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My husband and I go to Vegas about 3 times a year. We have definitely gone to all the fine dining establishments on the Strip. Our favorite off-strip location is Casa di Amore (for its old school charm, schmaltzy entertainment, and solid food). We have never dined downtown (Hugo's Cellar or Piero's) and only recently learned of Todd's Unique, Marche Bacchus, and The Vintner. I can say, we have give Rosemary's three tries and they are out. We were disappointed in the service our first time and the food has just not impressed us. But, given we like Casa di Amore, take that for what you will. (The place we patroned most was Commander's Palace for a bit more insight.) Also have been to LOS and some off the beaten path breakfast spots. Of those suggested, can you rank them for me? Have I missed a local favorite? We're looking for neighborhood gem; decent atmosphere; and solid food.

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Marche Bacchus
2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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  1. Chicago Joe's? More on the schmaltzy, solid side than "fine dining". How about The Tillerman? Or Sergio's?

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    The Tillerman
    2245 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

    Chicago Joe's
    820 S 4th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

    1. My wife and I would rate the restaurants in the order you listed them. Todd's is our personal favorite, but when we are on the West side of town we often stop in at Marche Bacchus. Todd and Teri run a great restaurant and their staff is knowledgeable and professional. One of the neat things at Marche Bacchus is their wine option - buy a bottle from the retail store in front of the dining area and the corkage is $10. Their retail wine prices are pretty good to begin with (maybe 10-15% above the discount chains) so even with the $10 corkage you are still well under normal restaurant mark up for wine.

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      Marche Bacchus
      2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

      1. Todd's is our go to for what you are describing. Marche Bacchus has a terrific atmosphere and is really a nice place, but more of a drive for us.

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        Marche Bacchus
        2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

        1. Philber and Ivnvflyer, Do you have a favorite entree at Todd's and Marche Bacchus? We're at the Palazzo this time, but driving a ways isn't out.

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          Marche Bacchus
          2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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          1. re: mhcpita

            Todd's has a great Braised Short Rib served with jalapeno mashed potatoes and whatever Veggie Todd is serviing for the night. My wife and daughter both love the Marsala - Veal or Chicken; either one is hit with them though they prefer the veal when it is available. If the Rack of Lamb or Veal Chop are available go for it! We often opt for the seafood specials - you won't be disappointed. Todd's also offers some interesting salads; currently they are serving watermelon salad - it's good! Another interesting and delicious salad is the beet and grapefruit. You might want to check out Todd's website they actually provide a pretty good overview of some of their entrees. http://www.toddsunique.com

            Marche Bacchus favorites include the Scallop Risotto for my wife, the Peppercorn Filet for our daughter and I love the Cote de Porc (double cut pork chop with mustard sauce). The Lobster Pot Pie is always a hit too, but bring an appetite. The Blue Crab Gratin is a great starter and the Marinated Roasted Beets salad is outstanding - the walnut bread is a perfect compliment. If you are looking for a place for a relaxing lunch you should make the drive out to Marche Bacchus where you can dine lakeside. If you do go for lunch you should try the french fries - they cook them twice and prior to the second cooking dust them with cornstarch making them very crunchy without overcooking them.

            As you can tell it is difficult for me to recommend a "favorite" at either establishment, but hope these suggestions help.

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            Marche Bacchus
            2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

            1. re: mhcpita

              BTW, Marche Bacchus has a wonderful patio on the lake. It's likely the best scenery in all of Las Vegas. It's especially gorgeous for lunch during the spring when the temperature is mild.

              LIKE RIGHT NOW!

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              Marche Bacchus
              2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

              1. re: shamu613

                Todd's Unique: I think Todd is at his best when preparing seasonal seafood, such halibut, soft shelled crabs and never frozen king crab legs. Starting soon he will be preparing one of his specialties, fresh teriyaki halibut that is served over coconut rice and bok choy. This week he sent out an email advising that the watermelon salad is now available. It includes pepitas, cayenne, lime juice and feta cheese - an amazing mixture of flavors.

                I too miss Commanders Palace. You may want to try Lola's - a Louisiana Kitchen or Rhythm Kitchen.
                http://lolaslasvegas.com
                http://rhythmkitchenlv.com/

                Origin India is a giant step up from your typical Indian restaurants.
                http://www.originindiarestaurant.com/...

                A new Mexican restaurant called Mundo has received excellent reviews though we have not had an opportunity to dine there.
                http://www.mundolasvegas.com/

                For northern Italian, it is difficult to beat Gaetano's.
                http://www.usmenuguide.com/gaetanos.html

                For dim sum I highly recommend Ping Pang Pong in the Gold Coast Casino.
                http://www.goldcoastcasino.com/dining...

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                Ping Pang Pong
                4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

                Origin India
                4480 Paradise Road, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89169