Vegas Review: Craftsteak, Aria Buffet, & Paris Brunch Buffet
I have been looking forward to going to Craftsteak forever. So, I finally got the chance to go, and I was disappointed. For two people, we had the grilled ribeye, the sea scallops, and a side of roasted cauliflower. This was plenty of food. The ribeye came out lukewarm to cold. For a place like this, I expected more. We sent it back and it came back a tad warmer, lukewarm again. The scallops and the veggies also were not piping hot, as I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. The scallops were also a tad overcooked. Overall, disappointing. I went to the SW steakhouse at the Wynn a few years ago, and I must say I was blown away. I will go back there next time.
I wanted to check out Aria, and I went to try out their dinner buffet. Cost was around $35 per person. It came with free lobster for every two people and unlimited wine. The food quality was pretty good. The crab legs were fresh and big as were the pre-peeled shrimps. Variety-wise, they definitely don't have the variety of either Bellagio, Wynn, or even Cravings at the Mirage, but what they did had was good quality stuff. They also had a pasta station and lamb. I only wished they had more variety. There was a fruit salad, and that was the only fruit available. But, over all, I would go back.
For my final stop, I went to the Paris brunch, often raved by many. The champagne brunch was $30, which included all you can drink champagne. The line was crazy at around noon, easily a 1 1/2 to 2 hour wait. We, however, opted for the express line, which cost an extra $15 per person (well, worth it!). We bought the line pass and in we went. There was crab legs and shrimp (not peeled), not as good quality as Aria. They also had prime rib and roast duck. The french onion soup was okay. Overall, the quality was so-so. I'm wondering if Vegas buffets are going downhill. For $30, it was not a bad deal. The highlight was the freshly made crepes. I also enjoyed the breakfast items (hash brown and corn beef hash).
Overall, can't say I was blown away with Vegas eating this time around.
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
I live just outside of Las Vegas, and the only primo buffet I have eaten at on the Strip was the Bellagio, and I was treated by my employer at the time. Yes the food was good, but would I pay $40 for a buffet ? - no. I make decent money, and I love food, but I have a hard time spending that much at a restaurant. It is usually during a special occasion when I do. I think my main concern , besides being frugal, is that I will more than likely be disappointed. Then thinking afterwards that I could have used that money elsewhere with more satisfaction.
Some of the best meals I have had, have been off the Strip, and with a group of friends. Nothing fancy, but good times. Kerry's Sports Pub all you can eat ribs every Thursday for around $14 last time I was there. I love trying the little mom-n-pop places out that are scattered all over the Las Vegas valley. I had some great Chinese with my Meetup group last week.
Now I hope you don't assume that I think that you are foolish to dine where you do. Not so. Maybe if I had a lot more disposable income I would try some of the pricier places that Las Vegas has to offer. But for now I will stick with searching out the hidden gems in the burbs.
I hope you next trip to Sin City has better foodie memories.
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Remember that many of the folks who come to this board are tourists, so they're mainly interested in eating on The Strip. And honestly, I can't blame them. While there a few great neighborhood restaurants, all too often our 'burbs are littered with the same mega-chains that can be found anywhere else in the country. Last night I was thinking up a "list" of "must try" dining spots here in Henderson, and I could only come up with two.
I guess I'm different. When I go on vacation I search out the Mom-n-Pops, and avoid the chains, and over hyped places.
To try some local spots I joined a couple of dining Meetup groups. I hate eating alone, so this gives me a chance to try some spots out, and meet some new friends.