Taking a Vegetarian to Vegas
I'm bringing my younger brother to vegas for his 21st birthday. I usually frequent seafood places and steakhouses on vegas trips, but my brother is a vegetarian.
I'm looking for suggestions of places to grab lunches and especially dinners. I've done some searches, but related threads tend to focus on fine dining.
-- We're staying at Bellagio and don't mind venturing anywhere on the strip, but don't want to go beyond that.
-- He likes Italian, but is willing to try other things, provided no meat of course.
-- I'm not too concerned about prices, but he's definitely not a foodie and wouldn't likely appreciate high end places.
-- Places I've considered so far are Maggiano's at the Fashion Show Mall, and that's about it.
-- While good food is sought, I'm equally concerned with him having a great time, so fun, unique places and people watching are desirable.
Thanks in advance.
A great spot for people watching is across the street from the Bellagio, at Mon Ami Gabi, which has outdoor patio seating with a view of the Bellagio fountains. Great bloody mary bar. If you have a peak at their menu online at http://www.monamigabi.com/vegas they have great salads, vegetarian soups, and at least one vegetarian sampler dish. It's a favourite spot of ours for people watching, good service, and good food.
If your brother eats dairy, and you were considering Fashion Show Mall, you may consider Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. There are a lot of non-meat choices. If it is cool enough to sit outside, it is great for people watching and you may even be able to strike up conversations with other guests.
Your options are pretty good if you want to combine vegetarian-friendly with people watching. I can second Enoteca San Marco, which fullfils both of those elements well. And right next to Enoteca is Postrio, a Wolfgang Puck property. Puck has several places on the strip that have some good options for vegetarians, including Spago and Chinois at the Forum Shops, which are ideal for people watching. And Mesa Grill at Caesar's Palace has the kind of vibe you are looking for, along with some creative vegetarian offerings.
I regularly go to Las Vegas with a vegetarian friend and we've done pretty well. Some of our less-expensive standbys are now Enoteca San Marco, Grand Lux Cafe, Mesa Grill, the Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill, and the sushi restaurant in the basement of Ballys (which is where we often stay). On our last trip, she also liked the Burger Brasserie in Paris.
For high-end meals, she was had good vegetarian tasting menus at Alex, Postrio, and Fleur de Lys. Postrio actually went all-out to do some neat things for her.
I'm not sure if your brother would like being taken to a steakhouse to eat side dishes; I on the other hand would look for other options in LV. The only recommendation in LV that I can personally recommend would be Capriotti's for one of their veggie sandwiches. They have several stores in town. Looking on other sites I was able to find a few ideas (mind you I have not been to them): Veggie Delight, Red Velvet, Himalayan Cuisine & Long Life Vegetarian. If you come across any Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant that's a safe bet that they will have a few vegetarian dishes. Please let me know if you do try any of my ideas as I too need more options when in LV.
730 E Flamingo Rd Ste 10, Las Vegas, NV 89119
324 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
3504 Wynn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Red Velvet Cafe
7875 W Sahara Ave Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Long Life Vegetarian Rest
4130 S Sandhill Rd Ste A4, Las Vegas, NV 89121
The first place that I thought of was Enoteca San Marco at the Venetian. It combines several of your brother's concerns. It's not too expensive, it's informal (food should be better than Maggiano's, although I've never eaten at the one in the FSM). The vegetables are among the best items there, and they also have a nice selection of cheeses and pizza and salads.