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Las Vegas eats - From Fab to Casual

We're from LA, but will be in Vegas during July for our son's martial arts tournament. We're staying at the Tropicana during the tournament, and moving to the Wynn after the tournament is over for a couple of days. We'll have sitters on hand, but would like to take our well-behaved 6 year old out when we can. On our possible list of places to try are:
Lotus of Siam
Bouchon or Daniel Boulud Brasserie
Burger Bar or BLT Burger
Bartolotta
Mesa Grill
Guy Savoy
Craftsteak
Stark
B&B Ristorante
Payard Patisserie
There's so much information on this board...and I'm a bit confused with some of the mixed reviews I've seen on some of the restaurants. Would love to get your opinions and maybe some tips for places not on the list. We love tasting menus, and are not so willing to break the bank so Bar Charlie is going to be out of the question given the current state of the economy. Any help would be much appreciated!

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  1. I wouldn't concern myself that much with the "mixed reviews" -- it's the nature of the beast.

    You might want to check out this thread, as it focuses on some discounts that restaurants are offering: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6061...

    I've been to all but two of the places you've mentioned (What is Stark?) and I'd pick Lotus first, but I am a man obsessed.

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      I'm going to guess that Stark is Stack at the Mirage. If my memory serves me correctly, it is a sister restaurant to Fix at Bellagio, with similar decor and menu choices.

      If I may suggest... hit Bouchon for breakfast. It was absolutely glorious. If I hadn't overslept the last day I was there, I would have gone twice in a row. Considering my Vegas eating habits (only one restaurant multiple times across the last three trips), that's saying something. Expect to drop somewhere around $50 on breakfast for two. Yeah, it's expensive as hell for breakfast. Easy justification: Cheapest Thomas Keller meal you'll find.

      As for Burger Bar versus BLT Burger... I haven't been to BLT Burger, but Burger Bar served up the best burger I've ever had. The menu at BLT looks to be overpriced, especially relative to Burger Bar: A bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on top and an order of fries at BLT works out to $21, the same at BB is $14.85.

    2. Bouchon is definitely great for breakfast I would definitely do that one.

      DB would be good to bring your 6 year old too because of the water show outside. Make sure to grab a table on the patio.

      I would have to say Burger Bar is better than BLT. Both can be missed though.

      Bartolotta was solid. It's definitely worth a try

      Mesa Grill is my favorite lunch spot. I go at least once every time I'm in Vegas. Would be good for lunch or dinner and would be good to go with your kid.

      Guy Savoy is top notch but I would choose Joel Robuchon or Alex before going to Guy. I like going to Guy towards the end of the night. Sit at the bar and grab a drink and some small plates or dessert.

      Craftsteak serves up some excellent food but the decor is nothing special to me. It feels like a hotel restaurant.

      B&B food is excellent but I had the same awful server two times in a row and will not go back. Also you are from LA and I find Osteria Mozza to be a lot better. San Marco is there more casual place in the Venetian. Good food and the street performers will keep your kid entertained

      Payard is a for sure. If you like desserts you must go.

      Places that weren't on your list that I think you would enjoy

      L'atelier I think it's one of the best restaurants in Vegas for the money. The food and service is top notch you will not be disappointed.

      Nob Hill Tavern just did a menu change for the better. Great comforting food with a relaxing atmosphere. Both are in the MGM

      Hope this is of some assistance

      1. Lotus of Siam is one of the best Thai reataurants I've ever been to (including Thailand), well worth the short jaunt off strip.

        1. You all are terrific! Great advice! I have checked out the Taste of the Wynn menus and the Recessionary deals ...and with so many of them, it can be hard to choose. Sorry for the typo...I did mean Stack and not Stark...we've got too many Phillipe Starke-decorated joints in L.A. Will definitely check out the menus for Alex, L'atelier, and Nob Hill.
          Out of curiosity...I know that July is pretty darned hot...will it still be okay to sit outside? Thanks very much to SD Gourmand for letting me know which places would particulary kid-friendly.

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          1. re: attran99

            In July I wouldn't really advise sitting outside, unless you like sweating whilst you eat. Some places have misters, but it's still really damn hot and I don't find it very comfortable. However, some places are so over air-conditioned it actually feels nice to go outside and warm up a bit. I had dinner outside last July at Social House at around 11pm and by the time we were through, my clothes (which I wasn't wearing much of, since we were off to a club afterwards) were totally sticking to me. Not fun. Even worse for my BF who is quite a big bigger than I and tends to have a higher normal body temperature than I.

          2. If you are staying at the Wynn, there is a cute little restaurant called Sugar and Ice, super casual, but their cobb salad and sandwiches are great. Their dessert selection is pretty drool worthy too.

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