Mexican Hot Dogs at the MGM, and a Foodie’s New Year’s Resolution


Salmon Salad at Spago

Made in Vegas
MGM Grand shut down Diego earlier this year to make way for a new Mexican restaurant with a decidedly more rustic slant, Hecho en Vegas (891-3200). The menu boasts Sonoran dishes from the Flores family, whose spots in Arizona, El Charro Café and Sir Veza’s, have made them iconic restaurateurs. Some of the items are familiar to lovers of Mexican cuisine, including hand-made beef tamales, street tacos in fresh tortillas and enchiladas Banderas, a trio of beef, chicken and shrimp served with white, green and red sauces to represent the Mexican flag.

But what I’m really stoked about is the famous Sonoran hot dog, a classic street-food dish that is ideally paired with late-night drinking. Although the hot dog is considered as American as apple pie, Hecho en Vegas’ version is—contrary to its name—made in Mexico. A half-pound Angus beef hot dog gets topped with charro beans, jalapeño salsa, tomatoes, mustard and mayo, further proof that no matter where you get a hot dog in the world, ketchup does not belong on it.

My New Year’s Resolution
My job doesn’t make it so easy to eat healthy all the time, but one meal I usually have control over is lunch. I’m eating a salad every weekday for lunch. If I’m not making it at home, these are in my rotation (and no, I haven’t looked at the calorie counts, don’t ruin this for me): balsamic grilled chicken salad from Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza (various locations,, fattoush salad with toasted pita croutons and a lemony sumac dressing from Olive Mediterranean Grill (3850 E. Sunset Rd., 451-8805) and the signature Chinese chicken salad from Spago (in the Forum Shops at Caesars, 369-6300). I feel healthier already.


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