No one on The Strip serves a $1,000 sundae like Serendipity 3, the Romanesque building at the front of the Caesars Palace resort.
That “Golden Opulence Sundae” was recently featured in Outrageous!, the feature Cheap Eats publishes every Friday about extraordinary food and drink in the Valley.
That sundae has flecks of real gold.
For research purposes only, we went for the “Outrageous Banana Split” on the menu, settling for the “Coward’s Portion” at $14. A full-size banana split is $18.
We ate only some of this mountain of whipped cream, with scoops of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, bananas, strawberry sauce, dark chocolate sauce and caramel sauce.
It was such a sugar rush, it lasted for hours.
We skipped the maraschino cherry — how much can one take on a hot day, surrounded by sugar?
Server Travis Reel laughed, from the time we arrived until the time we left much, much later.
To help us along, he brought water. Then more water.
Then a fruity drink with more ice cream (vanilla), melon liqueur, and topped with a wedge of fresh pineapple.
Then more water.
“I love working here!” he said, with enthusiasm. “It’s a party all the time.”
Easy for him to say. He was wearing a “Peace, Love and Serendipity” T-shirt and not eating a mountain of ice cream.
Daunted, we left slightly-dented ridges of whipped cream and sauce puddling in the heat.
“Do you want a take-home box?” he asked.
We would just rather return for a menu that has deep-fried Oreos and ice cream ($14), Audrey’s “can’t say no” sundae (also $14) or the trademark “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate” ($9.75 for regular, $13 for two).
The menu notes that its sweets — such as humble pie (creamy peanut butter on graham cracker crust), apple cobbler, “heavenly” carrot cake, “creme de la cream” cheesecake, and “Sol’s chocolate blackout cake” are all large enough to share, at $10.
Judging from the huge portions of food at surrounding tables, it looks as if most food at Serendipity 3 is to share.
It just depends how much goodness you can eat all by yourself.
Serendipity has pasta, sandwiches (including a triple-decker grilled cheese), appetizers, burgers, pizzas, omelettes, and salads.
These are definitely Strip prices — $14.50 for a hot dog, but it’s a foot-long with house-made bun, and waffle fries or sweet potato fries or coleslaw.
Heftier meals include seared tuna, salmon, beef ribs, skirt steak and “Gary’s Chicken Pot Pie”.
In triple-digit weather, this is an ice cream mecca, for serious ice cream lovers — or parents with extra spoons for all the kids.
It’s also truly cool, with industrial fans and misters. Because it’s elevated from The Strip and has it own roof, Serendipity tends to give better shade than most of the other patios we visited for this series of 20.
Maybe that’s why the staff seems to have so much fun. Can’t recall seeing servers this cheery anywhere else along The Strip, especially in this heat and Mojave wind.
More: Serendipity 3, caesarspalace.com.