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Pre-Theater menus

We just did the pre dinner menu at Charlie Palmer steak. It's a dollar more than their cut of the week but offers choices. It also comes with unlimited wine pours. It was 49. Pretty tasty soup to start, a fried chicken breast as a main, and a decent dessert. And other people at the table can do the cut of the week or order off the main menu. It's in the 4 seasons in the Mandalay Bay complex.

May 23, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Recommend a "casual" (or at least "casual-ish") steakhouse?

For your a outfit, I'd consider andiamos downtown, and possibly the Barrymore. A bit more relaxed, easy going places.
For your b outfit I think you can go pretty much anywhere. That being said I would consider instead of a button down a party shirt...Nat Nast for example. And then I would recommend STK at the Cosmo which I think does a very good job with the food and is a very fun atmosphere. My favorite is CUT and I think your B outfit works there too but its more of a staid atmosphere.

May 12, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Unconventional recommendations for chowhound

Also, observe a one drink limit at Frankie's. Otherwise it will not go well. The drinks are very potent. But I do love the place.

Mar 22, 2015
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Freemont Street Help...

Andiamos. Very solid Italian steakhouse in the d.

Mar 22, 2015
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Looking For Cocktail Bars In Vegas

Velveteen Rabbit is a great choice. If you want to do a little walking, you might consider East Fremont street where in a two or three block walk you can hit wayfarer, oak and ivy in the container park, vanguard lounge and atomic liquors.

Mar 11, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Rao's? Giada? Sinatra? Any or all?

Cyrus was the best. We ate there twice. I vividly remember a tomato cocktail that muddled tomatoes, tomato water, vodka, and herbs. Also an amazing cheese service. It is sorely missed

Feb 04, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas
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Rao's? Giada? Sinatra? Any or all?

I also am a fan of Scarpetta in the Cosmo for Italian. Very good food and great room. The more casual sibling DOCG next door is also tasty.
Off the strip, you might enjoy Vintner Grill. I would not say it is a classic Italian menu, but there are definitely dishes that lean in that direction. Fun, lively atmosphere.
For better and more interesting food I would give David Clawson a try; a good ways off the strip but excellent small plates. Tried it for the first time last week and will probably be there about once a month.

Feb 04, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Rao's? Giada? Sinatra? Any or all?

I have been to all three. Didn't love Sinatra. Raos is very solid for traditional Italian American food....good antipasto, calamari, pastas, and the lemon chicken are all good. Service is generally better than average....experienced, knowledgable servers are the norm. Good bar.
Giada was very tasty and a beautiful room. The food is more Cal-Italian from my perspective. Portions are moderate and food very nicely presented. I would return, but if I were looking for something akin to Il Mulino, I'd give the nod to Rao's.

Feb 04, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Best Steak north strip

Consider the Barrymore, which is just around the corner from the Wynn. Very old school (albeit a newish restaurant ), very solid food, fun drinks, and a reasonable price point.

Feb 04, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

70th Birthday Dinner (max $75 per person)

A couple of thoughts. If you have a bigger budget for the special dinner, I'd consider the Barrymore. Focused on steak but other options available. Very cool retro space, great service and less expensive than the general steak house.
If budget is out the window, we've had two excellent meals at STK in the Cosmo in the last six months. It gets loud and it's hip so you'd have to decide if it worked for you but we think the food and the service is both terrific and its a lot of fun. I would say it is a squidgen less expensive then the CUTs and Carnevinos but only a squidgen.
You might also consider the lunch special at Milos in the Cosmo...very good deal on a three course lunch for around 20. DOCG in the same hotel does a nice job with casual Italian.

Jan 22, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Dinner was chicken schnitzel using the recipe from today's wall st journal (substituting chicke for the triggerfish called for), roasted root veggies with a Rosemary honey cider glaze, salad, bread, and lemon tart. All tasty and who doesn't like schnitzel.

BIG Eaters Need a Vegas Strip Steakhouse - Recommendations Please

We had a very good meal at STK in the Cosmo this fall. Very entertaining scene, great service and very tasty and ample food. I think it hits a lot of the same points as 9, but I liked it better It also has the very nice feature of being easily walkable from the Aria, as it is immediately adjacent to CityCenter.

Jan 07, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Solo Lunch on Strip

At Milos in Cosmo, they have a very nice 20 three course lunch. I have also had excellent lunches at DB brasserie in the Venetian.

Jan 01, 2015
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Christmas Dinner - What did You Cook?

Strip loin roast, mashed potato casserole, green beans, two salads, pineapple upside down cake and chocolate Carmel tart. All tasty and will be yummy for the weekend

Dec 25, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking

The Veranda, for dinner

Also headed there this coming weekend so glad to hear the report. We booked two dinners on black Friday...this weekend and the next. Just seemed like too good a deal to pass up!

Dec 02, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Is their a sushi place in Las Vegas similar to Sushi Minato in Reno?

