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Jan 28, 2012 07:47 AM

Green Valley Ranch?

I'll be staying here in mid-March -- NCAA tourney time -- and am wondering what's good -- or best avoided -- at the resort itself, and what is worth seeking out nearby. We might have a car -- if so, return visits to Raku, Lotus and Hue Thai (seriously, the best cha gio) are almost certain. But if we don't have a car, or don't have one for our five-day trip, are there good places within walking distance?

In my searches, Settebello seems to get some love. Will a (not-pizza-dogmatic) New Yorker find it worthy?

We stayed at Red Rock last year, and the Yardhouse was a great place to drink and watch the games outside the book. Do any bars at GVR compare?

And if we go to M for a day, what might be notable there or nearby?

Lots of questions ... Thanks for any help!

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  1. If you have a car then Todd's Unique is a great option for dinner; about 15 minutes from the GVR. The M is fairly isolated waaay south on the Strip; not much around it......

    1. One of the folks who had kind things to say about Settebello was this New Yorker. Their pizza is Neapolitan style, so it's closest to Keste or the old Una Pizza Neapolitano in Manhattan. The salads are excellent, too, and best of all, it's close to Green Valley Ranch. I think Settebello would be successful in NYC, with a big plus of serving excellent salads, too.

      You might want to check out the Bread & Butter, the bakery and cafe at 10940 South Eastern Ave in Henderson, a refreshing addition to the area.

      1. I'm sure you will get plenty of advice before you depart to Vegas. GVR is a nice place to stay but personally, speaking, I would have a hard time staying there for five days without an automobile. Philber and Dave gave you good advice. Todd's Unique is my favorite restaurant. I highly recommend the short ribs. Anything that takes three-days to prepare has got to be good!! There is a very good Mexican restaurant a few doors down from Todd's called Coyote Grill. They serve quality food, have a riendly waitstaff, and, the restaurant is clean with nice atmosphere. It's not your typical formica-table top, sombrero decor!!

        To say that Settebello is on par with NY pizzerias would be an overstatement. Afterall, they don't have NY water or coal ovens. Having said that, you will be hard pressed to find a better pizza in Las Vegas. Furthermore, it's a short walk from GVR, one-block.

        You might want to rethink the car option. A R/Tcab fare from GVR to UNLV will offset the price of a car rental.

        1. Thanks for the tips, all! Definitely haven't ruled out a car. And we'll be at GVR just three nights -- then either at a hotel on the Strip or with a cousin, also on the Strip, for two other nights. Depending on his availability, it either means he can show us around a little, or, like last year, I had his car for a week. Which is definitely the way to get around the area, even for tourists. Our time at Green Valley is pretty narrowly focused -- watching, and hopefully winning a little money on, the games, drinking beer and catching up with friends. I do hate bad food tho, so I'm glad to get some not-too-far-away tips.

          And Dave, thanks, those are good pizza benchmarks. I'm a big fan of Neapolitan style -- and NY slice, and Chicago, and whatever. So there's a very good option after the second night at the resort steakhouse.

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          1. re: ejswanso

            There are some decent options inside GVR.

            Hank's Fine Steaks has a daily 5-7PM happy hour with martinis 1/2 priced.

            Terrra Verde at GVR has Wined Up Fridays from 5pm – 7pm with $20 bottomless wine and appetizers. Afterwards you will be able to buy one entrée and get a 2nd one 1/2 off.

            Tides Oyster Bar is pretty good for pan roasts and offers an AYCE crab leg dinner for $27.95.

            Sushi and Sake has an AYCE Sunday through Thursday from 5pm – 7pm for $28.95. The regular menu offers 28 tastes for $8 or less.

            1. re: westie

              +1 on Hanks and Tides - not bad options. Cabs to the strip are not too bad especially if you've got friends to split with and the cab rides are always a good time to catch up. I actually like the GVR and always have a good stay there.