Discovering new flavors and cultural cuisines does not always mean one must travel halfway around the world. Arizona's convenient location in the Southwest creates endless possibilities for quick weekend getaways to a number of other cities.
Las Vegas, Nevada stands out among the rest as the ultimate destination for foodies in search of new experiences. Traditionally known only for its gambling resorts and flashy shows, this oasis in the desert has quickly become a major culinary hub that is attracting some of the top chefs in the country. Only a one hour trip by plane or five hour drive by car, Arizona food tourists can be on the strip in a flash and ready to have their taste buds dazzled.
In the category of Mexican cuisine, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar shines as an Editor's Choice hot spot. Located in the new The Linq shopping corridor, the two story restaurant boasts a high-energy fiesta atmosphere complete with DJ and an electric bull ride for the more adventurous. It also offers the only unobstructed view of the wondrous High Roller Observation Wheel, which towers over The Strip.
The unique interpretation of the restaurants Southwestern menu comes from the creative mind of executive chef Ernesto Zendejas. Trained at the prestigious L’Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, he uses his knowledge of cuisines throughout the world to craft dishes that break the status quo. Zendejas' expertise is apparent in every bite, combining unexpected flavors and textures to take the familiar to a whole new level.
Editor's Choice Menu Picks:
Chicharones (Pork Rinds) with Guacamole
While some may consider pork rinds to be a lowly snack associated with football, Chayo defies convention with this delectable appetizer. The airy, crispy nature of the pork rinds contains hints of smoky bacon and combines nicely with a handmade guacamole topped with pomegranate seeds. The salty, rich and sweet elements mix perfectly and demands attention.
Cilantro Cream Soup
This delicious dish epitomizes what a soup should be. The tang of the cilantro pairs well with the warm richness of the cream. A touch of heat from Serrano peppers and the crunch of toasted pine nuts create a well-balanced flavor profile.
Maine Lobster Tacos
Calling this dish mouthwatering does not do it justice. The beautiful flavor of warm lobster is enhanced by a spiced chipotle mayo and a pinch of cool, crisp vegetables. Seafood lovers are sure to find bliss in every bite.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar is located at 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (702) 691-3773. For full menu listings and hours, visit their website.
About the author:
Jeff Lewis is a travel and entertainment writer with more than 10 years of experience in the media industry. To receive updates on his latest articles or to recommend a venue for review, follow him on Twitter at @jeffandthe411.