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Vegas "landmark" restaurant?

LisaZee Nov 3, 2007 11:06 AM

Help - what's the name of the coffee shop-like place that's been around since the 70s (tho they apparently ruined it with updated decor)?

Worth a visit? We'd be going more for the atmosphere than the food.

Thanks for the great tips for LV eats. We've got a reservation at Bouchon, and are planning to try Lotus of Siam, maybe dim sum for bruch, sunset drinks at Mix.

Any other suggestions welcome! We're there for 3 days, don't have a car, and Bouchon is probably the most expensive place we'll get to. After reading about LOS maybe we should just have all our meals there.

We're 4 women from San Fran, DC and Manhattan, so we're used to good food -- looking for suggestions that are particularly "Vegas"-y, if there are any left.


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    kjs RE: LisaZee Nov 3, 2007 01:30 PM

    not sure when they opened, it sounds like you are talking about the Peppermill...personally, i don't think the place is "ruined" but understand, it's a basic place - large servings...no real stand outs - the fruit plate is enough for all of you - comes with a mini-loaf with a marshmallow topping...tasty, the fruit...it's better in the summer...

    vegas-y...hmmmm...this could mean many things - if you mean nostalgia - then i suggest either andre's in downtown, pamplemousse on sahara, i have not been to michael's since it moved to southpointe but that might also work..if you mean "the scene" then you have tao, n9ne, mix, stack...among others....for good food and a scene...i recommend n9ne at the palms

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      ciaogal RE: kjs Nov 3, 2007 01:35 PM

      The Bootlegger on Las Vegas Blvd. S. It old time Vegas Italian....
      Been around since the 40's.
      They feature some great entertainment! and classic Italian specialties.....

    2. swf36d RE: LisaZee Nov 3, 2007 03:31 PM

      Hugo's Cellar without a doubt. You can imagine the Rat Pack sitting there.

      1. azbirdiemaker RE: LisaZee Nov 3, 2007 11:18 PM

        Call me crazy but for "old Vegas" type feel I really enjoy the Golden Steer on Sahara about 1/2 a block west of the Strip. Great escargot and tableside caesar salad. Not to mention the cherries jubilee and bananas foster.

        1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: LisaZee Nov 4, 2007 01:16 AM

          You're certainly thinking of the Peppermill. I don't think they really ruined it with updated decor; they updated the decor once in the mid 80s and it hasn't changed since. "The fruit salad" (apparently that's what to say when you order it; one time my mom went and got something different from what I got) is certainly enough for an early breakfast for four. When it arrives, it looks like someone put Carmen Miranda's hat on your table. Truly an unforgettable experience.

          I wish I could find coffee like the Peppermill's anywhere here in Phoenix, theirs is just the best.

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            LisaZee RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 4, 2007 11:24 AM

            Thank you all! Pepermill is the place I was thinking of - and the other old - and new - Vegas recs are much appreciated!

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              Dave Feldman RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 5, 2007 09:49 AM

              Actually, the color scheme is radically different in the coffee shop -- it now looks like a flock of blue macaws lost their feathers at the same time. But the booths remain. There are also many video monitors in the bar area -- not a plus, from my standpoint. The bathrooms, always tiny and a weak point, have been (very slightly) upgraded.

              But the vibe is still the same. Got to love the Peppermill.

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              arcosdesign RE: LisaZee Nov 5, 2007 06:40 PM

              Even if you only stop in for drinks, the Golden Steer must be seen to be believed. It's gorgeous inside. Treasures await, seriously.


              1. Beach Chick RE: LisaZee Nov 5, 2007 07:10 PM

                Love the Horseshoe/Binion's coffee shop in downtown with the famous breakfast $2.99 with huge ham steak and eggs with hash browns/toast..Monita is a must as your server.
                Hugo's cellar is really good too and a classic.
                Love Bouchon for breakfast and love having mussels and champagne in the bar.
                Boulud's at the Wynn is one of our fav's and the Wynn is a must..water show around 8pm is a trip..if you love sushi, Okada is incredible.
                Try and stay at the Wynn if you can..you will really enjoy the beds/linens/goose down pillows.
                Have a great time!


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