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Mandalay Bay or near by - top picks - 3 nights

Any restrictions on type of food or budget ? I agree w robuchon, and I suspect (having been in Chicago) that Yushon would be great. I'm less excited about Mix although love it for a beverage. Also recommend press at the four seasons for a low key beverage.
I like a fair number of the choices at city center, including twist at the mandarin and sage at aria, as well as docg (more casual ) at the Cosmo.

If the sky's the limit,I would probably do twist, rubochon, and Cut (for a Vegas steakhouse experience). You will be poorer, and your cardiologist will be richer, but it will be fun!

Apr 07, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

After a lot of excesses, it is time for salads. baby kale with roasted buttnernut squash, cranberries, almonds, and celery; lentil salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions and mustard dressing; blueberries and strawberries w yogurt & honey; and roasted asparagus. not vegan but pretty close. hoping to counteract some delicious but not dietary food

Apr 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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Good Eats close to Lake Las Vegas

todd's unique in henderson is a pretty short drive. i have not eaten at any of the restaurants in LLV for a couple of years; it just got too depressing when all the retail was closing. also in henderson, good sushi and cooked food at tokyo boys. sort of average italian, but an excellent view, at ventano's. all would meet your price point.

Apr 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

I'll tell my friends you picked the restaurant

You have some good suggestions below. Another thought would be the Barrymore. Again, a bit more diverse than just steaks and also has an interesting atmosphere, good cocktails and a reasonable price point.
Another place that I think is overlooked but always delivers solid food in a very nice setting is verandah at the four seasons.

Apr 03, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Trip report Santa Barbara: Los Agaves, the Lark, D'angelos, etc.

Just returned from a terrific weekend in Santa Barbara. Although the weather was a bit chilly, it was still great. We had some very good meals, although we realized we had gone much more than usual to places where you order at the counter and get a number! We also went to the Garagiste festival in Solvang, and realized a bit more why making wine in your garage might be a bit of a stretch...

Los Agaves--we started here with lunch and really enjoyed it although we very much over ordered. We had their ceviche, guacomole and chips, and two specials: the enchiladas verde and the fish tacos (one shrimp, one fish). The ceviche was probably the least favorite: nothing wrong with it, but not the lively flavor we were hoping for. The enchiladas were terrific, cheesy and delicious without being overwhelming. The fish/shrimp tacos were also a winner, with a delicious slaw and a really amazing side salad that stole the show. Also a very nice salsa and condiment bar. Good service (counter style)!

D'Angelos- We had breakfast at D'Angelos and had an excellent cheese danish. One of us had the egg sandwich on a croissant, while the other had pumpernickel toast with a poached egg. The egg sandwich seemed a bit dry. The pumpernickel was excellent; we had heard raves about the bread here, and they were justified. Coffee was also very tasty. Another counter order place.

Jeanine's American Bakery in Montecito-Also for breakfast; notable for the siting of a lesser Baldwin brother. A very pleasant location, marred a bit by neighboring construction. One of us had the breakfast burrito, which was pretty average but had outstanding salsa; the other had a frittata with goat cheese and asparagus, which was very tasty. They forgot our sourdough toast, but were very apologetic when reminded. Excellent mimosa deal: second one half price. Again, counter service.

The Lark-Had dinner at the Lark, which was a lot of fun. Even on a Sunday night it was pretty busy. I would use caution following the suggested ordering: I thought it we had listened to the server, we would have had way too much food.
We had a snack of brussels sprouts, which were very nicely roasted and very tasty (and a reasonable portion); a salad of asparagus and arugula with a poached egg, which was very large and filling although sadly a bit lacking in the asparagus department; tasty, but seemed like too much lettuce; a smoked salmon mid-sized platter (we wanted oysters but they were out), which was bread, salmon and creme fraiche; good salmon, not the most creative dish, but solid. Finally, we had the mussels, which were an asian preparation and which we thought were very good. We also had an ice cream sandwich for dessert, which was quite tasty. The folks next to us had the steak platter and it was very large.
A few other points: service was very good, and the interior and exterior areas were both very nice and interesting in design. There are a lot of heaters outside (although we ate inside) and people appeared comfortable, even though it was a bit chilly. Prices were in line, given the fresh ingredients and care taken in preparing. Good wine list and solid cocktails.

El Encanto-visited only for a cocktail. On a Monday night, not at all crowded, very pleasant service. We had a beer and a martini; they brought us the blue cheese olives separately to try (had onions in the martini). Very good drinks and a beautiful setting.

