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Great steak and seafood?

Visiting Vegas for the first time ....or visiting Vegas with your husband for the first time?
Seriously, if its your first time to Vegas you have to go downtown just for the sake of saying you went. It really is a must see at least once.
Vic and Anthony's in the Golden Nugget is fantastic. It ranks right up there with Ruth's Chris and then some. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. I favor filets also and you can't beat V&A. Read all the posts and you'll see 99.9% of the reviews are very positive. I highly recommend a quiet romantic evening at a reasonable price. Check out their website.
Let us know where you end up at. Enjoy!

Apr 15, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Foodie Favorites At/Near the Venetian?

Mrs. J
Noodle Asia is quite good. They have excellent soups for a lunch tied-me-over. Only problem is they are very busy at lunch time. Maybe you could get preferential treatment since you will be a guest. The other in-house restaurant is the Grand Lux but you need to look at other people's dishes when you are seated. Their menu is humungous so it is difficult to decide on what to get. You can't go wrong with one of their sandwiches.
The Peppermill is .8 mile north on the strip. I recommend highly. Check out their website. A bit of a walk, but for dinner the walk back would be nice.

Mar 24, 2014
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Columbus - Short North area Restaurant

Looking for good food and fun atmosphere, I have to suggest BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. Yes I know it is a chain, but I highly recommend it. There are several locations. You didn't say anything about alcohol so can only assume you are not against it. Their brews are excellent. I just wish I didn't have to drive three hours to get to one. Huge menu selection. Not the closest to where you are going to be but then I don't know which way your heading out. Take it for what its worth.

Mar 05, 2014
thingfiz in Great Lakes

What's the best steakhouse in Las Vegas in Chowhound's Opinion?

A certain OTHER food board has several hundred reviews on Vic and Anthony's at the Golden Nugget downtown. Out of those hundreds of reviews there are maybe two negative reviews. This says a lot about a restaurant when there are so few less-than-favorable comments. I was hesitant as to "being too good to be true." After going to Vic and Anthony's recently, I can honestly say it was the best experience I have had in Vegas over the past 20 years. Food, service and atmosphere were all excellent. My wife and I both had the filet, steamed broccoli and baked potato. We are both sold on V&A. We recommend highly. A major plus is you won't have to "bend over $$."

Mar 03, 2014
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Old School Vegas Night Out

you will notice I said we didn't make it there THIS trip. the place is worth going to but it's not in the same league as some of the other places I mentioned. you have to admit, it is OLD school and for the price I think it's worth it.

Feb 21, 2014
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Old School Vegas Night Out

danieli10
FROM old school TO old school.
please read my post below. you wont go wrong bud. the only other restaurant I did not include was The Flame. the only reason is because we didn't make it there THIS trip. definitely old school with very good food also. BUT you just can't beat the atmosphere and service at Hugo's Cellar. ask for a nice romantic spot. make reservations .you will need them. be sure to tell them if it a special occasion.
READ POST----- "11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go."
as far as Italian, I LIVE next to little Italy so I have no input on that subject.
let us know your results wherever your choice is........

Feb 21, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Looking for the best mid price dining

Hey if you are still listening then you might try the Peppermill Restaurant. It's walking distance from Trump.
Just head out to the strip and head north. 4/10 of a mile on the right. The menu has an enormous selection and the desserts are like the menu, enormous also. My sister got the banana split last time. It had two whole bananas, three giant scoops of ice cream (had to be a quart each) just cover with strawberries and whip cream and all the other stuff you normally get with a split. The décor is worth the walk even if you don't eat there. Check out their website. If you get a chance read my post above. You might find something that sounds appealing.
Most of all have fun.

Feb 15, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

We have outgrown the strip. Two blocks west at a quarter of the price just can't be beat. I dread the day the Orleans starts making major "improvements". We have been dining at the Prime Rib Loft for as long as I can remember. Very consistent.
Without smithing too much let me point out what change can bring. The Luxor used to be a great place. We stayed and dined there frequently. It used to have a theme. They made changes and now it is a big black pointed thing on the outside and something that resembles a disco on the inside. I cannot name one good restaurant in the place.

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR COMMENTS!!

Keep them coming. I value most of the postings on CHOW. They help take the mystery and sometimes nightmares out of our dining adventures.

Feb 14, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

NO school like OLD school. No one likes change. Not when it is tried and true. Sure there are some great places opening in Vegas on a daily basis. I personally don' care to spend a ton of money just to experiment and possibly be disappointed in the process. Most of the new restaurants opening now a days are tying to out-do the previous guy and might I say At my expense $$$$$.
Just my thoughts.
End your curiosity and give them a try.

