After being dazzled by Cirque du Soleil Ka at the MGM in Las Vegas, my stomach was growling something fierce. All those acrobatics worked up an appetite. For me. Before the show, we had scoped out all the well renowned restaurants and after a short game of eenie-meenie-miney-mo, Michael Mina’s Nobhill Tavern was “it”.

I instinctively clutched my purse, as I had heard they had an $85 Lobster Pot Pie.

Then, I opened up my wallet to make sure I had some serious cash, and thanks to this being a “gambling-free’ Vegas trip there was some bread left in there. Phew.

I immediately spotted the Maine Lobster Pot Pie on the menu for MP (Market Price) which was, yep, a whopping 85 bucks. I briefly wondered if the crust would be laced with 24kt gold or if the copper pot they cooked it in was a souvenir to take home. Nope. And nope.

As much as I really wanted the experience of such an exquisite, once-in-a-lifetime dish, I couldn’t justify spending that amount on one persons meal. That is not like me. Being cheap, yes. Passing up on a unique new experience, almost never.

The purse strings were padlocked.

So, instead Peter ordered the $20 Kobe burger with “secret sauce” and cheddar. He is a sucker for a good burger. And that it was.

I had the exquisite Seared Day Boat Scallops with braised radicchio and grapes ($34). I was feeling slightly better thinking that this dish probably had 1,000 less calories than pot pie. Until…

…the most unique dish showed up at the next door table just to taunt me. “Look at what the high rollers are eating. You passed up on this pot pie? You big cheapy.”

I ogled as the server cracked the crust and dished out enough lobster and baby vegetables to feed two.

Michael Mina, I will be back and that damn Lobster Pot Pie will be all mine. I am not sharing.

The pricey bill arrived (OUCH!) and I was semi-relieved that it was sans the $85 charge.

What’s the most expensive restaurant you have been too? Did you ever really regret not trying a dish at a restaurant?