We finally got into Rao’s! Obviously not Rao’s original Harlem location, since the wait is two years to never to get in, and California is a bit too far for a New York dinner reservation. However, during our recent trip to Las Vegas we had lunch at Rao’s Caesars Palace. We already booked dinner reservations elsewhere, but knew we had to make time and room for Rao’s Meatballs too.
We have Rao’s Cookbook and consider their Meatballs to be one of our favorite recipes. We’ve made them on a few occasions, thus had to try the actual Meatballs at the restaurant. They were equally amazing as expected and we are so happy to have the recipe.
The pictured dining room is a replica of Rao’s original location with handfuls of tables. Fortunately Rao’s Caesars Palace built two identical dining rooms to offer more people the Rao’s experience, since most of us will never know the magic of Rao’s Harlem.
Rao’s outdoor patio is just steps away from Caesars Palace’s happening swimming pools, where we polished off our stiff Cadillac Margaritas. We also had the pleasure of meeting Bubbles (pictured below), a special Host at Rao’s. We first saw him sitting at the end of the bar and knew he was a kool kat. For some reason we b-lined to him wanting to know his story, and was somehow transported to New York during our interesting conversation. We initially didn’t know he was/is with Rao’s and now we’re excited to send our signed, framed photo (as instructed) to be hung amongst all the remarkable, nostalgic photos decorating their walls. We’re honored and delighted to be a part of it. Thanks Rao’s and Bubbles.
* The unrelated frog painting was approved as an entry into the OC Fair’s Fine Arts Category and was painted by my talented Niece Bailee of Kids in the Kitchen. The frog’s eyes match the colors in the Rao’s photograph and both were on the table – Plus it looks cool and we always want to promote the fabulous Fair, as seen by Chef Lexi’s entry here.