We liked the Taqueria Canonita at the Venetian–light non-greasy Mexican and rather good margaritas, and we sat at a table overlooking the gondolas on the "canal". Good food, great people watching and not obscenely overpriced like almost everything else there.
If you are still reading these posts from your June question, I highly recommend the Peppermill for breakfast.
Its on the strip right across from the Stardust. Real food, for sure. But you better be hungry! Huge portions, great omelettes and tex mex egg dishes.
And be sure you take a peek into the cocktail lounge. dark as midnight no matter the time of day, with a bubbling pool surrounding a fireplace.
There is something so Vegas about going there for Sunday breakfast and peeking in the lounge, seeing it as full as a Saturday night, and cocktail waitresses in full length gowns and rhinestone necklaces.
How did your team do? Got pics?
Luv It Frozen Custard at 509 E Oakley written up in July Las Vegas Advisor. 5 years in row best ice cream from local newspaper poll. Open 1 – 10pm. Check the web at http://www.frozencustard.biz.
Also mentioned an off the menu special deal, which I have had twice, and it is a good deal. It’s the $7.77 Gamblers Special at Mr. Luckys coffee shop in the Hard Rock Casino. You have to ask for it. Available 24 hrs I think. Steak, grilled shrimp, salad, potato, bread. A winner.
I have yet to try it but the Lotus of Siam (953 E. Sahara Ave) is supposed to be one of the best Thai Restaurants in North America.
In reference to buffets one of my personal favorites is the buffet at Main Street Station, large variety of food including some Hawaiian specialites.
Yes, Kathy’s Southern Cooking gets lots of very positive press. I will look for details. My recollection is that it’s in the back of some shopping center and not easy to find.
When in Vegas I like to get away from the Casinos and the buffets. On my last trip I had a wonderful meal at the Mediterranean Cafe and Market, a chiken dish with pomegranates on a bed of rice. It has been a number of years since I have been to Venetian and it is my understanding they had changed ownership since I was there last, but the neck-bone appetizer was the best, I can’t remember the rest of the meal. Did not get up early enough to go exploring for breakfast joints so had to make do with casino fare. Two places I had on my list to try and didn’t, but have heard good words about is the Florida Cafe, Cuban food and Kathy’s, southern cooking. Oh well next time. Good look noshing.
Unless they got an incredible good burger, BBQ, bourbon or beer, I probably will pass. We will be racing for four days straight.
Paul E. Smith
Sounds like the place, Lone Star.
Ah, Bloody Mary’s. I rarely have those anymore, but there was a time when I thought they were great with breakfast ANYWHERE! [:D]
Sundancer, you’re not going to pass up a chance to visit the Liberace Museum, are you?
Bushie – I was just trying to think of the name of the Italian place we went to on my first trip to Vegas, and it must be the Venetian. Away from the strip, brick walls, lots of ambience and delicious food!
Why is it that when in Vegas, I think it is perfectly normal to drink Bloody Mary’s at breakfast????
Sundancer, the last time I was in Vegas (couple of years ago), we had an incredible Italian meal at a restaurant named the Venetian. This is NOT the hotel, but an old Vegas restaurant outside of the casino area. A few miles west of the strip, if I remember right. Everything about the place, food, service, ambiance, was wonderful. I’d go back there in a heartbeat.
Since the early 80’s, my husband has gone to Vegas nearly every year for the Comdex computer show so I will ask him because we’ve gone to many good non-casino spots but I don’t remember the names. I know he believes that his best recommendations always come from age 50+ ladies in the casino change counting booths.
Our favorite breakfast place is the restaurant at Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, a 1950’s tourist attraction that hasn’t had many changes since then – about 1/2 hour out of the city. Great French toast (called Cowboy Toast) but I don’t think it’s open that early. If you need to relax, you can take a horseback ride around Red Rock Canyon after breakfast.
Actually, we are staying at the Residence Inn near the convention center.
We make a habit of not staying too close to the track. My brother nor myself is the driver. We keep him sober so we do not have to.
Thanks all for your suggestions.
Paul E. smith
The 2 best buffets are at Paris and Bellagio. The "play" is to arrive near the close of breakfast hours and pay the cheaper breakfast price – then chow down on the lunch selections as they convert the offerings. These 2 are extremly tasty well pepared and presented with mucho offerings. About $12.
The Stage Deli in the Caesar’s Forum Shops is the real thing. Try the chopped liver.
No first hand experience but the Liberty/White Cross Drug Store on S Las Vegas Blvd south of Stratosphere and across from Olympic Gardens Mens Club has a 24 hour counter that is supposed to be the best all night breakfast. Have read several sources on this. Will post more as I recall them.
I subscribe to the Las Vegas Advisor which specializes in finding great bargains. Quantity/Quality/Value puts something in their monthly Top Ten Value List. 2 that have been there for a long time and that I can vouch for are a $4.95 steak dinner at the Ellis Island coffee shop and the $1.99 burger at Wild Wild West Casino. Both are 24 hour operations and these taste best late night. These are "locals" places.
A good frozen custard is at Luv-It Frozen Custard on Oakley, just east of the strip south of downtown.
The Original Pancake House has at least 2 locations. This is a chain which grew from Walker Bros Pancakes north of Chicago (and probably on the Roadfood listings). The Dutch Apple Baby and Lemon something are their signature dishes and will fill you up just fine.
In ‘N Out and Fatburger have multiple locations.
Your biggest problem may be that you will be up near the Speedway and most everything else is a long way from there.
Will post more as I can remember.
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