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Apr 26, 2007 03:23 PM

Foodie Heads to Vegas...

Hey Guys
So, I am new to chowhound and just love it... so, I have to ask my obligatory first question in regards to Vegas. I am sure y'all (yes, I am from Texas) get this one ALL the time, so please forgive the Chow-Virgin....

I have 3 nights only in Vegas... I figure that is 9-10 meal periods... and yes, that is how I see vacations, in meal periods... Where oh where should I eat! I have never been, but I do know that there are so many great places. How do I choose?! And, it doesn't have to be fine dining, if you know of a good hole-in the wall or a place that serves a special something, do share!

So far, I have reservations at Bouchon...which, I am so excited about. All other 8-9 meal periods are open! Thank you guys so much!

The Chow-V!

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  1. Just got back from Vegas myself from LA, we went to Joel Robuchon at the Mansion and Le Cirque. Robuchon was amazing, overall the best restaurant experience of my life - but it was SO expensive! We went in a group, got a few bottles of good wine and the 10 course tasting...and it was $600/person. If that doesn't make you gulp then definitely go there! For similar food in a more casual atmosphere, and a more reasonable (but still expensive) tab, try L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Le Cirque was nothing special. Friends went to Picasso and loved it - I've also heard Alex, Bartolotta di Mare, Il Mulino, and Lotus of Siam are excellent. Happy eating!

    1. If you spend some time scrolling down you'll see that this board should probably be renamed the Vegas board because there are so many posts about it! That being said, I'd strongly recommend Rosemary's which is off the strip. Especially after reading about your faves in Austin. Mayflower Cuisinier is also in the same direction as Rosemary's and doesn't get a lot of play here. Lotus of Siam, on the other hand, has almost gotten to be a cliche but it is spectacular Thai. Not sure where you're staying but I'd steer clear of Valentino's and Valentino's Light in the Venetian. Both in my opinion are terrible.

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      1. re: IslayMan

        Thanks for the information and good recommendations. I will scroll through and get some more ideas. Any thoughts on Simon, Nobu or David Bouley?

        1. re: Aggiegirl1998

          I like Sushi Roku in the Shops at Ceasar's Palace, which is a branch of the Santa Monica restaurant. They make a lobster sushi with miso sauce that is out of this world: the miso is very lightly broiled with a small blow torch (like the kind used for creme brulee.) The rest of the menu is very hip and imaginative.

          There is also a Joe's Stone Crab in Caesar's and the people eating there looked very happy -- we didn't go since we were more in a sushi mood, but I've enjoyed their food in Miami so you might consider it.

          For a fun French meal, if you want one in addition to Bouchon, try Mon Ami Gabi in Paris which is a branch of the Mon Ami Gabi in Chicago. Very nice bistro food, good steaks and frites. If it's not blistering hot, you might want to eat outside and watch the lights on the strip. There is a cocktail lounge up in the fake Eiffel Tower in Paris that is a lot of fun, but you should know you can't wear shorts there. One of the guys in our group did and he wasn't allowed upstairs.

          L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon ought to fill the bill -- the mansion is super expensive and I don't think it's worth it.

          1. re: Aggiegirl1998

            David bouley is in NYC. I wish he had a place in vegas. Bouley is one of my favorite restaurants.

            1. re: mrsjoujou

              I'm sure he/she meant Daniel Boulud.

            2. re: Aggiegirl1998

              Are you thinking of Daniel Boulud? Or David Burke?

              1. re: gmonkey

                hey Guys
                I mean Daniel Boulud (Brasserie). In Food and Wine this month, they speak of the Foie Gras Stuffed Burger... Other mentions are.. Alex, DB BRasserie, Guy Savoy, Nine Fine Irishmen, Simon and Stripsteak. Thoughts... and thank you in advance!


                1. re: Aggiegirl1998

                  The DB Burger is awesome....truely decadent. I think DB Brasserie is featuring it on their Prix Fixe menu right now....3 courses for $48 if you are seated before 7pm.

                  Ask for a window or patio wont be disappointed!

                  1. re: Aggiegirl1998

                    The bar area is great..Comfortable and good service and you can order full menu. Food ranged fron excellent to good. Stay away from the silly Foie Gras burger. Total waste of $. No question it was good, but nothing beyond that and for the money, I'd rather have many different things on their menu (or even pour into a slot machine, and I hate slots!). All in all a decent place. Just a note, they do allow you to BYO wine, as long as it isn't on their list. They do not advertise nor would I suggest bringing more than 1 but they do allow for marginal cost (I think they charged us $20).

                    1. re: LVI

                      Great info! Thanks.... I will keep all that in mind!

                      1. re: Aggiegirl1998

                        Everybody raves about the breakfasts at Bouchon (I have eaten there a couple of times and liked it, not loved. Although I will say that their quiche is UNREAL. The single greatest I have ever had. OMG is it good!!!), but you should go to the Verandah at the Four Seasons for breakfast at least once. I have had many items there, all oustanding, but the Huevos Rancheros are off the charts good. If it is not on their menu, just ask for it. They are happy to make it. Sitting on that patio there and eating breakfast is one of the great Las Vegas treats.
                        For dinner, another outside recommendation is the patio @ Picasso. Although not cheap, it is a spectacular way to enjoy one of the better LV restaurants while sitting outside watching fountains of the Bellagio. Priceless!

            3. Since some of those 9-10 meals will likely be breakfast, I really recommend the pancakes at the Terrace Pointe Cafe in the Wynn if it's not too hot to eat on their outdoor terrace overlooking the pool. Here's my post about that: --don't miss the photo of the pancakes. (Lots of other good recommendations from our fellow chowhounds in that thread, too).

              The same 'hound who tipped me off to the pancakes at the Wynn says that, if you can get there early (breakfast service stops at 10:30), Bouchon in the Venezia tower at The Venetian makes fantastic french toast.


              Finally, I really love the Peppermill (their giant, giant fruit salad is gorgeous) for that tacky, old-timey Vegas feel. Their red-vinyl sunken cocktail lounge is a must-see in my book.

              And, Lotus of Siam, as everyone says, is wonderful. I recommend the whole, fried catfish.


              1. Bradley Ogden should definitely be in your plans for dinner. Absolutely phenomenal. The Wynn has a great brunch, and Nobu is fantastic for sushi.

                1. Just a note of thanks to all for their reply! I am so excited to go and EAT! LOL, ok... and gamble, too! ;)