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chocokitty Mar 28, 2011 06:05 AM

A little background about myself and my 2 friends who are joining me, we're from NYC, Chinese and adventurous eaters. We're not necessarily seeking steakhouses and Asian food (I know Lotus of Siam is a must go but my friends aren't interested). Preferred amount to spend per head is $40-50 for dinner (willing to make exceptions if the meal is really *that* great); lunch is preferred to be less than dinner and around the Strip.

We are going to stay at the Mandalay. We are not intending to rent a car but willing to hoof it by bus or taxi, if it's worthwhile.

So far what I have in mind within for my meals 4-day stay (during the Easter weekend) in LV generally goes like this (with visits to Jean Phillipe at ARIA and/or Bellagio and Payard since we love our desserts):

Question 1: What are great lunch options to have near or on the Strip? I'm having a hard time finding what seems like good options on the Strip as most hotels seems to not have prix fixes like they do for dinner.

Question 2: Is Mix at Mandalay Bay good or worth spending?

Day 1:
Brunch/lunch: Bouchon Bistro
Dinner: Raku

Day 2:
Lunch: Need lunch option
Dinner: L'Atelier de Robouchon

Day 3:
Lunch: Bellagio buffet (I know buffets are kind of looked down but I want to try)
Dinner: Something light for dinner

Day 4:
Lunch: Mon Ami Gabi?
Dinner: Need dinner option

Thanks in advance for your advice.
Tina

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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

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    baseballfan Mar 28, 2011 11:58 AM

    I always enjoy Mesa Grill for lunch. Last time we were in Vegas we had a very enjoyable lunch at Morels in the Palazzo. They have a very nice outdoor patio and the service was excellent. We really enjoyed it and our salads were quite good.

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    Mesa Grill
    3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      chocokitty Mar 28, 2011 06:46 PM

      There's a Mesa Grill in NYC... I haven't eaten there just because I've heard mixed (mostly bad) things about it. Not to offend your or Mr. Flay, I'm not really interested eating there.

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      Mesa Grill
      3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        baseballfan Mar 28, 2011 07:16 PM

        No offense :). Not every restaurant is for everybody. I have had good experiences there but there are certainly no shortage of restaurants in Vegas.

    2. mljones99 Mar 28, 2011 11:59 AM

      It would be a bit of a hike from Mandalay Bay but one of my favorite lunch spots is the Country Club at the Wynn, especially if it is nice outside and you can get a table overlooking the 18th green with the waterfall.

      1. Dapuma Mar 28, 2011 12:29 PM

        the apple brioche dessert bread is amazing at JP

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          chocokitty Mar 28, 2011 06:47 PM

          Oooh...! Any other thoughts as to what's great from JP? Some guidance for the "greatest hits" would helps since his boutique is not remotely close to NYC and I don't know what I would choose since I looked at their website and ogled at everything. :)

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          Jase Mar 28, 2011 01:10 PM

          I love Bouchon's brunch, since you're constricted to no LOS, no car and near strip, maybe do that twice? The menu is certainly big enough that you can get two completely different things.

          Otherwise, what about one of the upscale burger places such as Burger Bar. Or how about Enoteca San Marco or whatever they renamed that place. It's Batalli's more casual restaurant in the Venetian. I've always found lunch there to be pleasant. Food and service is good. An assortment of their salumi to start the meal and some gelato to end it is almost mandatory for our lunches.

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          Bouchon
          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          Enoteca San Marco
          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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            baseballfan Mar 28, 2011 03:28 PM

            2nd Burger Bar...one of my favorite stops for lunch. Also, Todd English PUB is fun. Their carvery meats are excellent as is their beer selection. It's a good place to watch a game and snack on a wide variety of items. Their desserts are very good.

            I haven't tried Holstein's in the Cosmopolitan but it looked good when we walked by a few weeks ago. It's on my list for next time.

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              chocokitty Mar 28, 2011 06:49 PM

              I was thinking of eating about Burger Bar. Would there be a different in atmosphere between lunch and dinner? Any particular favorite burgers from the menu?

              Thanks!

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                baseballfan Mar 28, 2011 07:20 PM

                I love anything with blue cheese so I normally get the Kobe burger with the blue cheese. My husband had a buffalo burger last time that he loved. I prefer the skinny regular fries but a lot of people like the sweet potato fries. The milkshakes are excellent as well.

                No difference in atmosphere between lunch and dinner. We usually hit that for lunch and go somewhere less casual for dinner as my husband is often times entertaining clients and we need the whole wine and dine experience.

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                  Steve Green Mar 28, 2011 11:06 PM

                  Although the food is fine at Burger Bar, the "atmosphere", such as it is, is essentially music blasting so loud I can't wait to leave, and no possibility of carrying on a conversation.. That seems to be their intent, because tables turn over fast.

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            daantaat Mar 28, 2011 09:42 PM

            one idea for lunch is dim sum at Cathay House. It's off Spring Mountain Rd, which crosses the Strip and isn't too long of a cab ride from the Strip.

            If you're willing to go above your $50/head for dinner, Jaleo is really, really excellent. We were there for dinner and it was easily the best dinner I've had for over a year.

            Bellagio buffet is one of the better ones on the Strip.

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            Cathay House Restaurant
            5300 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

            Bellagio
            3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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              chocokitty Mar 29, 2011 05:45 AM

              Well, things changed a bit in regards to my eating itinerary. Here's the updated version:

              Day 1:
              Brunch/lunch: Graze around Chinatown
              Dinner: Raku

              Day 2:
              Lunch: Need lunch option
              Dinner: L'Atelier de Robouchon (going for the Menu Club, the 5-course prix fixe)

              Day 3:
              Lunch: Bellagio buffet (I know buffets are kind of looked down but I want to try)
              Dinner: Hash a Go-Go at Imperial

              Day 4:
              Lunch: Mon Ami Gabi?
              Dinner: Mix at Mandalay Bay (going for the 5-course tasting menu)

              So, what I really need is essentially lunch options rather than dinner options.

              Is Payard a good place for lunch or brunch? Generally how much per head? Where's a good place for sandwiches or burgers beyond Burger Bar?

              Please advise. Thanks again!

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              Bouchon
              3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

              Bellagio
              3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                Dave Feldman Mar 29, 2011 06:41 PM

                Why Hash House a Go-Go? Originally you wanted something light for Wednesday night. Be advised that portions are humongous and tends toward the artery-clogging.

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

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                  chocokitty Mar 29, 2011 09:08 PM

                  Crazy thing is, one of my friends who are traveling with me gotten a gift certificate to Hash a Go Go from Restaurant.com and the criteria is dinner only. I am very well aware it's not remotely light bit we have to use it somehow. (Perhaps having their salads sans dressing?)

                  In all seriousness, I don't have the faintest idea where to have a light meal that doesn't exceed my original post's budget.

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                    Dave Feldman Mar 29, 2011 10:02 PM

                    There are so many possibilities. Number one for me would be ramen at Monta, in the same strip mall as Raku.

                    I must admit, I'm a hypocrite. A couple of years ago I bought a restaurant.com certificage for HHaGG. Never used it.

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                  daantaat Mar 29, 2011 10:20 PM

                  Payard is excellent for breakfast/brunch. Runs about $15/pp, depending on what you get. I can't remember when they close it down but the reopen later for dinner service. Dinner is pretty decent for the price ($40 for 3 course prix fixe) but I think there are better dinner options for slightly more $$.

                  just as an FYI, Hash House a Go Go gets slammed on the SD board all the time. Mediocre, oversized portions of food.

                  You can do a "light" dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Cafe at MGM. Their salads and pizzas are good and decently priced.

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

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                    chocokitty Mar 30, 2011 02:22 PM

                    I guess Payard or Wolfgang Puck's Cafe might be something for consideration for lunch.

                    Thanks for the suggestions and feedback, daantaat and Dave!

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                  josephnl Mar 29, 2011 08:07 PM

                  The best bargain in wonderful food for a reasonable price in LV is Rosemary's. It's way off the strip and basically a locals place but with wonderful and sophisticated food cooked by a terrific chef who is always "in house". I would definitely recommend checking out their website, and if their menu interests you, I'm pretty sure it's reachable by bus. I'd go for dinner. The chef Michael does not have the fame of an Emeril, Wolfgang or Mario, but he'll cook for you personally, and is every bit as good as the "stand-ins" for the celebrity chefs. If you sit at Chef Michael's counter, you will have an amazing dinner!

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                  Emeril's
                  3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                    chocokitty Mar 29, 2011 09:10 PM

                    Yes, I read about Rosemary's on this board. Was considering it but I doubt my friends want to travel that far (nor want to pay the plausible cab fare from where we're staying). But thanks for suggesting.

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                    BedazzledLV Apr 5, 2011 01:53 PM

                    For not wanting to rent a car, you probably chose the worst location to stay IMHO LOL.

                    You are gonna need a car, cheaper than Taxi's, and busses here in LV aren't like NYC... just think horror movie... thats what you get.

                    I really like Lemongrass @ Aria for Tai food fix. Oh the servings are huge! 1 main dish and 1 fried rice feeds 3 ppl.

                    For your Lunch Dilema, I'd try Lemongrass, Joes Stone Crab, Comme Ca, Trevi, or bellagio cafe... Lunch in vegas is pretty limited.

                    Mix at Mandalay Bay is to be avoided like the plague... the food SUCKS! To me the only restaurant there that doesn't underwhelm me is Areole, but there are better french restaurants in town.Lunch, skip mon ami gabi and go to Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan... you will be thanking me. Dinner is good anywhere at Caesars, Bellagio, City Center... If you wanna stick with the southern end of the strip, Seablue, craftsteak... Basically SHlep yourself to the MGM for food... their coffee shop fried chicken is some of the best in town.
                    PS another great place is going to Musashi for their tepanyaki... its to die for...best tepan table in town. they are also open for lunch untill 3 i believe...

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                    Bellagio
                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

                    Seablue Restaurant
                    3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                    Trevi
                    3500 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste G09, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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