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Old Vegas ambience off strip for older couple

mcgrath Jan 28, 2010 08:18 AM

We know and appreciate great food, but also love Old Vegas kitsch even if the food isn't so great.

Three nights next month. Our first two dinners will be at Golden Steer Steakhouse and at Pierre Gagnaire's TWIST at Mandarin Oriental (see what I mean?).

For Valentine's Evening, we're looking for an old school spot with the following criteria in order of importance: Quiet, Decent food, great service, off-Strip, been around a long time.

So far I've come up with Piero's and Pamplemousse. Others? Thanks.

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    dolere Mar 7, 2010 05:23 PM

    while it is a casino, Jerry's Nugget cafe has some of the best tasting prime rib I;ve ever had. It's far from the strip and is really old school vegas. It's very well priced and is pretty quiet. It's a true local spot.

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    1. re: dolere
      shamu613 Mar 7, 2010 10:27 PM

      Totally agree. Best late night dining place in town. And probably the only coffee shop in all of the Vegas valley that still fits the old time image of a casino coffee shop. Anything on the menu 24 hours a day.

    2. shamu613 Feb 8, 2010 11:59 PM

      Nothing about this joint is as good as it was years ago (or even five years ago), but when you’ve been open for 52 years, respect should be paid. The ghosts of the Rat Pack still haunt this place, and it’s a hoot to tuck into Sammy or Dino’s tuck and roll booth and then into a sirloin. And if you listen carefully, you can almost hear “Beyond The Sea” playing amidst the tinkling of highball glasses and whiffs of cigarette smoke.

      And it is really off strip, though by a couple of blocks.
      308 W. Sahara Ave.,

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      1. re: shamu613
        mcgrath Feb 9, 2010 06:26 AM

        Thanks for the reassurance. We're taking a 67 year old local there who's never been along with, get this, his 85 year old mother. Can't wait.

        BTW, my wife nixed any kind of similar place for Valentine's evening, so we'll have to try Hugo's Cellar on our next trip, and will. Also, that Joe's Italian place looks fun too. And of course Piero's is on our list for next time too. Thanks for all the suggestions; I want to try these places before they (or I) fade into the sunset.

        For Valentine's, we'll be at the Swan Court at Aureole.

        1. re: mcgrath
          cristina Feb 28, 2010 03:37 PM

          One of my favorite old-style Vegas restaurants is the café at Binion's Golden Horseshoe. The late-night/early-morning steak and eggs special is just that: special. Ambiance is typical old-style diner, hash is slung 24 hours a day, and it's always on the agenda when I go to Las Vegas. Give it a try.

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        jackattack Feb 5, 2010 02:01 PM

        Chicago Joe's

        1. fadedfoodie Feb 2, 2010 06:00 AM

          Piero's for Italian (obviously) - the stone crab and the osso bucco is legendary. Start at the bar for a cocktail and proceed to your table gracefully. As scene in major motion pictures, but the kitchen is rock solid.

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          1. re: fadedfoodie
            Friend of Bill Feb 2, 2010 03:57 PM

            Agree with Piero's; and I think that Hugo's is crap.

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            QAW Jan 28, 2010 08:53 AM

            By "off strip" would that imply avoiding the downtown casino area as well? If not, Hugo's Cellar (Four Queens) would be a possible fit.

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            1. re: QAW
              mcgrath Jan 28, 2010 08:59 AM

              Downtown's OK. Could you tell me a little more about this place?

              1. re: mcgrath
                QAW Jan 28, 2010 09:31 AM

                Pure "old school" from a service standpoint, which is getting harder and harder to find - they make it very cozy to spend an evening of leisurely dining. The food also holds its own across the Steak-Seafood-Continental spectrum, and would actually create an interesting contrast with TWIST - this is a place that still has dishes like Beef Wellington, Chateubriand for Two, Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee on the menu.

                1. re: QAW
                  Dave Feldman Feb 1, 2010 09:53 PM

                  Are women still given a rose at Hugo's? Talk about old-school! Every night was Valentine's Day at Hugo's.

                  1. re: Dave Feldman
                    QAW Feb 2, 2010 05:14 AM

                    Yes they are. On stag nights we have complained of this as discrimination, to no avail. Although at least they refuse with a smile.

                    1. re: QAW
                      jsfoodchat Feb 7, 2010 04:53 PM

                      Yes! Yes! Yes! I saw the title of the post and logged on to say HUGO'S CELLAR - IT WILL BE PERFECT FOR YOU! fantastic!

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