Mesa Grill

Hi guys! Happy Monday! Hope youโ€™re having a wonderful morning ๐Ÿ™‚

We had an AMAZING last night in Vegas <3

The pilot argued with Caesar:

pilot (2)

I fought Joe Louis:


And we had a trip to foodie heaven at the incredible Mesa Grill โ€“ one of my favorite chefferโ€™s (B-Flizzle) restaurant.


The interior to the restaurant was gorgeous. Funky, classy and Southwestern.

mesa grill

The bar:

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Per many recommendations, we started with cactus pear margaritas


They tasted like pink lemonade, minus the tartness. So. Good.

Everything on the menu looked incredibleโ€ฆ


Including the pilot ๐Ÿ˜‰ Heh heh.

Our server brought out a basket of fresh bread, with an egg bread, raisin-walnut and a blue corn and yellow corn muffin.

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The pilot and I split the muffin:

corn muffin

and it was perfect. Dense, chewy and flavorful ๐Ÿ™‚

For an appetizer, we rolled with the goat cheese queso and blue corn tortilla chips.


Total foodgasms. It was topped with green chiles, jalapeno, red pepper, cilantro and olive oil.

The shrimp tamale was beckoning to me.. so I rolled with that ๐Ÿ˜‰


Usually, Iโ€™d order it without the cream sauce.. but I donโ€™t want to insult Bobby Flay ๐Ÿ˜‰ And after tasting it, I wouldnโ€™t kick the cream sauce outta bed if you know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰

We shared a chopped salad minus cheese

chopped salad

And the pilot ordered the coffee-rubbed filet mignon.


He said it was the best steak heโ€™s ever had.

Sadly, we were WAY too stuffed for dessertโ€”the portions were extremely generous. Everything was delicious and our meal was the perfect way to cap off our foodie frenzy through Vegas ๐Ÿ˜‰

We watched the fountains at the Bellagio one last time and called it a night ๐Ÿ˜€

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Time to hop on the plane!!!

See you from Valdizzy ๐Ÿ™‚



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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on April 26, 2010 at 8:48 am

    The food looks and sounds incredible, but I am too mesmerized by the cactus pear margarita! I want.

  2. Christina on April 26, 2010 at 9:01 am

    What an amazing dinner! Everything sounds so good. Especially those margaritas. Now I know what I’m ordering when I go to Vegas!

  3. Suzanne on April 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Your skirt is so cute! I’m jealous of your dinner. I <3 Bobby Flay and Las Vegas might be my favorie US city. Glad to hear you had a good trip!

  4. Jenny on April 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I am sooo jealous! I love Bobby flay:)

  5. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

    OH i’m jealous!!! all this means is that we have to go to Rick Bayless’ place when you come back here ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like an AMAZING trip!

  6. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on April 26, 2010 at 9:28 am

    that all sounds incredible. Shrimp tamales = pitter patter of my heart. I need to find a Bobby Flay restaurant ASAP.

  7. Emily N on April 26, 2010 at 9:30 am

    The food looks incredible. I’m glad you got the full experience with the shrimp tamale because it looks like a one-of-a-kind food experience.

    Also, love that the pilot got his fillet mignon. My boyfriend loves to watch me eat things he can’t eat (cheese, sea food)…it’s his form of eating vicariously through me:)

  8. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on April 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Cactus pear margaritas? That actually sounds–and looks–awesome. Who knew?!

  9. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on April 26, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I ate at Bobby Flay’s restaurant in Atlantic City and my goodness was it amazing. Yes, the portions are huge, but they’re so worth gorging on. Your queso looks so good!!

  10. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on April 26, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Wow I am so jealous!! And goat cheese queso!? Yes, please!!

  11. fittingbackin on April 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Whoa! Goat cheese queso looks AMAZING – great pics!

  12. Mama Pea on April 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I’m glad you rolled with the cream sauce. It’s a big lesson for all of us! Sometimes you got to relax those labels and rules and accept the gracious gift that is a meal from Bobby Flay. Although, this was likely a gift you paid a lot of dough for ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you had a great evening!

  13. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 26, 2010 at 10:05 am

    That looks absolutely fantastic! I’m glad you had such a great time in Vegas ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

    YUMMMMM! And extra YUM to those MARGARITAS!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Lindsay on April 26, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Omggg the cactus pear marg looks AMAZING!! I went to Zumba for the first time today… I loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Paige (Running Around Normal) on April 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I’m embarrassed to say this, but we went there for lunch a few years ago while at a conference, and I didn’t even realize it was Bobby Flay’s restaurant until this post! D’oh!
    Haha…I *think* it was good from what I remember:)
    Glad you had a great trip!

  17. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    foodgasms is right! i would LOVE to eat at mesa…and i think i need to figure out how to make goat cheese queso now. my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  18. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on April 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I loved Mesa Grill. When I went I had a sweet potato tamale that was out of this world good!

    Looks like you two had a blast!

  19. Hailey S. on April 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Oh sooooo jealous I’ve always wanted to go the that restaurant. Those drinks looked amaaaaaazing!!! Love it!!

  20. Kilee on April 26, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I HAVE to try that margarita some time when I’m in Vegas. I might have just looked up a flight+hotel package on Expedia ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a safe trip home!

  21. Deirdre on April 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I’ve been to Bar Americain a few times in New York, but I haven’t gone to Mesa Grill yet. After seeing this post, I definitely need to make a stop!

