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5 lunches, 4 dinners

I am getting ready for my first trip to Las Vegas and, after much research on the board/Google, I would like some feedback on the list I have put together. I tried to include a variety of price points here so my husband and I don't return to Boston broke, but still experience some of the best the city has to offer.

Lotus of Siam
Earl of Sandwich


I intend to do the prix fixe at L'atelier and Sage, but was wondering if the omakase at Raku is considered a must-do experience.

I also thought about substituting a buffet in there somewhere because it's all you hear about when you mention Vegas, but it seems like for the cost there are better options.


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  1. I've eaten at Raku several times and never had the omakase. So, I don't know but apparently it's not considered a must-do by me. Going to Raku IS a must-do.

    1. Not sure where Earl comes in looking at the rest of your list, but you can always try it flying out of Logan.

      1. Nice list! Last time we dined at Milos we were a bit disappointed; the Lavraki was very small and my octopus was a slightly overcooked. My wife and daughter both enjoyed their meal, but our daughter's lamb chops were more medium rare than rare. Minor things, but not what we had come to expect from Milos. In fairness, this was the only time (we have been there at least a dozen times) that we weren't completely satisfied. I haven't been to the Peppermill since they revamped the interior - read one post indicating they had "ruined the vibe" by placing flat screen TVs everywhere!

        You might consider Fat Choy in the Eureka Casino; it's close to LOS. We have enjoyed it several times for lunch.


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        1. re: Philber

          Love Fat Choy! Definitely recommend it for lunch.

        2. Drop Earl as it is all over America, move Burgr to lunch, and free up another dinner slot.

          1. Thanks for all of the input so far.

            Felt like I needed to add something really cheap to soften the blow of how much some of the other meals will cost and didn't realize Earl was a chain so will likely sub Fat Choy.

            I tried making a reservation at Bouchon for lunch, but it's completely booked. Is it usually truly this booked or is there the possibility of walking in to get a seat at the bar?

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            1. re: lslao

              Bouchon doesn't do lunch. They serve a limited bar menu of oysters and the like. They do weekend brunch, and it is no-reservations walk-in only. Dinner is the only meal for which they accept reservations.

              Fat Choy is good stuff.

              1. re: lslao

                If it's not too late . . . I'd drop Bouchon entirely. I have eaten there twice, and it was SO MUCH WORSE than the Yountville location, I see no point in going a third time . . .

              2. If you want cheap and have a car head up Spring Mountain and go to China Mama. Holy hell I can't wait for October to sink my teeth into an order of those Szechuan Dumplings, pork pockets, slurp the Dan Dan noodles, and many more.

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                1. re: LVI

                  What are the pork pockets? My friends want to bring me there for either a lunch or dinner for my 1st trip to Vegas in Sept.

                  1. re: vttp926

                    Sort of like beef roll but in a pocket (think pita w sesame seed crust). Not really a dinner place IMHO, zero atmosphere. Much better lunch.

                    1. re: LVI

                      That sounds really good especially since I am not much of a beef eater. I know my friend has me booked up for breakfast. Not sure if we will be able to get out there for lunch unless I go by myself when they are at work that Monday.

                      1. re: vttp926

                        Spicy wontons, Dan Dan noodles, and the pork stuffed pockets...perfect Monday lunch!

                        1. re: LVI

                          That might be a bit too much for just me since I am traveling but at least 2 out of 3.

                2. Thanks for the feedback everyone. Chris and I have just returned from our trip and it was a tasty one. He isn't an adventurous eater so unfortunately, I had to compromise on what we had ordered but sometimes that is a good thing or else I would end up ordering the entire menu.

                  Sunday lunch, I had In n Out burger for the first time. I had the cheeseburger animal style with extra raw onions and it was amazing. The east coast is truly deprived without an In n Out.

                  Sunday night, we ate at Lotus of Siam and ordered the following...
                  Nam Kao Tod: very good. Chris, who is an extremely picky eater, said it was the most flavorful dish he's ever had.
                  Garlic shrimp: love any shrimp where you can eat the crispy shell, shell reminded me of Korean fried chicken a bit
                  Garlic pepper chicken wings: nice and crispy, although not memorable
                  Beef pad see ew: eh, I've had many that were better.
                  Next time, I would really like to try the whole catfish which I did not order as Chris does not like fish.

                  Monday-Tuesday lunch: Grand Canyon... a place we later found out was kind of a food desert. We ate burritos at Plaza Bonita.

                  Tuesday dinner, we ate at Raku. We called that evening and got a reservation for 11:30pm which turned out to be one of their private rooms... a nice surprise. The steamed foie gras egg custard was AMAZING. I'm still craving some more of it. I also really enjoyed the pork cheek. We ordered the agedashi tofu, juicy deep fried chicken, kobe beef with wasabi, kobe with garlic, kobe tendon, kobe liver, duck with balsamic soy glaze, eggplant, and foie gras with glazed soy sauce base. I think the eggplant was smothered in bonito flakes which I was not a fan of. Everything else was great. Unfortunately, no specials that night that piqued our interest.

                  Wednesday lunch, we headed to Eureka to try Fat Choy. We had the duck buns, pork buns, potstickers, and short ribs with rice. Food was good, especially with the old school-ish atmosphere/crowd. Always appreciate it when a restaurant can get duck skin and pork belly nicely crisp.

                  Wednesday dinner, we had the seasonal menu at L'atelier. Amazing service, awesome waiter, great view of the action in the kitchen, and some great dishes. Scallop carpaccio, quail stuffed with foie gras, eggplant stuffed pepper with tuna confit, and desserts were phenomenal. The other dishes ranged from ok to good, but not because it wasn't perfectly executed. I could appreciate the combinations/complexity of flavors, but sometimes it just wasn't my cup of tea. Next time, I would do the other prix fixe options over the tasting menu.

                  By Thursday, we had been overeating so much over the past few days we decided to calm down a bit with our meals and catch a show instead. We canceled our reservation at Sage for that night and used a $50 food credit to the MGM hotels to go to the Aria buffet which Chris insisted would be better than the Bellagio buffet. We went at 3pm so we could catch the dinner turnover at 3:30pm with lunch pricing and frankly, I was not impressed at all and slightly upset we wasted a meal there. I ate a few platefuls of snow crab legs (no king crab, probably because it wasn't a "gourmet" night?) and called it a day. I am sure Chris just wanted to go there for the unlimited drinks for $13.

                  As a sidenote, we caught the show Absinthe that night which we found HILARIOUS. However, it is definitely not for those easily offended.

                  On Friday, we packed our bags for our return to Boston... but only with some more In n Out on the way.

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                  1. re: lslao

                    Thanks for your review!

                    Aria's buffet has been pretty much a miss for me. I had decent experience at Bellagio's buffet but maybe there is something about buffets that doesn't do it for me.

                    1. re: lslao

                      Nice feedback and good to know desserts still shine at Robuchon in the post-Kamel era.

                      1. re: lslao

                        Nice post. Glad you enjoyed In N Out and I agree about the Aria buffet.

                        I was just at the buffet for the first time in June (credit as well) and it did nothing for me either.

                        1. re: lslao

                          Thanks so much for reporting back. You done good.