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Sep 19, 2012 01:47 PM

first timers in Vegas

I am surprising my boyfriend with a trip to LV in February and am trying to plan everything now, including where we'd eat brunch/lunch and dinners.

I want to do a mix of the typical vegas spots and real hole in the wall kind of places. I need four brunch/lunch and four dinner places. I know I want to eat at Lotus of Siam, NobHill, and some kind of vegas buffet. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. Bouchon gets really good reviews for brunch on the board. I've been to the Beverly Hills location for dinner, and am going next Saturday to the LV location for brunch.
    I'm a fan of Wynn and service is good. I'll be headed to Wicked Spoon next Friday.
    I'm a fan of Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons. They have a Cut of the Week deal that includes a 3 course meal and unlimited wine pairings now. The last meal I had there was terrific, and we're going back next week. If you're in the mood for a food with an Italian twist, I can suggest Sirio for their tasting menu.
    Our friends live in town and are big fans of Hash House A Go Go and Raising Cane's chicken. Both places I'll be trying next week when we're in town.
    I like Sugar Factory and Mon Ami Gabi for casual meals with a lovely view of the Bellagio fountains.

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    1. re: attran99

      I think Chicken Bonz is far superior to Raising Cane's. Also, Chicken Bonz has a much better selection of dipping sauces. Raising Cane's pales in comparison.

    2. Bacchanal buffet at Caesars just opened last week to great initial reviews.

      Your budget and preferences for cuisine would help with recommendations.

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      1. re: zack

        Since it's your first time in Vegas, and if you're going to at least 1 buffet, consider the Buffet of Buffets for slightly more than a single visit to any 1 dinner. It's a 24hr pass that allows you to visit unlimited buffets in the Caesars hotel family during that time period. You can buffet hop and see what it's all about.

      2. If you are not from New York I highly recommend Grimaldi's pizzeria. It tastes exactly like the original Brooklyn location but without the horrible wait.

        Todd English PUB has excellent pastrami from their carvery.

        Other dishes that are must haves/ go back just for this dish are:
        Bone Marrow Flan at CUT
        Quiche Loraine at Bouchon (chalkboard special)
        Pommes Puree at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
        Brentwood Sweet Corn at Craftsteak (seasonal)
        Foie Gras with English Muffins at Harry's Berries jam at Gordon Ramsay Steak (steaks not all that though)
        Lobster Pot Pie at Michael Mina

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        1. re: A5 KOBE

          Great suggestions! Some more information is that we are from Atlanta and my budget for food is between 500 and 600.

          1. re: snoofle

            Well - you're going to Lotus of Siam and that is certainly worth the trip (or two or three trips). Prices are reasonable - even if you have to pay cab fare. (You didn't mention if you would have a car.) Here are two more reasonable suggestions.
            The deli at New York New York - good for a tasty meal with leftovers for an extra snack.
            Julian Serrano (in Aria) - opens at 11am and I like it for a twist on a late breakfast- love their potatoes with eggs and chorizo sausage.

            1. re: kagemusha49

              Just got back from a fab trip in Vegas and we hit up Lotus of Siam and this by far, is one of the best restaurants for some of the best Thai ever.

              Great suggestions and I would add Oyster Bar at Palace Station...Country Club at the Wynn..Raku for sushi...Milos for the 3 course $20 lunch special
              Chandelier bar at the Cosmo for drinks.
              Secret pizza at the Cosmo for late night is really really good.

        2. I'd make two suggestions. First, focus on places associated with chefs from cities you don't get to much. Most of these places are carbon copies (or close) of their home restaurants. So if you get to Chicago often but never get to LA go for LA chefs. That kind of thing. Las Vegas has no signature food (except for prime rib at the buffet ;-) ) so go for the chefs.

          Second, don't overplan. There may come a time when you're downtown and what you really want is a terrible hot dog and a fried twinkie.

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          1. re: nokitchen

            I sort of agree with this but our first day there we walked on the strip and settled for lunch at PBR but if we had just walked a little further we could of gone to Sugar Factory, Margaritaville or Senior Frogs. It doesn't hurt to plan. FYI, search out the frozen drinks on the strip. Evening Call has several locations so you can start at one then refill at another and reuse you cup each day. They have great flavors too!

          2. Just got back from Vegas and I would recommend going to Olives at the Bellagio. If you make a reservation for 5pm (a day in advanced) and stand in line at 4pm you can get a seat on the balcony with an awesome view of the fountains! We even got wet a little. The food was excellent and the front row seats made the prices worth it. It's a lot less expensive than some other places that are uneventfull. Enjoy. I would go again anytime.

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            1. re: littlecmad

              Oh and if you have time to get a cab to the sign end of the strip, and l like beer, the yard house has a huge array to choose from! The foods not bad too.