Lipsmacking Foodie Tours Downtown Lip Smacking Tour
Carson Kitchen: Get Shorty – El Jimador Tequila, Grapefruit, Fresh Lime, Cayenne Simple Syrup
Carson Kitchen: Crispy Chicken Skins – Smoked Honey
Carson Kitchen: Devil’s Eggs – Crispy Pancetta, Caviar
Carson Kitchen: Roasted Young Beets – Pistachios, Orange, Goat Cheese
Carson Kitchen: Veal Meatballs – Sherry Foie Gras Cream, Peas
Therapy.: The SMASH – Four Roses Bourbon, Blackberries, Fresh Lime, Mint
Therapy.: Chicken Meatball – Jalapeno Cilantro Pesto, Shaved Parmesan
Therapy.: In the Gnudi – Baked Ricotta, Truffled Fig Jam, Roasted Almonds, Cranberry & Walnut Crostini
Therapy.: Devils on Horseback – Soft Truffled Goat Cheese & Almond Stuffed Dates, Bacon, Romesco
Therapy.: Chicken and Red Velvet Waffle Slider – Red Pepper Remoulade, Vanilla Maple Syrup
Inspire Theater: White Wine
7th & Carson: Carson Cooler – Absolut Elyx, Blood Orange, Thyme, Cucumber, Lemon, Honey
7th & Carson: Hearth Oven Bread + Dip 4 Ways – Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Roasted Red Pepper, Cucumber Yogurt
7th & Carson: Grilled Pear + Burrata – Arugula, Black Pepper Honey, Basil Pesto
7th & Carson: Legs + Eggs – Tempura Crab Leg, Caviar, Barrel Aged Ponzu, Togarashi
7th & Carson: B.L.T.A. Toast – Dried Parma Ham, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado
7th & Carson: Zeppole – Coffee Cream
7th & Carson: S’mores – Dark Chocolate, Bailey’s Irish Cream Marshmallows
Carson Kitchen: Bourbon Fudge Brownie – Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream
Carson Kitchen: Rhubarb Panna Cotta – Rhubarb Riesling Jam, Honey Almond Granola
Carson Kitchen: Glazed Donut Bread Pudding – Three Rum Caramel, Vanilla Crème Anglaise
Having partaken in the Savory Bites and Neon Lights Tour mid-2017 it was just over one year later that two guests joined Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Downtown, the developing scene slowly being discovered by locals as well as tourists highlighted over the course of approximately 3 hours and fifty Tony Hsieh references as the Las Vegas skies threatened rain.
Hosted this time by a young woman from Chicago rather than President Donald Contursi, neither her knowledge nor demeanor as conducive to the experience as she frequently complained about working too many straight days while attempting to name-drop “Foodie” credentials based on service jobs back home, it was immediately at 5:00pm that the tour began with the guide mocking guests trying to avoid falling drops, Matthew Harwell luckily coming to her rescue with a discussion of Carson Kitchen where first bites would be enjoyed.
Setting aside an expansive discussion of the Cuisine tasted at a Restaurant previously visited over a dozen times, the four Plates and a Cocktail fairly representative of Kerry Simon and Cory Harwell’s approach to comfortable Foods dressed to impress, it was with several guests taking a pass on Veal Meatballs for ‘ethical’ reasons that those happy to partake finished up before making way to the exit, the Chicken Skins undoubtedly a highlight and Caviar a novelty for most which spoke volumes about the group’s heterogeneity.
Walking a route intended to highlight several murals and spots of interest, The Laundry Room a previously unknown entity to someone unlikely to go out of their way for Cocktails alone, it was after a brief discussion of Fremont East that a party of eight entered Therapy., a spot whose business ‘ethics’ are a bit more questionable than the butchering of baby Cows sold based on their Travel Channel appearance, though the menu has apparently not changed much in the course of several head Chefs and remains highlighted by the decidedly delicious “In the Gnudi.”
Led next through Park on Fremont, the fact the décor rather than dishes are focused upon probably all one needs to know before considering sitting down, it was from here that Fremont Street’s Canopy was pointed out but oddly not explored, Inspire Theater instead the next Stop where guests are given a private tour of the 3rd Story Balcony and Tony’s personal Box while enjoying the choice of either a Moscow Mule served in plastic or Wine offered the same.
Regretfully passing Naked City Pizza at The El Cortez and Bronze Café at The Market despite both buildings being pointed out, a walk through Container Park next compromised by false claims that the area contains “good food” with specific reference to The (long-ago-renamed) Perch, it was inside Liam Dwyer and Chef Gregg Fortunato’s 7th & Carson that the Tour concluded, the signature Legs + Eggs faring better than prior and Gregg’s Hearth Oven Bread a standout regardless of which topping is placed atop it while two Desserts not commonly featured as part of the tour but given as a “VIP Bonus” showed great signs of progress in the 7th’s Pastry program…though it still wasn’t quite enough to prevent the truly gluttonous from returning to Carson Kitchen for a nightcap and more sweet stuff.
FOUR STARS: Featuring two less Restaurants than The Strip Tour and unfortunately marred by a guide “not my usual chipper self” Lipsmacking Foodie Tours Downtown Lip Smacking Tour nonetheless has a lot to offer those unfamiliar with the area along with several memorable bites, though rhetoric about places like Park on Fremont, Heart Attack Grill, Container Park dining and eat should be saved in favor of praise for the spots featured or newer downtown additions like Naked City, Bomb Tacos or The Kitchen at Atomic.
TIP: Offered for guests 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays at $125 per person with Cocktail Packages added extra.