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adee Jul 8, 2011 11:17 AM

We are going to be spending one night in LV (at Treasure Island) before heading off to Utah national/state parks. Are there any moderately priced restaurants nearby? It's our first night with an early flight out that morning, so we're not going to be "dining" - we are going to be getting something to eat before people watching/window shopping/roller coaster riding (the boys only). My husband is not fond of Thai/Japanese and the boys don't eat much seafood. Thanks for any help! Oh - we will have a car, so it doesn't have to be within walking distance, although that would be a plus.

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    Eric RE: adee Jul 8, 2011 12:33 PM

    What do you consider moderately priced restaurants to be? I would not try walking as it can take thirty to close to ninety minutes to walk from Treasure Island to a restaurant at another hotel. Espicially so since it does not get under 90 degrees until 3 or 4 am. Perhaps the Wynn buffet since it is right across the street from Treasure Island.

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      happybaker RE: adee Jul 8, 2011 04:12 PM

      Traffic can be... interesting in Vegas, so even though it is hot, I'd try to stay close by and walk. Right next door to TI is The Mirage and they have some nice reasonably priced restaurants. A big hit for your boys (and big boy) might be the BLT Burger - not THAT pricey and the burgers are very very good. Great fried pickle chips too : ) They also have a California Pizza Kitchen and a carnegie deli.

      http://www.mirage.com/restaurants/cas...

      Enjoy your time there!

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      6659 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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        zippyh RE: happybaker Jul 8, 2011 05:42 PM

        One of the nice things about TI is that it's actually pretty easy to get in and out of with a car. From the parking garage you just turn left and you're at the light for Spring Mtn Road.

        I have nothing useful to add foodwise since I'm not family restaurant compatible.

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        adee RE: adee Jul 8, 2011 07:38 PM

        I'm not exactly exactly sure what I consider moderate for Las Vegas since we have never been there. I would guess moderate to be $25 - $35 or so? We will have a car, so we don't need to walk - I was just thinking of something close by - walk or drive. Temperatures aren't so much of a problem as distance - dry heat is much easier than our Florida humidity. Burgers would go over well....What about Spring Mtn Road? Restaurants?

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          happybaker RE: adee Jul 8, 2011 07:48 PM

          Hmm.... I didn't recall that road, did a search and - huzzah! A listing on Savuer. I love down home chinese and thai, you might be more interested in the BBQ -

          http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels...

          That said, I still like BLT Burger. But if you want something else, you might want to drive to freemont street, see the free lightshow (way fun) and grab a bite in one of the old style coffee shops that are still there. A big steak or ham dinner will cost under $10 per and it will actually be good.

          Here's a fun and surprisingly spot on website for extra info...

          http://www.cheapovegas.com/vegas_chea...

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            Dave Feldman RE: adee Jul 9, 2011 06:04 PM

            There are plenty of kid-friendly places on Spring Mountain. Hue Thai Sandwiches (despite its name, a Vietnamese casual restaurant) has a huge selection of bahn mi, noodle soups (including pho) and lots of non-alcoholic fruit drinks, including frozen ones that the kids would love). Monta Noodle has fantastic ramen. Ronald's Donuts is great in the morning or early afternoon for a takeout fix.

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            Hue Thai Restaurant
            , Las Vegas, NV 89146

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            Dave Feldman RE: adee Jul 8, 2011 07:46 PM

            I like happybaker's recommendation of BLT Burger, which is close and will probably please your non-seafood-oriented kids and have enough curveballs on the menu to please the adults, too.

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              Guigs RE: Dave Feldman Jul 9, 2011 07:00 PM

              BLT Burger is fabulous - you will love the incredible selection of milkshakes and the burgers are really good.

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              adee RE: adee Jul 11, 2011 05:54 AM

              Thanks so much everyone! I'm going to have everyone look at the places you have mentioned and see what they think.

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                foodlvrzen RE: adee Jul 11, 2011 12:06 PM

                crazy, never been to Vegas and will be here for one night :wideyed:
                no offense intended, maybe... :) but you're a chowhound! so an ok burger place, the BLT has mixed mediocre reviews, for your one and only night in Vegas is just wrong...it should be at least a little more fun exciting etc.
                so, depending on the age of your boys, Mirage casino has gorgeous aquarium, lovely rain forest, buzzing energy from clubs, bars, dining, shows and best chow, Stack, for quality delicious mid-price Strip eats, believe the Mirage and/or Stack has age restriction of 5 years old, which I like...don't flame me! but it's a more sophisticated fun grown up energy unlike erm, say Circus Circus; love the melt in your mouth KOBE "Stacked" Burger, Adult Tater Tots with Bacon & Brie, Hot Rocks Thinly Sliced Sirloin Tableside Preparation very fun and regular fries w/ crazy dip; the SO and I always share and order just one of each, and his avg. size appetite is very fulfilled on quantity and high on tastiness.
                Fremont is great for families, especially the Golden Nugget million $ pool but it's old west style; as for Wynn buffet, it is the most $, exceptional variety/quality but so is Bellagio's buffet which is a bit less, but in general the Wynn is non-children friendly.

                also, for coupons at restaurant.com:
                Drive: favorite among locals, tourists and celebrities alike, Hash House A Go Go unique style "twisted farm food"
                Walk: Fashion Show Mall, across from Treasure Island, front row to Vegas Blvd.; Stripburger is an all-outdoor restaurant and bar serving 100% all-natural beef burgers, hand-cut fries, creamy milk shakes and delicious baby cakes

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

                Bellagio
                3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                  adee RE: foodlvrzen Jul 12, 2011 10:39 AM

                  The "boys" aren't really boys anymore (23, 21, and 18), but i call them that from habit.

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                    happybaker RE: adee Jul 12, 2011 08:10 PM

                    Boys will always be boys! : )

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                      foodlvrzen RE: happybaker Jul 13, 2011 02:10 PM

                      so true ;) well, since they are of an age to enjoy a bit of sophisticated atmosphere, there's all kinds of fun options w/ great food, moderate price, dash of Vegas glitz, all of which will add to your vacation experience and not feel like you're still home in Florida...which is part of the point yes?

                      Fremont has tons of casual food and for retro fun arcade bar video game lounge "Insert Coin"
                      http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2011/jul...
                      Lavo at Palazzo is gorgeous along with good food
                      Tao at Venetian is a longstanding favorite
                      Firefly, a locals' favorite all around and especially tapas/sangria place, but there are other options too;
                      http://www.yelp.com/las-vegas
                      http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/dining/
                      so disappointed, Rosemary's is closed.

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

              2. shamu613 RE: adee Jul 11, 2011 07:39 PM

                I don't know why everybody is telling you to leave the hotel when there are a few moderately priced restaurants INSIDE Treasure Island. I didn't get the impression you're looking for houndish food. Just pick from their 24 hour coffee shop, or Gilley's for BBQ, or Kahunaville or...

                http://www.treasureisland.com/restaur...

                There's no reason to drive anywhere and fight summertime Las Vegas traffic if you don't need to.

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                  happybaker RE: shamu613 Jul 12, 2011 10:19 AM

                  You are literally just walking across a driveway for The Mirage. So I don't think I'm suggesting anything uber hard : )

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                    Friend of Bill RE: shamu613 Jul 12, 2011 05:22 PM

                    And you are across the street from the Venetian/Palazzo complex, with its gazillion restaurants.

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                    adee RE: adee Aug 11, 2011 07:18 PM

                    We ended up going to Mon Ami Gabi. We enjoyed our meal, but it was a bit odd - the amuse-bouche was French, the appetizer was French, the dessert was French, but the main course was primarily steak and frites with some seafood items. Thanks for all suggestions.

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

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                      Eric RE: adee Aug 11, 2011 09:38 PM

                      Why did you find steak frites odd at Mon Ami Gabi? Steak frites is a traditional French brassierie dish.

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                      3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                        adee RE: Eric Aug 12, 2011 11:05 AM

                        I guess I didn't phrase it very well. It was not that the steak frites was odd - it was just that I expected more variety. I had a wonderful meal - I'm not complaining!

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                          shamu613 RE: adee Aug 12, 2011 11:10 AM

                          A. Eating at a French restaurant and complaining the food is... well... French, seems a bit odd to me. What where you expecting?

                          B. I told you not to leave Treasure Island!

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                            adee RE: shamu613 Aug 13, 2011 02:44 PM

                            (A) That isn't what I meant at all and (B) I had read some very bad reviews of Treasure Island. Gabi had a delightful variety of appetizers - which is why I had a meal of appetizers. We expected more variety in terms of entrees. Of course steak frites is typical brasserie, but that was about the most French entree offered. Seems like much more attention went to the decor (very authentic) than to main courses.

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                              shamu613 RE: adee Aug 14, 2011 08:37 AM

                              "Seems like much more attention went to the decor than to main courses."

                              One thing I tend to look for is the ownership of a restaurant in order to get a sense of how authentic the food might be. Mon Ami Gabi is owned by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, http://www.leye.com/.

                              A quick glance at the huge list of other restaurants they operate in a dozens of different cuisines suggests TO ME that they excel not at making great food, but a making great profits.

                              I've visited Las Vegas since 1963 and lived here since 2005. The one thing that is patently obvious is there isn't an original thought in this town, Paris, Luxor, Ventian... you see a trend here yet?

                              Virtually every restaurant here is part of a chain. The obvious ones are easy to spot. Olive Garden, Applebee's, Outback. Even MAG has a link to Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises at the bottom of its home page. The not so obvious one take a little digging or knowledge to discover. The Grand Lux Cafe inside the Venetian is run by the Cheesecake Factory. Until recently, all the coffee shops at most Station Casinos were operated by Cocos.

                              All the celebrity restaurants here are merely part of a chain, the children of their original restaurateurs, Bouchon, Mesa Grill, Jaleo, Robuchon. Scott Conant won't be cooking at Scarpetta, Hubert Keller won't be in the kitchen of Fleur, Wolfgang Puck won't be at Spago.

                              Just my two cents.

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