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Mar 7, 2008 09:20 AM

Vegas for two: Chow for the middle class

Husband and I will be visiting Vegas for 4 days in May for the first time together. We were looking for some chow and after reading the boards it looks like everything is really cheap (under $12) or too budget busting (over $40-50 an entree).

We are staying on the strip without a car, so I know this is an oxymoron to ask for reasonably priced good food, but I can't seem to find any options reading past posts.

We live on the coast, so seafood is not a must, but if a place is worth it.... Not really interested in steak. Don't mind buffets as long as they aren't gross. Any other cuisine is an option. We are adventurous, love good beer, good wine, great food. Any help would be appreciated.

Ahhh living the life of champagne taste on a bottled beer budget...

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  1. Have you thought about Lotus of Siam? They have dishes that are more than $12, and I am pretty sure that everything there is under $40. The prepared whole fish is spectacular and runs between $20 and $30, iirc. You can have a really nice meal with excellently paired Reislings for a great "middle class" price. Maybe someone can chime in here with the cab fare to LOS.

    Or how about going to more expensive places for lunch or breakfast? Hubby and I go to the Verndah at the Four Seasons for breakfast or brunch, and Bouchon at breakfast. Maybe one of the more "budget busters" would be appropriate for lunch?

    I think others have posted about Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris for a great meal at a good price, especially for lunch. I haven't been personally, but it might be worth looking into.

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    1. re: glazebrookgirl

      DB Brasserie @ the Wynn offers a 3 course Prixe Fixe Dinner ($48) . You need to be seated before 7pm. You get a choise of appetizer, Entree and Dessert.

    2. Well, nearly everything I was going to recommend has already been recommended.

      I thought $50/per person prix fixe dinner at Daniel Boulud at the Wynn was a terrific value, especially if you get an early reservation (ours was at 5:30...)and can get a "lakeside" table so you can watch the show at the lake of dreams. If you don't get the prix fixe, though, it's not an especially good value. (You don't say which coast you live on--if you live in NYC, you might as well skip DB...)

      Also, I didn't eat there, but it looked cute and has its own little Wynn "lake and waterfall" was Sugar and Ice just off the Wynn's strip entrance. Just a little salad and sandwich shop. They had breakfasts, too.

      I thought the breakfast combos at Bouchon were a terrific value, though not "cheap" at $22. But, it was enough to share, I thought, if the second person also ordered eggs or a pastry and coffee a la carte. I don't know if they'd split it for you; maybe someone else can chime in on that.

      If you love pancakes, I really love the fluffy blueberry/buttermilk pancakes at the Terrace Pointe Cafe at Wynn. Giant, big as your head pancakes about 3/4's of an inch thick. Too much food for 1; so, ask them to split. The price is $14, but, you can, say, a side of ham to share ($5) can have a decently priced breakfast. It's their 24 hour cafe,. but they start serving outside at 9am, so see if you can score a poolside table.

      Saving the best for last: Lotus of Siam. Very affordable. You'll to take a cab, though.

      Here's my recent post, with photos, about my recent visit to all of the above places.

      Have fun.


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        A fun Breakfast place on the strip would be the Peppermill. It is far from fine dining.Typical American Fare! Huge Portions...2 can share!
        Definitely worth going...if you are looking for Value for your $$$.

      2. Thanks for the recommendations!
        After reading past reviews, I definately want to try Lotus of Siam. Looks fantastic.

        I love on the NC coast, so I will look into Boulud's prix fixe. Considering Bouchon as well, probably for breakfast but I have eaten at their Yountville location years ago before I knew better so I don't really remember how fabulous it was.

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        1. re: dddhokie

          where are you staying ? burger bar at mandalay can keep it under $25/person....some decent beers... i think you can get under $50/person at several italian places ( but not b/b ) for buffets i'ma fan of wynn and bellagio

        2. we are still working on accommodations but probably mid strip - bellagio, flamingo area.

          have not had the wynn buffet, but was a big fan of the bellagio lunch buffet. That's definitely on my to-do list.

          1. I got to say sometimes I find it frustrating that the same 7 restaurants are always mentioned here (which i got to say I usually agree with) but I have lived in Vegas for 17 years and although I will fork over the cash from time to time I have had some really good, decent meals in the price range you are talking about on, close and off the strip. SO for close to the strip try this and please don't beat me up people -- I am just saying I have liked them and have gone back and have had pleaseant experiences.
            -Firefly -- Spanish Tapas -- Close to the strip, Great white sangria and food is decent.
            -Noras on Flamingo -- Solid Italian just don't order the Lasagna -- even the servers will tell you its the worst thing on the menu (this is the only place that would be a big cab ride for you)
            -Planet Hollywood Buffet - Has been my fave and not realy a buffet girl
            -Lotus of Siam -- but I have also had really good thai experiences at Archie's and Thai Spice
            -Border Grill -- and you can get a coupon on the place that can't be mentioned on here
            -Peppermill -- good breakfasts -- funky drinks and a throwback from the 70s
            -I had some good pasta at the Italian place at NY NY a few times and its cheap -- I always forget the name and mess it up with the really pricey italian place at MGM.
            -I heard Simon's reopened at the new Palm's Tower which might be worth a try. I enjoyed it at the Hard Rock .The entree's can be pricey but I have always been filled up on 2 appetizers so you could technically order a few apps and share a main dish.
            -Sensei for lunch won't break the bank either and I really enjoyed it and was full for hours so you could eat a late lunch and have a light dinner. For that matter a lot of the higher end places that serve lunch might be a good option as well on the strip (Mesa for one)

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            1. re: Justjenn

              Part of the reason the same seven places get recommended (aside from the fact that they are good), is that people visit the places that are recommended to them, (presumably) have good experiences, and then, in turn, recommend them to others--it's circular. The more a place gets recommended, the more people visit it, and, in turn, recommend it--all of this, is of course, assuming the place stays good. (Though, I will say I don't recall a ton of posts on "Sugar and Ice" here's the only report I've seen on it and that many of the Terrace Pointe Cafe recommendations on this board are in fact, from me...So it's not like these particular places are being beaten to death by everyone. Just by me.)

              The only way to get other recommendations infused into the big pool o' recommendations, is to recommend other places. So, I'm not beating you up, Justjenn, just acknowledging the nature of the beast and thanking you for expanding the pool of recommendations.

              That having been said, I've been to Peppermill for breakfast and though it is indeed "on" the strip, it may or may not be easily walkable from where dddhokie is staying. I will confess that I love it more for the kitschy atmosphere, than the chow itself, though their giganto fruit salad is quite impressive.

              I enjoyed my visit to Mesa, for brunch, but didn't find it an especially great bargain (though it certainly wasn't in the $40-$50 "budget" busting range, either)--if you go, the pork sandwich is really delicious. I'm still trying to find a recipe for it (it's not in the Mesa cookbook as far as I can see...and, I couldn't find it anywhere online either).


              1. re: Justjenn

                jenn - excellent list ...i can probably give about 20 recs of places off the strip...especially if spring mtn is included but many of the requests are for "on the strip " and if you've seen some of my reviews, i cover a broad spectrum as to price and cuisine.