Vegas Trip Report
I looked through many, many Las Vegas posting before we left for our last minute trip last Thursday. I knew that there were more prize winning restaurants than we would ever be able to visit on a 4 day trip so I decided to try to find the best dining options without busting the bank. I wanted to spend less than $100 per meal for two people usually with drinks. Here's what we came up with:
- Firefly - 3900 Paradise Rd #A - we ended up eating here twice. I love Tapas & it was a great place to get a variety of food in a great atmosphere. We really enjoyed the shrimp ceviche, the filet mignon sliders & the tres leches chocolate cake. The mojitos are also very good. Dinner for two with a pitcher of mojitos came in at around $75 after taxes but before tip.
- Cafe Bouchon - The Venetian - We ate here twice as well. Once for breakfast and once for brunch. I was blown away by the food both times. The first day I had Croque Madam (ham & cheese on brioche, grilled with a fried egg on top. Covered with a hollandaise-esque sauce.) and it was wonderful. For brunch I tried the chicken and waffles. Two pieces of roast chicken with a cheese & chive waffle. Served with a mushroom sauce & maple syrup on the side. So, so good. Two thumbs up! Unfortunately, they are sometimes very crowded & some of their tables are entirely too close together! We ended up sitting at the bar after the lady at the table next to ours was so close to our table that her hair hung over our table. That is too close! Breakfast for two with coffee & one juice came to around $55 before tip. Brunch with two mimosas & coffee was closer to $75 before tip.
- Cafe Heidelberg - 610 E. Sahara Ave #2 - Mom & Pop German restaurant with HUGE portions. I had the classic schnitzel and my husband had the wienerschnitzel. Both were perfectly prepared & delicious. I preferred the spaetzle that came with his entree to the german potato salad that came with mine but I think that is a personal preference issue. This is a tiny place that is part grocery store so be prepared. There is also only one waitress so it can take awhile. On the positive, Emery is there playing the zither. He is a hoot & he loves to talk. We took the last table sitting beside him & he kept us entertained while we waited on our food. We had a great time! I got a $25 gift certificate for $10 from restaurants.com. With that discount, 2 beers, 2 entrees & a salad the bill was around $70 before tip.
- Lotus of Siam - 953 E. Sahara Avenue - Just go! Everyone on this board recommends LOS for a reason....it's that good! I live in Calgary & there are some kinds of food that we can't get here...Thai isn't one of them but I have to say that LOS is the BEST Thai food I have ever had. We had the crispy seabass on drunken noodles & the beef shortribs in red curry sauce. Both were absolutely divine! I would go back here in a heartbeat! Two entrees, rice, appetizer & two beer was around $50 before tip.
We also visited TC's rib crib but I wasn't impressed. Not really worth the cab ride out in my opinion. My husband liked it better than I did so it may be a personal preference thing (plus I'm from Alabama so I know more about bbq than he does being from Calgary!).
Today I'm home & wishing I were back in Vegas. We had some great eats without breaking the bank!
thanks for sharing !! yeah - sadly, i'm not a big fan of TC's either ( sad because it's family owned/operated and they are nice people )
re: Dave Feldman
Friends of ours got married in Vegas 2 years ago & had their reception at Cafe Heidelberg. My husband loved it & insisted we go there on this trip. I was a little skeptical (I didn't go to the wedding so I had missed the first visit) but went b/c he wanted to so badly. We really did have a great time. Was it good, yes, will it change your mind about US German food, not sure about that. :)
Thanks for the report. I'm glad you enjoyed Bouchon. I too had an excellent experience there recently. The Oeuf Au Gratin I had was wonderful, as was the Banana Nut Muffin I had from their bakery case.
I know what you mean about tables being close together. I couldn't help but listen in on what was being said on either side of me.