Eating on the strip- What's worth it and what's not?
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?
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.
I've been to Tod English Pub several times and always leave happy. It's not cheap but I think it's worth it.
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
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
GRILLED 12OZ KUROBUTA PORK CHOP
SWEET DREAM PEACHES / ZINFANDEL NATURAL
NUGAN ESTATE / SHIRAZ / RIVERINA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / 2008
SERVED FAMILY STYLE
HEIRLOOM BABY CARROTS
JALAPEÑO BACON POTATO GRATIN
ORANGE SCENTED ALMOND CAKE
Three course prix fixe including wine: $48.00 per person.
RM Seafood in Mandalary Bay would fit your price point. I believe all of their entrees are under $40 (at least downstairs....).
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.
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.