Citizens is another solid spot by the Light Group. It’s an upscale diner serving comfort food 24 hours a day in Mandalay Bay. Brunch might be the best time to go if you want to pig out on plenty of sweet and savory offerings like I did. The massive stack of red velvet pancakes may be one of the better versions in town. Just bring family or friends to make a dent in it. The creme brulee French toast is another exceptional rendition on a classic with bread dense enough to soak up and retain plenty of custard and a well crusted exterior that provides plenty of crunch.

For savory options the kobe chili cheese fries were good — particularly the light, crispy waffle fries that held up well under the meaty chili. They don’t skimp with portion sizes on that dish or the big meatball parm, which is a single baseball sized hunk of beef and pork topped with a dollop of ricotta and sitting in a pool of sauce. A less than stellar dish is their ultimate tots — standard tater tots covered in cheese and gravy. The chicken and waffles also proved to be decent, but far less memorable than the other dishes we tried.

Ending the meal was an excellent house-made carrot cake. It’s moist and dense spice cake foundation with subtle hints of carrot were complimented by plenty of sweetness from a smooth and creamy cream cheese icing.

It’s clear that the Light Group knows who their target audience is and how to satisfy them. With Citizens they delivered comfort food fit for a casual meal any time of day

3.5 Stars

Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 632-9200

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