Bouchon at the Venetian, Las Vegas
All of the junk food in this town aside, one thing that has been popping up a lot in Las Vegas in recent years has been the number of fine dining establishments. We took this opportunity to hit up Bouchon (3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 414-6200), an outpost of the French Laundry's Thomas Keller, and unrelated to Les Bouchons in Singapore. While one would naturally find a number of fancy dishes available at a place like this, I went for something simpler: a ham and cheese sandwich, largely because I was so inspired by that lovely BLT that he created for Spanglish.
Lo and behold, in croque-madame fashion, it had an egg sunny side up on it. It pretty much tasted like it looked, full of quality ingredients and rich in taste. In some ways, it got to be a bit too rich and filling, but regardless, I can see why this guy is so hailed in the industry. He can take something so simple and present it as something so wonderful, all while staying very rustic and humble. We were quite happy with this place.