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Trip Report (Pizza Rock, Guy Fieri's, Toby Keith's, not much else) - June 15-20

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I just got back from five nights in Vegas, and thought I'd mention a few things about where I ate. Note that the closest I came to breakfast was a boston cream doughnut from the Dunkin inside (IIRC) the Fremont. Also, anybody interested in "foodie" places does not have to bother reading any further.

I arrived at the Downtown Grand on Father's Day, and pretty much went straight to Pizza Rock across the street (literally - the DG casino entrance is across the walkway from the PR main entrance). Had the "Classic American" Pepperoni (about 13" - it's the only size this comes in); one of the better pizzas in the area, in my "old school" opinion; it ranks up there with Secret Pizza at the Cosmo. However, when I asked for a slice of "deep dish", the server at the time didn't know what I meant, and I ended up with a slice of Sicilian thick crust. (Then again, maybe I read the menu wrong - what I thought was Chicago style "deep dish" turns out to be "cracker thin crust".)

On Monday and Tuesday, I rented a car so I could hit the casinos I had missed the last few times I was here. Monday Lunch was at Original Tommy's on Boulder (just north of Longhorn and across Boulder Highway from Sam's Town); I decided to have a chili cheese dog, chili cheeseburger, and chili cheese fries. However, the chili was incredibly bland (you can order it with onions and/or jalapenos, but I chose neither), and it congeals rather quickly.

Monday dinner was at Via Brasil out near Red Rock. I was surprised how empty it was right after the USA-Ghana soccer match. It's typical rodizio, but I don't think it's as good as Fogo de Chao.

Tuesday lunch was 99 Cent Taco Tuesday at The Commissary; however, what they don't tell you is, these aren't the normal tacos in the menu - they're on small flour tortillas, and come only with steak or chicken, plus pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese, and I think guacamole. One of these days, I'll have to get out to Tacos El Gordo.

I finally managed to get out to Arizona Charlie's Boulder for the Tuesday BBQ Buffet Dinner. It was pretty much what I expected; a buffet with a few BBQ items thrown in, including having brisket and pork at the carving station. There was also pulled pork, but it was mixed with all sorts of things, so I passed on it.

After returning the car Wednesday morning, it was "back to the buses" for me. Wednesday, I went to Guy Fieri's at the Quad for lunch. I started with the Mac & Cheese Burger, which, although the menu doesn't seem to say this, includes three kinds of fries (shoestring, kinda sorta steak cut, and crosscut); the burger seemed to be too big for the bun and the meat patty tended to fall apart. I then went for the Cheesecake Challenge, and they weren't kidding; it was something like half of a 7 or 8-inch round cheesecake, covered in chocolate, with pretzels and potato chips (!) on it.

For dinner, I was still under the effects of that lunch, so I looked for something "small", and ended up at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah's, where they had a 14-oz Ribeye special that night. A little undercooked for "medium," and a little fatty, but nothing to complain about.

Thursday, I just had a slice of pizza (Pizza Rock Sicilian) and a hot dog (American Coney Island over at The D - bland) for lunch, then dinner at the Aria buffet, mainly because (a) I got a free one from MyVegas, and (b) it claimed to have an Indian station, but it was pretty much just Tandoori chicken, one type of chicken curry, and some rice and naan. It did include some halfway decent desserts, like bananas Foster.

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  1. Don.....If you're ever in ChiTown, try Vito & Nick's. You will never want deep-dish again.