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Jun 8, 2008 04:58 PM

going to vegas, looking for recommendations?

hello! i'm from Canada and I'm new to the board. Me and some friends are heading down to Vegas for a week in September and are looking for some recommendations for places to eat! We're staying on the strip and planning on walking for the most part, so restaurants within walking distance would be most appreciated. We're not rich so we're not looking to spend *too* much but will probably splurge on at least one meal! Other than that, we're pretty open to any suggestions out there. Thanks in advance for the advice!

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  1. You may want to consider taking the bus on the Strip as it over 100 degrees in September (passes are $5 US for 24 hours per person). What is your budget per person. Also,what types of food are you looking for? There are some very good restaurants off the Strip that you can access via the bus.

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    1. re: Eric

      we're probably in the $50-100 per person category with maybe one or two splurges into the "we're in vegas, let's just go all out and SPEND" category. Interested in any type of food really, thai, japanese/chinese, french, american, etc. Yeah we've heard about the strip bus, we're planning on using it for most of the trip to get around.

    2. Here are some quick ideas:

      As far as eating-reasonable-

      Burger Bar - Mandalay
      Border Grill - Mandalay
      Dicks Last Resort - Excalibar
      Canters Deli - Treasure Island

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      1. re: JohnLaub

        I'm not sure why anyone would go to Dick's Last Resort. A theme park "rowdy joint" that's as artificial as astroturf. You might was well go to Outback. If you wish to stay on the strip and walk you need to let us know where you are staying. Even walking between two properties can be quite a hike.

        Canter's vs. Carnegie gives you an option between the west coast (Canter's) or the east coast (Carnegie). I prefer Canter's, but the Woody Allen sandwich at Carnegie can easily feed four with some to take back to the room for (last time I was there) $17.95. Do not tell them you are sharing and just get sides for the other people--the splitting charge is exorbitant.

        1. re: The Old Man

          Agree completely with the comments on Dick's - known for the rowdy bar atmosphere (which is another topic altogether), but not known for their food. With all the wonderful choices in Las Vegas, please go somewhere else to eat and then maybe come here for some post-dining fun. Bartolotta's would be a nice splurge, but you probably don't want to be outside in a cabana in September - still really hot. What kind of food do you want for your splurge - steak, asian, etc.

          1. re: atlantachowhound

            for our splurge, we're leaning towards french cuisine i think, or maybe a steak house

            1. re: atlantachowhound

              I loved Dick's ... it's def not known for the food. More the crazyness that happens there..

        2. Splurge on Bouchon - worth it

          1. Picasso in the Bellagio is a great Splurge, recently returned from there and enjoyed. it. Previously wrote a full report on the meal. Also, if you are willing to go to one dinner off the strip I would suggest Rosemary's. Also wrote a report. Hyakumi in Cesaer's has great soups and sushi. In the Venetian if you are going to late shows or want dessert afterwards the Grand Lux is open 24 hours, reasonably priced, consistent, and the staff was always very good when I visited. I am not sure where you are staying, however; I ate at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay and in my opinion its not worth the trip down there, its nothing special. Canter's Deli is good, however; I think that Carneige Deli in the Mirage is much better, they serve thicker corned beef sandwiches and great matzoh ball soup. For Thai I have heard raves about Lotus of Siam, which is off the strip near the convention center, reasonably priced. I have not been, didn't have enough time, but it is on my list for next time.


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            1. re: 3star

              I second Picasso. My favourite restaurant every time I go to Vegas.

            2. we're staying at the "new york new york" hotel and planning on riding the strip bus or walking for the most part. I've heard lots about the lotus of siam so that's on our to-do list. i wanted to go to joel robuchon for the our splurge meal but it may be a bit out of our price range, so we might settle for l'atelier instead. i'm from a big city but am currently living in a much smaller, much less diverse city, so am looking for places out of the "north american" norm

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              1. re: dod10

                The food court at NYNY is one of the best as far as a variety of both food and cost. The coffee shop inside NYNY is also pretty good. ESPN Zone is good bar food and decent atmosphere.

                Right across the street at MGM is a wide range of restaurants that fits your budget. Rainforest Cafe, Fiamma Italian. A little bit east on Tropicana are a couple of local hangouts BJ's Cocktail Lounge and Crown & Anchor Pub. Next door, the Monte Carlo has a great brewpub. Across the street is the Hawaiian Marketplace should you want to try Hawaiian food.

                Quintessential Las Vegas is the Peppermill. Huge portions for every meal, but especially nice for breakfast.


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

                B J's Cocktail Lounge
                218 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169

                Crown & Anchor Pub
                1350 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

                1. re: shamu613

                  I was going to pop in and recommend the brew-pub at the Monte Carlo, too. The beer is pretty good; the chow is average'ish, but it's relatively affordable and is walkable from NYNY. (Everything else in the Monte Carlo is pretty forgettable in my opinion.)

                  Also, you can take the bus to the Venetian. I agree that Bouchon would be a great splurge. In fact, I think Bouchon is one of the best values for breakfast in Las Vegas. You could easily get one of their breakfast combos and order a side of eggs and coffee and share all that between two people. I have a post floating out there from earlier this year (including photos), I think you can search on Vegas Soup to Nuts and find it pretty easily where I talk a little more specifically about the breakfast at Bouchon. (As well as Lotus of Siam. You'll probably need to take a cab to LoS by the way.)

                  Also in the Venetian, not as chowish, perhaps, and definitely not meeting your atypical requirement is the Grand Luxe Cafe. It's a sibling to the Cheesecake Factory. Giant portions (again, I'd share if I were you.) I mention this because it's a little bit harder to find good value and accessible on the strip from where you'll be staying.

                  I love Peppermill, too, for the kitchsy atmosphere and the giant portions of food. I don't think that's easily walkable though. Maybe you can get there by bus?

                  Sorry I don't have more for you. But, have fun and please do report back!