Food Scene Update: Las Vegas and Orlando

Some destinations are celebrated for their vibrant foodie scenes. Others are loved because they’re great vacation spots for couples, families and friends. Here’s the good news: You can have it all.


Image courtesy of Fleur

Amid the Glittering Lights of Vegas
On any Top 20 list of U.S. vacation destinations is Las Vegas, and a gaze into the American West reveals another exciting foray into food adventures. Some of the best international restaurants in the country are here.

Fleur by Hubert Keller, located at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, is hailed as a safari for the senses. Guests can travel the world through a variety of small plates and tapas, and the menu is constantly changing. Mr. Chow at Caesar’s Palace is renowned for its hand-pulled noodles and famous green prawn dishes. China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas boasts Chef Jose Andres’ inventive Chinese-Mexican fusion cuisine, and guests will savor all things Mediterranean at Lago by Julian Serrano, an elegant eatery overlooking the legendary Fountains of Bellagio.

Head for Disney Springs
Not only has Downtown Disney officially changed its name to Disney Springs, it’s providing some of the hottest international dining experiences in the East. Consider Morimoto, which opened its doors last fall.

Here, “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto prepares a wide variety of Pan-Asian dishes, from world-class sushi to savory noodle bowls. Chef Morimoto is considered to be one of the most inventive forces in Asian cuisine, and his creative take on Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Malay dishes ensures guests will experience an unforgettable culinary tour of the Far East. Don’t forget to try the Morimoto Signature Aged Sake, the calamari salad or the Oreo Tempura dessert.

Chef Rick Bayless is joining the impressive collection of James Beard Award-winning chefs at Disney Springs as well. He’ll showcase his signature gourmet Mexican cuisine at Frontera Fresco. This will be the place to go for hand-crafted tortas, tacos, guacamole and Mexican braised meat entrees.

Disney also is celebrating local food traditions through Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine, which opens this summer. Chef Art Smith, who was born and raised along the Florida-Georgia border, will share the Sunshine State’s bounty through his own farm-to-table cuisine.

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Heather Steinberger

Heather Steinberger is a Contributing Writer for Here & Beyond, where she writes feature stories, interviews experts for in-depth Q&As and insider articles, and covers a variety of news items and vacation trends. Heather holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she has been a professional magazine editor/writer for nearly 20 years, with articles appearing in nationally circulated titles such as Backpacker, Boating, Cabo Living, Islands, Sailing and Sport Diver. Her work has taken her from the United Kingdom and Germany, to the Mexican Caribbean and the Sea of Cortez, to Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga.