Magic…that’s the best thing to call it. The Sugar Factory invited us for a media tasting and it was the best “yes” ever. We ate, we were entertained, we rolled out a couple of hours happy and full. (Then we walked all the way back to the Luxor to burn off just a tiny smidge of the amazing calories we consumed during our afternoon.) The new Sugar Factory location at the Fashion Show Mall on South Las Vegas Boulevard is a place to spend some time with your friends trying fun drinks, crazy sweet treats and good food. Add in the sumptuous and unique decor, fantastic service and entertainment, and you know you’re in Vegas, baby.
From first glance, you’ll notice the whimsy that is Sugar Factory. The bright colors, the lights and the distinct embellishments make it stand out amongst the other beautiful establishments at Fashion Show Mall. The three of us were in Las Vegas to attend the NASCAR race on Sunday, but the Sugar Factory alone is worth the drive out!
With two stories and 20,000 feet of space, there’s so much to see inside the restaurant and outside, including the outdoor bars and eating spaces, both upstairs and down. The new Chocolate Lounge upstairs is opening soon. The chandeliers inside the main eating area caught my eye repeatedly, along with the luxury seating areas. The ceiling is mirrored and you can’t help but want to keep looking up.
But then the food starts coming and you are glued to the table.
The Lollipop Passion and Ocean Blue, two delightful concoctions, each filling that 60 oz. goblet. The Lollipop Passion has Midori and Malibu Rum, and the second, Hypnotiq. Yum. These are a must-try and the presentation alone is a blast.
This S’mores drink had me reaching across the table and shoving the husband and my bff out of the way.
Let’s take a closer look at this deliciousness. Marshmallows covered in hot fudge sauce and a graham cracker and chocolate rim make this martini a winner all the way around.
The Peanut Butter Cup Martini is another hit. Yes, that’s peanut butter all around that inside lip of that glass. So good. And a little messy, but only in the best way.
Okay, I admit I kind of kidnapped this drink, too. They didn’t mind. They were having fun goofing around with photos for the Lollipop Passion, a pineapple juice creation that we all enjoyed…when they shared and I put away the S’mores Martini.
And the Sour Apple Martini had pop rocks on the rim! How fun is that? You even get a lollipop inside to stir around.
All of the candy is available for purchase in the candy store attached to the restaurant, including the Couture Pops popular with celebrities. It’s got a childhood feel but with some distinctly adult options. That’s the husband there on the right buying some for us to take home to the kids. I love the dots on the wall! So reminiscent of buying candy dots from the ice cream man on a hot summer day.
Whatever you are in Vegas for, you can buy appropriate candy, even feeding into comic obsessions and bachelorette parties. Aren’t the rubber duckies everywhere adorable?
Back to the food. There was so much of it that I don’t think we were able to do it justice.
And that’s just the start of the buffet that became our table. We had so much food, random strangers were asking us what we were doing. We even had a couple of people stop by and taking photos. I can’t say as I blame them, it all photographs so well. Our table quickly became full of plates and shared glasses…what a feast.
We started with two salads, the Mediterranean Salad and the Sugar Factory Signature Chopped Salad. The olives were pitted and perfectly briny, the dressing light and not overpowering and everything was super-fresh and crunchy.
The Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a chicken sandwich lover’s lunch plate. The fries are lightly seasoned and not limp, and the chicken is moist and flavorful. I can’t eat burgers so we had to swap in this entree instead of a burger and while I miss burgers, this chicken sandwich was just as good. It has a nice slab of crispy onions and the brioche bun rounds it off nicely.
Pasta, who doesn’t love it. Rigatoni Marinara with toasted garlic bread is a nice Italian option, so everyone eats what they want at the Sugar Factory. Vegetarians, meat eaters and everything in between, no one leaves this place hungry.
I think the hands-down favorite from the entree category was this macaroni and cheese. We literally fought over it. That’s the Country Fried Chicken plate, with three pieces of chicken and a good size bowl of the mac and cheese. That fried chicken is moist, the breading isn’t overdone and it’s really delicious. Three pieces, three people..at least there was no fighting over that. I didn’t win in the mac and cheese fight. Trust me, order this plate of food and see for yourself.
I did, however, win this fried mac and cheese fight. These Fried Macaroni and Cheese Pops are frozen and dipped and fried and a perfect guilty pleasure. The tomato-herb sauce makes a perfect dip, but they are fine on their own as well. SO good.
If you’re hungry, you may want to look away. No, don’t, you need to see these…but don’t blame me if you go to grab your car keys and head to Vegas. The chefs at the Sugar Factory have gone above and beyond to put together a menu of sweet treats and desserts that are over-the-top fun and delicious. The word “sweet” takes on a new meaning, starting with these nutella crepes.
The warm caramel sauce, the white chocolate chips and that fresh whip cream…yum. The filling oozes and if you’re not careful, you’re wearing this and having no problem at all with it.
This warm and decadent Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich came out last and as a result, was less eaten than the rest of the food. The brownie is rich and decadent and deserved to be completely devoured. There’s always next time, right? We’d really eaten our way through the new Sugar Factory location, and these insane milkshakes were something we had to try. The Insane Tie Dye Milkshake comes covered in cotton candy, and the other is the Caramel Sugar Daddy Milkshake, another one of the insane variety.
You have to see it more up close to really appreciate all the goodness in these crazy desserts. The mugs are covered in chocolate and other toppings, so the trick is to take your spoon up the side of the glass to scrape the chocolate onto it before you then dive into the shake with said spoon. O M G.
Have I said I love cotton candy?? It’s one reason I wear that Garmin GPS fitness tracker. For reals.
The table was covered in a beautifully sticky sweet rainbow, and we couldn’t have been happier.
Thank you, Sugar Factory, for having us. This media tasting was an eye rolling experience of total yum and our server, Stephen with a ph, was a blast. Everyone there, in fact, was accommodating, friendly and did all they could to ensure our visit was a success. How could it not be with all of this?
Visit the Sugar Factory at their website, and take a peek at this huge menu of goodness. Reservations can be made online and if you’re not going to be in Las Vegas any time soon, look at the list of other cities where you can experience the magic of Sugar Factory. Hours vary and most locations host parties and group events with advanced notice. Whichever location you visit, give yourself adequate time to slowly enjoy all of your food and drinks.
Let yourself be a kid again at the new Sugar Factory location…even if it’s with one of those amazing adult bevs!