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Oct 4, 2010 05:26 PM

last min dinner in/near Venetian/Palazzo? that "Vegas experience" dinner in Vegas?

We're a brief visitors...needing a good "Vegas experience" dinner...recommendations?

anything from casual and up, tend to like simple/lean/fresh fares.

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  1. To me, nothing says Vegas more than Peppermill. It's a 24-hour coffee shop and bar a mile north of Venetian on the Strip. The place is a time warp to old-school Las Vegas, a time when neon and showgirls ruled and Cirque du Soleil was nowhere in sight. The food is good, solid casual American diner food. Nothing fancy, but the menu is more extensive than your average diner, and everything I've had was prepared well. The Fireside Lounge is truly can't-miss. At least peek your head in there if you aren't going to stay for a drink.

    1. "simple/lean/fresh fares" + Venetian => Bouchon, perhaps, though it's modeled on a French style bistro.

      3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      1. re: willyum

        I second Bouchon. Breakfast, lunch or/and dinner!

        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      2. I agree with the other recommendations - you could also try the Grand Luxe Cafe at the Venetian - pretty good quality for a Vegas coffee shop

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        1. re: kagemusha49

          Except that there's no Vegas Experience to be had from a chain that has locations in nine states, and is but a shade away from the owners' original restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, which can be found in shopping malls nationwide.

          The Cheesecake Factory
          3500 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste M03, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

            I don't know - you can people watch and play Keno while you eat - for some folks that IS the Las Vegas experience. They did say "casual and up". Words like simple "simple and fresh" leave a lot of room for interpretation. Personally, I'd much rather go to Lotus of Siam or even Levi's Bagel and Deli - but both of those require transportation and aren't exactly in the neighborhood of the Venetian.

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

        2. In my opinion, the Grand Lux Cafe is the restaurant that singlehandedly destroyed the Vegas experience. Hotels, used to have a 24/7 coffee shop that served their entire menu all day long. If you wanted prime rib at 4:00AM or Eggs Benedict at 10:00PM, you got it. The Grand Lux changed that by having 4 different *LIMITED* menus; breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Soon, all the other hotels followed suit. All but one. Jerry's Nugget Famous Coffee Shop still offers a complete menu 24 hours a day. Combined with homemade specials and the finest selection of desserts in any restaurant in town, Jerry's Nugget Coffee Shop still epitomizes the Vegas experience.

          If you want something something a bit more high end than a coffee shop, try the Golden Steer. A steakhouse that Frank and Dino used to frequent.

          Jerry's Nugget Casino
          1821 Las Vegas Blvd N, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

          Golden Steer
          308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102

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          1. re: shamu613

            It might not fit 100% under your rubric, but the Coronado Cafe at South Point almost fits the bill. You can get breakfast in the evening and steak in the morning. There are a few specials at lunch and at graveyard, but these aren't items unavailable at other times, just lower prices at those times. Portions on the Chinese menu are obscenely big. Locals with coupons eat 1/3 and take the rest home. Waitresses are patient and of the old-school "hon" type.

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              The Coronado Cafe is my go to when friends haul ass through Las Vegas hurrying to get back home. I can tell them it's right off the freeway and we'll have a quick meal and some time to visit.

              Interesting thought Dave... what if the new Las Vegas experience is actually eating in a chain restaurant? I just read that Hash House a Go Go is replacing the really good coffee shop in the M resort.

              1. re: shamu613

                "what if the new Las Vegas experience is actually eating in a chain restaurant?"

                Maybe the distinction is the difference between a branded vs. non-branded restaurant. People come from all over and want to try a Wolfgang Puck or Emeril Lagasse place. It's hard for an "unbranded" coffee shop to compete with Rainforest or even Subway.

                3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          2. For a really special but expensive "Vegas experience" meal, Mario Batali's Carnevino inside the Palazzo (steaks and pasta) and Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico (steaks and Creole cuisine) inside the Venetian will nicely fill the bill. Less expensive is Lavo inside the entrance to the Palazzo for a great, large-portioned Italian meal.

            Lavo Restaurant
            3327 South Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 1760, Las Vegas, NV 89109