Perhaps one of the least likely places you might expect to find me trying to Eat Vegan in Vegas would be a famous country western saloon and BBQ restaurant with scantily-clad girls riding a mechanical bull for fun. Well, at least the BBQ restaurant part anyway. Smiles. I was on an adventure at Treasure Island, which is a good place to be on an adventure by the by with all of those pirates and lovely sirens, literally, hanging around. Could a vegan-friendly meal be found? My adventure led me to the world famous Gilley’s. I figured at least I would be able to do is hear a little music but I found something more.
I noticed on their menu a few things right off. They had a vegetarian chili, but was not quite in the mood for that. They also had a veggie burger but it was not vegan. It was then that I had the chance to meet Treasure Island Executive Chef Craig Taylor who let me know that they have an off-the-menu vegan plate available using Gardein chick’n. He also let me know that they also have vegan meal options both at the Steakhouse as well as the Isla Mexican restaurant there using Gardein as well. Each does the vegan plate to fit in with the theme of the restaurant. That was great to know and for everyone else to know. I will give those a try on a return visit. I want to commend Chef Taylor for bridging this gap in such a positive way.
Gilley’s Chef Marnie Munoz put his spin on the vegan plate for Gilley’s. It was two good-sized Gardein chick’n pieces with BBQ sauce and grilled up on a bed of roasted tomatoes, peppers, and onions and surrounded by tender pieces of broccolini. It was a beautiful looking plate and was delicious. The BBQ grilled Gardein was delicious and went really well with the bed of vegetables. This also would have made an excellent sandwich I am sure that they can do that up for you as well if you ask. This was a very pleasant surprise and is going to lead to some other dining adventures here at TI. Now you can come and get your country western thing on and now enjoy a vegan plate as well either for lunch or for dinner. And don’t worry about the bull. He seems to have a satisfied look on his face as he regularly flings people off on to their butts, heads, or whatever. A tiny bit of payback for animal kind. Maybe to see vegan cowboys and cowgirls will truly be the final frontier.
Gilley’s (In Treasure Island)
3300 Las Vegas. Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV. 89109
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Daily