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Eating on the strip- What's worth it and what's not?

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Melissssa Aug 14, 2012 06:04 PM

My husband and I are going for a convention in September and would love to try some of the restaurants that have chefs with recognizable names. I know they're all out there from Emeril to Hubert Keller to Todd English and that sometimes these restaurants are no better than overpriced chains. So I'm looking to my chowhound community to give any advice. We'd be up for any cuisine, (steak houses don't impress me anymore though) but would also like to TRY to keep entrees under $40??? Is there anything out there that fits the bill? Who should we stay away from?

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  1. elvisahmed RE: Melissssa Aug 14, 2012 06:11 PM

    Todd English PUB is definitely not worth it and while the Bouchon restaurant is OK the bakery is below average.
    I would recommend Milos for lunch as at $20.12 as its a steal at that price.

    1. rednyellow RE: Melissssa Aug 14, 2012 06:15 PM

      I've been to Tod English Pub several times and always leave happy. It's not cheap but I think it's worth it.

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        QAW RE: Melissssa Aug 14, 2012 08:26 PM

        From a price point perspective, one of the best deals continues to be the "Cut of the Week" menu at Charlie Palmer Steak (Four Seasons/Mandalay Bay). Of course it will depend upon whether the particular offering on the week of your visit fits your taste buds, but here is a sample from this week -

        Cut of the Week
        August 13-18, 2012

        "Bottomless Glass" Wine Pairings

        First Course
        CARAMELIZED BLACK MISSION FIG SALAD
        OREGONZOLA BLUE CHEESE / WHITE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

        M. CHAPOUTIER / GRENACHE BLANC-MACABEU / LES VIGNES DE BILA-HAUT / CÔTES DE ROUSSILLON / FRANCE/ 2010

        Main Course
        GRILLED 12OZ KUROBUTA PORK CHOP
        SWEET DREAM PEACHES / ZINFANDEL NATURAL

        NUGAN ESTATE / SHIRAZ / RIVERINA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / 2008

        Sides
        SERVED FAMILY STYLE
        HEIRLOOM BABY CARROTS
        JALAPEÑO BACON POTATO GRATIN

        Dessert
        ORANGE SCENTED ALMOND CAKE
        BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

        Three course prix fixe including wine: $48.00 per person.

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          linguafood RE: QAW Aug 15, 2012 05:52 PM

          Wow. That is incredibly reasonable for the strip!!

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          Philber RE: Melissssa Aug 15, 2012 10:16 AM

          RM Seafood in Mandalary Bay would fit your price point. I believe all of their entrees are under $40 (at least downstairs....).

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            fledflew RE: Melissssa Aug 15, 2012 02:13 PM

            I like Charlie Palmer and RM mentioned above. I had never been a brunch guy until Bouchon. I believe that they only do brunch on the weekends and it's very good. Carnevino and Craftsteak are decent celebrity steakhouses, but can quickly get expensice. Steer clear of Hubert's Fleur - the food is okay, but the service left something to be desired the three times I've been there. Absolutely avoid Michel Richard's Central @ Caesars. Service is among the worst I've ever received and the prices are very high for what they're serving. As a side note regarding your statement "restaurants that have chefs with recognizable names" - you may know this already but Emeril, Mario, and the rest of them don't actually work at the resturant and step foot in the place maybe once or twice a year.

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              Melissssa RE: Melissssa Aug 15, 2012 05:44 PM

              Thank you for the tips so far. Yes, I do realize "celebrity" chefs don't actually work these restaurants, like I said, some aren't much more than overpriced chains. I've experienced Wolfgang's before and was not impressed. Any comments on Mesa Grill or Border Grill for Mexican?

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                linguafood RE: Melissssa Aug 15, 2012 06:15 PM

                BLT Burger at the Mirage was really good. And those milkshakes? I have maybe a milkshake 2-3 times a year, tops, so I'm not a milkshake person. These will convert anyone.

                 
                 
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                  freshlycured RE: linguafood Aug 19, 2012 07:17 AM

                  +1 on BLT. The milkshakes are excellent and great burgers.

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                  fledflew RE: Melissssa Aug 20, 2012 06:36 PM

                  If you skipped Mesa Grill, you wouldn't be missing anything. In fact, you might be gaining because you'd get to go somewhere else instead. Border Grill isn't bad. I enjoyed my meal enough, but not enough to go back.

                3. CarrieWas218 RE: Melissssa Aug 15, 2012 05:57 PM

                  The BF and I went earlier this year and had tapas at Julian Serrano's joint in ARIA and were very, very pleased. We like small plates and the baby eels were an especial favorite.

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