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Oct 26, 2013 05:37 PM

two nights in Vegas with my mum

hi there,

I will be travelling around with my mum for a couple of weeks and one of our stops is Vegas, we will have two nights there and we will prob stay at the Flamingo.
Last time I was in Vegas I was with my partner, we wanted to experience something unique of Vegas so we went to the Bacchanal Buffet. We love food but are not massive eaters and I felt like although interesting as an experience, it wasn't the right place for us. We felt stuffed and slightly ripped off as we couldn't eat that much.
My mum loves food and nice drinks but hates buffets, so that's a no-go I guess. I am looking for recommendations of decent places to have breakfast as well as dinner ideas. I would like her to experience a nice side of Vegas so although budget is an issue and i don't want to break the bank, I want to treat her to something nice.
We are ok with happy hours small plates and drinks, we love steaks, sushi and fish in general. Please no Italian though, she lives in Rome...
thanks for your help!

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  1. What are you looking to spend per meal? Will you have a car?

    1. Bouchon for breakfast at the Venetian
      Milos for 3 course lunch at Cosmo for $20.13
      Chandelier bar

      Trump Vegas is offering $99 ..w/$50 spa credit..5* hotel..good happy hour too.
      When are you going?

      1. Yes, we will have a car.
        Ideally arund £100?
        Raku was on my list last time, the only thing is, it is quite far from the strip and the great thing about being at the Flamingo is that you can park the car and forget about it...

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        1. re: MariaLND

          I'm not sure why you'd have a car in Vegas if you are not going to use it. It will get you to Raku - about 6 miles west of the Strip on Spring Mountain. It will also get you to Lotus of Siam - one mile East of the Strip on Sahara. There are so many interesting places that are NOT in the casinos and a lot cheaper too.

          1. re: kagemusha49

            The reason is we are on a road trip. We star from San Diego and are going to travel to LA, via LV etc...
            We might jump in the car one evening, also as I want to show my mum old vegas and the chapels etc...but to be honest, if you have just two nights in Vegas it's the experience of the strip that dictates plans. I want a good compromise between good food and no need to take the car.

        2. Please eat at Mon Ami Gabi...and, if possible, get a table at either outside or at the window facing the fountains of the Bellagio. The prices, for what you get, are excellent. The service is super, and the the great.
          You have a wonderful "bistro environment" with a great view and a solid menu.
          Vegas is not really "known" for its breakfasts....after all, you will see no clocks in the casinos....Brunch at the Four Seasons (at Mandalay Bay) can be lovely....
          The best combination of sushi/small plates in Las Vegas is at Yellowtail at the Bellagio. Akira Beck is a genius with that concept. Tapas, themselves?....Julian Serrano's place at Aria is sensational....and while at Aria, explore CityCenter and experience the future of Las Vegas....your Mum will see Rome, Paris, and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills while only walking a bit!!

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          1. re: VegasGourmet

            For a city not 'known' for its breakfasts Vegas sure has some impressive ones both in terms of setting (Bouchon, MoZen, Verandah, Tableau, and your oft raved Mon Ami Gabi) plus a lot of fun/classic/gluttony type places including Peppermill, Hash House a Go Go, Serendipity 3, Central - and that is JUST on the strip. Add in the various brunches on Sunday and you still haven't even touched the off-strip options.


            1. re: uhockey

              Oh thanks, I guess what VegasGourmet meant is that out of all the meals, breakfast is probably the least "Vegassy" one. Thanks for the list though, I was thinking of trying Bouchon and Jean Philippe Patisserie...we love a bit of a sweet breakfast and that looks good, are there any better ones? We also love ice-cream, is the Pan worth going to?

              1. re: MariaLND

                I'm not sure what "The Pan" refers to, but the best ice cream I've found in Vegas (by far) is Art of Gelato - right up the strip, though you'd likely benefit from taking a car.

                I know some 'foodies' hate it, but the sundaes at Serendipity 3 are sort of ridiculous and good for that very reason.

                In terms of on-strip bakeries, I definitely think Bouchon and JPP are the two best, though the Almond Croissant at Payard is very special.


                1. re: uhockey

                  Yeah, heard about both.
                  To be honest, I am proper foodie but when i travel i like to experience stuff that although not considered amazing food-wise, it's part of the experience.
                  Last time in Vegas we even went to a place called Hot and Jucy Crayfish and loved it!

                  1. re: MariaLND

                    Hot and Juicy is right down by Raku. If you like really good desserts consider the new "Sweets Raku" dessert shop a few doors down.


                  2. re: uhockey

                    I assume you are referring to the Art of Flavors, not Art of Gelato. Totally agree with the sentiments.

                      1. re: uhockey

                        This should be the worst mistake you ever make!

                        1. re: Dave Feldman

                          Art of Flavors deserves their own thread, but since it is on point here, it is a real treat to see that way that Desyree handles seasonal flavors. A scoop of spiced pumpkin gelato between two of her chocolate chip cookies is a great taste of autumn, and new this week is Sweet Potato with Roasted Marshmallow and Burnt Caramel. Ridiculously good...

                2. re: uhockey

                  You are right that Tableau at the Wynn serves a beautiful breakfast in a magnificent setting...but, it is certainly not for those on a tight budget. With tax and tip, $35-40pp is what breakfast costs there. (We have an Amex platinum card and when we stay at the Wynn, we get a $40pp breakfast credit which is easily used up!)

                3. re: VegasGourmet

                  The menu at Mon Ami Gabi seems indeed quite reasonable!
                  $25 for a steak and chips is definitely a better option than $45 for a buffet where you don't enjoy anything...I guess the recommendation is to go for dinner and book in advance?
                  Thanks for the tip on Aria, I didn't go last time!!

                  1. re: MariaLND

                    The value is great...the view of the Strip is perfect (especially the fountain show), it's "Vegas"..but still comfortable for all ages and backgrounds....The company that runs Mon Ami has really perfected the restaurant/service/product. As a local, I send people here...always....and have never had a negative feedback.


                    Gonna repeat...."Breakfast in Vegas" is a useless venture. Brunch at The Four Seasons is lovely.....but that is a different animal altogether.

                    1. re: VegasGourmet

                      Define "useless venture," please?

                      As someone who can soon dangle the "Vegas Local" descriptor I'm curious as to how this is relevant as compared to, say, someone who has been to the city multiple times and has also been to numerous other cities to which they can compare?

                      If one is looking for a "Vegas Experience" I hardly think a chain out of Chicago such as MAG applies - you'd be better off sending them to Peppermill if you want to talk "Vegas Local."


                      1. re: VegasGourmet

                        Sorry...disagree that bf at Bouchon is meh. I think that if one wants only croissants and/or pastries and coffee, it's tough to beat. Tableau is my favorite LV breakfast spot, but it is expensive!

                  2. On the late breakfast side of things, I wait until Julian Serrano in the Aria opens at 11am. I am totally hooked on their chorizo sausage with potatoes and egg. I know it's a tapas bar but this dish is an elegant twist.