Arigato-Dinner on a Monday night and a half hour wait for the sushi bar at about 7.15. We browsed in the book store across the street until called. Really enjoyed the sushi bar and had some very good yellowtail, snapper, salmon as well as an oshinko roll and a couple fo specialty rolls. Everything was tasty, fresh and service at the bar was very good. Is it worth the wait? I don't know the options that well in SB, so if you are jonesing for sushi, it may well be. We enjoyed it and will be back.

Renaud's (the smaller one)--another counter order for breakfast! Excellent lattes, terrific almond croissants (atlhough they almost are more like bear claws!) and very good egg sandwich on brioche. Also a really nice egg white omelet. Small inside, but no problem finding seating. We were there later in the morning; I would guess it is a bit more of a scene earlier on.

Look forward to returning and trying more delicious meals!

Apr 02, 2014
lvnvflyer in California

cocktails, raku, wild, and art of flavors

Just wanted to highlight a few good food and drink experiences we had this past weekend. Sometimes locals don't post when we have had good experiences and that's too bad because there is a growing and diverse restaurant scene that deserves a lot of love.
On Friday night we started with cocktails at the Velveteen Rabbit. This is a terrific stop; craft cocktails, a great beer list, and a great price point. In addition to the bar, there is a large backyard area as we head towards the outdoor drinking season. I had the cucumber punch and my companions had the cucumber mule and the boulevardier. all terrific.
Dinner was at Raku that night, and it continues to be terrific. particular standouts were the sashimi and the fresh tofu (which converted an admitted non-tofu eater). We then headed to Sweets Raku; we each did the three course dessert, but I think next time I would split it with a companion and potentially get a cheese plate. Everything was terrific and the artistry is tremendous, but it is a lot of dessert.
On Saturday, we went to Wild for the second time. Wild is in the Ogden and has a fairly short menu featuring a number of nice salads and flatbreads. The quinoa salad is excellent, but the true standout is the caprese martini. One of the best drinks I have ever had, capturing the taste of a delicious caprese in liquid form.
We then ventured over to the Container Park, which has a very lovely policy of imposing a 9 pm curfew for children, after which adults start to enjoy the slides and tree houses as well as the various food and beverage choices. The 702 wine bar has some nice choices of wine and small plates, while the Boozery has an overall good bar
We then went to Art of Flavors for the first time and it deserves all the kudos it has gotten here and otherwhere. I had a simple stratichella gelato and it was terrific. It was not very busy but we were there at close to closing time, and it appeared that it had been busy earlier. There was also a very interesting apple and asparagus that I sampled and liked but something more traditional was calling my name.
All in all a very nice weekend....

Mar 24, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Group Dinner - On Strip

Mon Ami Gabi has a side room that might work well.
Andiamo's at the D (downtown, not the strip), nice steakhouse at a good price.
Verandah at the Four Seasons.

Mar 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

help pick one fab dinner

Joel Robuchon. But be aware it is magnitudes more expensive than the other choices.
Of the other two, sage is the clear winner. Mix is great fun for a drink but the food was disappointing.

Mar 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Santa Barbara/Solvang

Hi all, we are going to be in Santa Barbara 3/28 for three nights (Sat, Sun, Mon) We are looking for dinner recommendations for our stay inSB or Montecito. I have booked the Lark for one night, but am open to changing that. We like all food (really, almost without exception); asian, french, 'eclectic' (what does that mean!), so long as it is done well. We are not too price senstive on this trip.
We also were looking for a recommendation in Solvang for lunch as we may drive up there one day.
Thanks very much.

Tha

Mar 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in California

What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

You take one jalapeño and seed and cut into half rings. Soak it in 2T rice vinegar w a little salt for a bit (I would say at least fifteen minutes). Add 2T drained capers and 1T olive oil. I also added a little bit of chopped fresh cilantro. Next time I would double it. It's very tasty and the brief vinegar soak makes the jalapeño milder but still zippy. It was very tasty on the roasted salmon and broccoli.

Mar 15, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

I appreciated this post as we are going for two for one martinis at Happy Hour. After that I'm going to try to make roast salmon and broccoli with a chile caper sauce and rice/corn/bean salad. A lemon yogurt cake is already baking, since making cake after Happy Hour is definitely a bad idea.
Happy Friday.

Mar 14, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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40th birthday dinner

Sage is a great idea and I think would probably have something for everyone in your party. You can also walk there from the MO. They make a very very nice martini. I might also think about Milos at the Cosmo (upscale Greek focused on fish).

Mar 14, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

Thanks all. The best part of the dinner was a cowgirl creamery cheese with pretzel rolls fromTJs.

