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Jun 23, 2010 01:01 AM

Where to eat in Las Vegas


Heading to Vegas from the UK in mid July and want to know where's good to eat.

Do NOT want: buffets, -fine dining, anywhere over-priced

Do want: laid back atmosphere, good food that's good value for money. Not bothered by cuisine (American, European, Asian etc)

Does that exist in Vegas? Also I understand that several big name chefs have spin-offs in LV - which are the best?


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    1. How much are you looking to spend? Also, where are you staying and will you have access to a car?

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      1. re: Eric

        We'll have a car for the 1st day, then we'll be on foot. Staying at The Bellagio. Don't have a huge budget, expect we'll have blown a load on eating in SF and LA before we get to Vegas.

        3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

        1. re: miss chicken wing

          Smart people. Same food in those cities at lower prices.

          In no particular order and feel free to ask questions. Please check their websites for menus. Search Chowhound for previous reviews and discussions. Stay away for any BBQ in Las Vegas. If you want a recommendation for BBQ in Los Angeles, just ask me.

          When you have the car:
          Todd's Unique in Henderson. Inventive food at really reasonable prices.
          Absolute best non-fancy place in Vegas is Ichiza serving izakaya (think tapas Japanese style). Really, really good, inexpensive honest & authentic food, and open til 3am. Don't eat the sushi. At Ichiza, you're coming to eat cooked food and drink. Good selection of cold sakes.
          Raku on Spring Mountain. More upscale and expensive version of Ichiza, but a favorite of local chefs.
          Jamm's for breakfast or lunch. Rainbow at Charleston.
          Lotus of Siam. Often called the best Thai restaurant in the United States.
          Grimaldi's or Setebello Pizza in Henderson. Great NY style and Neopolitan style pizza.
          Levy's Bagels & Deli 7875 W. Sahara Ave. 702-463-9200
          Hot & Juicy Crawfish on Spring Mountain.
          M&M Soul Food, on Charleston Blvd. just west of Valley View
          Bootlegger Bistro (LB Blvd. south of the strip)
          Dessy B's Steakhouse located at the corner of Tropicana and Eastern.
          Original Pancake House, at 4833 W Charleston Blvd
          Los Molcajetes, 1553 N. Eastern, just south of Owens (north of Washington).

          On the Strip
          Carnegie Deli in The Mirage
          The food court at NYNY is one of the best as far as a variety of both food and cost. The coffee shop inside NYNY is also pretty good. ESPN Zone is good bar food and decent atmosphere.

          Right across the street at MGM is a wide range of restaurants that fits your budget. Rainforest Cafe, Fiamma Italian. A little bit east on Tropicana are a couple of local hangouts BJ's Cocktail Lounge and Crown & Anchor Pub. Next door, the Monte Carlo has a great brewpub. Across the street is the Hawaiian Marketplace should you want to try Hawaiian food.

          Quintessential Las Vegas is the Peppermill. Huge portions for every meal, but especially nice for breakfast.

          Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill (Caesars Forum Shops
          )Late night breakfast... Tiffany's Cafe, inside the White Cross drug store on Las Vegas Blvd. and Oakey. Take the Duece bus.

          Please check the websites of the hotels you plan on touring for their casual dining restaurants.

          If you're smart, you'll eat FAR better Chinese and dim sum in either SF or LA before you get here. I won't even bother recommending any Chinese.


          Mesa Grill
          3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          ESPN Zone
          3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          Hot & Juicy Crawfish
          4810 Spring Mountain Rd Ste C, Las Vegas, NV 89102

          4355 Spring Mountain Rd Ste 205, Las Vegas, NV 89102

          Crown & Anchor Pub
          1350 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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

          Los Molcajetes
          1553 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

          Carnegie Deli
          3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          Bootlegger Bistro
          7700 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 1, Las Vegas, NV 89123

          1. re: shamu613

            Agree with all : except Lotus of Siam: just an ordinary Thai.

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

            1. re: kel

              It's ordinary Thai if you stick to the familiar dishes. They specialize in northern Thai there, which is as much of a contrast as Northern Italian is to southern red-sauce Italian. Get off the beaten path there and you'll discover some amazing things.

            2. re: shamu613

              I've never heard of, let alone been to, Dessy B's Steakhouse -- could you tell us a little about it.

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                A while back the local franchisee of all the Sizzler's in town decided to close. Some of the employees got together to reopen one location and keep themselves working.

                It's not a high line steakhouse by any means, but it's better than any Sizzler ever was. I would rank it similar in quality to Lonestar or Outback. Similar setup as Sizzler with a all you can eat salad bar. They also do a really low price lunch buffet.

                Good food. Good value.

                In a town that's filled with mostly celebrity or chain restaurants, it's nice to find a locally owned place that offers a well prepared steak at a low price.

        2. Most restaurants are pretty laid back except for a small minority. Even most fine dining restaurants are very casual and have music blasting in the background and business casual dress codes.

          1. I think you might have to pick between big name chefs and overpriced, frankly - everything on the strip is fairly expensive. If you want to go off-strip, I'd recommend (based purely on chowhound talk, I've not been to either) Raku or Lotus of Siam.

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

            1. Brilliant! Thanks for all the tips. Def gonna check out Hot & Juicy Crawfish and Raku. May try Mesa Grill or Roy's. Also been told the buffet at The Bellagio is worth it... just once.

              Mesa Grill
              3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              Hot & Juicy Crawfish
              4810 Spring Mountain Rd Ste C, Las Vegas, NV 89102

              3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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              1. re: miss chicken wing

                I don't know where Hot & Juicy Crawfish gets its shrimp and crawfish so I don't know whether or not the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is interrupting the supply of crustaceans. May be wise to phone the restaurant and ask questions.

                The Bellagio buffet always appears at the top of most lists and deservedly so. If price isn't an object, go for dinner, or save a few dollars and go at lunch.

                Hot & Juicy Crawfish
                4810 Spring Mountain Rd Ste C, Las Vegas, NV 89102

                3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV