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Breakfast - Bouchon vs Peppermill

seal Jun 29, 2010 07:56 AM

Bouchon vs Peppermill? Isn't that an odd comparison? But let's compare apples to apples.

At Bouchon I had the American Breakfast. Two eggs, bacon and sausage, brioche with butter and marmalade, a breakfast pastry, coffee and orange juice all for $30 after tip. Needless to say, everything was excellent.

At Peppermill I had three eggs, sausage, home fries, and rye toast with coffee and orange juice and it cost me $25 after tip. The food was good.

So, which was the better bargain? Just sitting having a second cup of world class coffe and a wonderful pastry after my meal alone was worth much more than the $5 difference. I am kicking myself for not going back to Bouchon. I am definately there tomorrow.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jun 30, 2010 02:15 PM

    It's not too odd a comparison. They're both my favorite places for breakfast in Vegas. Given a choice between Peppermill and Bouchon, I'll take Bouchon any time, no contest. C'mon, it's Thomas Keller for $30 per person tops. Bouchon's meticulous attention to detail elevates mere breakfast into magic. I never, EVER thought that I would come home from a Vegas vacation raving about having bacon and sausage with eggs and toast for breakfast, but Bouchon made it happen. And oh MAN, the strawberry croissant they offered as a pastry special... This was two years ago and I can still remember it. The only thing I had that wasn't up to the standard of everything else were the pommes frites that came with the Breakfast Américaine; they were merely terrific while everything else was transcendent.

    Sausage and eggs wouldn't be my first choice at Peppermill. While basic dishes such as this are a good way to test the waters, when I'm on vacation I'm all about diving in. I'd go for one of their more creative (and HUGE) omelets first. A recent time I was up there I tried the Peppermill Omelet (turkey, Jack and American cheese, tomatoes, hollandaise, with hash browns and a muffin, $13) and was most pleased.

    I absolutely adore Peppermill to the point that it's the very first thing I do when I hit town. The old-school Vegas charm of the place is unmatched. And like many 24-hour restaurants, I'm most enamored of Peppermill in the dead of night. After Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group have long packed up for the night, you can't beat unwinding with friends in one of Peppermill's U-shaped booths, sipping thick rich coffee that the spoon almost stands up in, munching your way through a killer patty melt with onion rings, and sharing the Fresh Fruit that looks like Carmen Miranda's hat. Meanwhile, the cocktail waitress in the long black dress slit to the hip brings you another of whatever it is you're drinking. And then when you're leaving, while dawn breaks in the east, the hostess STILL says "Good night"... It's my perfect place. I wish we had a 24-hour coffee shop here in Phoenix that came even CLOSE to the Peppermill. Oh, how I want to be there right now!

    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
      Dave Feldman Jun 30, 2010 03:16 PM

      You captured the charms of the Peppermill well, JK. That's one reason I laugh when I read the places that win for "Best Ambiance" are always fancy or elegant places. The food may be better at Bouchon, but for ambiance (and service for that matter), I'll take Peppermill any day.

      3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      1. re: Dave Feldman
        shamu613 Jun 30, 2010 03:22 PM

        Absolutely right Dave. And if you need a morning wake-me-up drink, nothing compares to the Ramos Fizz or the lovely cocktail waitresses who serve them.

        Besides, their color scheme matches my bumpers.

        1. re: shamu613
          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jun 30, 2010 06:53 PM

          I never thought to order a Ramos fizz there... oh dear me now I want to go even more!

    2. m
      manku Jun 29, 2010 03:32 PM

      I, too, had a wonderful breakfast (poached eggs) at Bouchon...one of the few civilized, non casino type enviornments in vegas...well worth the $30.00.

      1. f
        Friend of Bill Jun 29, 2010 12:46 PM

        If that breakfast at Peppermill cost you "$25 after tip", you must have left one heck of a tip.

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        1. re: Friend of Bill
          seal Jun 29, 2010 02:36 PM

          Peppermill's Sausage and eggs breakfast plus juice and coffee and tax was almost $20. For comparison, the American Breakfast with all that stuff is $22 plus tax at Bouchon. I tip better there ;o)

          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        2. b
          baderin Jun 29, 2010 11:04 AM

          Not going to Bouchon when we were in Vegas last year was my big regret of the trip. We'll be there again next week and you've just convinced me to fit Bouchon in early on the trip, in case we want to go back. Thanks!

          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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