Sports and food are an ideal combination, and on the Las Vegas Strip, there’s perhaps no place better to optimize this combo than at Lagasse’s Stadium, tucked away beneath the lobby of the Palazzo. Stadium-style seating gives excellent viewing angles of the wall of big screens. Between the quality of the viewing experience and the quality of the food, you might not leave for the entire three-week run of March Madness.
Chef Scott Pajak, a Chopped champion, just introduced new items to the Stadium menu. The truffle shrimp and crab pasta is as luxurious as it sounds, with plump sautéed shrimp atop linguini with lump crab meat, all tossed in a truffle-herb butter. Lobster grilled cheese isn’t far behind on the decadence scale. Thick Texas toast ups the ante, and an interior of sweet lobster and fontina and boursin cheeses creates an upscale take on a homey favorite.
Emeril’s buttermilk fried chicken takes the routine chicken and waffle plate and reignites it with perfectly fried fowl paired with a flavorful jalapeño-cornbread waffle and equally assertive vanilla honey butter and Crystal hot sauce syrup.
Chef Pajak sums up the Lagasse Stadium experience like this: “There’s no other place like it. Restaurant. Sports book. Man cave. Game day is great, and you get Chef Emeril’s food. You can’t beat it.” Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo, 702-607-2665; daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.