- Eugene May 9, 2005 11:31 AM
I will be heading to Laughlin for a convention in 2 weeks. I have never been to Laughlin and was wondering if anybody had any food recommendations. I will be staying at Harrah's but will have a rental car so driving to get food is not out of the question. Thanks!
The fine dining options in Laughlin are non-existent. Your best bets will be the so-called "gourmet rooms" in Harrah's, Flamingo and Riverside hotels. Typical steak, chops, etc. of mediocre quality. Breakfast buffets of average quality but with many selections. Harrah's is the farthest hotel down the river, so driving to any other hotel is mandatory. Actually, it is a fun town, though with losts of river activities. Enjoy!
There are a couple of hole-in-the-wall taquerias in Bullhead City that are pretty decent and authentic. They are about three miles from the Laughlin Strip.
You won't mistake Laughlin for Las Vegas when it comes to dining options.
However, I've had very good experiences at the Lodge at River Palms, the Range at Harrahs and the Gourmet Room at Riverside. In fact, the Gourment Room has an awesome Happy Hour with 1/2 off on most drinks from 5 to 6:30 and you can get, say, a full-sized Stoli or Absolute martini for $3.50 or so.
Certainly not gourmet, but the Cucina Kitchen? at River Palms was a pleasant surprise. They advertise a $6.99 all-you-can-eat pasta dinner which had zero appeal to me. But because there are so few choices, finally gave it a try in March. Offer includes a trip to a small salad bar, which includes two soups. And the pasta is made to order, with your choice of pasta and choice of sauce. I have to say that it was a very pleasant surprise. (Won't make you forget about Valentino's mind you.) lol
You don't say what kind of food you are looking for, or if price is an issue. As said by previous posters, if you are looking for a "name chef" in Laughlin you are going to be sorely disappointed. However if you are not set on only gourmet there are a few different things you might try. There is an In N Out burger that many find appealing. The Colorado Belle has a micro brewery that just hired a new brewmaster that has really brought there brews up and they offer good pub food. I am fond of their hot wings and pizza. At the Riverside Casino West is Casa Serrano which I believe to be better food than Baja Blue at Harrah's. The service can be spotty though.
You might pick up a copy of The Entertainer that can be found by most hotel gift shops. It is a free weekly magazine that lists every restaurant in the hotels and also shows and attractions.
Also you will find that the people working in Laughlin in general are a friendly bunch so you might try asking the help for their ideas.
The STEAKHOUSE at the Ramada express is terrific. They make a mean martini! Tableside salad preparation. Warm bread and lavash w/ an herb butter. Wonderful steaks which come with the sides...not a l carte....and a pretty decent wine list. Not what you would expect to find in Laughlin.
We enjoy the Range @ Harrah's as well. but find the Steakhouse to be a step above... on par w/ a Ruth Chris or a Mortons.
>No, just married to a woman who must visit every casino on the face of the earth. Although some might construe me as being an Old Fart.
You described my friend and his wife who invited us to go with them to visit Laughlin, where they plan to retire. He isn't quite an old fart yet, but I am at 66. Larry
Been going thru Laughlin 3 times a year for almost 15 years. I am surprised that nobody has mentioned the best kept secret there. It's the Hickory Pit Steakhouse downstairs at the Edgewater. Excellent food-great price compared to others. Not the atmosphere of The Gourmet Room @ The Riverside or The Lodge @ Gold River (bought out and changed to another name now) or The Range @ Harrah,s---but probably as good as, if not better, food. But please don't take my advice because it's getting more difficult to get in. Last time they had no openings before 8:30. By then I could be Stage 10. Stay away!! It'll leave room for me!!!
The new Mex restaurant at The Riverside is probably the best in Laughlin. IMHO Cross the pedestrian walk westerly toward the new covered parking. Had good luck there. Not gourmet but hey---it's Laughlin!!! Thats why I keep going back there. The dealers smille at you while they take your money, unlike Vegas.
I was in Laughlin on Friday afternoon. We headed over to Bullhead City looking for a Mexican place but decided to look for something else.
We stopped at Big Bear as we have seen them over the mountain west and they are crowded ALL the time in every location. We split a tri-tip salad and a club sandwich. Well prepared food. Our server was very attentive. We were sitting at the counter as there was a 10 minute wait for a table at 2 pm. The employees were in a rush and having an absolute BLAST. And the teamwork was incredible. An absolute marvelous blackberry cobbler.
1751 Highway 95, Ste. 25
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
We just got back from Laughlin. The Steak House at the Ramada was very good (to me), but expensive. I had Filet Mignon. My Wife wanted prime rib, but they were out of it. She had round steak and did not rate it very high (that might be partially an expression of disapointment). The baked potato was excellent, my steak was quite good. I think Morton's was a hair better when I ate there in Boston years ago, but it was so long ago that I'm not absolutely sure. Make your reservations well in advance.
I also ate at the Tularosa Cantina in the Ramada. I had thing called the Tijuana Taxi. It was the worse Mexican dish I have ever tried to eat.
If you want an unbelievably cheap, brief, and good breakfast or lunch, go to a store called Under the Stairs in the Ramada. We picked-up meals there several times and ate them by the pool. The chocolate eclairs are huge, the Danish pasteries are quite good, and the salads are cheap and excellent.
I ate Chile Rellenos (my favorite Mexican dish) at Baja Blue at Harra's in Laughlin. The corn batter coating was tough and not very good. I did not eat all of it.
The bartenders at the Caboose Bar in the casino in the Ramada were first rate and very friendly. Drinks are cheap (if you do not play video poker) and they have a live band Thursday through Saturday. They played oldies but goodies and were not too loud.
As far as Casinos go, I guess I liked Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort the best. It has character. I'm not much of a gambler, however. Larry