HELP WITH OUR ITINERARY!!! 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRIP!!
We have just too many things which we want to try and need to narrow it down. We are leaving Wednesday June 20th and going through Sunday night. We tend to eat 2 meals a day plus snacks so we have 5 dinners and 4 lunch/brunches. Here is my list.
Sage- dinner (if you insist we keep this, what do we order? Never had oxtail.
Craftsteak- dinner (this restaurant has seemed to get high praise in the past)
Lotus of Siam- dinner- will be our first time, non negotiable unless lunch is recommended
Jaleo- dinner- non negotiable
Comme Ca- dinner- non negotiable unless lunch is recommended- have Groupon
That's 5 dinners already!!
Wolfgang Puck for pizza/salad- (lunch/dinner) non negotiable as per my wife
DOCG- lunch/dinner for pizza/wine/salad
China Poblano- lunch/dinner
Payard- lunch (recommend restaurant or take out counter is fine?)
Julian Serrano- lunch (never been and we love tapas)
Also- assorted happy hours, see our issue?
Oh yeah, I also wanted to go to Table 10 for the $10 gumbo. We were not happy last year with the happy hour there but thought that it would be kinda neat to try Emerils gumbo.
Perfect. That rules out the Payard brunch. We ate the $20.12 Milos lunch last year and even though we found it to be a good value we are deciding to rule it out this year in favor of different experiences. Two years ago we had the Croque (Monsieur, Madamme?) from the takeout window and found it surprisingly delicious so I think we may go this route again. (Not to mention the chocolates and pastries)
I was in Las Vegas for 5 nights in March, and went to the first four of the five places you listed for dinner as well. I actually ended up enjoying Sage the least, which was very unexpected, given the good things I had read about it on this and other boards, and based on reviews by my mother, who had gone two times in the past. I possibly had the worst short ribs that I have ever had (oddly cooked, not tender, weird texture for short ribs). However, I really enjoyed the egg appetizer and my mother enjoyed her steak. Not sure if the short ribs are always like that, or if I went on an off night. Lotus of Siam was amazing. I think they have the same menu for lunch and also a buffet, but everything I have read has suggested sticking with the menu and not getting the buffett. I highly enjoyed Jaleo (which I think I liked slightly better than Julian Serrano, which I went to on a previous visit in 2010). I also enjoyed Craftsteak, but liked CUT better on a previous visit., in terms of service and quality of the steak. I would also recommend The Barrymore, which is slightly off the strip, in a small, older (but revamped) hotel called The Royal Resort. It is a newer restaurant that evokes an "old Vegas" feel with good American food.
Lotus of Siam serves the same menu at lunch (along with their buffet) at the same prices as dinner, so you can swap and have another dinner free.
For steak, check the "Cut of the Week" at Charlie Palmer Steak. If it is to your liking, you will get a topnotch meal including wine and save substantial money with no loss in quality or service.
Sage was one of my favorite dinners from my trip this year. Second behind Le Cirque, and better than Robuchon. I adore foie gras, so I was thrilled with the foie gras brûlée. I ordered the 6 course tasting menu, and they were very nice about allowing me to substitute another dish for one I didn't want (rabbit).
Jaleo was very disappointing on my trip to Vegas, i had very high hopes, Sage is far superior to Jaleo in any way, jaleo looks like a cheap dinner almost like a Shake and Steak, the food to me was about the same, Sangria disappointing, and nothing on the cocktail menu to make me excited
Sage is great food and makes a mean cocktail
+1 for Milos for lunch
The Bouchon here is not nearly as good as the one in Beverly Hills, maybe try the Pho place for breakfast...Pho is always good after a night of drinking :)
happy hour drinks i would suggest the Mandarian Oriental Bar (its a tea shop in the afternoon - i forget the name) they do craft cocktails and are excellent and have a great view
My 2 cents, just to confuse things further:
Lotus - don't miss
Craftsteak - very good, but Carnevino is better and more interesting (and I was underwhelmed by CUT)
Sage - highly underwhelming
Jaleo - solid choice (paella is wonderful), and a fun room
Payard - good choice for lunch
Happy hour - Mandarin bar with its amazing view and some of the best cocktails on the strip
Also agree that Milos for lunch and Bouchon for breakfast.