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daisylover Jan 4, 2013 02:59 PM

Ok, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, one dinner ( other dinner nights already occupied by parties, no choices)

Am thinking - verandah, hash house a gogo, peppermill. breakfast
Lunch - Monta or raku, not sure what else, already been to LoS, maybe a lunch buffet? maybe Border Grill? settebello pizza?
Dinner - no clue, other 2 dinners at Raos and someplace in venetian.

Price range flexible but not as high as Guy Savoy, am from NYC so have lots of hugely expensive restaurants at home.

Know there are lots of threads like this but am still unsure. thanks for the help. will have car so traveling ok

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    daisylover Jan 15, 2013 04:44 PM

    wanted to say thanks for all the great recommends, but esp. to the person who rec'ed Honey Salt - loved this place, can't say enough about it - food great, people great, chef came out all excited that we drove over from Bellaggio, will be wishing for this place for a long time to come. If you get a chance to go, definately do. Totally worth the drive from the strip. Thanks again.

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    1. re: daisylover
      uhockey Jan 15, 2013 05:42 PM

      Glad to help. :-)


    2. uhockey Jan 7, 2013 10:30 AM

      Honey Salt for lunch or brunch. Would also strongly consider Due Forni.

      Pura Vida for breakfast. Eat as well. And Bouchon.

      Twist for dinner - nothing like it in NYC.


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        daisylover Jan 6, 2013 02:16 PM

        thanks for the help and advice, just out of curiosity, what are soup dumplings and where is a good place to get them?

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          DolceFarNiente Jan 7, 2013 08:22 AM

          Soup dumplings are those wonderful little steamed pouches filled with pork, shrimp and/or crab and the soup inside the dumpling. Served in the wicker basket they have been steamed in. Pinch off the twisted tops and suck out the soup and add a little hot chili oil to the interior - sublime heaven. As far as I know you can only get them at China Momma but that might have changed.

          1. re: daisylover
            Dave Feldman Jan 7, 2013 10:18 AM

            Soup dumplings = Xiaolongbao (or XLB for short). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiaolongbao for a primer.

            I've seen XLB on the menu in many Chinese restaurants, even in non-Shanghai places, a testament to their popularity. As DolceFarNiente notes, China Mama (note spelling) features them. So does Noodle Pot, Chang's, Three Villages, and heck, even the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, at least the last time I was there.

            Chinatown/Spring Mountain used to have more Shanghai restaurants, and they were among the better options 10-15 years ago. Anyone know why the cuisine seems to be in eclipse in Las Vegas?

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            5GBoyee Jan 5, 2013 08:32 AM

            I just had dinner at Raku last night...my third visit and perhaps the best one yet. This is a revelatory meal - I can't recommend it any higher. One of my top meals in my life.

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              daantaat Jan 4, 2013 07:45 PM

              Payard at Caesar's for breakfast. They have a sit down and take out section. The sit down menu has really, really good food. If you're in a hurry, you can get their pastries, coffee, sandwiches and fruit cups at the take out counter.

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                selfportrait93 Jan 4, 2013 06:29 PM

                Switch Raku from lunch to dinner. Raku doesn't open for lunch. Make sure you call ahead for reservation.
                For lunch buffet, if you have lots of time, Studio B at M resort is a favorite with wine and beer included. Otherwise, the buffet at the Cosmopolitan is recommended for their small plate buffet.

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                  kagemusha49 Jan 4, 2013 03:32 PM

                  Here's a link to my report on the trip I just returned from http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884811
                  To save you reading it all - Milos in the Cosmopolitan is a great deal for lunch, Shaanxi Gourmet is a very low priced find with great noodles. And from previous trips, Sage at Aria is not to be missed.

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                    Philber Jan 4, 2013 03:31 PM

                    Your breakfast choices are perennial favorites. The one obvious in its absence is Bouchon which is very good.

                    You should consider the lunch special at Milos in the Cosmo. It is $20.13 for a three course lunch and it continues to receive rave reviews - many threads on the board. Last time I had the lunch I opted for the grilled octopus ($10 supplement) and it was outstanding.

                    Sage is a good dinner option. Not nearly as pricey as Guy Savoy or JR and excellent food. Not sure if you are interested in the Charlie Palmer Cut of the Week special; great price point, but limited to the menu offered. Bottomless wine with the first two courses.

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