This is a special Las Vegas edition of Michigan Foodies. I was in Las Vegas for the Rock and Roll half-marathon on December 4th, and took advantage of the many places to eat in “The Meadows”. (That’s was Las Vegas means, people, not “Drunken Bachelor Party”.)
On Fremont Street is Mermaids, a slot machine joint that sometimes has snazzily dressed women passing out New Orleans-style beads . This otherwise average setting on the overwhelmingly flashy street conceals deep-fried goodness within.
Meander to the back to find the snack bar. In addition to finding hot dogs half the price you would see in your average Strip hotel food court, you will also find some beautiful junk food the way junk food should be prepared – dipped in boiling oil. Specifically, deep-fried Oreos.
Yes, I know, they sound… unusual. But at 99 cents, it was a cheap risk for me to take. I was hesitant because on our last trip to Mermaids, I had tried the deep-fried Twinkie, and I found it incredibly nasty. Besides the fact that it was molten hot, it tasted horrible, and I threw half of it in the trash.
But, time for something new, and I had heard promising reports regarding the Oreos. So, dollar in hand, I braved the faded glory of Mermaids for a second time.
Well, they looked good. Chocolate cookies dipped in batter, fried, and topped with powdered sugar. Here we go.
I am happy to report that they were quite tasty. The Oreos were softened up by their boiling oil torture session, and the batter was like surrounding the Oreos in teeny tiny cakes. And on top of it all was powdered sugar. It was standing room only to eat them, but that was fine – they didn’t take long, and there is a lot to see on Fremont Street.
Break out that buck, people, because there is deep fried cookie awesomeness to be had in Vegas.