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Twist vs. Sage vs. L'Atelier

Coulda stayed in Vegas to do that!

1 day ago
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3 dinners + Sunday brunch - critique my shortlist!

Congratulations on 10! Given that it is fairly new and getting some very good first impressions why not go to Bazaar Meats in the new SLS? More than just steak which would fit well given that you both are not huge steak fans. I have not been (going very soon) but others on CH have given positive feedback so far. And you get to see the newest addition to the north end of the strip (well, newest refurbished addition).

Food is so subjective and while I think LoS is hands down the best place to go in Las Vegas, others will disagree. So when I say that Vegas does NOT "do" steak better than any other place, that is only my opinion. It most likely can claim to have the most expensive steak places per capita in the US but I would say other cities are miles better (NYC to start the debate).

Uhockey just recently posted a review of RRL which you should look at. I read a review a while back (I'm pretty sure it was a LV publication) stating it could be one of the best restaurants in LV.

Aug 28, 2014
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Next trip coming soon, but first...

Can't remember which LV publication I read it in but in a nut shell the author said it is some of, if not the best pasta in the city. I'm dying to try the place. Any takers for Oct 3 or 4?

Aug 25, 2014
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Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

Could always push the 6 top to accommodate more, just thinking out loud...

Aug 25, 2014
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Las Vegas Restaurant Week

I would encourage everyone to look at the menus being offered and more importantly the mission of Three Square before jumping to any conclusions. The mission alone warrants a visit to these participating restaurants. And as far as "deals" are concerned, the few that I looked at (DB Brasserie, Blossom, Del Friscos) all were savings when ordering off of the Restaurant Week menus. With the amount of money that is thrown around and wasted in Las Vegas it is an organization like Three Square makes a difference in many lives.

Aug 23, 2014
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Last Minute Recommenations

Spago in the Forum Shops in Caesars.

Aug 21, 2014
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Excellent service at Marche Bacchus

Really, where? I know AS was consulting there for a while.

Aug 17, 2014
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Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

The one private room we had at Jaleo was a cool room and very comfortable. However may be too small for your party (they may have others...?).

One pet peeve of mine...how are tapas "family style"? If the concept of a small dish is what a tapas is then how can it be shared? It is NOT a dig on you LVN (appreciate and like your writings a lot!) but rather the restaurants. When we ate at Jaleo in June one of our waiters said "most people order three or four dishes and everybody shares them." How do you share a two or three bit dish.

Sorry for the digression!

Aug 14, 2014
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5 lunches, 4 dinners

Spicy wontons, Dan Dan noodles, and the pork stuffed pockets...perfect Monday lunch!

Aug 14, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

5 lunches, 4 dinners

Sort of like beef roll but in a pocket (think pita w sesame seed crust). Not really a dinner place IMHO, zero atmosphere. Much better lunch.

Aug 11, 2014
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Best burgers in LV? And other lunch recommendations in/near Paris (on strip)

Agree on service and people watching (assuming you get a table outside, otherwise place goes down several notches), but will be Gawd awful hot outside for lunch and food is good...nothing more, nothing less.

Aug 07, 2014
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5 lunches, 4 dinners

If you want cheap and have a car head up Spring Mountain and go to China Mama. Holy hell I can't wait for October to sink my teeth into an order of those Szechuan Dumplings, pork pockets, slurp the Dan Dan noodles, and many more.

Aug 07, 2014
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Next trip coming soon, but first...

Have you eaten there before?

I have found it to be very mechanical, if you will. And by that I mean it almost feels like it is cooking by numbers. All the "chefs" have their stations and duties and just prep and move on. To be fair I have not been back in 3 years but then3 times I went I have been very underwhelmed. Not bad...not great.

Aug 06, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Which night? The concerts I have seen there in the past have always let out on the early side which should make available several options. I'm not a huge fan of the Caesars stock of restaurants (Guy Savoy notwithstanding but uber expensive) but there are some decent options. Never getting much love on this board but always solid Spago is an option (now that I think about it you should also consider for lunch. Good lunch special deals along with full menu.). I ate at Joes a million years ago and enjoyed it. Pedestrian if you ask me but solid. Mirage next door and Tom Colicchio's steak joint has been getting decent reviews (I have never been).

As to your above late Sunday night dinner, throats a tough one. In June we had a 9:15/30 resy at Jaleo and scored the private room (we were 9 people and the space was perfect) and when we were leaving, close to 1130 if I remember correctly, it seemed sparsely occupied without the vibe it has earlier in evening. And I do remember that some of the stations were all closed and staff were cleaning. QAWs suggestion may be best.

Aug 06, 2014
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Firefly, any good these days?

