When does a food truck need no engine? When you plant one inside a Las Vegas Strip casino and task it with serving craveable munchies for a brand-new sportsbook concept.
When guests at the Book at the Linq aren’t toggling between video games or real live football from their own private “fan caves” or sampling suds from the self-serve beer wall, they’re feasting on wings and sandwiches from Sticky Chicken, a kitchen within an immobile truck that also serves Linq Promenade passersby. The menu may be tailor-made for hanging at the Book, but anyone can snack here.
The wings ($12 for six, $22 for 12, $32 for 18) are big, meaty and crispy, unless they’re tossed and sauced in flavors ranging from classic Buffalo and bourbon barbecue to mango chipotle and Thai curry. We recommend ordering them with a dry spice like Caribbean jerk or simple salt and pepper and dunking in creamy blue cheese. The “street fries” are a buffet-in-a-box, especially the savory “mess” variety ($7) covered in smoked brisket chili, cheese, green onions and bacon.
The seven chicken sandwiches offer unique toppings to complement the juicy, fried-to-order bird base. An early fave is the Alligator Bait ($14) with fried green tomatoes, remoulade and Cajun slaw, but the Gladiator ($14) fights harder with grilled mozzarella cheese, NYC’s famed Esposito sausage and pesto-swirled ricotta. It’s an unconventional chicken sandwich for a different style of casino eatery.
STICKY CHICKEN The Linq, 702-370-7736. Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.