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Pick one All Star Las Vegas Lineup and read My Reviews!

Ok so I have two lineups here for my Luxury 21rst SOLO B-Day Las Vegas Trip. All you true Las Vegas foodies pick one of my lineups and whichever one gets the most votes is what I will do and will bring back the best reviews possible.

LINEUP 1:

MONDAY- Reservation for Alex (will do the 7 course tasting menu)

TUESDAY- Burger Bar for lunch. L'Atlier de Joel Robuchon for dinner (Will be doing the discovery menu)
WEDNESDAY- Lunch at Mesa Grill. Drinks and 4 small bites at Guy Savoy's Bubble Bar. Dinner at Craftsteak or Fiamma.

THURSDAY- Breakfast at Buchon, Pre-show apps and drinks at Buchon. L'Atlier de Joel Robuchon for late dinner (Will be doing the summer menu)

LINEUP 2:

MONDAY- Reservation for Picasso (Will be doing the 5 course tasting menu)

TUESDAY- Burger Bar for Lunch. L'Atlier de Joel Robuchon for dinner (Will be doing the discovery menu)

WEDNESDAY- Lunch at Mesa Grill. Drinks and 4 small bites at Guy Savoy's Bubble Bar. Dinner reservation at Michael Mina (Will be doing the Cookbook tasting menu)

THURSDAY: Breakfast at Buchon, Pre-show dinner Buchon. L'Atlier de Joel Robuchon for late dinner (Will be doing the 4 course summer menu)

Pick one!

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  1. Ok, I'll play. I vote for #1 because a) I prefer both Craftsteak and Fiamma to Michael MIna and 2) Having never been to either Alex or Picasso, I'd choose Alex first.

    But I have to question two things: 1) are you sure that L'Atelier will be open late enough? and 2) why are you repeating L'Atelier?

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    1. re: Debbie W

      Well I'm going to see jersey boys and its at 7:00 and its about a 2 hour show so I'm left with early dinner at Buchon and then I'd figured I would try L'Atelier summer menu since any of the items are not on the discovery menu I'm doing that I can tell. I would love to dine somewhere else but not to many place will take a 9:45 reservation and L'Atelier did. Alize at the Top of Palms said they would so I might do there instead.!! Thanks for the vote!

      1. re: cgervais45

        Have you tried Bar Charlie for late night? It's right there next to Jersey Boys. It's really worth trying.

    2. I'd also have to go with option one, especially since Craftsteak is pretty much my favorite steakhouse in Vegas. Fiamma is very good too, especially for a quick dinner before, after or between shows.
      On one night in January, I saw Ka, went to Fiamma for dinner(that took about an hour) and then to Crazy Horse Paris. It sounds like alot, but time-wise it all worked out perfectly.
      Also, I'm not sure if you can through here(hopefully you can), but if you want those show ideas you can e-mail me about it and I can answer you tomorrow.

      P.S. Jersey Boys was a great show, you should definitely enjoy it.

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      1. re: LongIslandChef

        Thanks. As far as Bar Charlie...I would love to do it but it seems to pricey for me. I was almost decided to skip Alex for it but idk. My goel for my trip is to basically be eating at extremely relaxed places with food I have never experienced before...which is why I still might consider skipping Alex because here in Georgia we as well have award winning french restaurant but nothing like Bar Charlie or Okada or Picasso.

        1. re: cgervais45

          You've said it. You are not likely to find something like Bar Charlie in Georgia. They serve some of the most innovative seafood dishes with strong Japanese influence (technique and ingredient wise). We have lots of excellent Japanese restaurants here in California but nothing like Bar Charlie. The experience can be very relaxing as you will be dining at the bar. Their kaiseki is pretty pricy but you can drop in after the show (assuming you are watching the 7 pm show, latest reservation is 10 pm) and order a la carte. The portion is tiny but it's perfect for late night. The chefs and manager Aaron are extremely friendly and accommodating. If you chat up with them, they will probably do something special for you. Happy 21st, by the way!

        2. re: LongIslandChef

          HEY LIC. Since you've dine at both Fiamma and B&B which do you prefer? I made reservations for B&B for after Jersey Boys and just wondering your thoughts. Also I decided to go with Nobhill instead of Alex only because I think I got to much French on my list and want to experience something different. Yeah think I will do Craftsteak after Bubble Bar. Did you dine in the dining room or bar? May do Bar Charlie after Jersey Boys and Fiamma after Bubble Bar instead but would only be able to afford the 8 course at Bar Charlie...Are the portions good for the price?

        3. Sounds like a great time. My wife and I recently did Alex, Craftsteak and Guy Savoy on three consecutive nights and wrote about it extensively, here, on Chowhound. Here is a link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/530071

          I spent my 21st in Nice, France, where I didn't even have to be 21 to drink!

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          1. re: ejs1492

            fdb- Can you order A La Carte at the bar?

            ejs1492- After reading your review I think I'm going to go to picasso instead due to the fact I think it would be much more relaxing dining out on the patio watching the fountain show and see picasso paintings. Alex sounds wonderfull but we have a equal Mobil 5 Star chef at the Ritz Carlton that I have yet to enjoy in which is probly cheaper and might try that when I get back. Picasso seems one of a kind compared to Alex. Will defently hit craftsteak. Did you see any single diners in the main dining room? Will be doing Guy Savoys Bubble Bar before heading to craftsteak!!!

