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Sep 21, 2006 08:32 PM

Las Vegas Best Value Dining -- Any Level, Any Type

I'm in the throes of planning our annual trip to LV with friends. Last year we hit all the price-is-no-object places, staying at Wynn and eating at both of Robuchon's restaurants and Alex (as well as Rosemary's and LOS), and so on. I guess it's a good thing Guy Savoy's place still wasn't open.

This year's theme is value for money. We want to eat the best we can dollar for dollar. Could be anything, at any price level (from haut to down and dirty), just as long as it's excellent for the price.

I'm thinking about return visits to LOS and Rosemary's. For new places, after much research here on CH and elsewhere, I'm currently thinking about the following among others (no particular order):

Burger Bar
Circus Circus Steakhouse
Table 34
Big Mama's Ribs
Hash House a Go Go
Commander's Palace
Peppermill (partly for the old LV aspect)

Was hoping to get some opinions on these as well as any better suggestions relative to the value-for-money criterion. Thoughts?

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  1. I like Table 34 but think it is not as interesting as Todd's; I would definitely go to Todd's and skip Table 34. Todd's does have a nice value to money ratio. I also believe that on Wednesdays you can bring in wine with no corkage. There is a large Lee's Liquor's just down the street from Todd's. I really like that corkage policy.

    I am not crazy about Hash House a Go Go, but if I was going there, I'd probably go for breakfast; they have some appealing breakfast items. If you are inclined to drive, the new barbeque place at the Red Rock, Salt Lick, is good and a good value; plus, you'd get to see the resort. Also out in the Summerlin area is Hannah's, which gets mixed reviews, but which I think offers some good Asian choices. Still, if you like Asian, there are three new Malaysian places either on or off of Spring Mountain Road that are terrific and terrifically cheap. I like Banana Leaf, which is just off SM.
    If you like sushi, there is a place called Koto which is up on Eastern Ave. They do an AYCE for 24.99, and it is a terrific bargain. The sushi is excellent, fresh and well presented; there are some interesting rolls and also Japanese specialty items. Even if you don't do all you can eat, it's an excellent deal, and family owned. The only better sushi that I have had here consistently is at Nobu and Okada, both of which are of course far more expensive.
    If you are really looking for an LV experience, and a delicious treat after LOS, head to Luv-It custard, on Oakey off LV Blvd (near the stratosphere). There you can get a delicious Western Sundae featuring both caramel and hot fudge for a whopping $4.95, and believe me, it is plenty large enough to share.

    1. From recent opinions on another website I would just go to Peppermill for drinks in the lounge and skip the food. The portions are still huge but the food has been disappointing lately.

      1. The 3 course lunch special at Rosemary's is a fantastic bargain. If you're drinking martinis, then Commander's Palace at lunch is also a great deal. Hash House a Go Go is a bargain if you are into quantity - perhaps go to brunch and count it as two meals.

        Have a good time.

        1. Lots of Vietnamese and Asian places on Spring Mtn. Had a great and cheap banh mi at Nu Lan on my last visit.


          1. Kabobs is really good good, mediterrarean, but don't be in a hurry, food is cooked to order, but excellent, worth the wait. You will wait though, but I've gone more than once, once you finally get the food you forget how long you waited. Kung Fu in China Town for Tom Yum soup, the best Tom Yum soup I've ever tasted. Vietnamese, Hue Thai the best vietnamese but no atmosphere, you'll be eating with the locals, most of Asian descent, so you know the food is good. Pick up a big fat burrito for lunch at Chipolte, their a chain, but those made to order - Subway style- burritos are hard to beat! Bangkok cafe for Thai lunch too, say hi to Ken for me! One of my old favorites, miss them much, just moved to ABQ! Nothing at Wynn, a hamburger is twelve bucks! and that doesn't include fries! ha ha! Cheap entertainment? Check out Harrah's 6pm - 9pm Karoke and then the Dueling Pianos, that's my favorite, just the price of a couple of drinks and you get good old vegas entertainment. Quite fun. Even dancing in carnival court if you choose, but go during the week, it's free. On Saturday nights it's still only $3.00! But, the crowd is young if you don't mind that.