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On our way to Vegas for my brother's 40th bday. He wants to sample a little bit of everything on the Strip. Am looking for recommendations for everything from hot dogs to a nice, mid-level celebratory meal ($100pp, not including alcohol). Breakfast recommendations are also welcome.

And where oh where will we find a good cup of coffee?

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  1. A great breakfast place on the strip that's kind of 'Old Vegas' is the Peppermill.
    Huge Portions, Great Food, Great Coffee, Great Atmosphere.....love the multi colored sugar granuals.....for the coffee.....
    It's a lot of fun!

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    Peppermill Inn
    2985 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    1. re: ciaogal

      Agreed--just got back from a weekend in Vegas, and we had late-late-LATE nite food & drinks at the Peppermill, and it was awesome! The place looks like some awesomely bad disco/80's nightmare (in a good way) and the food was tasty and well-priced.

      As for hot dogs--not sure if its open yet, but the Sports Lounge at Planet Hollywood is being renovated into "Pink's Sports Lounge" and will serve Pink's hotdogs (from LA). When it was still the Alassin, they served Pink's dogs in the coffee shop, and they are mighty good.

      1. re: EDL

        I third the Peppermill. Fun decor and good food but insanely big portions, even for Vegas. Their omlettes are made with TEN eggs. Seriously. And after receiving his bloody mary (also huge), the hubby declared it was the best ever and also had enough garnishes on it to serve as his whole meal.

        We also have had a couple of very nice meals at Mon Ami Gabi, in Paris, with seating outside on the strip so you can peoplewatch - or fountain watch, if it's later in the day, as the Bellagio is across the street. Great monkfish, very nice lobster bisque.

        There's some good hot dogs in NYNY in their food court kind of area. Also, Nine Fine Irishmen has crazy good shepherd's pie.

        There are enough places with Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and others that we have found finding good or acceptable coffee quite easy. Paris has great cafe presse and espressos in their patisserie. Not to mention the lovely pastries. Great for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up.

        And also ditto on the Pinks dogs at Planet Hollywood. And your brother may appreciate the beautiful girls in the main bar - with their Victoria's Secret style outfits, they are sure popular with the boys. And the drinks menu there is really good. I look forward to taking my brothers in law there in a few weeks to watch their eyes pop out!

        1. re: EDL

          Just wanted to add that I meant the ALADDIN, not "Alassin" :)
          So happy to hear that Pink's is open again! I'm a Chicago Dog girl, but those Pinks dogs are awesome!

        2. re: ciaogal

          The Peppermill is my one absolute must when I'm in Vegas. Their coffee is the best I have had anywhere. It's the rich, thick kind that can almost keep the spoon standing straight up on its own. The coffee is great black, but I just have to add sugar because I love the rainbow sugar sprinkles. If you have a bunch of people, order the Fruit Salad (that's exactly the way to order it; there's about four variations on the menu and simply asking for "the fruit salad" will bring the one you want). It makes a perfect light breakfast... for three. Maybe four. When they bring the thing to your table, it looks like the waitress just dropped off Carmen Miranda's hat. I greatly appreciate that the waitstaff still bids you good night until the sun has started to rise.

        3. Noodles (in the Bellagio) for the crispy-skin roast suckling pig appetizer, dimsum and black cod congee

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          1. re: barleywino

            Unfortunately, I found out about it on its last day of existence, but the snack bar in the now-closed Frontier had a jumbo hot dog that they advertised as a "footlong" hot dog. It was closer to 1-1/2 feet long, and they gave me 2 of them on my order, probably because the casino/hotel was closing within the hour at midnight yesterday evening.

            I couldn't believe I ate 3 feet of hot dogs in one meal. :-) I feel like I can take on Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi in the next Nathan's hot dog eating contest. :-)

            I had long been looking for an alternative to the jumbo hot dogs that they used to serve at the Boardwalk. The search continues ...

            1. re: Wonginator

              What about Slots-A-Fun?
              Did you try the Hot Dog there?

              1. re: ciaogal

                No, I haven't tried the hot dog there yet. I rarely hang out in that section of the Strip because Circus Circus is the only casino within walking distance. My regular Vegas hangouts are the southern end of the Strip, where MGM-NYNY-Luxor are, the middle of the Strip, where the Mirage-TI-Wynn-Caesars are, or downtown. No nice casinos in the northern end of the Strip where Circus Circus, Sahara, Stratosphere, and Riviera are.

                To me, a hot dog is not necessarily something I go out of my way to get. If I'm already hanging out there, then it's convenient and easy to get.

                I haven't been to Circus Circus in at least 10 years, possibly longer. Maybe this now gives me an excuse to stop by there on my next trip, just to try the hot dog at Slots A Fun.