Hexx Kitchen & Bar
At a Glance
What is it?
A 24 hour eatery with its own chocolate factory and a great view of The Strip.
Where is it?
At Paris Las Vegas on the Center Strip.
What kind of food is served?
A little bit of everything. If you can’t find something you like here, you’re way too picky.
What is the atmosphere like?
Open and airy with a great Strip-side patio.
How is the service?
Fast, efficient, and very friendly.
What are the prices like?
More expensive than you’d usually pay for these kinds of dishes at a local restaurant but not out of line for The Strip.
What else do I need to know?
Did I mention the chocolate factory?
What’s the bottom line?
Almost as good as the restaurant it replaced… almost.
Hexx has not only taken over the space at Paris Las Vegas once occupied by the Sugar Factory restaurant and sweet shop but it has also taken over its basic concept: a wide variety of good food, served most of the day, with a healthy dose of sugar thrown in to keep you motivated. While it may not be as perfectly sweet as its forebearer, it is still an excellent place to grab a bite to eat, people watch, and zone out on chocolate overload.
The indoor/outdoor space is lovely, with a white and gold design scheme keeping things sunny and a big patio providing great views of the throngs crowding The Strip and the Bellagio Fountains across the street. It was roughly a billion degrees on the day I visited so I chose to eat indoors but plenty of people were braving the heat under the broad canopy and didn’t seem bothered by it.
Consider starting with one of their signature cocktails, done as a “potion” complete with a dry-ice container spewing faux-fog across the table. Hexx. Get it? Cute, but a little on the pricey side.
There are three menus. Breakfast has items like fresh fruit, smoothies, steak and eggs, quiche, Eggs Benedict, build your own omelets, French toast, pancakes of several varieties, breakfast pizza, and some “Not Breakfast” options like a hamburger, salad, or even filet mignon. Lunch cycles in sharable plates like fries smothered in pulled pork, baked cheese, and a charcuterie plate plus soup, salad, a Kobe beef burger, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and entrees like jambalaya, salmon, and several steaks. Dinner removes the sandwiches and adds a few more entrees like lamb osso bucco and grilled salmon.
So yeah, a little bit of something for just about every taste.
I visited at lunch but was still in a breakfast kind of mood so I split the difference with a starter of their “Overcooked Bacon,” thick slices of Applewood smoked meat, done extra crispy, and served with a cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple aioli (which in this case was sort of a fancy name for sweet mayonnaise and I for one think there is absolutely nothing wrong with that). It was divine and didn’t have a hint of cholesterol, I’m sure.
For my main I went with the chicken and waffles, a personal favorite. The waffles were fluffy and crunchy at the same time – in other words perfect – and came with a rich maple syrup and a house made apple butter. The latter was amazing and I found myself going back to it more than the syrup, which should tell you something. The chicken was basically three big breast tenders, fried to a golden crisp, and fine but nothing overly special. Everything else was so good I was willing to forgive the pedestrian bird on top.
I went by myself so I didn’t have a chance to get multiple dishes with guests like I normally do, but I chatted up a few of the people sitting near me and I got nothing but raves for the meals they were eating. One woman had an eyes-rolling-back-in-the-head reaction to the spaghetti carbonara and another proclaimed the smothered fries to be a perfect hangover remedy.
There’s a full, extensive dessert menu of cakes, pies, shakes, and sundaes, many of which are done with chocolate made in their own mini-factory. They source beans from Peru, Tanzania, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Madagascar then roast them on site and put them through a production and aging process that takes weeks to get to the final product. I sampled all of them, of course, and each was quite delicious but if I had to pick one I’d go with the Peru, with its hints of fruity raisin flavor.
If chocolate doesn’t do it for you, spend some time in the sweet shop with all manner of sugary confections available to go.
As you would expect from a restaurant in this high-profile of a location on The Strip, prices are a bit on the high side. If you go really basic you might be able to do lunch for $25-$30 but it’s easy to go a lot higher than that. If all you’re looking for is a quick refueling, this may not be your best option but if you want a proper, high-quality meal you could do a lot worse for your money in this town.
I was a big fan of the Sugar Factory and while Hexx may not quite hit the same sugar high that its predecessor did, it still casts quite a spell.