Food Court At Fashion Show Mall
When you're at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, the food court at Excalibur is a great choice to quickly and inexpensively satisfy your hunger cravings, but you'll find a food court with numerous choices that won't break the bank on the north end as well. Billed as the Strip's "most diverse" food court, the collection of fast-food type restaurants at Fashion Show Mall has everything from a place that makes crepes to well known brands like Wendy's and KFC. The expansive dining area holds fifteen choices and is located directly across from the Wynn : a silver, flying saucer looking canopy marks the Fashion Show Mall's location on Las Vegas Blvd.
Heading up two outdoor escalators, you'll soon find an oversized spoon, fork, and knife heralding the entrance to the food court. Inside, restaurants are arranged around the perimeter, and at the far left, you'll find two food court staples : Panda Express and Sbarro. Panda Express offers your typical Chinese food while Sbarro specializes in edibles of the Italian variety. If you're looking for a bargain in particular, you can pick up a slice of cheese pizza and a small soda at Sbarro for just $3.99 plus tax.
Next to Sbarro, you'll find Wendy's. The prices do have a premium for being on the Las Vegas Strip, but every combo is less than $10, with most being around eight bucks. For example, a 1/4lb single cheeseburger combo is $7.09, you can make it a double for just $7.99, or a triple cheeseburger with small fries and a small drink will only set you back $8.99. That's certainly not bad for dining on the Las Vegas Strip.
Chicken sandwiches at Wendy's at the Fashion Show Mall cost either $5.29 or $6.29, with the addition of a small fries and a small drink bringing the prices of the combo meals up to $8.09 or $9.09. — Curiously, for the mathematically inclined, the upcharge for a combo with burgers is less than the upcharge for a combo with chicken sandwiches... even though they both add the exact same thing to the meal. To make a burger combo, the upcharge ranges from $1.60 to $2.00. To make the chicken sandwiches a combo, the upcharge is $2.80. Either way, if you're inclined to do the math or not, $10 will keep you fed.
Wendy's value menu is present here, too, if you want something a bit smaller and you look closely enough to find it. The prices, however, are likely not what you're accustomed to seeing in your local drive-thru : a junior bacon cheeseburger is $2.79, 4 chicken nuggets are $1.99, and the value size french fries are $2.19. Still, it's a small, quick bite to eat that won't set you back too much.
Next to Wendy's, you'll find Philadelphia Steak & Hoagie and KFC Express. If a philly cheese steak (or chicken) sandwich is your thing, you can watch it being cooked right in front of you. If, however, you're more inclined to dine at an international chain, KFC Express is ready with a selection of fried chicken items. You won't find traditional "Original Recipe" or "Extra Crispy" at this location, though. The menu is limited to sandwiches, wraps, hot wings, popcorn chicken, and chicken strips. No matter what's your choice from those options, all the combos are less than $10.
Jac & Ray Sandwiches, Salads & More has the location next to KFC, but I can't tell you much more than it looked like the most professional of the "food court fodder." Food court fodder is what I call all those mostly nondescript restaurants that tend to be of mediocre quality that mix among the chain locations in food courts. They tend to come and go rather quickly in the restaurant turnover cycle and they just tend to blend in. They're typically ethnic-based food, of which Jac & Ray is not, but while I took note of the design and thought it was pleasant, my thought is that when you've got to add "& More" to your name, you really specialize in nothing. — When was the last time you went to Joe's Crab Shack & More, The Cheesecake Factory & More, or Red Lobster & More? Even if it's got a food item in the name, you know they have more. — The hard to fully see menu at Jac & Ray had pictures of sub sandwiches on it, too, of which I'm not the greatest fan either, so I just kept walking.
Continuing the food court fodder to the right is Crazy Crepes. Another naming blunder. "Wow! These crepes are crazy!" said no one, ever. Just because it's alliterative doesn't mean it's a good name. They also sell bubble tea, which is a beverage with edible balls (typically made of tapioca) and Icees. It's like someone looked around, marked off all the items other restaurants in the food court were selling, and decided to sell what was left. Needless to say, I can't give you an opinion on the tastes of the crepes.
Great Wraps! keeps the food court fodder flowing as you move further down the line. I can, however, tell you how this tasted. The fried chicken inside the "great wrap" that I received as a sample was cold. Not lukewarm. Cold. The taste was decent enough, but the location suffers from the opposite side of the "& More" coin. The name itself might be singular in focus, but they've added so many signs that you can tell that they do nothing well. "Now Serving Gelato & Sorbet" "Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice" "100% Columbian Coffee With Muffin Or Donut" It's like every idea needs a sign : seriously, nearly every surface inside the location is covered with an advertisement.