            1. re: cgervais45

              Yes, you can order a la carte at Bar Charlie. You can even order off Bar Charlie's menu while at Restuarant Charlie. Incidentally, Guy Savoy and Bar Charlie are my current two favorite in LV.

              1. re: cgervais45

                Just as fdb said, at Bar Charlie they'll let you order whatever you want on either menu, including things that aren't on the menu as well. They'll even create something on the fly based on your likes/dislikes if you want. They're extrememly accommodating. It was probably the most expensive dinner I've ever had as a solo diner and I wouldn't hesitate for a second about going again when I visit in January.

                1. re: LongIslandChef

                  HEY LIC. Since you've dine at both Fiamma and B&B which do you prefer? I made reservations for B&B for after Jersey Boys and just wondering your thoughts. Also I decided to go with Nobhill instead of Alex only because I think I got to much French on my list and want to experience something different. Yeah think I will do Craftsteak after Bubble Bar. Did you dine in the dining room or bar? May do Bar Charlie after Jersey Boys and Fiamma after Bubble Bar instead but would only be able to afford the 8 course at Bar Charlie...Are the portions good for the price? I'm going to see Crazy Horse, Jersey Boys, and Ka. Any other recommendations?

                  1. re: cgervais45

                    First, I enjoy both B&B and Fiamma, but it depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for more of a tasting menu type of meal, definitely B&B. If you're looking for more of a traditional type meal(an app. and a pasta, that type of thing) I'd say go with Fiamma although you can't go wrong at B&B for that either. I'm not helping much am I? lol. I'd say take a look at the menu for Fiamma, if you see a few dishes that really interest you, give it try. If you look and aren't too thrilled by it, go to B&B, they always have some interesting choices.

                    Second, you can't go wrong at Nobhill, its very good. The cookbook tasting menu is amazing and the portions are huge considering the number of courses. As for Craftsteak, the two times I've been there I sat in the dining room and I really enjoyed both times. For some reason, I didn't even think about sitting at the bar, although it looked like it was very nice.

                    Now to Bar Charlie, I thought the portions were pretty big, especially for a 14 course menu, and I'm sure they're the same for the 8 course. Unless you're a very big eater, eight courses should be about right. That's where I began to hit the wall during my meal. I made it through alive, but barely, lol. Keep in mind, just because you order the 8 course, it may not be 8 courses, they may add a course or two.

                    Good choices on the shows, The story in Ka is a bit weak, but the action, sets and the stage are unreal. Definitely the best of the Cirque de Soliel shows I've seen. Crazy horse paris is a good show and like I mentioned earlier, Jersey Boys is great and this is from someone who knew next to nothing about Frakie Valli and his music going into it. A few of the other shows I've really enjoyed, in no particular order are Wayne Brady, David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, Blue Man Group, Gordie Brown, and Phantom.

                    1. re: LongIslandChef

                      Thanks for the info. As a possible culinary student (Got accepted to the CIA but idk if want to pay the big bucks for it) you think Bar Charlie or the Kitchen Loft would be the better experience. They told me I shouldn't have any problem getting it but it seems the Bar Charlie people treat you well...lmk what u think chef!

                      1. re: cgervais45

                        I haven't sat in the loft so I can't say for sure, but as a chef I certainly enjoyed the direct interaction with the chef(s) while sitting at the bar. It was very interesting having them tell me in detail about certain techniques and ingredients they were using.

            2. I vote for Lineup 1, but I agree with the others! If you switch Charlie in for the one of the Robuchon meals you will hit a culinary Grand Slam! Robuchon, Savoy, Trotter and Stratta on same trip, Wow! I am very impressed. At 21 I thought Red Lobster was fine dining. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

              1. I just want to say that you must, cgervais, have the most amazing constitution and/or you work out a lot during the day - I can handle only ONE "meal" a day in Vegas, and am in awe of your notion of going to three "name" restaurants in that same time frame. I am not much of a breakfast eater, and certainly don't mind a sandwich or a few bites off a buffet mid-day; but sit-down meals ? no can do ! enjoy and happy birthday !

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                1. re: Bigtigger

                  Yes, I work out a lot and if I'm not doing that I'm working one of two jobs. Trust me I almost thought about hitting up 4 restaurants in one day while I'm down there and doing the restaurant week menu's.

                2. While I am no Vegas restaurant connoisseur, I will say this, Fiamma didn't knock my socks off. In fact I was a bit disappointed.... however, this may be due to the fact that I had quite possibly the best pasta dish in my life the night before at Bartalotta.... just some food for thought...

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                  1. re: CaptainBurns

                    I think what it really comes down to is personal preferance. I have heard the complete opposite Bartolotta.

                    1. re: cgervais45

                      Bartolotta is high quality and high high prices for what you get. It is undeniable that the food is top notch, but the experience is stuffy, snooty, and expensive for what you get........SO much less enjoyable than Il Mulino in NYC, All Angelo in LA, Babbo, and others.

                      I like Fiamma's menu and also like what Valentino has to offer.

                      Personally, if I was doing Italian Dinner in Vegas (which I'll likely do for lunch, instead) I'd check out Stratta as I've been informed by 2 sources that work at the restaurant that ~50% of the ingredients on the menu are shared from Alex and therefore of the utmost quality.

                      If not that, then B+B's pasta tasting, if on par with Babbo, shouldn't be missed.