LIC besides the Thurs night we are going to try and see QAW at BM, any interest in a possible China Mama lunch, Palace Station Oyster Bar, LoS or any other gathering? Oct 2-6 fast approaching and OCD going into Hyper Drive. I'd ask QAW but I know he's checked out after pick up at LoS Friday....wait how about Friday lunch at Lotus? Always one of my favorites!

Aug 04, 2014
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8/2/14 Dining Report - Norm's Eggs Cafe, Guy Fieri's Las Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Pink Box on Durango, Herbs & Rye

Well Saturday or Sunday of the 1st weekend in Vegas is a distinct possibility for Guys joint if you want to try again or SLS. My only issue is that I generally find myself at Tableau for breakfast those two days as I have seats in the sports book for football. LMK how your schedule looks and be happy to join you if interested.

As far as the Wells review is concerned I would take it with a grain of salt. Not that I do not think his place in TS is perfectly pedestrian but rather how Mr Wells would have explained himself for praising anything Guy did. The Park Ave. crowd would have been agasp!

Aug 04, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Firefly, any good these days?

I could be very wrong but I thought I read somewhere about several health code violations shutting one of the locations down.

Aug 04, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

8/2/14 Dining Report - Norm's Eggs Cafe, Guy Fieri's Las Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Pink Box on Durango, Herbs & Rye

Michael I give you credit. You wrote a balanced and unbiased review of the place where, at least from some of your original thoughts, I didn't think possible. I am a little bummed I didn't get to go there in June but Oct. is right around the corner and I plan on having a lunch or brunch 1 day. I never thought this place was going to become a regular stop for me or many who read CH however the "snickering" (no disrespect) and overly critical comments about Guys place on an earlier thread (dated April 24th) were way over the top. I'm glad to see that while maybe not Chow-worthy it wasn't the likes of TGIF or Denny's.

Aug 04, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Thursday Night Dinner

+1 for all the Jaleo recs even though we experienced some lapses recently. Atmosphere in Cosmo for 10 guys is perfect.

Jul 30, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

New wrinkle on hard to get reservations

Besides ė I don't think there are too many reservations that are hard to come by. And given that most people (speaking for us tourists) plan their trips well in advance it may not be that much in demand. I could be wrong but in the 29 something years that I have been coming to LV I have rarely, if ever, been denied a dining experience for lack of reservation. Just my thought.

Jul 30, 2014
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Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

Well it certainly does not qualify as a destination meal but if you are in NYC and are in the mood for Q, I'd put it on your list. Especially for that rib.

Jul 30, 2014
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Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

LIC you game?

Jul 29, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

My OCD kicked in and for good measure I booked a table 7:30pm, 6 people (I will be three, one of whom you met) leaving you and two others...just in case, of course.

If it doesn't work out no biggie. If it does, great. Look forward to it.

Jul 29, 2014
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Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

Have you ever had the beef rib at Daisy May's in NYC? It's pretty insane. Smoke, salt, sweet, pillowy gelatinous tender goodness.

Jul 29, 2014
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Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

Ahh LIC would be great. Well maybe DF will be in town and it could be a party. QAW, Thurs could be great. Maybe even pick your brain, if you'd allow!?

Jul 29, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

I'd love to join you both if you can hold off until Oct 2-6 when I'm back. Not with big group so I can make a solid commitment (that's for you u).

Jul 28, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

Cheryl, congratulations first off! Take my words with a grain of salt as I am born and bred Yankee (although I have been going to Ocracoke Island for 17 years and have a love affair with real NC pulled pork) I have never been to Rollin Smoke ( by all accounts/reviews it's fairly legit) but the location is less than ideal. One option you may want to consider is having then cater and renting a small room at one of the hotels to host it in. Just a thought as after the dinner is done the last thing you all will want to do is battle getting back to your hotels.

Jul 24, 2014
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Raku vs Yusho

Ok thanks. Just looked small in pic to me. Great to know. Glad you liked Raku. It is one of my favorites.

Jul 24, 2014
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Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

Go to Sage, sit at the bar (my preferred place to be) and have the foiE creme brûlée. A different preparation and not for everyone but I sure enjoyed it. And if I remember correctly I think they had a sweetbread/foiE dish which was one of the better dishes I had at Sage. While Sage isn't in my regular rotation of places to go it certainly deserves attention.

I know you said near the Bellagio but if you have a car it's worth swinging over to Raku on Spring Mountain road. A couple different preparations there and a top dining destination to boot!

Jul 24, 2014
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Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

Actually you are partially correct. The process of force feeding the bird is illegal along with the sale as a result of the process. It can be imported into the state and given as a gift or is eaten.

Jul 23, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas