The Food Network made chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken into household names as the Two Hot Tamales with a contemporary take on authentic Mexican fare. Outside of Chicago chef Rick Bayless, there are few other gringos who understand the soul and flavors of the cuisine as well as they do. I’m talking home-cooked, regional Mexican dishes, all executed with modern flair. Yucatan-style pork is slow roasted with crimson achiote and in banana leaves, simple grilled skirt steak needs nothing more than charred corn relish and a warm, house-made flour tortilla as a vehicle to your mouth. Yes, they have tacos too, but forget about your plain ol’ carne asada. Here you want them filled with Wagyu beef and grilled pineapple salsa, or shredded brisket with a zesty, crunchy slaw. The Forum Shops outlet features a raw bar where you can pull up a seat to watch as fresh ceviche is made to order, beach-style. Border Brunch, offered on weekends at both locations, is an all-you-can eat extravaganza that is not a buffet. Rather, items are cooked to order for optimum freshness. This is a Mexican restaurant after all, so cervezas are cold, and margaritas, in flavors like pineapple vanilla or mango cilantro, are strong. Warning: No matter which Border Grill you head to—there are locations in Mandalay Bay and the Forum Shops at Caesars—be prepared for a hike. You’ll find the Mandalay Bay outpost on the way to the Shark Reef, far away from the casino, while at the Forum Shops it’s tucked under the spiral elevator—also clear on the other side of the mall from the Caesars Palace casino.
- Grace Bascos