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dick980 Jul 13, 2010 05:31 AM

Howdy all, I'm going to be in Vegas for a Bachelor party this upcoming weekend; after all the debauchery, I have Sunday afternoon to myself before I head back to NYC on a red-eye.

I was wondering if y'all had any recs for a good "must-have" meal before I head back. Nothing fancy or hotel-oriented (I can get all that stuff here in NYC); more along the lines of a diner (with food suggestions), burger joint, taco stand, food truck, or some local great eatery that I'd have a hard time finding something similar outside of Vegas.

It'll be a late flight, so I will have a bit of time on my hands, but I don't want to get out of the city. Oh, and nothing too heavy either, I understand it'll be a million degrees out there...any help is appreciated, thanks!

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    jackattack Jul 14, 2010 06:11 PM

    Shamu you just said there are no diners in Las Vegas, then you recommended the Black Bear Diner!

    dick, Will you have a car or are you cabbing it?

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      shamu613 Jul 14, 2010 07:12 PM

      Jack, what is your definition of a diner? Just because Black Bear Diner has the word "diner" in its name does not make it a diner.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diner

      All around the Vegas Valley there are scores of eateries with the word "deli" in their names. Are they really delicatessens; that synthesis of a grocery store and restaurant? A cursory look at the menus reveals that the vast majority are merely sandwich shops.

      There used to be a chain of three diners in the valley named Las Vegas Diner. It had all the classic elements of a diner, the Art-Deco railroad car covered in gleaming stainless steel, counters, open 24 hours and served typical diner cuisine. They lasted about two years and folded. The food sucked. One still sits empty, one became a sushi bar. Ginja Sushi in Henderson and the last one in Summerlin reopened as Shari's Diner. Shari's markets itself as a local's hangout. Its location is almost 15 miles from the south Strip; not terribly convenient for visitors.

      Names notwithstanding, I still submit there are no "diners" in the Vegas Valley.

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      Black Bear Diner
      6180 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103

      Ginja Sushi
      375 N Stephanie St, Henderson, NV 89014

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        jackattack Jul 15, 2010 06:13 PM

        din·er   /] Show IPA
        –noun
        1.a person who dines.
        2.a railroad dining car.
        3.a restaurant built like such a car.
        4.a small, informal, and usually inexpensive restaurant.

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        dick980 Jul 16, 2010 03:34 AM

        I'll be cabbing it. I've checked out the recs y'all have had so far, I definitely want to try Hot & Juicy Crawfish, but it sounds like a recipe for disaster if the next thing I'm doing is hopping on a plane for a redeye. Got any recs for a good burger?

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

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          Kalihi Guy Jul 16, 2010 10:54 AM

          Are you staying on the Downtown or the Strip? If you're Downtown, try 777 Microbrewery at the Main Street Station:
          http://www.mainstreetcasino.com/dining/triple-7-restaurant-and-microbrewery
          http://static.boydgaming.net/mainstreet/media/downloads/777_LunDin_web_2009NEW.pdf

          The Strip has a number of places that you can try: the Burger Bar in the Mandalay Bay (http://www.mandalaybay.com/dining/burgerbar.aspx), BLT in the Mirage
          (http://www.mirage.com/restaurants/blt...) or Le Burger Brasserie in Paris (sorry, can't get the link to work).

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            jackattack Jul 16, 2010 02:06 PM

            www.sammysdogs.com

        2. shamu613 Jul 13, 2010 09:48 AM

          We got no diners here. Might I suggest New Jersey?

          Here's a few ideas:

          For breakfasts:
          The Hash House
          2605 S Decatur Blvd # 103
          Las Vegas, NV 89102
          (702) 873-9479

          Tiffany's Cafe
          1700 Las Vegas Blvd S
          Las Vegas, NV 89104
          (702) 444-4459

          Jamms Restaurant
          1029 S Rainbow Blvd
          Las Vegas, NV 89145
          (702) 877-0749

          Ping Pang Pong
          (Inside the Gold Coast)
          4000 W Flamingo Rd
          Las Vegas, NV 89103
          (702) 367-7111
          Chinese breakfast and my idea of comfort.

          Maple Tree
          6000 Spring Mountain Rd # 1
          Las Vegas, NV 89146
          (702) 362-5151

          For lunches:
          Black Bear Diner
          6180 W Tropicana Ave
          Las Vegas, NV 89103
          (702) 368-1077

          BJ's Restaurant
          10840 Charleston Blvd
          Las Vegas, NV 89135
          (702) 853-2300
          (Right across the street from Red Rock casino.)

          Hot & Juicy Crawfish
          4810 Spring Mountain Rd
          Las Vegas, NV 89102
          (702) 891-8889
          This is my idea of comfort. Wear the bibs! Trust me on this one.

          Claim Jumper
          8040 Las Vegas Blvd S
          Las Vegas, NV 89123
          (In the parking lot of the outlet mall and across the freeway from Silverton Casino and the Bass Pro Shop)

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

          Hash House
          2605 S Decatur Blvd Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89102

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

          Black Bear Diner
          6180 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103

          The Maple Tree
          6000 Spring Mountain Rd Ste 1, Las Vegas, NV 89146

          Red Rock Bar
          1729 E Charleston Blvd Ste A, Las Vegas, NV 89104

          Claim Jumper Restaurants
          6629 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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            Eric Jul 13, 2010 07:13 AM

            Unlike NYC, there is no "city" here. Once you leave Las Vegas, you are in the middle of the desert. I'd recommend RIncon de Buenos Aires on Spring Mountain Road between Decatur and Lindell.

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              selfportrait93 Jul 13, 2010 07:10 AM

              How about In-n-Out Hamburger and its Double-double "animal style". You don't have that outside the West coast.

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                dick980 Jul 13, 2010 03:43 PM

                The thought definitely crossed my mind on In-N-Out.

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