There’s a lot of debate over what makes for the perfect french fry. Some say the secret is to double-fry each batch. Others say the type of potato is what counts. However, true french fry connoisseurs know that in the end, it’s all about what the potato is fried in. And when it comes to weighing vegetable oil, canola oil and all other ingredients against each other, one culinary item reigns supreme: duck fat.
Duck fat lends french fries a savory but not overly greasy quality. Just a small amount of it creates an incredible flavor that elevates french fries from basic side dish to the highlight of the meal. To find duck fat fries in Las Vegas, look no further than these five restaurants.
Duck fat fries and wagyu beef
Chef Michael Mina’s Stripsteak, located inside Mandalay Bay, is a modern, upscale space where protein takes center stage. From Japanese A5 wagyu to a 40-ounce Australian tomahawk, the steak selections impress. For an equally memorable accompaniment of happy hour snack, diners can order duck fat fries with garlic-herb sauce and Sriracha ketchup.
Stripsteak, Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-632-7200
Duck fat poutine
True to its name, Fries N’ Pies does two things: french fries and pizza — but the restaurant across from the Hard Rock Hotel does those two things a little different. The fries in question, which are available in a duck fat variety, can come in the poutine, served with toppings such as pesto, prosciutto, and pulled pork. Diners can pair them with a variety of sauces including truffle mayo, parmesan peppercorn, and pineapple cilantro sauce.
Fries N’ Pies, 4503 Paradise Road, Suite 350; 702-749-7030
Duck fat fries and cocktails
The setting at Searsucker Las Vegas, located inside Caesars Palace, feels both urban and rustic, as does the menu. One highlight is the duck fat fries, which are served with parmesan, herbs, and prosciutto. The fries are perfect as an add-on or as an appetizer alongside a cedar-smoked Old Fashioned, sotol paloma, or seasonal draft beer.
Searsucker, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-866-1800
Duck fat fries and a lavish burger
The low-lighting and refined ambiance of Old Homestead beckons diners in search of a New York-style steakhouse. In addition to a range of dry-aged steaks, the Caesars Palace steakhouse also offers its signature OH burger, which is seared in an 800-degree, 50-year old cast iron pan, topped with foie gras butter and served with duck fat fries and bourbon ketchup.
Old Homestead, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-731-7560