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Vegas: Lunch & Dinner Recommendations near MGM Grand

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Hi,

I am going to Vegas Feb 27-Mar 2 (2009) for the Nascar Race. This will be my third trip to Vegas, second time at the MGM Grand (I stayed at the Bellagio the first time).

When I stayed at the MGM last year, I was really pressed for time and so I didn't have an opportunity to venture out and try to find other places to eat. I ended up at Wolgang Puck's Grill inside the MGM twice (which was really good), so I want to have some other options near the MGM. I won't have a car, but I don't mind taking a cab or using the monorail.

I will have probably 2 lunches and 3 dinners based on my schedule, so I'd like to try something different for all of them.

Under $100 (food only, I'm not a wine with dinner drinker). I'm not big on seafood, but I can do one meal of that. I love steak, especially when it's prepared perfectly. And don't forget dessert. It doesn't have to be at the same place as the meal.

Thanks.

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  1. Maybe I'm missing something but the MGM, IMO, has the best concentration of great restaurants out of all the resorts.

    Craftsteak, Fiamma, Nobhill, Shibuya, Joel Robuchon ...

    1. What about either Aureole or Charlie Palmer Steak at the Mandalay Bay which is diagonally across from MGM? I'm a big fan of Aureole, but if you like steak, you should try Charlie Palmer Steak (I plan to next time I'm in LV).

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      1. re: ellenost

        Thanks. I didn't even think of Charlie Palmer's. I've heard good things about it.

        1. re: Manassas64

          I prefer Stripsteak at MB to Charlie Palmer (at the Four Seasons) - even if only for the potatoes fried in goose fat.! But you can't go wrong with either.

          1. re: Friend of Bill

            We have the Blue Duck Tavern here in DC and they make their fries in duck fat, so I'll definitely go and try them.

            Thanks for the tip.

            1. re: Manassas64

              Just to close this out, I ended up at Craftsteak after the race. I really enjoyed the meal. I am a fan of the show Top Chef so I was interested to see what one of Tom Colicchio's restaurant's would be like. I wasn't disappointed. I had a wonderful lobster bisque with a ton of lobster meat on top, the braised short ribs, which come in the cutest little copper pot and jeruselem artichokes which were like home fries, they were just so awesome I ate the whole plate of those. Too stuffed to try dessert. The iced tea is awful there, though. He needs to ask Wolfgang what he serves, because Wolfgang has the best iced tea in Vegas.

              I'm going back again in September '09 and July '10 (with people this time), so I plan to try more of these on the list then.

              Thanks again for your suggestions.