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xoxohh Nov 17, 2009 10:22 AM

Traveling to Las Vegas in 2 weeks. I have eaten at a lot of the known strip restaurants. I would love some suggestions from hounds who live in the area and have some favorites for me to try. I have a car, so I do not mind driving for a great meal. Cheers!

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    Missmoo Nov 17, 2009 10:46 AM

    Definitely Lotus of Siam!

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    Lotus of Siam
    953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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      xoxohh Nov 17, 2009 01:57 PM

      Thanks for the idea. I actually thought of it, but it will be closed for renovation while I am in Las Vegas. Any other ideas?

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        Missmoo Nov 18, 2009 10:18 AM

        People are also very fond of Raku you can search the boards and see if you would like it as well. My husband and I were very impressed with their grilled fish.

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      Eric Nov 17, 2009 02:56 PM

      As a local, I always enjoy Rincon de Buenos AIres for their steaks, Joyful House for Chinese (this is where a lot of the local Chinese community go to dine at), Kilroys for burgers, Rocos New York Italian Deli for pizza. Ellis Island, behind Ballys, has a good $6.99 10 ounce sirloin steak dinner that includes a 20 ounce micro brewed beer or micro brewed root beer. They also have very good bbq after 4:30 pm. The Orleans has a good steakhouse that was voted the best hotel steakhouse. Steaks are not ala carte. They also a good buffet at dinner for $12.99 (this includes the Wednesday night all you can eat sirloins). Nora' sat Flamingo and Jones is very good for Italian. I also enjoy Viva Mercados for Mexcian. It is on Rainbow at Spring Mountain.

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      Viva Mercados
      3553 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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        Ian F Nov 17, 2009 03:11 PM

        Todd's Unique is definitely worth a visit.

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          chazcat Nov 17, 2009 03:58 PM

          Todd's is one of the best (if not the best) off strip.

          http://www.toddsunique.com

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            Seth Chadwick Nov 17, 2009 04:00 PM

            Agreed about Todd's. It was a very nice experience and I would not hesitate to return.

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              Michelle Nov 18, 2009 12:04 AM

              Hi,

              I also agree about Todd's, we had dinner there tonight and it was terrific! I also recommend Rosemary's, there's a lot of info on it on this board.

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                westie Nov 19, 2009 01:49 AM

                I agree with Todd's. Is he still serving the weekday, 3- course meal for $30 that was available earlier this year?

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          RBCal Nov 19, 2009 05:31 AM

          Firefly on Paradise
          3900 Paradise Rd
          Las Vegas, NV 89109
          (702) 369-3971
          www.fireflylv.com

          Cafe Bleu
          1451 Center Crossing Boulevard
          Las Vegas, Nevada
          702 851 5322

          Hash House a Go Go
          6800 W Sahara Ave
          702 804 4646
          www.hashouseagogo.com

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            fledflew Nov 19, 2009 08:19 AM

            Musashi - Japanese teppan steakhouse and sushi. The teppan is consistently very good because there are only two cooks there - one is the owner and the other is his brother in law. Everybody I've ever brought there has been thoroughly please with the experience. They have excellent lunch and late night specials, too. Located in the same strip mall as Firefly, but on the opposite side.

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            Musashi Japanese Steakhouse
            3900 Paradise Rd Ste W, Las Vegas, NV 89169

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              venividibitchy Nov 19, 2009 09:54 PM

              Koji at the Orleans (more of a locals, off-strip casino) has pretty damn good and affordable Asian cuisine & sushi, and it's never too crowded.

              Ricardo's on W. Flamingo for family-style Mexican.

              Ferraro's, also on W. Flamingo, for high-end Italian.

              1. Debbie W Nov 20, 2009 02:56 PM

                I should have thought of Raku. I believe I told you guys about it when we went last year. I have pictures you can look at next time you come over. But it's really small. And apparently even more crowded now than it was before. Too bad Lotus is going to be closed, I actually had read that awhile ago but neglected to mention it.

                1. johnb Nov 21, 2009 05:56 AM

                  I've not been myself, but unless things have changed recently Vintner Grill in Summerlin would surely be one you should consider. Huge number of excellent reviews on just about every food/restaurant web site, and definitely not on the tourist radar. Fine dining; not cheap.

                  Among other things, Mayor Goodman supposedly dines there daily, and has his own permanent table.

                  http://www.vglasvegas.com/

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