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First time for a foodie in VEGAS 3 day trip HELP PLEASE

Hi all,

I will be in Vegas Jan 14, 15, and 16. There will be 4 of us. I need your expertise on where to eat.

We are 24-27 years old.

Budget: 10-20 per person for breakfast.
10-30 per person for lunch.
10-40 per person for dinner.

Best Sushi:

Best Buffet:

Best BBQ ribs:

Best Burger:

Best Pizza:

Best Breakfast:

Best Lunch:

Best Dessert:

Best MUST eat:

Best nostalgic/cool/wow I didn't know that place:

Thanks to all you chowhounds, and a tip of the hat from a fellow foodie in Toronto.

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  1. Lots of threads on the board for your areas of interest, but here's a start. Some may be a bit beyond your price point for each meal, but if you spend the low end on some meals you can exceed your high end on others!

    Burgers: We enjoy the burgers at Postrio in the Venetian. Bradley Ogden (Caesar’s) also serves a great burger, but are closing sometime in the near future?

    Pizza: Settebello is always a good off strip choice. If you’re in the Cosmo/City Center area I would recommend the “Secret” Pizza place in the Cosmo. Really a good pizza and you can buy it by the slice.

    Breakfast: Bouchon. Another of our favorites is Verandah at the Four Season in Mandalay Bay. Huevos Rancheros are very good. If you want an old school Vegas breakfast head to the Peppermill.

    Lunch: Milos in the Comso offers an outstanding value $20.11 for three courses. This is one of the best values in Vegas.

    Nostalgic: Golden Steer steakhouse on Sahara. Hugos Cellar at the Four Queens downtown.

    1. Are you looking for restaurants only on the Strip? If not, will you have a car? Las Vegas has one of the highest taxi cab rates in the US. Where are you staying? The price ranges you list can be done on the Strip but it's going to be very difficult to find a lot in your price ranges. Your best bet would be to find restaurants off the Strip that cater to locals.

      1. Best Sushi: ???

        Best Buffet: Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan

        Best BBQ ribs: Memphis Championship BBQ (off the strip) get the baby backs

        Best Burger: PJ Clarkes or Bradley Ogden

        Best Pizza: Grimaldi's (off the strip) or No Name Pizza Place in the Cosmopolitan

        Best Breakfast: Tableau in the Wynn

        Best Lunch: Postrio in the Venetian

        Best Dessert: Bouchon Bakery or Jean Phillippe Patisserie

        Best MUST eat: Bouchon

        What I do instead of eating breakfast and lunch is just combine the two and either have breakfast or lunch. Then you can have a wonderful breakfast or lunch for $40 and then just get a snack and a number of places in between dinner. No Name Pizza Place in the Cosmopolitan has slices of pizza or China Poblano has a to go taco window. Some of the things at Bouchon for weekend brunch are simply must eats like 'chicken and waffles'.

        1. Best buffet is Studio B at the M Resort with Wicked Spoon being 2nd choice.
          Best BBQ ribs, the best of what there is would be Famous Dave's (multiple locations) but they're still not great like you'd get in Memphis or other places.
          Best Pizza depends on your style. For me it's gotta be NY Pizza style so it's either Broadway Pizzaria on Sahara or NY Pizza & Pasta on Sahara @ Jones.

          To do Vegas justice for these places and others that have been recommended you MUST rent a car. Check for specials, I've rented cars from lots of different companies and gotten nice ones like Volvos for less than $20 per day. One taxi ride will set you back more than that! Like Eric said taxi rates here are out of control.

          1. Lotus of Siam for lunch for the best Thai..considered one of the best in USA.
            I like the menu but their buffet is very popular..divey strip mall on Sahara about a mile from the Wynn.
            Burger Bar or In and Out..double double
            Pizza at the 'secret pizza/no name' on the third floor of the Cosmo.
            Wynn or Wicked Spoon at the Cosmo for buffet
            Breakfast.. Bouchon at the Venetian, Peppermill or the Wynn
            Hugo's Cellar at 4 Queens for old school..
            Country Club at Wynn for great dinner

            My niece is 24 and she loves hanging out at the Cosmo...have fun!

