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Need something "new" for Vegas

We'll be heading out to Vegas in August for a week, and I'm hoping to get some CH advice. We've been going every year for the last 2 years or so, but pretty much only for a long weekend at the most. I'm looking for anything new (to us), maybe some days of casual food with a few more high-end places in between. No buffets if possible, please. To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, here are the places we have been to before:

- B & B Ristorante for the tasting menu
- Bouchon for breakfast
- Tao for late dinners
- Grand Lux Cafe (not my favorite, but a good stand-by for late night food)
- Pink Taco for happy hour
- Mesa Grill for brunch and dinner
- In-n-Out

We'll be staying at the Palazzo (Venetian) and will have a car, so anything in the other resorts/nearby area would be fine. I've seen many posts about Lotus of Siam and Burger Bar so I'll be putting those on my list. I know there are a great deal of steakhouses in Vegas, but anything that I can only get there/not in other major cities? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Rincon de Buenos Aires for their empanadas and mixed grills.

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    Rincon De Buenos Aires
    5300 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

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    1. You will love the Palazzo! It is a little more elegant than the Venetian...and seems to be a little quieter if that is possible for Vegas!
      I highly recommend Dos Caminos which is the new Mexican Restaurant in the Hotel.....great tableside quacamole and interesting Mole preparations!

      I have heard good things about Restaurant Woo in the Shops and Esspressamento which is located in the walkway between Palazzo and the Venetian. Though I still love Bouchon...

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      1. re: ciaogal

        thanks for the recs, plus the info on the Palazzo. It will be our first time there (and not the Venetian) so we're looking forward to what the differences are between the two, if any.

        Sounds like Dos Caminos might be sort of like Rosa Mexicano? Would be worth checking out. And yes, I agree that Bouchon is on my list for breakfast, I'm thinking I could grab a seat at the bar if I'm there by myself and have a great breakfast at least a few times while we're there.

        1. re: gyozagirl

          Do yourself a favor and head over to Tableau in the Wynn for a breakfast one morning. They have this take on eggs benedict that will rock your world. Potato pancake topped w/perfect scrambled eggs topped w/braised kobe beef short ribs all topped by béarnaise. Call the doctors, eat an aspirin...then indulge. The Huevos Rancheros at the Verandah used to be my singular favorite breakfast in Las Vegas by far...not even close any more!

          1. re: LVI

            ohhhhhhhhh wow. I'm not really a breakfast-type person (usually fruit and cereal), but what better place to indulge than in Vegas, right? That sounds amazing!!

            1. re: gyozagirl

              Honestly, the only time I ever breakfast is when I am in Las Vegas. Do try the Verandah though. What a wonderful setting sitting outside on the patio. Tranquil and the food is wonderful. Buffet is buffet, resist it and order off menu if there on weekend.

      2. Personally, I would choose BLT Burger (Mirage) or Stripburger (Fashion Show Mall) over Burger Bar.

        And yes, Dos Caminos is similar to Rosa Mexicano. However, I prefer Rosa Mexicano.

        I would recommend venturing off-strip (but not that far off-strip) to Firefly (Spanish tapas). It's open late, it's very well-priced, and the food and drinks are excellent.

        I would also highly recommend Emeril's Table 10 in the Palazzo. It is rapidly becoming one of my favorite Vegas restaurants.

        As for a steak place that is unique/only in Vegas... As far as the steaks go, I can't really think of anything that is particularly unique. If you're looking for something that isn't a Delmonico/CUT/craftsteak type of place, I would suggest Cat House (Kerry Simon's place in Luxor) or Strip House (Planet Hollywood).

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        1. re: Sam and Mike

          What can you tell me about CatHouse?

        2. I havent been to Vegas in years, but the one place that REALLY stood out to me was the Tillerman.

          http://www.tillerman.com/

          It was really incredible way back when. It still gets good reviews from people that I send that way when they are going.

          This would be one of your high end choices however.

          1. My wife and I had a WONDERFUL meal at RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay. We ate in the more formal upstairs section where the service and food were both outstanding. The lower level is more casual and Rick Moonen's Catfish Sloppy Joes were recently featured on Oprah.