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Mar 17, 2014 06:11 PM

Newbies to LV_recommendations requested for 3 budget and 1 splurge dinner

Hi LV Chowhounders... coming in from SF Bay area and have not been to Las Vegas in decades. Staying at Monte Carlo but have car and are willing to drive.

I have not searched the Board at all, apologies. I spend most of my gastro-energy on the New Orleans Board by the way. LOL.

Would like one splurge in the romantic bistro and/or Italian trattoria-style spot and other dinner and/or happy recommendations where we can chow on a worthy meal & a drink for under $80 for two. Not too keen on Asian/Indian. Ok with other ethnic eats. We love good service!

All suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Found this (super detailed) budget list from last year. Need help whittling it down:

    1. How much are you looking to spend for your splurge meal?

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      1. re: Eric

        $150 all inclusive?


        *I just made late lunch rezzies at Esta... Milos (at the Cosmo) for their $21 lunch deal, Greek Mediterranean of course.

        *We will be close to Rollin Smoke BBQ for one of our cheap dinners; hubby loves ribs, and yelp seems to love RSB.

        So really need one more cheapie and the splurge (Seafood, French, Italian or?) and we will be in pretty good shape. Probably on our near the Strip would be best, but we are game for a drive!

        Thanks for asking, Eric.

        1. re: karendor

          Splurge = Twist.

          Another cheap one = Lotus of Siam

          You don't have anything like either of them in SF.

          1. re: uhockey

            Thanks, U!

            That might round out the trip. I will check them both out.

            And we are very excited that there is a Dairy Queen en route in Baker, CA. They have all died out in No. Cal. and hubby loves the butterscotch topping on a softie cone. LOL.

            1. re: karendor

              There are Dairy Queens all over Las Vegas but off the Strip.

            2. re: uhockey

              Thai not up our alley. And Twist might be a bit too showy for me. Keep em coming - much appreciated.

            3. re: karendor

              I've been living in Las Vegas for fifteen years. The best bbq ribs is at Ellis Island Casino on Koval Lane right behind Ballys. The menu is very limited. Half or full rack of baby racks, half a chicken or half a rack or half a chicken. Everyone gets the same sides of corn on the cob, cole slaw, baked beans and garlic toast. The full rack is the most expensive item on the menu. $16.99 or $13.99 with the players card. Each person needs to have the players card (each person receives $10 in free play). Each person swipes their card at a kiosk for the coupon for the bbq discount. The bbq restaurant opens at 4:00 pm. The casino starts giving out the numbers at their twenty four hour restaurant at 3:00 pm. If you plan on going there between Friday and Sunday get there a few minutes before 3:00 pm to get your number. Otherwise, you might have to wait an hour and a half. The twenty four hour restaurant has an off the menu steak special that is served twenty four hours a day. Ellis Island brews their own beer and root beer. The steak special includes a twenty ounce micro brewed beer or root beer, soup or salad, ten ounce top sirloin, green beans and choice of potato or rice. You'll need to swipe your card at a kiosk for the steak special coupon.

              1. re: Eric

                Interesting, and one of those casino deals we visitors like to find but we are not big quantity eaters so the rigamorale may not quite be worth our time. LOL. The home brew is interesting, though! [We are Sun - Wed by the way.]

                I think we will go with:

                Triple George Grill
                Barrymore Social Hour: I like to sit at the bar!
                Rollin' Smoke BBQ
                Estiatoria Milos (late lunch $21 deal; we may try another CH recommendation for the pm.)

            4. re: Eric

              What about Mastro's Ocean Club for our splurge?

            5. Two off the Strip restaurants that I enjoy are The Shish Kabob House and Rincon de Buenos Aires. Next door to the Shish Kabob House is an excellent bakery called Manan Bakery. Aria, Bellagio and the Cosmopolitan have very good buffets. Aria's buffet gets the nod if you like seafood. Bellagio and Aria do not close between meals. Get to either buffet about half an hour before the switch to the next meal so you don't have to pay the higher price. Cosmopolitan does brunch until 2:00 pm and reopens at 5:00 pm. The Orleans has a good breakfast buffet at $8.99 per person and is off the Strip.

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              1. re: Eric

                rincon de buenos aires looks amazing. and appreciate the buffet recommendations. Thanks, Eric!

              2. Another place you may want to checkout that is west of the Strip is Custom Built Pizza. It is currently on Groupon ($7 for $14).

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                1. re: Eric

                  Yum. Just got these recc from a Chowhound from another post - for my reference:

                  "I would recommend Mon Ami Gabi as you can eat on the patio and see the fountains of Bellagio across the street.

                  Also, my husband recommends:
                  1) Lotus of Siam - off the strip, amazing Thai food at decent prices.
                  2) Bouchon for breakfast/lunch - not cheap but really awesome food.
                  3) Earl of Sandwich - decent prices, not necessarily a foodie destination but good food can be found here."

                  1. re: karendor

                    I recommend Capriottis over the Earl of Sandwich. They are known for the Bobbie.

                    1. re: karendor

                      Skip both Capriottis AND Earl, go down to Goodwich and followup with dessert at Art of Flavors.

                      Lotus is one of the best Thai restaurants in the country...

                      Skip Mon Ami Gabi, do Bouchon.


                  2. Try the lunch special for $20ish at Milos in the Cosmopolitan

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                    1. re: kagemusha49

                      Thanks! We reserved a late lunch at Milos for our last full day.

                      Also reserved one dinner at Triple George Grill to get some downtown vibe. Decent reviews on Yelp.

                      Hubby not fond of Thai, although Lotus was recommended by others.

                      We may get over to Barrymore Bar's Social Hour & Rollin' Smoke BBQ, as I mentioned above.

                      I do love a good Bistro so I think we will do Mon Ami Gabi for a brunch on one of these upcoming sunny mornings.

                      Thanks, folks, I will do a full trip report next week!