When you’ve just wrapped up a night on the town, you can get the munchies. And oftentimes, that happens pretty late at night. Like after 3 a.m. when the night is ending and you want to beat the crowds out of the club but you still need a little something in your stomach. Stop by Munchbar at Caesars Palace for a culinary adventure based on comfort foods (read: foods that your mom would serve up).
Chef Bryan Ogden (yes, son of Bradley Ogden with the eponymous culinary outpost at Caesars Palace) delved into his memories of childhood to put together a menu of casual gourmet cuisine. Ogden has his own culinary pedigree, graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and working with celebrity chefs such as Charlie Trotter, Michael Mina and Michel Richard along with a stint at Bradley Ogden as the wine director and generating daily changing seasonal menus. He even started his own winery, Pharaohmoans, in Paso Robles.
Try the tiny grilled cheese sandwiches with a tomato dipping sauce that will have you remembering those kid’s lunches with tomato soup. The Philly cheese steak sliders with onions and provolone (alas, no Cheez Whiz like the real deal) will put a dent in your hunger. Go a little higher end with the mini Maine lobster rolls with an herb mayonnaise or sweet potato French fries with a roasted garlic mayonnaise. If breakfast is on your mind the Munch breakfast sandwich comes with a fried egg, grilled Canadian bacon, fries and sausage gravy. Or if you’re hankering a bigger meal, go for the Bleu cheese burger topped with applewood smoked bacon and mushrooms or the Munch burger with sautéed onions, “fancy sauce” and a bucket of fries.
If you’d rather grab a bite to take home with you, head over to the to-go window for a bag of your favorites. You can even continue to fuel your booze-infested night with a selection of beers on tap, specialty cocktails or a bottle of wine (or two).
This place is relatively small and decorated with a comic book motif and chalkboards where you can tag your own message.
Don’t think you only have to stop here after hours. Munchbar opens in time for lunch when normal folks are out and about (or if you had a really late night, you’re just headed home).
The restaurant and to-go window are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. For more information, visit www.munchgroup.com.