This meal was not originally intended for the Mesa Grill. I headed out at 11:30 to take a walk down the strip and then catch a cab to Lotus of Siam. Having done this part, I discovered, to my dismay, that Lotus of Siam is only open for dinner on the weekends. Luckily the cab driver waited for a moment so I did not have to wait for transportation back to the strip. Thinking quickly, I decided that this would be a good time to try the Mesa Grill instead, as it turns out, a very good choice.
Mesa Grill was busy, but not overcrowded, making for a delightful meal that I did not have to wait for. I was seated promptly and the waiter was both helpful and attentive. For an appetizer, I ordered the goat cheese queso fundido as described on the menu with roasted green chili sauce and blue corn tortilla strips. As I am usually hesitant to try items with peppers and/or onions, the green chili was a bit of an experiment for me. Im not entirely certain that I wouldnt have enjoyed the dish more without the green chilis and the scallions; however, even with them, the dish was delicious. Before the appetizer was delivered, a small basket of breads was brought to the table. It included a variety of small pastries (for want of a better word). These were a delight. Most were sweet and tasty, but the blue and yellow cornbread muffin was particularly good, having a few kernels of sweet corn baked into the muffin.
For the main event, I ordered the Mesa burger, as recommended by many others. I ordered this dish medium-rare with the grilled Vidalia onion on the side. Although not listed on the menu, the burger also included tomato and lettuce. I was impressed that the lettuce used was the very center of a romaine heart. The double cheddar was a nice accompaniment to the meat and the simply house roll was just that, not particularly interesting, but still tasty. The meat was good, but simply didnt compare with the Kobe beef burger Id had for lunch the day before. The fries, on the other hand, were better than those at the Burger Bar. The southwestern seasoning was a nice change from the usual plain saltiness of many french fries. I was interested in seeing what they had for dessert, but as I am on a bit of a budget and I wasnt sure if they were going to charge me for 4 individual sodas, I decided to wait on the dessert and explore other options at that point.