Of course, the winner of the food court fodder's "most likely to be closing next" award would have to go to Iciban which is right next door to Great Wraps!. They take the opposite approach towards signage. Make it as plain and boring as possible. — You know those vinyl letters you get at Home Depot to put the number on your mailbox? They've literally used those on part of their sign and apparently covered up other parts with electrical tape. I kid you not. Look at this picture.
Even worse is that the cooler at the counter has the word FRESH written out in vinyl letters in front of the word sushi... and "SUSHI" was apparently already there as it and the word "FRUIT" are in a slightly nicer vinyl. The owners must've decided to add "FRESH" to let people know it wasn't old sushi. So they went out and bought those self-stick vinyl letters! — I am seriously sitting here chuckling to myself, and I hope I'm not the only one who appreciates the irony of making your sign look worse to tell people that your product is fresh. Somehow, if FRESH is written in vinyl stick on block letters purchased at the local hardware store, it just doesn't convey the message properly. It's sort of like seeing a resume that says the person is "detaiil oriented."
Taco Maker is next to Iciban, and if the idea of no name food court Mexican dining sounds enticing, the Fashion Show Mall food court has you covered. — I really don't know what else to say.
Thankfully, next to Taco Maker is Subway, the world's largest fast food chain, with just the right level of signage and a consistent experience throughout the thousands of locations. The footlong subs start at $6 here and go all the way to $9.75, but you can grab a number of 6" subs along with a small drink for only four bucks. The sub & drink options increase for $5 and premium 6" subs like sweet onion chicken teriyaki and the steak & cheese come with a small soda for only $6. You can add a bag of chips for just a dollar more.
If, however, you're determined to go with food court fodder, we're not done yet. Chicken Connection is on the right side of Subway, and here you'll find pre-made trays of items like lemon chicken, blackened chicken, pepper chicken, green bean chicken, and bourbon chicken. I'm surprised there's no "& More," though, because you can also get spicy shrimp or blackened fish. Most of the entrees are $6.24 (an unusual price which must've been chosen just to make them $6.75 after tax). I can't fault the place any more than I can fault Panda Express, but trays of warmed over Chinese food just isn't my thing either when other options exist.
Hot Dog On A Stick, Nathan's Hot Dogs, and Haagen-Dazs finish up the food court at the Fashion Show Mall. Hot Dog On A Stick serves turkey corn dogs ($2.85), beef hot dogs in a bun ($3.35), french fries ($2.50), funnel cake sticks ($2.85), and cheese on a stick ($2.85). The prices are actually about thirty cents less on each item here than they are at the Excalibur Food Court, so you can grab a bite and tell yourself that you're saving money even in Vegas. Unless, of course, you want a hot dog at Nathan's. A hot dog and french fries at Nathan's is $7.95. Add chili and cheese to that hot dog and you'll be paying $9.95. That has to be one of the worst deals in the entire place.
For that kind of money, I'd much rather have an ice cream cone at Haagen-Dazs. A regular scoop in a cup or cone will set you back $5.95, which is a tad indulgent, but it's nearly impossible to beat Haagen-Dazs's ice cream tastewise. You can add a waffle cone for $.75 extra or you can go for a banana split for $7.95. All the frozen beverage type concoctions are $7.95 as well, but if you want a fountain soda to go with your dairy, you might want to head back to one of the other restaurants. A large fountain beverage here costs $3.95, but you can get a large soda for $2.59 at either KFC (Pepsi products) or Wendy's (Coke products).
Looking back now, when I envisioned writing about the Fashion Show Mall food court, I was expecting it to be as positive and helpful as the article I wrote about the food court at Excalibur. Taking it as a whole and simply visiting KFC or Hot Dog On A Stick when I'd been there before, I guess I never realized just how many throwaway restaurants existed : I'd simply intended on listing the numerous edible delights from familiar chains. I literally didn't even notice the Mexican restaurant at all until I looked at the photos. Yet, having said that, with 15 quite varied options, the Fashion Show Mall food court is, as they claim, the "most diverse" food court on the Las Vegas Strip. Certainly, some people must enjoy the "food court fodder" options as well or they simply wouldn't exist (no matter how unlikely I am to partake of their offerings).
If you find yourself on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip and want to grab a quick, inexpensive bite to eat, several choices await on the third floor of the Fashion Show Mall. If, however, you're on the south end of the Strip or the location along the Strip isn't a big consideration for you, the Excalibur's food court is a much better option. The food court at Excalibur is uniformly managed (you can tell because all the restaurants serve Pepsi products, the signage is consistent, etc.). As such, it's the difference between someone coordinating a four-course meal and someone having a potluck dinner. You can likely find good things to eat at both, but it's a different experience, for sure.
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