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Four nights in Vegas... and I've made my star restaurant plans for three of the nights... but I'd also love to head off the strip for any local finds that you Hounds might suggest.

I'm open to all ideas...

Places that are pure classic Vegas kitsch, even if the food's only a B.
Places that are strip mall stark, if the food's a A+.
Ethnic places.
Old.
New.
Not too far (milewise) out.

Thanks!

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  1. to understand your $$ range and taste - where are you eating the other 3 nights ?

    local asian:

    raku, china mama, dong ting spring, yun nan, shiseki, ichiza, sen of japan

    hot n juicy crawfish

    golden steer, pamplemousse

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    1. re: kjs

      The other nights are:
      The other nights are:

      SW
      L'Atelier
      B&B

      But that shouldn't impact your suggestions! I'm looking for anything fun/tasty. You got the best Taco truck in the city? Lemme know! Upscale or Under the radar... what have you got?

      1. re: Jennalynn

        For amazing Japanese small plates head to Raku. It's open late 3am, so if you need a late night option they can't be beat. And just down the street from Raku is Ronald's Donuts, home of the best donuts in town. Don't let the crappy looking strip mall scare you away.

        1. re: vegasjlt

          Thanks JLT...

          A crappy strip mall has NEVER scared me!

          1. re: Jennalynn

            Ronald's deserves more play on these boards; most of the donuts are vegan, yet when I take them to friends they can not tell at all. And having all of the asian restaurants opening in the neighborhood over the past decade makes it so good for the consumer - it becomes the perfect finish after some spicy cuisine.

            1. re: QAW

              And the couple who run Ronald's are lovely people. But just a warning - it closes mid-afternoon and they often run out of some of the better varieties long before they close.