Feb 14, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

Don't know what you got to eat but I tell people "It's called Prime Rib Loft, if you want chicken , go to KFC." That being said, everyone has an OFF night. Sorry to say, maybe it was your turn. If you have a chance give them another try. I can't stand smoke myself.
Whenever I go to any restaurant I don't sit in high traffic areas, near bus stations next to dirty dishes, near the restrooms or anyplace I feel I'm not going to be comfortable. I'm at a restaurant to enjoy myself, not to have people running into me or dishes clanging in my ear.
Request where you want to sit and if you have to wait, so be it.
Wish you better luck in the future.

Feb 14, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

Prime Rib Loft IS great. I don't need to spend $200 just to say I went to some fancy restaurant. I can spend $17 and get great food. My philosophy in life is "Take my money. Just give me what I want." PRL does just that.
We usually get a salad and a shrimp cocktail for lunch at Big Al's. Not big seafood eaters. The place is always packed. I think their specialty is various chowders. They have a row of pots always steaming away.
In Vegas if you don't give the customer what they want, you go out of business. The competition is great. Hugo's has been around since the invention of napkins. That speaks for itself. The place is a favorite of ours.
As far as your suggestions, we have not tried. Can only eat so many places in so many days. I gained 20 lbs. this last trip.

Feb 14, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

Peppermill website shows all of its properties. Reno Peppermill is fantastic. They own Rainbow Club and the restaurant inside.
SP used to be South Coast owned by Boyd Gaming. The restaurant styles are similar to the Orleans, Sun Coast an Gold Coast. Have not tried Michael's or Silverado Steakhouse so I cannot say. Did try Don Vito's. If you don't feel like leaving the premises and you want some Italian then it's OK. not great. The Boulevard across the street used to be up here in NE Ohio. They moved to Vegas back in 2000 or so. They're still open so it is PROBABLY as good as it was up HERE. Have not been to the one in Vegas so take it for what it's worth. hate to make suggestions on places I have not been to.

Feb 14, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

often, often was going to try but i'm a brisket guy and i don't believe they serve brisket. not a big rib fan but maybe next time. ever try Emerald Island in Henderson for their Wednesday special smokin bbq? we didn't make it this trip. looking for someone who has.

Feb 13, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas
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11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

my original draft was nicely spaced but when i pasted i think CHOW auto compresses to save space.

