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Sharing recent experience...you CAN do 'reasonably priced' and good!!

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erinvp Oct 12, 2010 11:23 AM

Hey fellow hounds--
Just wanted to share some info from my recent "girls" weekend. I had been on here asking about reasonably priced meals, etc. Thanks for all the great info. Each of us had our area of research---one did hotels, one did travel, I did food! They were very willing to go with whatever recommendations I had. Glad to say it all worked out GREAT!

--Lunch at Mon Ami Gabi (at Paris hotel). Amazingly, walked right in an got a fantastic patio table! I think the key was we happened to hit it right after the b'fast crowd, but before the lunch crowd. Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service. And we loved the food. We purposely ordered four different things so we could swap and share and taste them all. Crepes filled with Apples and Brie were very nice. I had the French Onion soup along with the Warm Olive Jar appetizer. Very, very good--although it was quite a lot of olives! The quiche one of us ordered was just average, but the Open faced crab sandwich special was really delicious. And the prices were definitely reasonable. I could see how this would be very romantic at night, with it being just across from the Bellagio fountain.
--Dinner at the Wynn buffet. Great variety--all kinds of entrees. Some things were excellent--in particular the Mussels in Saffron Cream sauce--we went back for seconds and thirds on those! I haven't been to another buffet in Vegas, and given that I'm not even a fan of buffets in general, it was good. But lots of things had the potential to be great, but fell short. And the desserts was a big dissapointment.
--Lunch at Nine Fine Irishmen (at NY, NY). YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY! We loved it--of course the Guinness I had with my lunch sure helped ; ) Again, we ordered stuff we all wanted to taste. The Colcannon soup was delicious, the Shepards Pie was so flavorful--made w/ground beef instead of stew meat, which I think helped to ensure that the meat was tender. The Bangers and Mash were awesome, too, and I don't even like sausage usually. And a nice Irish Soda bread w/your meal. Not as good as mine, mind you, but very good ; ) (for the record, the rest of the hotel was dissapointing---being from the NY area originally, it just didn't capture any of the mood at all)
--AND...oh, my. Firefly for tapas (the one on Paradise Rd.) Oh my--did I say that already??? Started w/a pitcher of Sangria--very nice. Everything was delicious. The butter they serve w/the nice crusty bread is made w/cayenne pepper and honey--YUM! The dates wrapped in bacon are just sinfully good (we ordered them twice). All things were fabulous: Eggplant Canneloni, Tune Pepperdew (although I thought they'd be better if the tuna was raw), Cheese Fondue w/Chorizo, Shrimp Ceviche, Crispy Duck Rolls (nice spicy heat to these)...and even the Fish Sticks, which my very basic friend ordered, were nicely done. We had excellent service from Carlos, our server ("hi, Carlos!!) AND, here' s the kicker--it was, by far, the most affordable dinner we had and we had an absolute ball there! For 10 different tapas dishes that we all shared, along w the complimentary bread...the bill was about $60 total!! The sangria pitcher was $26, but we got a lot of glasses out of it! HIGHLY recommend this place!!
--Our last dinner was just average, unfortately. Not bad, just average--and it was not on any recommedation, just convenient location. La Provencal at Paris. Not great service and adequate, but average Linguine Portofino.

So,...thank you for all the tips!!! I know I'm not a regular, but I couldn't help but come on and share our experience. Overall, we never felt like we paid too much for the quality and taste that we got, which was nice. It was just right!!! (and we spent the money on great shows instead! La Reve and Manilow....woo hoo! ; )

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Mon Ami Gabi
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Nine Fine Irishmen
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    Dave Feldman Oct 12, 2010 11:42 PM

    Thanks for reporting back. Looks like you done good!

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      Redchicky Oct 13, 2010 06:52 AM

      I checked out the menu at Firefly and it looks great! How far was it from the strip? Was it walking distance?

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      1. re: Redchicky
        shamu613 Oct 13, 2010 03:27 PM

        Nothing in Las Vegas is within walking distance of any other location. Most pools aren't within walking distance of your hotel room.

        That said, Firefly is about a mile and a half from the corner of The Strip and Flamingo Rd.

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          erinvp Nov 10, 2010 03:26 PM

          Redchicky-
          Sorry I am just getting back to you--I hope you weren't asking for an upcoming trip!! No, you definitely want to drive to Firefly (I'm talking about the one on Paradise Rd.) It's a mile or two and it's kind of dark--not a walking area. However you get there, though--GET THERE! I still catch myself thinking about that yummy experience a month later! : )

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