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Help me build a "best XXXX on the vegas strip" scavenger hunt!

I've been doing some research online (including this board...) in preparation for an upcoming return trip back to the strip.

Given that my gambling budget is a bit smaller than usual this time :-(, I was thinking it might be fun to go on a scavenger hunt of sorts, traipsing around to various places for "the most amazing _____ on the strip."

So I'm looking for people's very specific recommendations of their favorite "must have" individual food items they seek out when they're in vegas. (particularly on the strip, but who knows we might find ourselves downtown at some point)

To start the discussion, here are items I've come to love from my own past experiences:

* Yogurt Parfait at Bouchon (Venetian)
* Pizza at Pizzeria de Enzo (Venetian, food court)
* A fresh donut from Krispy Kreme at Excalibur (no KK's left here in MN)
* Double-double at In-and-Out (Technically off-strip, but this is also unattainable in MN)
* Stacked Quesadilla at Grand Lux Cafe (Venetian/Palazzo)

Here are other popular suggestions I've come across in my research:

* BBQ at Ellis Island (along with a good microbrew...)
* Biscuits & Gravy at Careful Kitty's (El Cortez, downtown)
* Cuban Sandwich at the Florida Cafe (between strip and downtown)
* Tapas at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba (Fashion Show Mall)
* Burger at Mesa Grill (Caesar's Palace)
* Veggie Burger at The Burger Bar (Mandalay Bay) - good peoplewatching
* Calamari at Cannaletto (Venetian)
* Calamari at The Triple George Grill (downtown)
* Death by Chocolate torte at Chocolate Swan (Mandalay Bay)
* Breakfast Potatoes at Planet Dailies (Planet Hollywood)
* Asian Nachos at Grand Lux Cafe
* Steak Special at Ellis Island
* Spiked Milkshake at BLT Burger (Mirage)
* Volcano Nachos at Margaritaville (Flamingo)

Please share your personal favorites. No complaints about others' suggestions unless you're also suggesting a superior alternative!

AtDhVaAnNkCsE !

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  1. Escargot at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris. Roasted beet salad at Grand Lux. Beef and barley soup at the Wynn.

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    1. re: vegasmike

      Which restaurant at Wynn has the beef and barley soup? That is my favorite soup and Wynn is my favorite resort.

    2. Pinot by the glass (specifically Ken Wright) at Double Helix

      Kobe short ribs and eggs at Tableau

      Turkey panini poolside at Four Seasons. May be a bit cold now, but you can order it at Verrandah.

      Veal Ricotta meatballs at Enoteca

      Light lunch at Canyon Ranch Cafe (Venetian)

      Braised pork shoulder at Bouchon

      Tasting menu at Alex

      Colors of caviar at Guy Savoy

      That's enough for now

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      1. re: climberdoc

        For tasting menu, my vote would have to go to Guy Savoy. For me it's the most impressive, innovative, elegant, and encompassing of all the big 3 - Guy, Alex, & Robuchon. ... with honorable mentions to Le Cirque and Picasso.

        1. re: azbirdiemaker

          What were your thoughts on the Oysters in ice gelee course at GS? I thought it was a miss. The colors of caviar was one of the most beautiful and delicious courses I've ever been served.

          1. re: climberdoc

            I don't remember that course, doc. I was there about 2 months after it opened. Perhaps it was off the menu at the time?

            I will agree that the colors of caviar is an impressive dish.

      2. french fries at bouchon
        carpaccio at olives
        duck confit at DB
        wagyu beef from kagoshima prefecture at cut
        anything at l'at

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        1. re: palmdoc1

          You beat me to the beef carpaccio at Olives! We were there in mid-November and the bartender told us that some Food Channel show (he wasn't sure which one) had just filmed a segment on it.

          1. re: happensatonce

            I'll third the carpaccio at Olives. That is a great dish.

        2. Crispy Rice/sour sausage appetizer, Thai beef salad, sticky rice & mango dessert and Thai iced tea at Lotus of Siam.

          1. The best Stroganoff I've ever had is the Strozapretti Stroganoff at Red Square (Mandalay Bay). I'm not a martini snob, but somehow their martinis are perfect