This partnership marks the fifth concept for Andrés in Las Vegas. His other restaurants include Jaleo Las Vegas, é by José Andrés, China Poblano and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Andrés also opened Fish by José Andrés at MGM National Harbor in December 2016.
Earlier this year, Allied Esports announced plans with Luxor for the creation of Esports Arena Las Vegas, which will be the flagship location of the company’s growing global network of esports properties spanning North America, Europe and China.
Allied Esports and Esports Arena are working with Luxor to transform the 30,000-square-foot space into a multi-level arena with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, and state-of-the-art streaming and television-quality production studios. The arena will provide a ready-to-go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high stakes match-ups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience.
There was a time in my life when I consumed hot dogs regularly. They were considered smart people food. My consumption of hot dogs has greatly decreased since moving to Las Vegas. A small part of the reason is that there are many other options.
The main reason that I rarely eat hot dogs in Las Vegas is that the quick bites aren’t the snappy Sabrett dirty water dogs I grew up with. The dirty water dogs in Las Vegas just aren’t the same. The fancy hot dogs are usually just a bit too fancy. Additionally, they often use those same type of hot dogs that I don’t like. Blah.
I recently took a shot in the dark and tried a couple of fancy hot dogs in a part of Las Vegas I’ve never been to. I visited Dirt Dog on Rainbow well south of anywhere I’ve been in Las Vegas. It’s clear that I don’t leave the Summerlin area enough when I’m not on the Strip or downtown Las Vegas.
I briefly mentioned this LA-based hot dog shop at Travel Vegas when writing about new restaurants at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. Since writing this article in June, I forgot that ALL OF THE HOT DOGS ARE WRAPPED IN BACON. The light bacon wrap actually provides the snap in the hot dog that the majority of hot dogs in Las Vegas are missing.
We split The House Dog (pictured above) with bacon thousand island and green chili spread and the Red Dog with spicy tomato chili and chipotle aioli. Next time I’ll order the latter without the overdose of onions. Both hot dogs were surprisingly really good!
I preferred The House Dog but I think that’s because the Red Dog had too many onions.
I liked the spice on the Red Dog and will probably try it again next time. Hot dogs were always a quick bite in between meals. I was very surprised when I realized that I stuffed for hours after essentially eating one hot dog.
I enjoyed myself at Dirt Dog and was happy to explore a new part of Las Vegas. The surprises continued when I couldn’t get the thought of the two hot dogs out of my head and mouth two days later. I’m not going to pay $6.25 for a hot dog often but these were so good that I’ll definitely return.
I’d love if they served half dogs. This would allow me to sample more creations without having to cut dogs in half to play sharesies.