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Society Cafe – Back Again!

December 19, 2013

In August of 2012 I wrote a blog post about The Society Café, an eatery located at the Encore Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  At the time, my husband and I had gone to Las Vegas for a weekend trip as we had gotten a terrific offer to stay at the Encore.  We loved the hotel, and one of the most memorable things we ate on that trip was our meal at The Society Café.  Fast forward a year and my husband receives an email from the Wynn Resort (owners of the Encore) inviting us to stay at the hotel free of charge for 2 nights.  Are you kidding me?!?!?  How can you pass up a deal like that?   Not us.  So, even though we had just taken 2 weeks of vacation to go on our wonderful journey through SouthEast Asia, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to Las Vegas for a long weekend just a couple of weeks after we returned from Asia.

Our weekend trip to Vegas this time was more about relaxation and having a getaway rather than being so much about eating good food – though there would be plenty of that.  So, instead of searching out some fancy new place to try for lunch on the day we arrived, we decided to go back to the familiar and go back to The Society Café again for a nice leisurely lunch.

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My husband and I love the homemade, fresh-out-of-the-oven soft pretzel sticks and whole grain mustard-butter spread they give each table.  Most restaurants give you bread and butter, at The Society Café you get soft pretzels and mustard-butter.  I’m not the biggest fan of mustard, but this whole grain mustard-butter spread is creamy and a bit tangy and actually pairs really nicely with the soft pretzel.  Hot and fresh from the oven, these pretzel sticks with a bit of salt on them are absolutely magnificent.  My husband and I couldn’t help it, we finished the whole thing.

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Since this was a late-lunch meal, we didn’t want to overdo it with the food.  But, my husband is absolutely in love with truffle oil, and anything that has truffle oil on it, so we couldn’t help but order a little plate of the mac ‘n cheese “bites” with truffle dipping sauce.  The mac ‘n cheese bites are perfectly prepared.  Breaded and crispy and golden brown on the outside and hot and melty with cheese and noodles on the inside.  But the truffle dipping sauce makes the dish.  One dip of the bites into the sauce and into your mouth and there’s such an explosion of flavor and texture.  It’s almost the perfect bite of food!

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Going with the lite lunch theme, I decided that I’d order the steak house salad for lunch.  This salad was the perfect combination of a light lunch meal of a salad, but with a little something heavy to satiate your hungry with the steak.  The salad consists of warm strip steak (which I asked for medium rare), tomato, roasted corn, blue cheese, avocado emulsion, crispy onion and charred tomato vinaigrette.  The steak was perfectly cooked to my liking and there was so much of it, which was nice.  The tomatoes were actually slices of heirloom tomatoes bursting with flavor.  Add to that the avocado emulsion and the charred tomato vinaigrette, there was so much going on in this salad.  The crispy onions were a nice topping on the salad, and something different from the traditional croutons.  And the roasted corn added next texture, crunch and sweetness to the salad to cut through the acidity from the tomato and the vinaigrette.  This salad was perfect for a filling lunch meal.

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My husband opted to go with the blackjack burger for lunch.  The blackjack burger consists of a peppercorn rubbed, grilled pork belly, onion rings, cheddar cheese, pickles and special sauce along with a side of steak fries.  The burger was humongous!  But then again, how can a burger with patty, pork belly and onion rings not be huge.  I wasn’t quite sure how my husband was going to put all of it in his mouth!  But, I must say, he devoured the whole thing, so I assume that means it was pretty good.  Either that or he was just really hungry.  This burger was grand, luxurious and a bit over-the-top.  But that’s exactly what Society Café does so well.  Good comfort food, just kicked up a notch.

This meal at Society Café just reaffirmed how much my husband and I love Society Café.  It’s good for a late lunch or a filling dinner.  Next time we’re in time, we’ll have to try their breakfast and see if that’s a winner as well.  Though, I’d go out on a limb and say it’s probably pretty darn good!  I would never hesitate to stop by Society Café any time of the day or night to grab a bite to eat.  The interior design of the restaurant is swank and sleek and harkens back to the glorious society days of big money, and the food is familiar, delicious and absolutely perfect.

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