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May 2023

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Teng (dim sum and more), and Kuru Kuru Pa Yakitori (owned by world-famous DJ Steve Aoki and brother/restaurateur Kevin Aoki; their father founded the Benihana chain). Worth mentioning: Randy's Donuts and an egg-centric Sun's Out Buns Out franchise share space in the hallway between the Conrad lobby and the gaming floor. Venturing out of my comfort zone, I sit at the bar for dinner at Crossroads Kitchen. e food here is 100 percent plant-based. It's billed as "an intersection where vegans, flexitarians, omnivores, and meat eaters can cross paths." e bartenders are excellent about explaining to me (a meat eater) what's going on with the menu. e Baked Mushroom Scallops (Rockefeller-style) and the Eggplant Short Rib (with whipped potatoes and foraged mushrooms) are delicious, satisfying, and healthy replicas of traditional non-plant dishes. Finishing a Bombay Sapphire martini (with vegan cheese-stuffed olives) at the bar, I'm hit by another moment of reflection. Ever notice how background music is more poignant when you're in a Vegas setting? Ordinarily, "Seven Bridges Road" by the Eagles doesn't make me long to be young and lean again. Tonight, it does. Hilton hotel (1,774 rooms), a high-end Conrad (1,496 rooms), and a 236-room ultra-elite Crockfords. ere are separate lobby entrances for each, and all have equal access to the resort campus' gaming floor, restaurants, and shopping. Crockfords has a VIP pool and extensive concierge- plus services. My Hilton and Conrad rooms are fairly similar. Both are contemporary, with pristine white decor highlighted by red-splashed tables and chairs. I don't get a taste of the Crockfords experience. I only glimpse the complimentary Rolls- Royce inside the gated entrance, and hear tales of the 10,000-square- foot "Palaces," luxury suites reserved for international dignitaries, celebs, and sports stars. It would require a Celine Dion- sized bankroll to dine your way through all of Resorts World's restaurant offerings. Signature eateries include modern steakhouse Carversteak, fine dining venue Caviar Bar, Chinese cuisine at Genting Palace, the gourmet Wally's Wine & Spirits, and Italian fare at Brezza. I salivate during each stroll through Famous Foods Street Eats. Take your pick from Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling, Harajuku Ramen, Geylang Claypot Rice, Fuhu Cha Chaan CROSSROADS: PHOTO BY RON DONOHO FAMOUS FOODS STREET EATS: COURTESY OF RESORTS INTERNATIONAL Famous Foods Street Eats Crossroads Kitchen's Eggplant Short Rib paired with the Bombay Sapphire martini >> @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE MAY 2023 65

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