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Vegas and Summerlin

We're spending 2 days, Tues-Wed, at month's end in a condo near The Strip and Thur-Sun in Summerlin. The first 2 days we'll provision at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, cooking in.

Any suggestions on mid and lower dining-out from a Summerlin base. We eat anything well prepared, prefer BYOB, takeout is fine but would have to return to a Summerlin hotel without kitchen amenities.

I've taken all previous notes to heart and pencil...the only choices cast in stone are several Grimaldi's pies and Whole Food's NY strips.

Happy New Year to all!

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  1. You'll be a hop and a skip from Rosemary's. If you've never been it should be WAAAAAY at the top of your list.

    Best overall fine dining experience in the city, and a tremendous value to boot.

    Sundays is 1/2-price wines, Wednesday's is Ladie's NIght (1/2-off for the better halves)

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    1. re: GroovinGourmet

      I'm a little late in the game, but since checkplease will be there again in the summer, Rosemary's has a great 3-course prix fixe lunch for $23. And IIRC, the Summerlin Costco has $100 gift certs to Rosemary's for $80.

      Rosemary's Restaurant
      Summerlin, NV, Summerlin, NV

    2. are you eating the grimaldi pies while in summerlin or the condo near the strip ? grimaldi's is far from summerlin ..relatively speaking. define mid and lower....if using strip standards then rosemary's and vitner grill are mid-price....i'm not a big fan of the red rock casino restaurants - if you like bbq i think you should give salt lick a try...

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      1. re: kjs

        One option for your Tues-Wed dining is Cafe Bleu, the student run restaurant fine dining room at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. It is located at 1451 Center Crossing Blvd. in Summerlin. The menu features Italian, French and American dishes. Lunch hours Tue-Fri 11AM-12:45PM, dinner 6-7:30PM. Reservations strongly suggested - call 702-851-5322. You can save several $$$ by purchasing a restaurant.com certificate.

        Another option in the area is Agave at 10820 Charleston Blvd. We last dined there in December with the following extracted from my trip report;

        This is an upscale Mexican restaurant in terms of both d├ęcor and menu. Warm blue and white corn tortilla chips were served with a pair of salsas and a warm bean dip. My wife ordered the blue corn chicken enchiladas and a soda. I opted for the taco sampler again, this time receiving what I ordered, namely birria (goat), rock shrimp and carnitas (pulled pork). In order to meet the $35 minimum purchase requirement on our restaurant.com gift certificate we were forced to order a coffee flan. Our bill exceeded the requirement by a mere 81 cents before tax and gratuity were added. The total bill less the certificate was $18.59 and I rated the experience 4 Forks out of a possible,

        1. re: kjs

          Our mid to lower would be, for food only, appetizer and entree $60 max for two before wine and tip. Low drops from there to roughly $30.

          All suggestions have been devoured with relish, Grimaldi's with zinfandel or a Spanish red at the condo.

        2. We had excellent food at Border Grill in The Mandalay and they are a $25 for 10 restaurant.com offer.

          Our meal was 5 years ago. Any recent visitors?

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          1. re: checkplease

            I've been a couple of times in the last year or so. Definitely a good spot... we like the bar. But I would not drive to Mandalay just to eat there.

            You should give strong consideration to Rosemary's prix fixe dinner deal... 3 courses for $50 (or so). A few items carry surcharges or are not available prix fixe (like the big dessert platter).

            Split an appy, do soup or salad and entree each and split a dessert for around $100 before drinks and tax.

            Killer deal no matter how you choose to order...

          2. I agree with the Agave reco; another interesting item there is the sopa. Actually, two soups in one. A black bean/smoky cheddar mix; yin yanged in one bowl. Visual, and good. You can't go wrong with the appys, tacos or the shrimp/crab stack enchilada, either. A couple more places: Vinter Grill is a solid pasta/fish type of place, and as the name implies, plenty of good wine selections. Marche Bacchus is a great bistro, on the lake... and oodles of wine to buy in their store, and serve at your table for a small corkage fee. Grape Street Cafe and Nora's Osteria are similar; superb wine and pasta. The Irish pub JC Wooligans is in the Marriott; standard fish 'n chips, boxty, and corned beef.... very casual, and live entertainment many nights.

            1. Late followup: Grimaldi's was at least 80% of the Brooklyn/Fulton St. pie and that can be taken to the bank.
              We got restaurant.com $10 for $25 certificates, but got jammed up in Summerlin and gave them to our bellman with a few unopened wines from Trader Joe's.
              Thank you all, I'll be back in July and follow through. Incidential...the rib spot at Red Rock was a lot better than you'd expect...ditto for the grilled fish at Tides.

              1. Just a quick note for the sake of others reading the board (since it looks like you already went): The concept of BYOB is virtually unheard of in Las Vegas....liquor licenses are relatively easy to get and plentiful. Most west coasters (and especially Nevadans) will say "huh?" when you ask for BYOB. Remember, this is a state where liquor and wine are available 24/7 in grocery stores....and just about everywhere else.

                You can bring your own, but you'll pay a corkage fee.

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                1. re: janetofreno

                  I find janetofreno's comments a little strange. BYOB=corkage in most restaurants I know of in the United States and corkage is very common in LV. Not "virtually unheard of."

                  Perhaps your thinking that BYOB is the same as bringing a bottle to a friend's house in which case there is no corkage.

                  1. re: The Old Man

                    In many states where liquor and liquor licenses are regulated much more strictly than in California and Nevada, the term "BYOB restaurant" specifically refers to one that does not have a liquor license but allows their patrons to bring their own -- someone who uses this term is not referring to a licensed restaurant that allows you to bring your own and charges corkage. As Janet explained, that category of restaurant really doesn't exist here.

                    In California, it is actually illegal for alcohol to be consumed (not just sold) on the premises without a license, but this law is widely ignored by places that don't yet have their license or that for one reason or another don't want one.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      Ruth is right. I assumed that the OP was talking about "BYOB" in the sense that it is used in certain eastern states (Philadelphia comes to mind)...where it refers to an unlicensed restaurant where you might bring your own bottle. The term means very different things in different parts of the country; that's all I was trying to explain.

                      1. re: janetofreno

                        just to further clarify, in states, and yes PA is one, where BYO or BYOB is a commonly used term, it not only refers to bringing your own bottle, there is also an assumption that the patron will NOT be charged any type of corkage. I know a fair number of folks from PA who come out to CA and are surprised to find out that nearly every restaurant has at least beer and wine, and will charge you corkage if you bring your own. Indeed, when I go back to PA to visit my hubby's family, or for business, I am always amazed that I have to go to a state store to get booze! That said, in towns like Philly that have great 'BYO' food, I get used to it REALLY quickly, because it does save money over restaurant markups....and the quality of food and creativity at some of the BYO restaurants in Philly is of a level equivalent to that of some of our really good mid-range restaurants in SF (which is probably why the poster Janet was answering may have been looking for the BYO she or he can get at home)...

                        1. re: susancinsf

                          Just to further muddle the water, some LV establishments will offer no corkage BYO at certain times; for example, Todd's in Henderson has no corkage Wednesdays, two bottle limit per table. It's a great value and a lot of fun to see what other people bring in. I think that there are other options around the valley. But I agree that it is much more common in other cities; I split my time between LV and Chicago and Chicago has many, many BYO establishments, and it's a huge sell point to a lot of folks, myself included (it's a big savings!)