  22. kate on April 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Looks like an amazing meal! I LOVE the dress you wore to Mesa–where is it from? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      thanks girl! dillards ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. sarah on April 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Looks like you two had a killer time in Vegas! I’m so jelly… I had to cancel my Vegas trip in May because I have stupid finals ๐Ÿ™ Bobby Flay’s is really the best tho, his flavors are SO vivid and delicious! And he’s definitely mastered the margarita. Safe trip home!

  24. LisaG on April 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You sure topped off your weekend. Happy traveling back to valdizzy!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      thank you! how are you feeling??

  25. Midgetkeeper on April 26, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Oh everything looks sooo good.

    I’ve been telling my Husband I want to go to Vegas just to go to this restaurant. I love Bobby Flay.

  26. Jess on April 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    That looks freakin’ amazing. I’ve been to the Mesa Grill here in NYC a couple times-definitely best enjoyed after a busy day that gives you time to work up an appetite!

  27. Jess on April 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

    PSโ€”I linked to your blog this morning after posting about a recent breakfast cookie. thanks for the inspiration!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      i’m so glad you liked it, and thank you for the shout out!!

  28. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on April 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

    WOW that meal looks amazing! I love Bobby Flay and i’d KILL to eat there!

  29. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on April 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Good idea not insulting Bobby Flay!! ๐Ÿ™‚ That meal looks delic. Glad you had a good trip!!


  30. Run Sarah on April 26, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Everything looks great, especially the chopped salad!

  31. Shawna @ Balancing Me on April 26, 2010 at 11:56 am

    ooh, how lucky are you! I’m glad you kept the cream sauce and enjoyed the full Bobby Flay experience!

  32. Sally on April 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    You all are pretty much adorable! I am glad you got to spend such a wonderful weekend with your husband and friends.

  33. lauren on April 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    sooooo jealous right now

  34. jen trinque on April 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Ooh a corn muffin with yellow AND blue cornmeal? Love it! Blue and yellow are my favorite colors together, it’s what I have in my kitchen!

  35. Amanda (modernation) on April 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Mesa Grill is our favorite restaurant of all time. Sometimes when we are in Vegas and have other plans, we stop by JUST for the goat cheese queso fundido! So good. Sounds like you have been having an amazing time in Vegas!

  36. Melissa S. on April 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I totally need to get back to LV and go to Mesa!!! It looks awesome!

  37. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful on April 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    OMG DROOOOL! Everything looks so good. I haven’t been to Vegas in a while, and all your posts have made me want to go back. It looks like you had a great time!

  38. Emily on April 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    oh! hello, hello! all that food just looks SO GOOD! Especially your tamale. Oh MY. Your trip to Vegas as sounded like a dream from where I’m sitting ~ so glad you had a good time and caught up with some very important people ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    plan you guys had a blast!
    all that food looks SO delicious. Again, i’m totally jealous

  40. Catherine on April 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I am obsessed with Mesa Grill!! I’ve oddly been to three different locations (NYC, CT and Vegas) through work & pleasure and it just gets better every time. Safe flight home!!

  41. on April 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    lol.. u such a tough cookie girl hehe xoxo <3

  42. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Everything at that restaurant looks incredible! Especially the goat cheese queso. Mmm, goat cheese is seriously my kryptonite!

  43. Katie on April 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Goat queso??? What?? I’m going to need you to recreate this ASAP ad post the recipe! Thankssomuch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the dress (skirt/top?) You wore! Where is it from?

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      i’m on a mission to re-create a lot of the meals i had.. they were so good!
      thank you! it’s from dillards ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble on April 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I love love love MESA Grill! I’ve been once in NYC and once here in Vegas. Both time, PRONOMINAL! When I was in NYC last spring they had squash blossoms stuffed with this light fluffy cheese and flash fried. I have dreams about these little critters!

  45. Romy on April 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Hey Gina, thank you for sharing your fabulous weekend in Vegas! I’m sure you had a blast ๐Ÿ˜€ I would love to visit the US some time, and then also Vegas!!! It must be gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on April 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Aaaah, Mesa Grill. The NYC location is right by my office and I have dined there once – it is SUCH a treat, right?!

    PS just feasted on leftover eggplant curry and it was just lovely, a’thankyou. Especially the next day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I added shroomies and green beans so it was quite the mountain of veggies!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      YUM!! love that you added more veggies- that sounds amazing. and yes, mesa grill made my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Johanna B on April 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I would so love to visit the Mesa grill in Vegas. I’m a fan of Bobby Flay’s and enjoy his Food Network programs. Your meal looked fabulous. Nothing like that in Topeka.

  48. ida on April 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    the pic of the Pilot fighting with Caesar is too funny! glad to know that bobby flay didn’t dissapoint

  49. Teresa on April 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hey Gina, I’m a bit behind in my blog reading due to my lack of a computer (sigh). That being the case, I only just got caught up on your posts and read about your love for mustard, particularly the dijon. Well, it made me think of the amazing horseradish mustard that I have in my fridge, that I bought from one of my favorite farmers at my local farmer’s market. Seeing as you love mustard, I would love to send you a jar of this awesomeness for you to try- a little love from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market here in So Cal. Maybe you could email me your address? Awesome, thanks!

    Oh and I’m so glad that you and the pilot had such a great trip in Vegas. Everything sounded amazing- especially the fountains.

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

      that sounds AMAZING!! thank you <3
      will you send me an email?? fitnessista at gmail dot com

  50. Melissa @ For the Love of Health on April 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    The food looks so good…
    That’s great you had an amazing time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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