It feels strange to not be writing about strippers after a week, particularly since I’m writing today about my reflections on spending a couple days in Las Vegas, but here goes. I’ve been following Shannon around all week. Sure, I’ve been bitching a lot, but I’ve had a good time. We’ve walked around the strip, drank at the Imperial Palace/Ceasars/NY,NY/and so on, gone to Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater, stopped at the pawn shop featured in Pawn Stars, gone to Minus 5 (the ice bar), and all sorts of other things. So, reflecting on this variety of experiences, what do I want to talk about? Chicken and waffles.
That’s right. Chicken and waffles. Shannon and I went to Bouchon at The Venetian for lunch. I’d heard it was really good, but had no idea what to try. The waiter was going through his schpiel, and then I heard him mention that their signature dish was chicken and waffles.
Now, chicken and waffles sounds like the worst taste combination I can think of- short of ear wax, castor oil, and shitake mushrooms. But, the waiter said chicken and waffles was their signature item. I figured there had to be something to it and this was my only chance to try it. Something unique.
My second instinct, as well as the waiter’s advice was right. This was one of the most unique things I have ever eaten, and absolutely delicious. The waffles were bacon and chive waffles with a vanilla butter and syrup. The chicken was a quarter to half chicken, baked golden brown and covered in some sort of herb gravy with tomatoes and mushrooms. There are no ways to describe how good this dish is. You just have to trust me, this combination of sweet and savory is perfect. It is delicious and you have to try it if you get the chance, because no one else will ever make this for you without fucking it up.
Just how could good could this be? Chicken and waffles? Well, I’m taking my entire blog post to talk about this instead of anything else I’ve seen or done in Vegas in the last two days. That has to say something, and what it says is: “Try the chicken & waffles at Bouchon.”