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Feb 3, 2009 03:06 PM

Celebrity restaurants in LV

My mom and a group of 5 friends are going to Vegas at the end of February. They aren't chowhounds at all and would love to be able to come back home and brag about eating at (insert food network star name here)'s restaurant. I still want them to have a good meal, any recommendations? Also, other restaurants in the big hotels? They'll be staying at the MGM Grand and will be there for 5 days.

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  1. Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, who do they like?

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    1. re: Debbie W

      I'm not sure. I'm thinking the biggest name is Emeril and probably Puck. There's a good chance they know who all of them are. Any of the TV chefs who have a good restaurant there would be fine. They'll probaby try several celebrity chef restaurants.

    2. My fiance' and I stayed at the MGM Grand in May and ate at both Emeril's and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, both of which are in the MGM Grand. The meal from Emeril's was excellent. I had a blackened seafood special and DF had the ribeye (which was massive and perfectly prepared). We would definitely eat there again.

      We were both quite underwhelmed with the Puck restaurant with regard to both the food (soggy, greasy fritto misto and a couple of mediocre pastas) and the atmosphere (which is wide open to the casino floor).

      One of our favorite meals of the trip was Enoteca San Marcos which is Mario Batali's wine bar in the Venetian. I highly recommend it.

      1. You can't go wrong at Mesa Grill (Bobby Flay) at Caesar's. Its not nearly as expensive as some of the other foodie/top chef restaurants and the food is great, even though it doesn't wow the C-hounders as much as some other spots.

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        1. re: danieli10

          Mesa Grill is a good choice for this group. I think it actually gets a fair amount of respect here. The food is accessible, the environment is fun, the portions are big so people can share if they want to, and it's not overly expensive (by Vegas standards that is). I've eaten multiple times there for lunches, brunches and dinners, as well as twice at B&B (Batali), twice at Enoteca San Marco (Batali), and several times at Emeril's (MGM) though not recently. Oh, and once at Delmonico (Emeril's steakhouse at the Venetian, highly overrated, skip it).

          As to Wolfgang Puck restaurants, I've had many lunches at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (MGM) which I think is just fine for lunch but nothing more. For more Puck, on the high end there is Cut, a wonderful steakhouse at the Palazzo. Highly recommended. For yet more Puck, Chinois at the Forum Shops is another alternative, as is Spago (also Forum Shops) or Postrio (Venetian) (haven't eaten at either Spago or Postrio though I've eaten many times over the years at Spago at home in L.A., but I don't think there's any comparison to be made there). And only had one lunch at Chinois so can't really weigh in.

          BTW if the OP's family watches Top Chef and knows who Tom Colicchio is, then I would wholeheartedly recommend a dinner at Craftsteak (MGM), which is excellent in all respects. Or at least a sandwich at 'Wichcraft which is his casual sandwich place at the far end of the Studio Walk at MGM (closer to the pool than to the casino).

          For other restaurants within the MGM itself, perhaps the OP's family would like Seablue or Fiamma.

          1. re: Debbie W

            I second Chinois, I've had many many great meals there over the years and Spago is solid too. Craftsteak is excellent. Can't wait to try Cut if I can afford it.

        2. my guess is the current popular "chef" from the food network is guy fieri - so save yourself some $$ and hit a few of the places he reported on in his , " diners, drive-in's and dives." or you can always go to the place he currently pimps - Friday's ! lol

          I guess Bobby Flay is still popular - Mesa Grill.