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ocfrugalfoodie Jul 15, 2013 11:41 AM

My DH and I go to Vegas 2 or 3 times a year. So we feel like we have "done it all" well except for Joël Robuchon, but we are saving that for a big anniversary or birthday, which this trip is neither of. We are staying at The Mirage this trip.

Places we've been:
Sage
Craftsteak (Love!)
Bouchon (we love it so much!)
Burger Bar (fave!)
LOS (I thought it was over rated, but we did the buffet)
Wolfgang Puck at MGM
Raos (not a fave)
Sushi Samba
Stack at Mirage (my husband went while on a business trip)
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria (meh)
Olives @ The Bellagio - we loved it more for the patio
PUB Todd English - Love love it for the lobster rolls and the oysters

We are seeking a new dinning experience for dinner that we haven't been to, but that is worth the $$ and hopefully under $200 w/tip cocktail and tax for both of us. I reallllyyyy want some foi gras on this trip since we don't get it out here in LA/OC. We will have a car, since we drive in from OC. And we are going to the Neon Museum one day, so maybe lunch or breakfast in that area would be great. Oh and NO BUFFETS! We did Bacchanal and although good, not worth it.

oh and what do you guys think of that Naked Pizza place from Diners Drive Ins and Dives?

Thanks!!

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  1. Larry Jul 15, 2013 12:26 PM

    How about Raku? Raku is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in a form of charcoal grilling called robatayaki. It offers other items as well. If you're the adventuresome type, there are a number of daily specials that are invariably good. This is off-Strip; reservations are necessary.

    I think it would meet your criteria:
    1. Price should be no problem. With a drink, tax and tip, you'll probably spend around $75/person, although it could range from $50 to $100 per person.
    2. Raku offers foie gras in several forms. The most familiar form is grilled foie gras with a soy glaze; it tastes much like a traditional French preparation. Delicious! There's also steamed foie gras egg custard, and foie gras donburi (on a bed of rice).

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      ocfrugalfoodie Jul 15, 2013 12:38 PM

      I was thinking of Raku! This place seems to get lots of love on here. Do you know if they are open for lunch?

      What would you recommend prior to a show? Saturday night we have tickets to see Zumanity @ NYNY and wanted something on the strip for that evening as well.

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        Eric Jul 15, 2013 05:20 PM

        Raku is not open for lunch. Jerry's Nugget is close to the Neon Boneyard. They actually have an excellent coffee shop. Also close by is Triple George Grill. Two restaurants that are off the Strip that, as a local, that I enjoy are Rincon de Buenos Aires on Spring Mountain Rd. and Shish Kabob House on West Flamingo Rd.

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          Dave Feldman Nov 18, 2013 08:28 PM

          Eric, I don't want to oversell it, but I completely agree about Shish Kabob House, a place I had never tried until recently. I think that Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean food (e.g., Greek, Turkish) food is rather weak in Las Vegas, so SKH was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't too impressed with the Middle Eastern appetizer spreads, but the entree plates were simple and delicious.

          Most of the entrees follow the same format: protein; rice; and green salad. All of these are well-executed. The greens and vinaigrette are fresh and bracing; the rice is absolutely delicious (they taste like they are cooked in chicken stock and have some other secret ingredient); and all the proteins were well-marinated. I think the lamb chops are probably the stars of the show. They are a little emaciated, but the taste is there, and are the most expensive item on the menu at $14.95. The salmon portion is enormous. Our fish was a little overcooked, but my friends, regulars there, said this was an anomaly. The lula kabob was fine, but the chicken was dry and dull compared to the others.

          SKH often has live music. The weeknight we went, there was a keyboard player, and it is clear that SKH is a community center for Armenians in Las Vegas. I have heard complaints about the service at SKH, but our server couldn't have been sweeter or more efficient.

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          Larry Jul 15, 2013 07:10 PM

          Prior to the show? I'd consider Jaleo (Cosmopolitan) or Julian Serrano (Aria). Both are tapas bars; both are open early. I have a slight preference for Jaleo, but it's close enough that I could change my mind the next time I eat at them.

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            ocfrugalfoodie Jul 15, 2013 07:59 PM

            If you had to pick between the two which one would you choose?

