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Feb 4, 2012 07:06 PM

48 hours and you eat...?

In town next week, what should I eat?

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  1. Tacos El Gordo (next to Encore)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lotus of Siam
    The Verandah at Four Seasons (for breakfast, get the Huevos Rancheros)

    That should be a good start.

    9 Replies
    1. re: LVI

      A hard list to argue with (well, I've never been to Sage or The Verandah).

      1. re: Dave Feldman

        The Verandah really doesn't offer anything revolutionary or new. But they consistently provide the BEST quality and, as I have waxed poetic about numerous times, the Huevos Rancheros are comfort beyond all comfort.

      2. re: LVI

        My son just came back from Vegas and he said Lotus of Siam was the best Thai restaurant he has ever eaten at.....his exact description was it was a dive, great food and great wine list......four guys eating and drinking for $300.

        1. re: fourunder

          I think four people could eat and drink pretty darn well at Lotus for under $200

          1. re: kagemusha49

            A stretch. $200 if you are drinking 2-3 beers a piece. But spend the extra dough and go for the delightful German/Austrian parings. Sinful!

            And will be doing myself next Friday so I will be sure to report back.

            Dave, how about your 3-5 favorite entrees? We will be 5, 4 of which have the appetite of a cow!

            1. re: LVI

              Kagemusha is right. The average check at Lotus is under $50 including liquor. I wish more restaurants would do what LOS does -- make the same, complex preparations for an inexpensive dish as the expensive, and it's based on the expense of the protein.

              Here's an example. One of my favorite entrees at LOS is the hoh mok plar. My first exposure to this was with the catfish, which now costs $13.95. But it's also available with chicken, for 9.95, mixed seafood for 17.95, and sea bass for $28.95. It's my opinion that the catfish and sea bass are far superior to the mixed seafood and chicken. Is the sea bass worth more than twice the price of the catfish? There's no right answer.

              The khao soi is delicious. The sauce is the same whether it is for the chicken (9.95), beef (9.95), or short ribs (19.95).

              Another of the famed dishes, the Northern Pork Stew, is under 10 bucks.

              Anyway, you can put together a great meal of almost any salad or soup, or for that matter, their most famous app, the crispy rice for under $10, one of the scores of entrees for under $10, and dessert for under $30.

              On the other hand, you can have their superb lobster and pay a ton for a crustacean only a tad smaller than The Blob. It is expensive (price varies).

              A few other faves: the whole barbecued catfish, garlic prawn, barbecued steak (sua rong hai), sheet fish soup (not an entree, but...) -- these are just a few off the top of my head.

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                Well I suppose that can be correct, and far be it from me to counter. But, as I contend in other posts of mine, visitors and locals (or frequent visitors) are different. Vegas is generally not about price conservation for us infrequent visitors. Vegas is more associated with gluttony. By ALL MEANS, one can go to Lotus and spend much less than $50. But one can also spend considerably more, considerably easier too! And as Dave points out there is a big difference in price in a dish. One of my favorites, the Drunken Noodle with Sea Bass is almost 3x as expensive as prepared with chicken. If I am at home on a Tuesday night I will order chicken 95/100 times. If I am in Vegas, it's all about the silky Sea Bass. At home, I'll wash it down with a nice cold glass of water. In Vegas, gimme the good old Dr. Loosen Spatlese. True, there is no right answer. And while Dave is the angel on your shoulder professing moderation and economy, I am the devil with the pitch fork reminding you you are in Las Vegas.

                1. re: LVI

                  I'm with you....Las Vegas is to enjoyed and in excess if possible, or if the wallet allows.

        2. re: LVI

          Thanks so much for the Lotus of Siam recommendation. My spouse and I went to Las Vegas for a just-before-Valentine's-Day weekend, and went to Lotus on your suggestion and LOVED it. We also ran into a friend of his he'd not seen for 10 years, who spends most of his time in Peru, who happened to be there for a lecture (not a Vegas type). It was altogether really fun and really economical.