            1. For lunch or dinner I definitely second Lotus of Siam. For breakfast/brunch you might want to consider Julian Serrano - the chorizo with eggs and potatoes is absolutely wonderful and definitely fits in the comfort food mold appropriate for breakfast.

              1. Thank you guys so much for posts, I will sort through them and make a plan to go check out most of them.

                Has anyone ate at big mamas? thoughts?

                1. I think Burger Bar has the best burger and I love China Poblano for their tacos (the duck tongue taco is out of this world). I would go there for lunch. I'm going to LV in March and am looking forward to trying the secret pizza place in the Cosmopolitan because this board gives it such high ratings.

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                  1. re: lisanell

                    The pizza place at Cosmopolitan is just good, not great. It is one of the better in the neighborhood but doesn't warrant a special trip at all. If you're at the Cosmo, sure, stop in for a slice but don't go out of your way. If you want good thin crust coal fired oven pizza, go to Grimaldis.

                    1. re: rednyellow

                      is that the same grimaldis from brooklyn?

                      1. re: Clinton23

                        Yes, it's the same. My sister and I went in October all exicted to try and and left after taking one bite! We went to the location on Rampart @ Charleston and ordered a pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms, I know not adventurous but our favorite just the same. It came and we didn't see any sauce on it but figured it was just covered. Well after a bite each we knew something was wrong. We couldn't find our waitress (although she was great) and got a manager who said he'd check and took it away. Another manager came and said "they made it wrong" and were remaking it. We waited at least 25 minutes and were the told something went wrong and it would be about another 15 minutes. At this point we said never mind. Of course no bill for our drinks (actually just one soda, I went to the liquor store across the parking lot and got my own diet coke as I'm a "soda snob") but on our way out our waitress caught up to us and offered us free dessert. We decined, didn't want it on her bill. We went to Broadway Pizzaria on Sahara (our favorite place for NY pizza) and had a great meal.

                        So, the punchline is, yes, it's Grimaldi's from Brooklyn but we sure didn't care.

                        1. re: Clinton23

                          I"ve only been to the Grimaldi's on s. Eastern. Sometimes very busy but service has always been great and so has the food. It can be busy early eve so I try to go later.

                    2. FWIW, I don't think many knowledgeable pizza fanatics in NYC would consider Grimaldi's one of the top pizzas in Brooklyn, let alone the five boros.

                      1. Best Sushi: hands down Sushi Fever. Fish is always fresh and selection of specialty rolls is best by far

                        Best Buffet: Studio B at the M or the Wynn buffet. both pretty pricey

                        Best BBQ ribs: tuff one, FamDave'saves is pretty good. I have tralmostmost all the BBQ joints in town and none of the ribs stand out

                        Best Burger: for fast food in-n-out burger is always a good choice and cheap. For a really good burger I like smashburger

                        Best Pizza: Metro Pizza is always good

                        Best Breakfast: If you want to stay on the strip the peppermill isreasonable resonable but come hungry. Our sMimi'syCaféMimis Cafe. If you are going to visit Hoover Dam while you are here the CCafée Cup Cafe is the best breakfast (try the pork chomeleterde omlet)

                        Best Lunch: A good cheap eat on the strip is Earl of Sandwich in Planet Hollywood. another good spot on the strip is Has House a Go Go in Imperial Palace (also a good breakfast)

                        Best Dessert:I am not going to be much help here

                        Best MUST eat: Rosemary's Chefs choice dinner. It is a little over your budget but one of threstaurantsrated resturants in Vegas at any price

                        Best nostalgic/cool/wow I didn't know tItaliance: Capo's italian cuisine

                        You will find most of the other suggestions on the strip are going to be out of your price range. The stuff I suggested on the strip will be right in the middle of your ranges. Eating on the strip is going to generally cost you a 30-50% premium over traversing off the beaten path. You can try 7 different buffets on the strip for 24hrs for $49 if you really want to do the whole buffet thing.

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                        1. re: lvjunior

                          Rosemary's has been closed for a while.

                          1. re: Eric

                            Oh no. I haven't been there for a long time. That is a shame.