Mar 10, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

In Las Vegas, you could grill; it's beautiful and about 70. But we will be using up the remnants of some nice beef tenderloin from a Restaurant Week dinner in a salad with potatoes, beets, cucumber and grape tomatoes, and having a cheese plate as well. This is my first "what's for dinner" post, and hope you don't mind my chiming in! I always enjoy reading them.

Mar 09, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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Anniversary Dinner - Need to Narrow Down

CUT

Feb 27, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

best craft cocktail bar?

Press at the 4 seasons.
Velveteen rabbit for a great locals scene and tremendous 8 cocktails

Feb 18, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Best Restaurant With A View

Well, I'd consider Scarpetta at the Cosmo which has a terrific view of the bellagio fountains. I'd also consider skipping the view restaurant and just having view drinks at the bar at the mandarin oriental. One other view restaurant /bar to consider would be Mix.

Feb 08, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Dinner in Las Vegas

Some thoughts that I would have would include Bouchon in the Venetian, Jaleo in the Cosmopolitan, DOCG in the Cosmo (which is quite casual; I also like Scarpetta, it's more expensive sibling). In the Aria, I've had pretty good experiences at American Fish.

Happy to provide more detail.

Feb 03, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Saturday night in Vegas, near the Rio....

Glad you enjoyed it! It's a go to for us now. I'm always shocked that it is not jam packed.

Jan 28, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Saturday night in Vegas, near the Rio....

Yonaka. Really great and not too far. Creative and delicious and a great happy hour also

Jan 22, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Review: Rose.Rabbit.Lie at the Cosmopolitan

Thanks! I have been wanting to check this out and this was very informative. How crowded was it? How long in advance did you make reservations ?

Jan 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Fabulous 40th with large group

I think Jaleo would be worth considering. I would also think about rx boiler room. Also consider having a drink at Hyde in Bellagio before dinner....fun atmosphere but a bit more grown up than some places and in the early evening it's got a great view of the fountains.

Jan 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Sushi Mon AYCE or......?

For AYCE, I prefer their related restaurant , goyemon, on Decatur. It is also generally a good wait. For more interesting (and pricey) we like Yonaka and Sen of Japan. Both take reservations. And for a really great experience Kabuto in Chinatown is amazing. I have not found any sushi on the strip that has really merited the premium price but haven't been to mizumi or kumi yet

Jan 15, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Just one dinner in Chicago, which of these?

Longman & eagle is fantastic. But if you want a good, similar experience,you might also look at Owen & engine.

Jan 12, 2014
lvnvflyer in Chicago Area

Lunch recommendations?

Milos at the Cosmo does a nice three course lunch for 20.14. Also, the Country Club at the Wynn is very good for lunch. Is there a particular spot you are going to be?

Jan 10, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Birthday dinner for a pescatarian not stuffy atmopshere but money no object

Agree wholeheartedly on Yonaka. We have been four times and really enjoy it. The food is creative without being over the top and has a whimsical element to it. It's also quite reasonable. It's not far off the strip. It is not a high end white linen place but it is very pretty inside and quiet enough for a couple.
You might also consider Milos in the Cosmo. Delicious seafood and I have enjoyed all the food I have had there. Very nice atmosphere and surprisingly serene

Jan 10, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Restaurants not in hotels/ casinos

It would be great to know where you are staying and where you are having the ceremony to focus things a bit. A couple of near strip options might include mundo, which is an upscale Mexican restaurant in the world market center; the triple George, which is downtown ; and ferraros which is mentioned below. If you are willing to venture farther off the strip the options increase. There is a new restaurant in green valley called Sammy's; it's the same owner as Sammy's wood fired pizza but has a broader menu and is a bit nicer with a lot of variety. It's off the strip but is right off the highway. Also in green valley if you wanted to go very casual is a terrific pizza place, settebello, which has great thin crust pizzas and a full bar. It would be a bit different for a wedding but would be very tasty. Again, if you could give a bit more detail people could probably make even more suggestions. And congratulations !

Jan 02, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Best at Mandalay Bay/Four Seasons?

In addition to RM seafood, verandah in the 4 seasons is very good; I prefer it to Charlie Palmer Steak. It has an Italian influenced menu and a good variety of fish and non meat options. It's very relaxing and we have always had good food and good service.

Dec 21, 2013
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Looking for a restaurant on the strip for a group - inexpensive

I would consider one of the many burger options: Burger Bar in the Mandalay Place, Holstein's in the Cosmo, or one of the others. I'd also consider Shawn McLain's new pizza place in the Aria: Five 50, I believe it's called.
There is also a Maggiano's in the Fashion Show Mall (so on the strip) that might be able to be done for this price.

To keep to that budget, I would say the big issue is drinks.....

Nov 19, 2013
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

fairdave

Todd's unique

Nov 13, 2013
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas