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Dec 3, 2013 09:59 AM

Vegas Dining with Foodie Teens

We will be in Vegas over the holidays and I'm trying to plan out our restaurants. The kids are foodies and enjoy eating out. We live on Miami Beach so we would like to try restaurants we do not have here.
Other criteria.....
Entrees prices less than $50 pp for dinner
Upscale, yet hip - not stuffy.
No shellfish - but we like lots of fish.
No pasta
Creative and exciting food a plus
Need 3 dinners (1st night arriving late from the east coast and staying at the Mandarin.)
2 Lunches.

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  1. Will you have a car? Are off Strip restaurants ok? What about buffets?

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    1. re: Eric

      We wont have a car till the last night.
      So one off strip is OK.
      Buffets?? We have done the Bellagio for brunch a few years ago without the kids - unless its spectacular - I'm not sure we are into buffets.

    2. For your last night dinner you might consider Mundo. It is upscale Mexican restaurant that started really strong, had a lull in service and now appears to have turned the corner and is once again an excellent choice. Here is the link:

      It is located just North of the Premium Outlet Mall near the Smith Center.

      Another option would be Todd's Unique in Henderson. Not necessarily as creative as Mundo, but solid food, prepared very well. Todd does a great job with seafood. Here's the link:

      1. Hi....Seafood & Hip: RM at Mandalay Bay. Rick Moonen is a leader in sustainable seafood, just redid part of the restaurant into an even better venue, and his presentations are absolutely beautiful. Check out the website.
        Always fun and a great location: Mon Ami Gabi at The Paris Hotel overlooking the fountains of the Bellagio. Better for the view at night than at lunch. Excellent value for steak/frites
        Sushi?....Yellowtail at the Bellagio. Akira Beck is a genius with tapas sushi....
        Since you are staying at CityCenter, you should check out Aria and Crystals for their food venues....upscale AND hip!!

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        1. American Fish at the Aria has all kinds of appetizers for $5 at happy hour. Milos at the Cosmopolitan has a $20ish lunch special that is bound to have a fish choice (or at least octopus if you pay $10 more).

          1. American Fish looks perfect!!! Also thinking of one of the tapas places like Jaleo. Kids are big meat eaters - so also thinking of one of the burger places - one that does a good veggie or tuna burger.

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            1. re: MiamiBeachMomma

              When you first posted, I thought Jaleo would be fun for your family, however, you qualified your request to find places you can't get in SoFla, which, to me, would then exclude Jaleo, as we have Andres' Bar Centro and Bazaar. I do think Jaleo is more of a festive atmosphere than Julien Serrano for tapas, but the food is good at both, and there's no Serrano in Miami if it's tapas you are looking for.

              1. re: zook

                Will Jaleo be similiar food to Bazaar?? I havent been to Bazaar but Dh has.

                1. re: MiamiBeachMomma

                  "Will Jaleo be similar food to Bazaar?"

                  Well...yes and no. Jaleo's focus is on Spanish tapas -- traditional tapas, plus some of Andres' own inventions. Unlike Bazaar, Jaleo doesn't go the molecular gastronomy route (that's reserved for e by Jose Andres, a separate restaurant located within Jaleo). On the other hand, Bazaar offers a lot of traditional Spanish tapas, so there's a lot of overlap.

                  I should note that my comments refer to the original Bazaar (in Beverly Hills). I'm not familiar with the one in Miami Beach.

                  1. re: Larry

                    agreed. The South Beach menu is more varied and in my opinion more interesting, but there is overlap as Larry said.

                1. re: MiamiBeachMomma

                  Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay is very good (and a lot of fun).

                  1. re: MiamiBeachMomma

                    Bachi Burger if you can get off strip.
                    Burger Bar is good, albeit overpriced.
                    Holsteins gets a lot of praise from people I trust.


                    1. re: uhockey

                      I've never been to Burger Bar, but I think Holsteins is probably a little better than Bachi, albeit a little more expensive. The kids might like the milk shakes at Holstein's, too, and there is a full bar available for the adults.