Las Vegas, off-the-strip, reccomendations
My wife and I will be in Vegas for an business convention for a few days. We have relatives there, and will rent a car and stay with them, but will be at the Southpoint Hotel (south of the Airport) during the day.
Our relatives aren't huge foodies, so I'm looking for some good recommendations for local inexpensive restaurants. Not the $$$-$$$$ celebrity chef on-the-strip GRAND EXPERIENCE, just something (perhaps) locally-owned, ethnic, southwest, you get the idea. There's also a chance we may take a few couples out for dinner from the convention, so the place can't be TOO gritty. Summerlin, Henderson, North Vegas is fine too.
I've read on this board about Rosemary's, Lotus of Siam, MarcheBacchus, Cafe BaBaReeba. Come on, there must be some more favorites out there!
Just down the Street from the Southpoint before you get to Mandalay Bay on the East Side of S.Las Vegas Blvd. is the Bootlegger.
It is Classic Italian....wonderful garlic knots and homemade sauces ...... try the mussels in spicy marinara as an appetizer!
They have entertainment in the lounge.......it's alot of fun!
Todd's in Henderson is very good and is BYO wine on Wednesdays. If you like sushi, Koto on Eastern Ave. is tops and AYCE is $25 a person. Settebello in Henderson is very good thin crust pizza and a pleasant place. Ventano's is also good, traditional Italian with a very nice valley view. All are reasonably close to the South Pointe.
I have to second Koto....in Henderson. The sushi was fresh....creative and reasonable.
I can't wait until my next visit!
Another good lunch/ dinner suggestion is Panevino on Sunset just East of the Strip.... very close to the South point.
Don't rule out the South Point Buffet or the Big Sur Oyster Bar for a great Meal.
There is a coupon in the Fun Book when you check in to the Hotel for a 2 4 1 @ the Buffet.....it is a terrific Value.
The Big Sur Oyster Bar features Great Specials such as Sea Bass w/ Lobster and a Saffron Risotto as well as some great Raw Bar selections.
Michael's Restaurant has moved from Barbary Coast to the South Point for Classic Continental Cuisine such as Chateaubriand, Rack of Lamb and Dover Sole...the Service is impeccable.....
I usually stay at the South Point when I'm in town and invariably take at least one dinner at Table 34, which - as another poster has mentioned - is a comparatively short drive from the South Point, being in a small plaza on Warm Springs Rd. East, just east of Las Vegas Blvd. and south of the airport. It's innovative Southwest cooking in a pleasant space and with agreeable service. And be assured, since you seem to be watching expenses, that it offers quite good value in both food and drink. Good for either lunch or dinner, though it truly shines at dinner. Closed for dinner on Sunday and Monday, though, if I recall correctly.
I also recall, on this board some months ago, someone raving about a barbecue joint in a small plaza almost diagonally across from the South Point. I never did get to it, but - as described - it seemed to be more of a takeout and lunch spot than a large sit-down kind of joint. I don't recall the name, alas, but good barbecue is hard to find in Las Vegas and I propose to seek it out next month when I'm in Las Vegas again. Perhaps, if you don't care to stand in line for lunch at the South Point's buffet, you might give it a try - assuming it's still there - and report back on its quality.
Rincon de Buenos Aires. Great Argentinian place that's a combo deli and restaurant. Inexpensive, good quality and good portions. People rave about the steak sandwich but I'm partial to the mixed grill. But that's assuming you like the blood sausage and sweetbreads that come with it, which I do.