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      Soufflé at Bacchanal Buffet.

      Soufflé

      The lines have been crazy long at the weeks-old Bacchanal Buffet megafeast at Caesars Palace, but this delicate dessert might be worth the wait. A perfect soufflé is hard to pull off in any kitchen, so a fresh-baked-to-order soufflé stop in the sparkling glass-encased dessert station at the Strip’s newest buffet seems like an impossible fantasy. But here they are, beautifully light, custard-y clouds of sweetness. This place is all about overdoing it, so push your dessert experience to the limit by topping your soufflé with rich bananas foster. (Available at Bacchanal Buffet, $25-$40, Caesars Palace, 731-7928)

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      Baked lasagna at Allegro.

      Baked Lasagna Napoletana

      Take what you know about lasagna and forget it. At new Wynn Italian joint Allegro, chef Enzo Febbraro makes his with slow-cooked baby back ribs and miniature meatballs, layered with fresh pasta, meat ragu, ricotta and smoked mozzarella. The result is a deeply flavorful and complex creation that’s so much better than the way your mother made it. And you don’t even have to do the dishes. ($28, Allegro, Wynn, 700-2040)

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      Papas fritas con mole at China Poblano.

      Mole fries

      China Poblano’s menu of tacos and dim sum is just wacky enough to work, but now I’m thinking the kitchen crew at this colorful Cosmopolitan restaurant should concentrate on creating an entire menu of fancy French fry options. Drenched in nutty, spicy, chocolatey mole sauce, these papas fritas go beyond addictive, crisp and creamy potato goodness punched up with wide, rich flavors. The perfect finishing touches are a drizzle of Mexican crema and salty queso fresco. I’m also thinking this is the best seven dollars I’ve ever spent. ($7, China Poblano, Cosmopolitan, 698-7000)

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