Be sure and go to Nine Fine Irishmen at New York New York, great food, atmosphere and prices are reasonable. Their shepherd’s pie is the best I’ve had. (Go to the Times Square Bar in the evening, 7:00 I think, for the dueling pianos, GREAT entertainment, so much fun, and it is free, except for any drinks you buy.)
You will really miss out if you don’t get a crepe at the walk-up Creperie at the Paris. Oh my, the Banana’s Foster Crepe with Chantilly Cream is to die for…they also have savory crepes. They make them to order.
The best steak I have ever had was at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris. (and I’m from Texas, where we eat a lot of steak). It is pricy at dinner, but excellent service and superb food. Lunch menu is cheaper for the same quality.
Hope you have a wonderful time, I will post more as I think of things.
I agree with you! Don’t miss the joy and pleasure of the 99 cent pleasures!!
Fortbethel, does meen you have not had fun eating a 99c shrimp coctail, while listening to the piano, at the Golden Gate. Or eating a 99c Vienna Beef hot dog, while trying to decide what horse to bet on, at the Gold Coast Sports Bar? Hey, your missing some good times!
I’ve done HOURS of research through dozens of travel guides and I’ve NEVER read about your Blue Chip place. I’ve been to the top 50 rated places in Vegas because I’m well to do. Lotus is just OK. I’m only trying to help another traveler. I have a right to make such BOLD STATEMENTS!
Paul, it is awful temp wise anyways.
On our last trip to Vegas with our Roadfood friends RedPatti and Jeff we ate at the following:
breakfast/brunch at Paris
lunches at Hash House a Go Go, Mesa Grill
dinner at Bouchon
Everywhere we went the food was excellent, especially at Bouchon, Thomas Keller’s authentic bistro.
[}:)][}:)]The downtown light show over the street is free and is fantastic. I always enjoyed it with a few drinks. Stand out in the middle of the street, stretch your neck and enjoy the overhead light show with music. Super.
A nice drive from there is Death Valley. I did that a couple of years ago while I was there for the NHRA races. The drive there is just OK except for the town of Phrump or something like that. Probably best if you take your credit card there[}:)][}:)].
The best part of the drive is when you approach the actual valley. Beautiful scenery. Even though I have always heard it was dry, the visitor center indicated that there were about 60 springs available within a short distance. I was there in October and the temp was OK. I imagine if you were there during the summer, it would be awful.
Paul E. Smith
Thank you all for all the info, I’m still taking notes!!!!
THE Steakhouse at Circus Circus. Excellent meal. Great atmosphere and top notch service. If you want a good sandwich in a casino go to Canters Deli in Treasure Island. The Canters Delight…..Pastrami, Corned Beed, Turkey, Ham and Swiss piled high on amazing rye bread. Cant be beat!
For one so knowledegeble I would be interested to hear your experiences with Salmon Penang at Lotus of Siam or the Blue Corn Chip Crusted Halibut at Mesa Grill. Unless you have been there dozens upon dozens of times and have tried all of the strip and off strip establishments then you shouldn’t be making such a broad statement!!!
Oh I forgot to mention – be sure to sign up for the club cards at every casino you go to BEFORE you spend any money there. I think you get a Buy 1 get 1 free buffet at Wynn’s if you drop a bit of money after signing up. You can also get a bunch of free crap stuff like t-shirts, etc without having to spend millions. Good way to get souviners (sp?) for the kids, etc!
If you like Italian food, I would recommend Giorgio in Mandalay Place (skybridge between Mandalay Bay and Luxor). It is not Roadfood, but it is reasonably priced (for Vegas) excellent food. You can see menu and prices here:
A free activity you might enjoy if you like chocolate is Ethyl M Chocolates (a division of Mars) factory tour and cactus garden (with free samples of candy) in Henderson on the way to Hoover Dam:
A good website for many restaurants all over Vegas (with their menu):
Two general Vegas sites to check out, especially for activities and maps (but you probably can get cheaper tickets from other places):
Vegas.com: (detailed maps including monorail and tram map, vast listing of activities and shows):
Las Vegas Advisor (activities, maps, shows, with some ratings):
The Mac King show on afternoons is seriously underrated, and you can get free-with-one-drink coupons all over.
Ditto on the dam…the tour is worth the $$..
The Legends show at the IP is decent too..
As is Second City
If you are into it at all, the Trek Experience is cool…just dont waste your time and eat at Quark’s – a weird drink with dry ice is sufficient.
Can’t beat the $4.95 steak dinner at Ellis Island Casino, which is a long block east of Bally’s. It is not on the menu, but just ask for the ‘off menu steak’….
Walking the Venitian is amazing
If you dont mind staying off strip, the Orleans is a bargain – and all the food is decent and reasonably priced – and good too!
Monday night karaoke at the Bootlegger’s Bistro, which is on the south Strip next to the outlet mall – not your ordinary karaoke! REAL talents drop in and perform…and some laughingly bad too…
A VERY good website to ask questions is: http://www.talkvegas.com – good databasse of knowledge from both natives and frequent visitors!
If you do a buffet, I would recommend the Wynn’s lunch – it is expensive but it the creme de la creme – gourmet foods – great atmosphere.
Since you still have some time before you go, I would get to a used or 1/2 price book store and look for a Vegas travel guide from 2006. This is a great way to look for things that sound interesting to you. I went for my first time last January and had a ton of things I wanted to do based on the books and web-sites I had checked out. Of course we didn’t get to do half the things on our list, but we had ideas all the time! I highly recommend a trip to the Hoover Dam. We didn’t go the tour that you have to pay for, but if you drive over the dam and park on the other side (Arizona) you can walk across the dam and take awsome pics! I am afraid of heights – so this was a challenge for me, but I’m really glad I did it! Hope you have an excellent time[:D]
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