It’s date night! We visited Las Vegas restaurant, Crossroads at House of Blues inside of the Mandalay Bay on the Vegas strip. Here’s what we ordered, our experience, and thoughts on the overall experience.
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As part of my gig as a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew, I’ve been enjoying trying out new restaurants — some of which have surprised me. Crossroads at House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay is exactly that.
On a previous visit to the Mandalay Bay, David and I spotted Crossroads and thought it looked like a fun place to eat at. It is a casual restaurant with lots of funky and artistic eye candy. There’s music playing (it’s also connected to the concert hall) and there is plenty of musical memorabilia to check out.
Outside of the restaurant, there is these really cool benches that are covered in old license plates and bottle caps – I love stuff like this.
When I looked over the menu for Crossroads, I was excited to see that one of my favorite celebrity chefs, Aaron Sanchez, had created their new menu. See, a few years ago, Aaron Sanchez cooked for me and ever since, I’ve been a fan. Oh, and by cooked for me, I mean, I had a dream where he was cooking for me. Sorta counts, right? ha…David says it does not count. LOL
While the new menu at Crossroads sounded great, we really didn’t expect to like it as much as we did. We expect a restaurant with average food, but we got was so much.
For our date night, we purchased a $50 Restaurant.com gift certificate (which only cost us $20). The only condition of the certificate is that we had to spend $100, which meant that this a night to splurge!
We started out by ordering two cocktails. David loves getting souvenir glasses and Crossroads offered some great drinks in take-home glasses. He chose the 21 oz. celebration glass with their Southern Hospitality cocktail, which is made with Southern Comfort, Bacardi Rum, Grenadine, Orange and Pineapple Juices. I went for the 20 oz. Pilsner with a Southern Belle, that was made with Maker’s Mark, Monin Peach, Orange and Pineapple Juices. Both were excellent, although I probably should have chosen one without so much peach — I’m just not big on peach flavors.
For an appetizer, we chose one of their vegetarian options: marinated portabello mushroom sliders. The portabello mushrooms were topped with smoked Gouda cheese, roma tomato and field greens and served on a brioche bun. These were a total favorite of mine and I could have easily have had them for a meal. They were also served with some spicy pickles that I devoured….ha, poor David, he didn’t get very many of them.
When we dine out, David and I love having salad before our main course. We choose the House of Blues Salad — it included fresh field greens, red and yellow tomatoes, spicy pecans and crumbled Feta cheese drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Oh my…it was so good.
For our main courses, we went for meat! David chose the 12 oz New York Strip steak. He asked for it to be cooked medium and he said it was perfectly seasoned and cooked. He raved about the bourbon onions that were served with it. It also came with fresh vegetables and Red Rose garlic mashed potatoes, which he also enjoyed.
I’m a meatloaf fan, so I decided to go with the Applewood Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. It was such a good choice for me – I loved every bite. It was topped with a delicious wild mushroom sauce and just like David’s steak, mine was served with fresh vegetables and Red Rose garlic mashed potatoes.
The night wasn’t going to be complete without dessert. We don’t order dessert very often when we eat out, but sometimes it’s fun to treat yourself. My favorite dessert is Key Lime Pie, so I went for that. The plate was drizzled with a fresh raspberry coulis and the pie was topped with whipped cream and raspberries.
David chose the three-layered chocolate cheesecake with berries and whipped cream. Both desserts were delicious — even the berries were just right.
When I dine out, it’s very important to me that we have good service. I’m so glad I get to share with you that the service was EXCELLENT. Our server was attentive, friendly, and extremely helpful with suggestions and questions. Towards the end of our meal, we chatted with him a bit about living in Las Vegas — it’s always fun to talk to people about what brought them to this area.
When we walked into Crossroads at House of Blues, we weren’t sure if they would be a repeat visit type of place for us. But when leaving, we knew we’d be back. I know a place is great when I find myself thinking about it well after the visit and that’s exactly what’s happened with Crossroads.
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