Feb 13, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

Let me start off by saying we have been going to Vegas since 1985. Breakfast was 99 cents, lunch was $1.99 and dinners were $3.99. The good old days a lot of people long for. Casinos gave food away just to get you in the door. Let me put in a plug for the Station Casinos and the Boyd Gaming Casinos. $5.99 to $8.99 breakfast buffets with excellent choices. What more do you want?
Eleven days in Las Vegas over the holidays. This is the longest we have ever stayed but we thought, ”What the heck, its vacation”.
First stop Ellis Island for the steak special. Salad, potato, green beans, steak and a huge in-house beer. Not the best cut of meat. If you have never done it, try it. Probably our last time. Why? Read on and you will understand.
Prime Rib Loft at the Orleans. Had to be THE best prime rib we have ever had, anywhere. Cajun style is the way to go. Shrimp cocktail here and everywhere in Vegas is getting expensive. (except for the $2.99 places) Very good here. “Pop” in your mouth kind. Crisp salad, choice of potatoes, excellent cut of prime rib with no fat what so ever. Priced from $17 to $21. Great service. Perfect evening. Highly recommend.
Vic & Anthony’s at the Golden Nugget. On-line reviews are almost unbelievable. One or two bad reviews out of a thousand. Too good to be true. As far as we are concerned this place is the BEST restaurant in Vegas. May be a little bit on the pricey side for some but worth every penny. Nice atmosphere, superb service and excellent food. We both had the filet cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth good. Sides are a la carte but reasonably priced. We split a baked potato and broccoli. There was enough broccoli for six people. Steamed just right with a touch of butter. Only one observation. Won’t even call it a complaint. Call me old school but I’m a believer in dress code. Yes, I know the guy in the t-shit maybe a billionaire and his money is just as green as mine, but hey put some decent clothes on if you’re going to go out to a classy place like this. I think the term is “business casual”. The restaurant should require it. To me it adds to the over-all experience. Just personal choice on my part.
Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens. Looking for a romantic evening? This is the place to go. All the women get a red rose when they arrive. It is located downstairs with brick surroundings and large wood beams. Low level lighting with plenty of intimate seating. Four waiters in tuxedos service each table plus a very friendly and knowledgeable sommelier to take care of your wine needs. Give the Leonard Kreusch Riesling a try. With steak? Drink what you like. It goes with just about anything. It is a middle of the road type wine. We started with the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, so good. Salads are made table side with at least 15 different ingredients you can choose to add to your lettuce. Again we had the filet cooked to perfection. The cut of meat was very, very good. Side are included here. With your meal is a mini dessert but to really top the evening off go with real Bananas Foster or Cherries Jubilee flamed at your table. This place ranks right up there on the list. Service is fantastic. When I made reservations I was asked if it was a special occasion. Being the week of our anniversary I said yes and promptly forgot about it. They remembered and the Cherries Jubilee was “on the house”.
Billy Bob’s Steak House and Saloon at Sam’s Town. Often visited here, but never stayed. Figured we would try it. Wanted to stay on premises so Billy Bob’s fit the ticket. Nice atmosphere. Good service. Food was pretty good. Not great. I don’t think I would go out of my way to try this place. But if you are staying at the hotel I would give it a try.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Yes it’s a chain, but I have to say if you have one close to where you live, you are lucky. Closest one to our home is three hours away. We hit this place at least four times in our eleven day stay. Wide menu and everything we had was very good. I make my own beer so when I say this, I know what good beer tastes like. On a hot summer day when you’re cutting the grass or painting the garage a Bud Lite is fine. Other than that, unless you’re on a diet, you can keep it. The beer here is excellent. Check out their website. They have a large variety with a bunch of limited run seasonals. There is something here for everyone’s taste.
Primarily Prime Rib at South Point. Every year we have a contest to see who will have the best prime rib. This place came in second this year. Last year they were #1. This is a really nice restaurant with great atmosphere and service. Located about six miles south of the strip, the trip is worth making for the fine cuisine. Very reasonably priced also.
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at Red Rock Casino. This is a chain originating out of California I believe. Two years ago we had a terrible meal at the Green Valley location and swore we would never go back. After giving them time to regroup we decided to give them a try at the new Red Rock location. Someone in management must have taken the hint and took steps to improve their quality. Having lived in Texas for eight years I know what BBQ is supposed to taste like. So far Lucille’s is the best Vegas has to offer. Is it what I consider real BBQ? No, but it’s not bad eating either. The quality of the meat has improved tremendously. Their sides are very uniquely tasting. The price is a little steep but so are a lot of things in life. Yes I realize different parts of the country have different styles of BBQ. But I also know good when I taste it.
Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge. This place is old school. Good food. Good service. Good prices for what you get. Buy one and split it. Blue and pink “neon” lighting in a forest of trees is like nothing else in town. Go there at night just to look inside. Desserts are mammoth. Everything they serve is mammoth. They are the originators of fire on water decor. Ask Frank Sinatra next time you see him. That’s how long they have been around. They must be doing something right.
Images Restaurant in the Rainbow Club and Casino Henderson. Owned by the Peppermill Casino in Reno and sister to the Peppermill Restaurant mentioned above, has daily specials and a breakfast for $1.89 ( a whole $2.29 on weekends) that puts everybody to shame. We ate here several times throughout our stay. Good food at dirt cheap prices.
Just like 1985.

Feb 13, 2014
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant

To Vegas and back.
Did not get to do half the things we wanted to do.
Triple 777 at Main St. was very good both food and beer.
Barley's was not what I expected but the beer was excellent except for their version of Blue Moon. Anybody who thinks their beer needs an orange shouldn't be drinking beer.
Ellis Island is Ellis Island. What can I say? Steak special was surprisingly good. Not the best cut of meat but very tastey. Their beers are exceptable.
Boulder Dam Brewery was very good. It is nice to be able to sit outside and enjoy the sun while pounding down some brews. Beers are very good. Service was great and food was good.
Sin City had a seasonal which I found to be right up my alley.
BLT at the Mirage - $7 for a draft and the burgers sucked. For $48 could have eaten at In-and Out four times and better burgers.
Aces and Ales - major dive.
Rock and Rita's Circus Circus - another dive with a crowd of idiots that like to listen to electronic noises and think it somehow resembles music. If both of theses places were half as nice as their websites they might have something.
Live and learn.
Again, thanks for the inputs.

Apr 24, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant

Hey everyone
Checkout beeradvocate.com Type in location. They have all your recommendations and then some more.
For those of you that are interested. They have ratings and personal posts also. Ran across the site looking up your suggestions.
Thanks for all the inputs.

Apr 12, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Three Nights. I hate gambling so I want to eat!

Looking for some down home cooking that is very reasonable? Nothing fancy but worth the trip. Just around the corner from you at The Orleans. Big Al's Oyster Bar, believe it or not. Check out the menu at their website. You might be surprised. Enjoy.

Apr 11, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant

Eric
Staying at the Suncoast 2 nites. Might have to try the Original location.

Apr 10, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant

If you happen to see someone walking around or sittin at a bar stool that has a T shirt that says YOUNGSTOWN OHIO on it make sure to say HELLO. It will probably be me.
Keep all of us posted on your adventures.

