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Three Nights. I hate gambling so I want to eat!

restaurantarian Apr 10, 2012 08:40 AM

We have Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. I am a lifestyle/food writer and will be likely writing up my stay. (Yey for deductions but no free meals). We are staying at the Wynn.

I am determined to go to Lotus of Siam (dinner? or lunch?) and the Wynn for brunch (might as well).
But open the other two nights.

My husband loves oysters, po-boys, lobster rolls, he loves Joe's Stone Crab but I think it is all hype: any suggestions for casual lunch or dinner or apps at an oyster bar?

I am considering also: Sage, Jaleo and/or another seafood restaurant.

We don't mind spending on meals, but not every meal can be ridiculously expensive. And if we brunch at the Wynn, we probably want a light dinner that night. (Well my husband does)

I arrive at 10pm on Thursday (1 am for me) and I will be hungry anything quick and easy at the Wynn?

Thanks for your help!

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    toncasmo RE: restaurantarian Apr 10, 2012 08:48 AM

    we used to love the poboys and oyster at emerils fish house in mgm but i've heard recently that it's not as good as it used to be. used to have a casual area in front and i've heard that's gone

    1. ellenost RE: restaurantarian Apr 10, 2012 08:51 AM

      I had a great dinner at Sage three weeks ago.

      1. linguafood RE: restaurantarian Apr 10, 2012 09:16 AM

        Definitely make room for a dinner @Raku.

        Michael Mina's seafood place at the MGM has $1 oyster happy hours, IIRC.

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          LVI RE: restaurantarian Apr 10, 2012 10:45 AM

          Why a brunch? There is no question that the brunch (I am assuming the Buffet Brunch?) is better than most of the others but it is still a far cry from what I would consider Chow-worthy in quality. The Tower Suites Cafe (formerly Tableau) is FAR superior and at the end of the day the price will almost be identical. Skip all brunches and go to Tower Suites Cafe or the Verandah in the Four Seasons. Not to mention how much more tranquil they are.

          +1 for Raku, Sage, Lotus. Jaleo is very good and the paella is outstanding and the place is a scene. Not sure it is a must, but it is very good.

          Finally, since you are staying at the Wynn (regardless of where you are staying I think it is a MUST), head outside, take a right on the strip, directly past Encore you will arrive at El Gordo Taco. This place rocks to the core.

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            toncasmo RE: LVI Apr 10, 2012 10:55 AM

            we went to the jaxx brunch at wynn and loved it. nothing like a regular brunch and wonderful

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              restaurantarian RE: LVI Apr 10, 2012 02:17 PM

              I hear you about brunch. It's just the idea of rolling out of bed, eating a lot and then rolling back into bed is very tempting! So excited about El Gordo Taco! Thank you for the suggestion.
              How about the find dining scene? Bouchon? Le Cirque? Is it worth it?

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                ellenost RE: restaurantarian Apr 10, 2012 03:08 PM

                Le Cirque was the best among my fine dining restaurants from my trip of 3 weeks ago.

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                  attran99 RE: restaurantarian Apr 11, 2012 03:51 PM

                  I had the Sirio tasting menu at Sirio in the Aria last June and it was pretty good. We were all stuffed to the brim and service was lovely.

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                  eastbaysanfranman RE: LVI Apr 10, 2012 05:05 PM

                  Jaleo is a must. Don't miss the skirt steak. The cocktails are really good too.

                3. Veggo RE: restaurantarian Apr 10, 2012 05:36 PM

                  There's something pleasantly incongruous about eating fresh stone crabs in a desert - I used to enjoy them at the Frontier and Piero's -both gone, and Joe's might be the only spot for them now? So many of the jumbo and colossal stone crabs head to Vegas and the Arabian peninsula that it's harder to find them in Florida. Get 'em wherever you can. Season is almost over.

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                    Eric RE: Veggo Apr 10, 2012 07:26 PM

                    Pieros is still open and not gone.

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                      restaurantarian RE: Eric Apr 11, 2012 01:04 PM

                      We have a reservation at Lotus of Siam. What should we order? (Sadly, husband doesn't eat beef/pork)

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                        Veggo RE: Eric Apr 11, 2012 02:52 PM

                        Excellent - I was misinformed. Good osso bucco, as well.

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                        restaurantarian RE: Veggo Apr 11, 2012 12:58 PM

                        good point! Sad but still good.

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                          attran99 RE: Veggo Apr 11, 2012 03:55 PM

                          I like crustaceans and seafood as much as the next person, but I really don't get the stone crab craze. We went to Joe's a few years ago, and I wasn't wowed the the way I expected to be wowed. The stone crabs were good, but not life-alteringly good. I think I was more impressed with their pretzel rolls.

                        2. thingfiz RE: restaurantarian Apr 11, 2012 03:39 PM

                          Looking for some down home cooking that is very reasonable? Nothing fancy but worth the trip. Just around the corner from you at The Orleans. Big Al's Oyster Bar, believe it or not. Check out the menu at their website. You might be surprised. Enjoy.

                          1. Beach Chick RE: restaurantarian Apr 11, 2012 04:04 PM

                            We usually stay at the Wynn too..fab 5* hotel and really enjoy Country Club..
                            Brunch is great too.
                            Lotus of Siam is so incredibly good that I would go lunch and dinner.
                            Friends loved the Oyster Bar at Palace Station..said it was off the chain good.
                            I would go to Cosmo and have a slice at the secret pizza place on the third floor and head up to Jaleo.
                            Have a great time and report back!


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