Tao Beach and Marquee Dayclub deliver next-level club cuisine

Let’s play word association. I say, “pool party food.” You say, “chicken fingers.” Am I right? Those boring tenders are typically the tastiest and most convenient option to soak up booze and maintain the party. But club bites can be so much better—and they are at Tao Beach (at Venetian) and Marquee Dayclub (at the Cosmopolitan), where Tao Group Corporate Chef Marc Marrone plans the menu and never cuts corners when creating the most delicious day dishes.

If I say, “best burger in Vegas,” you would never think to answer, “Buddha Beach Burger at Tao.” One of Marrone’s favorite creations is this double-patty, super melty, spicy-sauced masterpiece ($15), and I’m having a hard time putting another Vegas burger above it. Tao Beach’s new menu also includes the towering chicken katsu club sandwich ($18) and addictive sweet potato fries ($9) served with mango chile ketchup and curry aioli. That’s called flavor on flavor.

Meanwhile, at Marquee Dayclub, fuel up right with a sausage and bacon breakfast sandwich ($12), keep it light with a trio of tasty dips plus veggies, taro chips and pita ($16) or share a sublime Wagyu skirt steak with chimichurri and lime ($28) with your cabana mates. You’ll start to wonder if you’re actually at a fine-dining restaurant, and yeah, that’s the idea.