Consider the wine-centric Wally’s a Strip for locals

It doesn’t matter if you’re from Southern California or have never heard of Wally’s Wine & Spirits, the neighborhood liquor store-turned-epicurean destination complete with locations in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. It only takes one visit to these places, or to the Las Vegas Strip restaurant at Resorts World, to understand exactly what kind of place it is.

It’s a must-visit for oenophiles, of course, but it’s also a relaxing place with great food for less serious wine lovers. And once we get through these weird pandemic times and everyone becomes familiar with Resorts World’s vast dining offerings, our Vegas Wally’s should play a similar role to Wolfgang Puck’s Spago during his Forum Shops run at the Caesars Palace: A Strip restaurant loved by locals.

Wally claims there are over 8,000 labels of wine, spirits and beer at this upscale spot, and it really does feel that way when you’re sitting among racks of wine bottles. sharing bites of caviar, iberian ham, duck salami, 10-year-old Wisconsin cheddar and tangy taleggio. The cheese and charcuterie offering is extensive and all of Wally’s menu offerings, except for breakfast, are designed to pair with wine. But these dishes are delicious on their own.

A thick, juicy cheeseburger has always been one of my favorite pairings with a glass of red, and the Wally Burger ($34), available during brunch, lunch or dinner, is one of the best new burgers in the city. My beautifully charred patty was a perfect medium rare pink, topped with Old Amsterdam gouda cheese, caramelized tomatoes and onions, with fries that were perfect for the shotgun. A plate of nine-ounce New York steak fries ($56 brunch, $98 dinner) offers similar satisfaction, and other steak options have changed their menu since Wally opened in the summer. last. The horseradish-crusted king salmon ($44) and seared dive scallops ($45) are the seafood standouts.

If you’re a local giving Wally a shot, you probably think the entrees are a bit pricey. You might be right, but again, you don’t need to go big here. Save your wine budget and check out the addictive wood-oven Brie ($28) with truffle honey and baguette; the Truffle Caesar Salad ($29) with minced garlic croutons; and one of the flavor-packed pizzettas ($23 to $27) with seasonal toppings like roasted winter squash or porcini puree. It’s a grazing experience, folks. Get the Chorizo ​​Spicy Grilled Spanish Octopus ($30) and Moroccan Cauliflower ($26), spiced with ras el hanout and candied lemon, and taste slowly. To have a conversation. Take it easy. Have fun. That’s why they built this place.

WALLY’S Resorts World, 702-676-6966. Daily, 7am-4am

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