I've not been. I think it's on eastern. If I was going to that area, I'd probably go either to island sushi or Osaka. Island sushi is a very casual place, while Osaka is a more traditional place. Both with good fish, but island is usually mobbed while Osaka is more sedate

Nov 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Early Thanksgiving Take Out

Whole foods could be an option. There's one on Green valley parkway not too far from anthem

Nov 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Is their a sushi place in Las Vegas similar to Sushi Minato in Reno?

I will certainly try your rec next time I'm in Reno. In Las Vegas, I'd recommend goyemon (great AYCE) and Tokyo boys for off-strip good quality neighborhood sushi.

Nov 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Chada Thai
DB brasserie
Raku

Nov 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

SLS: "Social Sunday" for locals

We took advantage of this offer last night despite the Marathon (which caused some interesting traffic issues). It appeared to me that a lot of folks were also brought to Ku by this promotion; it was quite full between 615 and 730. It was busy enough that although we had a reservation we ended up with the worst table in the house and switched to the bar.
The bartenders were terrific and the service very good except for a misplaced order of green beans which arrived at the end of dinner. The room is a bit odd...a large bright front area with some communal seating, the bar and three oddly placed tvs (they can only be seen by the bartenders) and a back area with some comfortable looking booths and tables. There is also an open kitchen for noodle making.
We had a nakamura cocktail and a beer to start. The cocktail is a cucumber spin on a Cosmo although less sweet. Well made and enjoyed.
We ordered the lamb shu mai to start, the green bean salad, and two noodles: the cold sesame and the warm tomato/egg. The shu Mai is five pieces, and comes with a vinegar dipping sauce. It was fresh, well prepared, and the lamb and cumin made a nice change from the usual shrimp/pork.
The noodles were both hits. The cold sesame noodles are garnished with carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and nuts,and served in a dark, sesame oil dominated sauce. You need to toss the whose assemblage together when they arrive, and the noodles then soak up the sauce and become very delicious.
The tomato noodles are served warm and come with a scrambled egg and black garlic. They are very soothing noodles, and although the black garlic is visible, it does not add a lot of garlic taste. But the combination of tomato , noodle and scrambled egg proves irrestible ....at least, there were no noodles left to tell the tale.
The green bean salad should have arrived before the noodles (ours mistakenly went to a neighboring diner) and instead arrived in Parisian style near the end. This is a pretty simple but tasty stir fry of green beans, ginger, and garlic, with some dried red pepper for zip. The beans had a nice char, which I prefer, but were still snappy. We did not finish them (the order is pretty sizable) but thought that they were quite tasty.
Service was generally friendly and efficient with a few glitches. Total tab, with four drinks: $50. A very good value and it will bring us back to the SLS for future Sunday nights.

Nov 17, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

ISO Steak House Recs

We just did a birthday celebration at STK in the Cosmo and it was excellent. Terrific service, very fun atmosphere, and an interesting and tasty menu. It exceeded our expectations by a good measure. On a just food basis I probably like CUT better but STK definitely was a very good experience.

Oct 25, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Old School Steakhouse on the Strip?

You might also think about the Barrymore, right off the strip north of the Wynn. It's got a nice menu and a retro vibe. It's good for folks who want something other than steak and they have a good bar.
Raku is great and your mom should find plenty to eat.

Sep 09, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

No school at our house and the Las Vegas valley is not cooling off yet. Dinner tonight is bruschetta with honey roasted cherry tomatoes on half, fennel and peppers on half; a zucchini dish from pure simple food (just for the record it wasn't that simple and I'm not sure something that used that much olive oil is "pure "); chicken cutlets marinated in buttermilk and panko crusted, then baked; orzo with pine nuts and lemon; melon salad; and ice cream. Saturdays are great

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Been to comme ca twice and was disappointed both times. Generally am a fan of the Cosmo 's restaurant line up and would be happy to see something new in that space.

Sep 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Completely agree. Would suggest db brasserie instead

Sep 01, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Restaurant Week

Had two rw meals: a very solid dinner at rx boiler room and a stellar lunch at DB brasserie. Tremendous value and really terrific food, especially the fennel three ways the trout, and the chicken. At 20 for three courses (and w 7$ glasses of wine available) a terrific meal and definitely a rw positive

Aug 26, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

E by Jose Andres, any other secret restaurants?

There is a "secret" bar at commonwealth called the Laundry Room. Don't know of any secret dining spots....sad to say.

Aug 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Last Minute Recommenations

Thanks! That's a good catch. And I agree still a good value

Aug 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Last Minute Recommenations

Downtown is a lot of fun now and worth checking out (including the container park). It's better at night but fun during the day as well. I'd check out Carson Kitchen, Le Thai, or EAT.

Aug 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Last Minute Recommenations

Well, if you want to stay near ceaser's, I'd consider either Mesa Grill or Joe's Stone Crab. Or you could hit the bar at Guy Savoy, where I believe they have a bubbles and bites menu.
Although I know you indicated budget was not an issue, I have enjoyed the three course lunch at Milos in the Cosmo which is also well priced at 20.14. Db brasserie is doing some nice looking three course lunches but I have not gone there yet so can only say the menus look interesting

Aug 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas