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Vegas Virgin Turns Thirty and Needs Restaurant Recs

I've never been to Las Vegas and am soon heading there to celebrate my 30th birthday with my BFFs. I am usually in charge of where we eat and desperately need recommendations.

Keep in mind...

1. We aren't staying on the strip, we plan to take a cab there and hang out within walking distance.

2. I don't mind paying for good food, but am wary of celebrity restaurants that might not deliver.

3. I like local joints and would like reasonably priced suggestions for breakfast and lunch, dinner we can go all out.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. What do you consider to be reasonable priced? Any types of food off limits or preferred? Also note that Las Vegas cab rates are among the highest in the country. What part of the Strip do you want to stay at? What part of town are you going to stay for suggestions for local places?

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    1. re: Eric

      I apologize for the delayed response! I assumed I would get an email if someone posted and didn't know there were new messages.

      We wanted to have one really nice meal (around $50-$100 per person), hit up one buffet (narrowed down to the Bellagio, Wynn or Spice Market) and then I was collecting research for other ideas.

      There are no off limit foods, dietary restrictions or preferences. I figured going to one buffet would suffice for the quintessential Vegas experience.

      We are saying south of the strip about 6 miles and were planning on taking the hotel shuttle. Would it be better to rent a car?

      Again, I'm sorry for the delayed response and thank you for the posts!

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      Bellagio
      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

      1. re: gidgeteats

        A couple of other buffets might fit. There is the Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan. Then if you're staying South of the Strip the M casino reputedly has a good value and good quality buffet. If there's four of you I'd definitely prefer to rent a car rather than use a shuttle. Heck I'll rent a car just for me - I find it liberating.

    2. How many meals are we talking about? If it's more than a couple I'd suggest you rent a vehicle or two at the airport. You can get good rates on Hotwire or priceline. For sheer excellence at a reasonable price you have to check out the awesome Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam. Of course, you won't get much of the Vegas ambience there and you certainly won't be in safe walking distance of anything else. For ambience, the steakhouse at Harrahs has a great view of the Strip and the volcano at the Mirage - the food is OK not great - it's an average steakhouse, Beyond that, there are bazillions of great restaurants discussed here.

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

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      1. re: kagemusha49

        We will be there eating in Vegas for three dinners, two breakfasts and two lunches.

      2. If you are in town between August 29 - September 11, you might try one of the many places that have Restaurant Week menus for a good cause.

        http://www.helpoutdineoutlv.org/resta...

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        1. re: BackBite

          We leave on the 29th! Otherwise that would have been a great option.

        2. A, There's no such thing as walking distance, and certainly not in the middle of triple digit heat.

          B. There are no local places on the strip, nor are the recommended local places grouped together in a neighborhood or within walking distance of anything.

          Where are you staying?

          1. Definitely recommend Sage for dinner.

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            1. re: A5 KOBE

              Absolutely - Sage is definitely worth a visit - or two visits. We're still trying to decode Eric's situation as his original post is too vague.

              1. re: kagemusha49

                There is nothing to decode from my response. I'm just trying to obtain some further information from the original poster and his/her situation. I did not compose the original post.

                1. re: Eric

                  My mistake Eric - I meant to refer to the original poster - not you. I just didn't scroll up high enough.

                  1. re: kagemusha49

                    Sorry for the confusion! I hope that answers your questions and thank you for the time it took to respond.

                    1. re: gidgeteats

                      There's a few spots I always hit up when we go to Vegas, and now with some of the newer hotels that have just popped up last year, there are even more options. Here's a couple for you to look into, and in no particular order:

                      Breakfast:
                      Bouchon (My first choice)
                      The Egg and I
                      Hash House a GoGo

                      Lunch:
                      Hot & Juicy Crawfish (Love this place)
                      In & Out Burger
                      Settebello's Pizzeria

                      Dinner Buffet:
                      Studio B Buffet (M Resort)
                      Spice Market Buffet (Planet Hollywood)
                      Bellagio Buffet

                      Dinner:
                      Lotus of Siam
                      Nove Italiano
                      CarneVino
                      Todd's Unique Dining

                      As many times as I've been to Vegas, It's pretty hard to find a place that will totally disappoint you. So many good options up there to choose from. Can't will till I head up there again in November

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

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

                      Hot & Juicy Crawfish
                      4810 Spring Mountain Rd Ste C, Las Vegas, NV 89102

                      Nove Italiano
                      4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103

                      Todd's Unique Dining
                      4350 E. Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV 89014

                      Bellagio
                      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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

                      Settebello
                      140 S Green Valley Pkwy Ste 172, Henderson, NV 89012

                      1. re: Bran808

                        Thank you for the wonderful list!

                        After further investigation my brother had mentioned Hash House a GoGo, I was planning on In & Out Burger and all of the dinner buffets have been recommended to me as well.

                        I am going to write everyone of these down. Thanks again!

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

            2. So much good food and not enough time...I appreciate everyone's responses. If you care to read a re-cap of where we ate, please visit my blog at http://www.gidgeteats.com

              Thank you!