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    There is a burger place in the Mirage that isn't great burgers, but has some of the best milkshakes around. DH introduced me to their Twinkie shake.

    I'm not as fancy as many here so I love buffets, Cosmo and Caesars are about equal for the best spot IMO. There are these tiny horchata bottles you can get at Caesars that pushes it over the top for me.

    Picasso in the Bellagio is the best food I've ever had. ldc and I have been there 4 times and it has never disappointed, it makes it hard to strike out and try new places because we like it so much.

    Last time we went to Scarpetta and I got food poisoning, which was really awful but for some reason made DH happy as he hates Scott Conant. We also did Bachi Burger from DDD, it held up to my experiences with other places from that show, good nothing to spectacular.

    The other place I've been wanting to try is China Poblano in Cosmo. That's on next weekends itinerary.
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    I dont like buffets but the Rio has a good buffet.
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    Had the bone-in ribeye at the SW this week. Awesome.

    One that hasn't been mentioned that I like is Yellowtail in the Bellagio. It doesn't have the greatest reviews but I think it is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I dont like buffets but the Rio has a good buffet.
    Yikes. This post is so 2002.

    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    There is a burger place in the Mirage that isn't great burgers, but has some of the best milkshakes around. DH introduced me to their Twinkie shake.

    BLT burger. Pretty sure it's the S'mores shake I introduced you to. And I agree, the burger is just ok.

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    Last time we went to Scarpetta and I got food poisoning, which was really awful but for some reason made DH happy as he hates Scott Conant.
    You didn't die, so I don't feel bad.
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    About the last time i went to a buffet. I really hate them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Yikes. This post is so 2002.
    Ha or earlier. When I was in college, the Rio buffet was basically nirvana because they had prib AND Chinese food. Also, not sure if anyone has done a slutification analysis comparing cocktail waitresses but the Rio cocktail waitress outfit had to rank pretty high on that scale. I bet pelagiu$ had done some sort of study on this issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    There is a burger place in the Mirage that isn't great burgers, but has some of the best milkshakes around. DH introduced me to their Twinkie shake.

    I'm not as fancy as many here so I love buffets, Cosmo and Caesars are about equal for the best spot IMO. There are these tiny horchata bottles you can get at Caesars that pushes it over the top for me.

    Picasso in the Bellagio is the best food I've ever had. ldc and I have been there 4 times and it has never disappointed, it makes it hard to strike out and try new places because we like it so much.

    Last time we went to Scarpetta and I got food poisoning, which was really awful but for some reason made DH happy as he hates Scott Conant. We also did Bachi Burger from DDD, it held up to my experiences with other places from that show, good nothing to spectacular.

    The other place I've been wanting to try is China Poblano in Cosmo. That's on next weekends itinerary.
    Horchata at a buffet? I need to get to that buffet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Ha or earlier. When I was in college, the Rio buffet was basically nirvana because they had prib AND Chinese food. Also, not sure if anyone has done a slutification analysis comparing cocktail waitresses but the Rio cocktail waitress outfit had to rank pretty high on that scale. I bet pelagiu$ had done some sort of study on this issue.
    Yeah, I chose 2002 because that was just before Vegas went crazy with the upscale buffets (which began with the Bellagio in 2000). Up until that point, most of the buffets were $15-20 and it was about quantity. The Bellagio was really the only upscale buffet in the casinos.

    In the late 90s' Rio changed the game a bit with the Carnaval, what with all its different ethnic stations. From 1997 through 2002, the Rio was the buffet of the people, and the Bellagio was that super expensive buffet that most people weren't willing to try. By 2004, people had figured out it was worth $10 more to get some quality mixed in with that quantity, and everyone began trying to outdo the Bellagio. It has resulted in some fantastic buffets, most of which are $40 or more. The Rio still hangs around in people's minds as an awesome buffet, but it is really subpar by LV buffet standards.
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    I did go to one a Green Valkey Station a few years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Horchata at a buffet? I need to get to that buffet.
    They come in these little glass bottles, also have Limon and a couple other flavors I'm blanking on now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    There is a burger place in the Mirage that isn't great burgers, but has some of the best milkshakes around. DH introduced me to their Twinkie shake.

    I'm not as fancy as many here so I love buffets, Cosmo and Caesars are about equal for the best spot IMO. There are these tiny horchata bottles you can get at Caesars that pushes it over the top for me.

    Picasso in the Bellagio is the best food I've ever had. ldc and I have been there 4 times and it has never disappointed, it makes it hard to strike out and try new places because we like it so much.

    Last time we went to Scarpetta and I got food poisoning, which was really awful but for some reason made DH happy as he hates Scott Conant. We also did Bachi Burger from DDD, it held up to my experiences with other places from that show, good nothing to spectacular.

    The other place I've been wanting to try is China Poblano in Cosmo. That's on next weekends itinerary.
    I'm not fancy, I just eat at Picasso all the time
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    Vegas is kind of our go to date night if we want to get out of town. We have season tickets to the Smith center so we know the restaurants around there the best. I don't know what it is, but I've never really had a good dining experience on the Strip. I liked Mon Ami Gabi well enough, and l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon was also good, but it's just not my style. This is one spot I'll agree with DDD--everything seems...just not original.
    I like some places off the Strip though. Shaka keeps forgetting that I was with them at Vietnamese place and that was really good. Lotus of Siam is also fantastic. Donut has given me some great recommendations. The two favorites - one is no longer open, the other, Grape street, is this converted wine cellar type place with a great ambience and the best Chilean sea bass I've ever had. The Bronze Cafe is...unique, with great sandwiches. Those are a few of our favorites.
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    I love Vegas but the beat restaurants are out of country. New York has great food but I tend to like ethnic. Good observations ER.
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    NYC has decent ethnic food if you look hard enough.
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    I don't spend the type of money you do DDD on anything including food. But the best meals i have enjoyed have not been the most expensive.

