Las Vegas Birthday Trip
At the end of July, my friend's parents are paying for us to go with them to Las Vegas for the father's birthday. I've been researching where to eat, and it is very overwhelming, especially have to take the parents into consideration. My friend and I are foodies, but the parents tend to have much simpler tastes. I guess I'm looking for places with food that's excellent but not too fussy, service that's friendly and not uptight, and a place that these simple people will feel important, but not out of place. The parents say they trust me and anywhere I bring them they know will be great, but . . . We won't have a car so that leaves out quite a few places, I know.
If you're not going to have a car, at the end of July, you'll need to disclose where you'll be staying to get any meaningful recs.
The very first place that comes to my mind is Mon Ami Gabi. I think everyone would be very happy with that choice - and be sure to tell them about the celebration when you make reservations.
Another possibility is Emeril's. As foodies, you and your friend probably won't be awed, but it IS pretty good. In my opinion, it's much better than Mon Ami Gabi, but you're likely to get strongly diverging opinions here. Emeril's is informal, and not at all intimidating. Another plus is location - it's in the MGM Grand. On the down side, Emeril's is more expensive than Mon Ami Gabi.
One thing worth noting about Mon Ami Gabi is that outdoor dining is available, with a great view of the Bellagio fountains. However, reservations are not accepted for outdoors, and it's likely to be blisteringly hot in July, even at night. Some people can tolerate it, others not.
Do Rosemary's. Definitely plenty for the foodies in the crowd, and plenty of
accessible dishes for the more staid celebrants.
Service is warm and unpretentious, while totally on top of everything. Let them
know it's a special occasion and I'm sure you'll be well taken care of.