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[MSP] Where to eat in Twin Cities if I wanted to pretend to be in Vegas?

As I said in this thread, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41403... , I wish I were in Vegas right now. But, alas, I'm not. But, if I wanted to pretend, all weekend, to be in Vegas, where in the Twin Cities would I go to eat? Any ideas? Perhaps you know of places with great buffets? Or places that also have a restaurant in Vegas?

~TDQ

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  1. There is a P F Changs in Vegas and we have them in Maple Grove and Southdale. However feel wise its Manici's on west 7th. The booths of glitter and the bar area reminds me of a Vegas lounge. Good Buffets you will get allot of asian ones listed but for good standard fare .http://www.tinuccis.com/Dining.htm Enjoy baby!

    1. mystic lake buffet-- genuine slot-machine sounds in the background for ambiance?

      i don't do many buffets but fogo sounds like it might be one of the better buffets-- with service, in town

      i agree with liney that the old-timey steak and supper clubs around town remind me of that bygone era of vegas where you might see the rat pack at caesar's: manny's, murray's, monte carlo, nye's, mancini's, jax. . .

      1. Great ideas, thank you, keep 'em coming! (I have a whole weekend to fill...) I love the "lounge" suggestions--perfect for at least one of my meals. And, yes, Mystic Lake would be a good choice, too. FDC would be a kick!

        What about breakfasts?

        Thanks, everyone!

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          (first time posting!)

          If you're going for ambiance, and not necessarily the food, I couldn't help but notice how Vegas-like the patio seating in front of Bellanote is while I was downtown a few weeks ago. After dark, with the lighting and the fountains... it was sort of Disney does Vegas. In a good way.

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            If you want to pretend you're in the seedier parts of Vegas, grab a booth in the piano bar half of Nyes. To really make it feel like Vegas though, take a couple thousand dollars and flush then down the toilets downstairs. ;)

            And someone has to say it, go to Vegas Lounge on Central! Granted, meat raffles aren't a Vegas fixture, but you're less likely to meet some NFL cornerback's stray bullet there.

          2. It depends on the vibe you want! Mancinis does the best job of having the old school thing going on. Head to Nye's for drinks, they have some of that feel while also bringing an "anything can happen" vibe. Pretend the piano is a blackjack table, and you're all set. Sadly, we don't have anything that comes anywhere near The Peppermill.

            If you want a Vegas-like Buffet, Mystic Lake's is very similar to the mid-range buffets in Vegas. If you want to do a big brunch buffet, hit the Famous Daves Sunday Brunch Buffet at Calhoun Square. If you consume enough bloody marys (they have a bloody mary bar) you can pretend you're at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch at Mandalay Bay.

            1. HA! You guys are awesome, as always, thank you. I never even knew Famous Dave's had a brunch buffet! Funny.

              Welcome, blue skiesMN, thank you for the terrific suggestion!

              You know, I've never been to Nyes? (The pull of Kramarczuk's is too strong.) I might have to go this weekend! (and, thanks, Foureyes, but we'll probably keep our cash rather than literally flushing. That's one part of the Vegas experience I don't mind missing.)

              ~TDQ

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              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                as many have stated in other posts, TDQ, nye's may fall short on chowish value and the food is really quite pricey for what it is. i've slammed nye's a few times but i'd like to say that that sort of ambiance, piano bar and all, is what is adding a few bucks to the price of your entree, & if you go to nye's for the spectacle and the experience, you can't complain!

                it is very vegas-- sparkly booths, martinis, relish tray, 72 year old servers with too much makeup. . . if you've never gone i'd encourage you to experience nye's but expect to pay more than you might like for chow that doesn't wow--- but gosh it's fun especially if "the world's most dangerous polka band" is playing and you've had a stiff shot of polish brandy!