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Snacking on the strip - tacos and pizza

My first stop was Tacos El Gordo. The place was pure chaos. Luckily I had read about how their different lines for the different items and I went straight to the one offering beef cheek tacos. Not surprisingly, it was one of the shortest lines. For two dollars I got one of the most meltingly tender taco, on two soft corn tortillas, topped with the salsa Verde. It is definitely on par with Tacos El Amigo in Waltham. For $2 it's probably the best deal on the strip.

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My next stop was Bouchon bakery in the Venetian Hotel. When we were in Napa, Bouchon forgot to put my salted caramel macaroon in the bag, so I decided it was worth walking 2 miles in 100° weather to procure one. I arrived to a set of closed doors, five minutes before the posted closing time (9pm). I now officially hate Thomas Keller.

So then I walked on to Payard patisserie at Caesar's Palace. It turns out they do not sell individual macaroons, but prepackaged sets of six - definitely not what I was after, either.

After watching the dancing water fountains of Bellagio, I decided to check out the Cosmopolitan. This is a new hotel and bridge nationals will be there in 2019 & 2024. I had read about a "secret pizza" place there. I followed the directions from a helpful poster on chowhound - go to the third-floor and down a on ummarked hallway with albums covers lining the walls. I was rewarded with a small pizzeria, with no seating and offering only four types of pizza. I had an excellent slice of white pizza. The crust was thin and crispy, and the ricotta was creamy and just salty enough. It was not exactly a bargain at $5.25, but extremely delicious.

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