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Great Vegas dinners without breaking the bank?

All,
I'm going to be in Vegas next week on business. Now, I have the corporate AmEx to wave around, but back east, all we hear about in Vegas is the $300 meals and $50 glasses of wine. So where can you recommend that I go for good food that isn't astronomically expensive? I can argue for $30 entrees without a problem. $80 entrees, though, would raise my boss's eyebrows. But I really want to avoid casino buffet dinners...
Also, do any of the big name places (Guy Savoy, Robuchon, etc) perhaps have separate bar menus where I could eat alone and try some of their great food without doing a big huge meal?
Thanks so much!

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  1. If you're in Vegas, on a budget, and want great food, let me be the first to recommend Lotus of Siam, one of the best Thai restaurants you will ever come across.

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    1. In 'n Out Burgers won't break the bank.
      Lotus of Siam
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      Mayflower Cuisinier
      Rosemary's

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      1. re: dogbreath

        dog - I see you mention many asian restuarants... any other hidden gems I'll be going in Feb and most likey will try lotus. My husband would like italian we have been to Nora's any others?

      2. Where are you staying?Several choices in your budget along the strip, but the walking time/cab fare would not be worth it. For instance Enoteca is the casual Batali restaurant at the Venetian is outstanding, but not worth walking thirty minutes or $20 cab each way from Mandalay.

        Guy Savoy has a bar menu "Bubbles and Bites" with small servings of their menu ($25 for two items, $40 for four.)

        Robuchon's L'atelier is an open kitchen bar. Items average $40 each but are literally three bites per dish.

        1. Rosemary's plain and simple. Even with cab fare you are ahead of the game, and it is easily the best fine dining value in the city.

          1. I like the Mesa Grill at Caesars for great food in the price range you are looking for. Food is southwest style with great steak, pork and veal entrees. Bobby Flay is the chef/owner, but I doubt you'll see him there.

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            1. re: climberdoc

              Went to Mesa Grill last year. I thought it was really expensive and nothing special. I'd go to Bouchon instead.