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Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

Our kids have been asking to go to Vegas so we finally decided its time. My kids eat everything - they aren't the burger and nugget kind of eaters. (For example, right now, my 10yo is eating pickled herring on crackers and my 8yo is snacking on prosciutto. LoL)

We wanted to do a good buffet with them just for the fun of it. I was thinking of the Bellagio buffet as they both love crab legs and shrimp. Does Bellagio still offer king crab legs or is it snow crab only now?

Also, any recs in/near Bellagio for a restaurant serving fois gras? DH would love to have his beloved fois gras since we can't eat it prepared in CA anymore. Nothing overly fancy, but entrees in the $25-35 range would be fine.

Any other recs for good lunches or snacks would be welcomed too. Thanks!

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  1. I love STK's foi gras french toast!

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      1. re: ocfrugalfoodie

        Do you know if they're still serving that dish? I had a friend recently report that they had the same foie dish, but served with a waffle instead of french toast. He said it was not quite as good as with french toast. On the STK website, it lists the foie waffle as a signature dish. Did they change this?

      2. Aria buffet has king crab legs at dinner.

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        1. re: Eric

          Thanks! Is the overall buffet decent? I've never been to the Aria...

          1. re: boogiebaby

            I am a fifteen year local. Aria is in my top three buffets for Strip buffets. It is the only buffet in Las Vegas with a tandoori oven. They also serve shrimp, mussels, crawfish and steamers. It's a little bit smaller than some other buffets but is very good. Jean Philippe Patisserie, with locations at both Aria and Bellagio, does the desserts at the Aria buffet. I'm underwhelmed by the desserts at the Bellagio buffet.

            1. re: Eric

              Are you certain on that JP comment regarding the buffet?

              1. re: uhockey

                At one point, it was listed on their website.

                1. re: Eric

                  Interesting - and its not that I doubt you - but taking into account the price of JP's desserts it seems this would be a ridiculous deal.

                  1. re: uhockey

                    This is also why I go to Aria buffet often. The desserts (or at least some of them) are definitely from JP. I stayed at Aria once on a special occasion and a plate of desserts from JP were in my room waiting for me. The exact rectangular macaroon (which is one of my favorite desserts at the buffet) was included, as was a few assorted pieces I've also seen at the buffet. There were some chocolates and a card signed by JP. The quality of the Aria buffet desserts are noticeably better and more polished than other buffets. I do miss the old glass plates they used to have for the plated desserts.

                    1. re: ah6tyfour

                      This is good news. Will add to agenda.

              2. re: Eric

                Thank you for the info. I don't care about the tandoor as I'm indian and really don't plan on eating Indian food while we're out. LOL But I like the mussels and steamers part. :)

            2. re: Eric

              They only had snow crab legs when I went in early July. Hopefully it was just a fluke and they were just out of stock on king crab. I've always counted on Aria to have great king crab. Until my most recent visit, they were the only buffet to consistently serve king crab with dinner.

            3. It is foie gras, not fois, and you can eat it prepared in Cali - you just cannot purchase it as such.

              Regarding affordable quality foie gras in Vegas your options in Bellagio are very limited, as such you'll need to look elsewhere. Bouchon at Venetian, Public House at Venetian, Payard at Caesars, Comme Ca at Cosmopolitan, the Bar at Gordon Ramsay Steak would be good places to start.

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              1. re: uhockey

                Actually you are partially correct. The process of force feeding the bird is illegal along with the sale as a result of the process. It can be imported into the state and given as a gift or is eaten.

                1. re: uhockey

                  Please let me know if you know of any restaurant in the LA area that will prepare a foiE gras appetizer or entree for us and not charge us for it. I'm sure people would be lining up to eat there.

                  Also, I think you misunderstood my request -- I wasn't looking for a foiE gras entree in the $35 range. I was looking for a place that serves foiE gras and has entrees in the $35 range. The foiE gras could be an appetizer. I was open to location as well -- near Bellagio, not neccesarily in the Bellagio. I didn't care for Bouchon when I was there last year, and we'd probably skip Comme Ca too since we can go to the LA one anytime (albeit with no foiE).

                  Thank you for the suggestions.

                  1. re: boogiebaby

                    I won't name them here, and none will announce it, but the item is frequently incorporated into tasting menus as an 'unannounced' course and there is a local chef who frequently offers the item as part of his pop-ups.

                    As to Vegas - I stand by my prior recommendations.

                    1. re: uhockey

                      A chef incorporating it into a multi course tasting menu unannounced where you don't know you will get it is much different than being able to walk into a restaurant and ordering it off a menu. :)

                    2. re: boogiebaby

                      Go to Sage, sit at the bar (my preferred place to be) and have the foiE creme brûlée. A different preparation and not for everyone but I sure enjoyed it. And if I remember correctly I think they had a sweetbread/foiE dish which was one of the better dishes I had at Sage. While Sage isn't in my regular rotation of places to go it certainly deserves attention.

                      I know you said near the Bellagio but if you have a car it's worth swinging over to Raku on Spring Mountain road. A couple different preparations there and a top dining destination to boot!

                      1. re: LVI

                        Good call - forgot about that one!

                        1. re: LVI

                          We will have a car. The creme brulee sounds like something different to try too -- thanks for the rec!

                          1. re: LVI

                            the foie gras chawanmushi @ raku is amazing.