Apr 10, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant

Yo GourmetWednesday
The closest BJ's to where I live is 3 hours away in Columbus. My original post is 3 days beer and 1 day wine. Food is a secondary concern. If you know of any other better options please let me know. I'm looking to try anyone who makes their own beer , good or not so. People have different tastes. What's good to one may not be to the other. I tried Lager Heads BBQ and Brewery Fri. in Medina OH . Reviews are fantastic. I thought the place really sucked big time. Just goes to show difference in opinions. Do you have any Vegas spots you like?

Apr 09, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant

Thanks peeps
Our flight gets in at 11 on Saturday so Ellis is on the list for the steak special. Going to be staying at South Point, Suncoast and The Orleans. Have a car and fairly familiar with Vegas so 32 Degrees will be right down the road. Will also be close to two BJ's locations and Gordon Biersch. Doing the Dam and heading up Boulder Hwy and ending at Downtown. That's the reason for the Dam Brewery, Barley's and Chicago. The following day we will be Downtown again so doing lunch at Triple 777.
I'll do my homework on all your suggestions and find their locations. I picked up on Khoury's thru the last wine posting. I must say I like to brew my own and I'm partial to dark and malty brews. Bottled beer I can get anywhere so I prefer "on tap." 90% of all beers are soo much better from the tap IF FRESH.
Thanks again and keep them commin.....

Apr 01, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Wine in Vegas [moved from Wine board]

Follow up on second part if you have time.
The "M" casino has a wine bar called the Hostile Grape. You can sample close to 200 wines. Live entertainment on Saturdays. 5-6 miles south on the strip. Also the Wine Cellar at the Rio. Nice place. Hope you find time.

Mar 31, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant

Will be in Vegas in two weeks. Anyone have any comments on BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant? While we are at it - how about 32 Degrees at the "M" or Gordon Biersch ? Planning on the Triple 777, Ellis Island, Barley's, Boulder Dam Brewing and Chicago Brewing. Three days of beer and one day of wine.
Any others???
Thanks

Mar 31, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Wine in Vegas [moved from Wine board]

Asomaniac
i'm probably too late for your trip but i just had to respond anyway. i too am a riesling freak. where else can you find a middle of the road wine but still both dry and sweet aspects also? last time in vegas we ate at the Primarily Prime Rib at the Spouth Point. we were recommended a 2009 Leonard Kreusch Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Spatlese Mosel which turned out to be excellent. since then we have tried numerous other Leonard Kreusch varieties and have loved all of them. very reasonably priced for the quality. enjoy!

Mar 31, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Good eats near North End of the Strip?

superangela
you will be in walking distance of The Peppermill Rest/Lounge. they have a huge menu and you can't go wrong. this place is old,old school. check out this link which will show pix and you can also view their menu. great atmosphere and reasonable. go hungry and go after dark if possible.
http://usmenuguide.com/peppermill.html this is one place we make a point of visiting every time we are in Vegas.

Mar 18, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Prime Rib on the strip?

toniad - head south and turn right at NY NY about 1/4 mile west is The Orleans. too far for you to walk but a short cab ride. Prime Rib Loft is one of those hidden "secrets." upstair looking out over the casino serve great prime rib. stick with the prime rib the rest of the menu is ok but not their specialty. cheap but very good. atmosphere is great.
other option is South Point - Primarily Prime Rib - about four miles south of Mandalay Bay, on the strip. used to be a Boyd Gaming so it is very similiar to Suncoast and Orleans as far as food goes. i would rate this place NO. 1 in my book. cajun style is fantastic and a must!!! worth the cab fare. take the extra time and visit The "M" just a little farther south. nice place.
going next month and doing both PPR and PRL. always do. have fun.
stick with Boyd Gaming places for breakfasts $6.99 for your basic morning foods.

Mar 11, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Carve - Mixed Review

THE best prime rib is at Primarily Prime Rib located at the South Point Casino. Cajun style is fantastic. Atmosphere is great as well as service. Very reasonable prices. Second goes to Prime Rib Loft at The Orleans ( used to be no. 1 ). Don't go there and order chicken. It's a prime rib joint. Going to vegas in April and both are on the list. Both serve Atomic Horse Radish which is fantastic.

Feb 28, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Hugo' Cellar and/or The Flame

Looks like my replies are a little on the skimpy side. Well Eric I appreciate your story. Thank you very much. Realistically I don't think I could go wrong at either place but I was hoping for several stories to persuade me one way or the other.

Feb 20, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas

Here's another one - GOOD DESSERTS

Have a car and money is no object. Love the ice cream desserts at Peppermill. Anybody have any suggestions on fabulous dessert places. Real Bananas Foster and such????? Willing to travel in a fifty mile radius of Vegas. (just kidding)

Feb 18, 2012
thingfiz in Las Vegas