Harrah's Carnaval Court (last visit: October 2006).
Ice cream.

What is Nature's most perfect food?  It's obviously either ice cream or chocolate, but why decide?  Get a hot fudge sundae and have the best of both worlds.  Ghirardelli is a San Francisco chocolate company, but they also operate a number of ice cream shops.  Sure, the shops sell chocolate, but ice cream is their raison d'etre.

The Menu
Ice cream of course!  The simple menu displays pictures of a number of sundaes - caramel, berry, butterscotch and the like - but the hot fudge sundae takes pride of place.  "World Famous HOT FUDGE SUNDAE" and "Home-made hot fudge sauce fresh daily," the menu proclaims.  "Indulge yourself with the Ghirardelli Classic Two scoops of premium vanilla ice cream overflowing with our fresh home-made hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry."  You may also custom order, specifying type of ice cream, sauce(s), and toppings.

The Atmosphere
Pretty basic, it's part chocolate shop and part ice cream parlor.  It's located in Harrah's Carnaval Court, which can get lively (translation: loud music from outside).

The Hot Fudge Sundae
Ghirardelli did many things right.  First, they used a heavy piece of real glass.  It was cup/bowl shaped; while some might prefer a more tapered design, I won't quibble.  Second, they provided a long handled spoon.  Most importantly, their hot fudge was good - not great, not life changing, but good - and there's enough of it.  However, there was one significant flaw - the ice cream.  It was OK, but not especially good.  Worse yet, it was served very hard.

I guess I'll have to keep looking for a great hot fudge sundae in Las Vegas.

Their hot fudge sundae has potential, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat one.

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