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              Larry Jul 16, 2013 08:55 AM

              The reason I gave Jaleo the edge is that I preferred the food by a small margin -- but one visit each isn't really enough to make a good judgment. I also preferred the atmosphere at Jaleo; it was little livelier. However, one person's lively is another's noisy.

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        Michelle Jul 15, 2013 01:26 PM

        Hi,

        We're from the LA area and also go to Vegas a few times a year. The last time we went, we tried Naked City Pizza. The pizza was great. The location is a bar, and was really crowded when we were there, so we got our pizza to go and had it in our hotel room. I would go again.

        LOS is one of our favorite places. You have to order off the menu. Their Thai beef salad is the best I have ever had. When we drive to Vegas, we time it so we get into town at lunch time and our first stop is LOS for lunch. Nam Kao tod, Thai beef salad and sticky rice with mango and coconut ice cream is a great start to a Vegas trip!

        We also like Todd's Unique in Henderson, Mesa Grill at Caesar's, Ping Pang Pong, Orchids Garden, Firefly, and all the restaurants we've tried at the Cosmopolitan.

        Currently planning our next trip and some of the places we want to try are the Barrymore, and one of Gordon Ramsay's places. I'd also love any recs for foie gras. Enjoy!

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          jbsiegel Jul 16, 2013 09:13 PM

          We enjoyed Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris. Also liked the Cosmo restaurants.

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            Steve Green Jul 21, 2013 11:49 PM

            Agree with Michelle. If you look at previous threads on LOS, the most common comment is "Order from the menu". The buffet is just OK; the menu is in another league.

            If you like Burger Bar, you might want to check out Bachi Burger. http://www.bachiburger.com/

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            Dave Feldman Jul 16, 2013 08:58 PM

            Have you seen QAW's posts about Yonaka? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893750 It's #1 on my list of new places to try.

            Have you been to Chada Thai? It's well within your budget and has an excellent wine selection.

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              jbsiegel Jul 16, 2013 09:24 PM

              We're out here right now and just had a wonderful dinner at Bouchon. Tomorow, I think it's going to be CUT which we enjoy (although the hubby is lobbying hard for STK instead). We've never tried Table 10 in the Palazzo, but checked out the menu today, and I think we'll try it Thursday or Friday. The other two I'd like to try are RM Seafood and Pub 1842.

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                ocfrugalfoodie Jul 18, 2013 11:57 PM

                Hope this isnt too late, but I went to STK for a bachelorette party and we loved it! The service was spot on and the best part was the foi gras french toast

              2. mucho gordo Jul 19, 2013 10:12 AM

                May I suggest Via Brasil?
                http://www.viabrasilsteakhouse.com/

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                  ocfrugalfoodie Jul 19, 2013 10:17 AM

                  Thanks everyone for every suggestion.

                  We are doing Naked City Pizza for Lunch one day, and The Barrymore for dinner and prior to the show, our fave, Todd English PUB :) Oh and we are checking out Nine Fine Irishmen for drinks and fish and chips!

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                    jbsiegel Jul 19, 2013 03:38 PM

                    One more for you...we went to Table 10 (Emeril's place in the Palazzo) last night and sat at the "Food Bar" which overlooks the kitchen. It was fantastic! You can talk to the chefs while they cook and watch everything going on. Loved it and would highly recommend...

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                    VegasGourmet Jul 21, 2013 10:59 PM

                    OK...Gonna give you "Vegas, baby"....Martorano's at The Rio. Take South Philly, throw in Staten Island, add a little Little Italy...and badabing!! Seriously, look at the Rio website and how they describe the restaurant, and...importantly...how the mood/ambiance changes during the evening. Choose the time frame that best suits you and then have the meatball with cold salad first...then dive into the outstanding "Macaroni with Sunday Gravy."....truly one of the most honest dishes that I have had outside of a real Italian home (Grandma at the stove and Grandpa making wine in the basement). What you did not like (and rightly so) about the Rao's in Vegas (as compared to NYC), you will find the opposite here. Deeply rich Italian comfort food. Just choose the right time to fit your "dining/eating mood."

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                      Beach Chick Nov 18, 2013 08:38 PM

                      I'm going in a couple of weeks and I'm hitting up La Cave at the Wynn..
                      LOS should always be off the menu..IMHO
                      Oyster Bar at Palace Station.
                      Happy hour at the Trump was quite good last time we were there.
                      Secret pizza is one of my late night faves ..

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