    I took a cooking clas in Positano and made gnocchi with my wife.

    We had a Tahitian make us authentic food on the beach on Moorea.

    Also we found a great hole in the wall overlooking Rio. They might satisfy your expensive taste buds but those dining experiences are the most memorable for me. That is what i search for and it is mostly missing in Vegas now.
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    Did anybody watch the 100 foot journey? It made me hungry for Indian food.
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    Got interrupted.

    High end seafood:

    Mastros - awesome, best sweet potato fries ever there, they are unreal - $250
    American Fish - pretty ok, they do like a 9 course fish deal that's good - $250

    Japanese, I avoid the strip, yellowtail?!?, yeah pass:

    Tokyo Boys - open late, good stuff
    Kabuto - go here, trust me, it's amazing

    Thai:

    Lotus, next question
    Naga is pretty awesome if you live in Hendo

    Chinese:

    No options here

    Vietnamese:

    Vietnam Bistro, DH turns me on to this, it's awesome

    Mexican:

    Tacos El Gordo, next to Encore, street tacos, yum
    I Love Arepas is pretty good

    Pizza:

    Windy City for deep dish
    Pizza Rock is cool in downtown

    Breakfast, love me some breakfast:

    MTO - cool in Downtown
    Rise and Shine - quality

    Local Cool Spots:

    Honey Salt - meh
    Eat - best grilled cheese and tomato soup I've had in my life
    Oyster Bar - Pan Roast after gambling and StripClub is amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by fusnik View Post
    Got interrupted.

    High end seafood:

    Mastros - awesome, best sweet potato fries ever there, they are unreal - $250
    American Fish - pretty ok, they do like a 9 course fish deal that's good - $250

    Japanese, I avoid the strip, yellowtail?!?, yeah pass:

    Tokyo Boys - open late, good stuff
    Kabuto - go here, trust me, it's amazing

    Thai:

    Lotus, next question
    Naga is pretty awesome if you live in Hendo

    Chinese:

    No options here

    Vietnamese:

    Vietnam Bistro, DH turns me on to this, it's awesome

    Mexican:

    Tacos El Gordo, next to Encore, street tacos, yum
    I Love Arepas is pretty good

    Pizza:

    Windy City for deep dish
    Pizza Rock is cool in downtown

    Breakfast, love me some breakfast:

    MTO - cool in Downtown
    Rise and Shine - quality

    Local Cool Spots:

    Honey Salt - meh
    Eat - best grilled cheese and tomato soup I've had in my life
    Oyster Bar - Pan Roast after gambling and StripClub is amazing
    I had to talk Donut into trying Eat. He's convinced that there's nothing worth coming downtown for outside of his lawyering magnet Triple George.

    I keep meaning to check out MTO's. That would have been a better option than the remodeled Gold Spike where I lunched yesterday. Unnoteworthy.
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    Carson's is another great new place downtown as well.
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    I forgot MTO! I love that place.
    Good list, fus. At least the last half, when you got into our price range.
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    Two more I thought of: Komex and patisserie manon (best macarrons I've had anywhere and really good cassoulet)
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    Gourmet hot dog option: Buldogis. Tons of great fusion dogs. I especially love the Gangnam. Mmmmm pork belly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fusnik View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by ERCougar View Post
    Shaka keeps forgetting that I was with them at Vietnamese place and that was really good.
    I'm a loser. I apologize. That was a fun day.

    I typically hate the buffets but the exceptions are the one at the Mandalay Bay and the breakfast buffet at the Wynn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    I'm a loser. I apologize. That was a fun day.

    I typically hate the buffets but the exceptions are the one at the Mandalay Bay and the breakfast buffet at the Wynn.
    No worries...my kid was with me, so I was mostly hanging with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ERCougar View Post
    Vegas is kind of our go to date night if we want to get out of town. We have season tickets to the Smith center so we know the restaurants around there the best. I don't know what it is, but I've never really had a good dining experience on the Strip. I liked Mon Ami Gabi well enough, and l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon was also good, but it's just not my style. This is one spot I'll agree with DDD--everything seems...just not original.
    I like some places off the Strip though. Shaka keeps forgetting that I was with them at Vietnamese place and that was really good. Lotus of Siam is also fantastic. Donut has given me some great recommendations. The two favorites - one is no longer open, the other, Grape street, is this converted wine cellar type place with a great ambience and the best Chilean sea bass I've ever had. The Bronze Cafe is...unique, with great sandwiches. Those are a few of our favorites.
    There's a Thai place across the street from the El Cortez. awesome food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mormon Red Death View Post
    There's a Thai place across the street from the El Cortez. awesome food.
    Le Thai?

    It's good, I'd rather just eat at Lotus.

    Carson Kitchen is another good one downtown, American fusion hipster.

    DH would fit right in.

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