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Who's up for LoS dinner May 1st or 3rd? (or both!)

Sadly, had to cxl. Became absurdly expensive to even consider. However, will be there in three weeks for NCAA tourney. 3/18-3/22, let me know your interest.

Feb 27, 2015
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Who's up for LoS dinner May 1st or 3rd? (or both!)

Goose bumps! Maybe LoS Fri and another place to be named later Sunday?!

Feb 22, 2015
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Who's up for LoS dinner May 1st or 3rd? (or both!)

We had a discussion several months ago about a possible gathering at Lotus with several CHers. Who has interest?

Feb 22, 2015
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Dim Sum/Seafood

Well, now that's different...my opinion. My opinion is that there are places in Vegas to satisfy the dim sum craving but I'd say none are mind blowing, or, take it a step further, worth taking two shuttles for. NONE.

My opinion, and that's all it is, my opinion, rent a car for $15 a day on HW or PL and park the car for free at hotel. That way you can go to all sorts of places that not having a car will not allow. One of the most underutilized options in LV.

Now back to your question...As I said above, both places can make for a great experience. But both can miss. And I think that is generally true with many dim sum experiences. While some may say nay, I say yeah. PPP and KJ are very worthy (I believe it was the Wall Street Journal that labeled PPP the best Chinese in America) and only you can say if you like it.

Feb 20, 2015
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Dim Sum/Seafood

There are two reasonable options for you and both can be very good to excellent (and at times mediocre and disappointing...but I'd err on the side of it being very good), Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast and KJ Dim Sum and Seafood at Rio. And both offer complementary shuttles to the strip, which I believe the Hard Rock also offers.

Feb 20, 2015
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Julian Serrano Compared to Jaleo

You about covered it all. Very similar, nod to Jaleo for a bit more consistency and definitely louder/more lively.

Feb 12, 2015
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Best Steak north strip

About the only reason to consider Delmonico is corkage.

Feb 07, 2015
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Lunch tomorrow after 6hr flight

Staying with the asian theme, China Mama.

Feb 06, 2015
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Best Steak north strip

Yes, I do like the SF Giants...love the real Giants though (no disrespect meant).

Tend to agree with your Bazaar Meats assessment. Not steak house, plenty of meats, best dish has the word steak in it but its not cooked (tartare to die for), and would almost classify the restaurant as bizarre. Have a great trip and looking forward to report.

Feb 04, 2015
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Rao's? Giada? Sinatra? Any or all?

Chef at the Veranda in the Four Seasons is turning out some exemplary Italian dishes (see write up by QAW) although room a tad quiet, sterile and lacking buzz. Nice, but quiet. Also hear Alex Stratta is returning soon, off strip, and may be worth a ride (although I hear there may be a bump in the road there...QAW?)

Feb 04, 2015
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Carb Load For Red Rock Canyon Marathon

Why not hit a buffet?

Feb 04, 2015
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Best Steak north strip

Asking for the best steak in Las Vegas is like trying to get a consensus favorite football team from everyone. You will get varying opinions (and at the end of the day that is exactly what you are getting, each persons opinion, nothing more) from most everybody. Personally, like sushi and great Italian I think steak is not a Las Vegas strong suit. That being said, you want old school, try the Golden Steer. Bazaar is very good, extremely expensive and not a CH favorite (the way the SLS is headed it may not be around a lot longer). You've been to CUT and loved it (me too), SW, not so much (I like, love "scene"), agree Circus Circus (there was a day...), totally disagree about Delmonico, think it's bad, and I'd fade Carnevino, WAY hype, inconsistent and extremely expensive (although some will disagree). Most of the other "steak joints" will not be worth mentioning as not really walking distance. But then again, some will disagree with that too...and I'm a Giant fan. I'd bet not everybody else is!?

Feb 04, 2015
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Phil's Italian Steakhouse-Treasure Island

Top rated hotels on strip are not that much more than the equivalent downtown hotel. And if I'm not mistaken there are no 5* downtown. And you can generally get some of the best strip hotels for $200 or less per night. And as JRSD said, you both deserve the "over the top-ness". Stay at Four Seasons for a truly relaxing and over the top time. And guaranteed under $200.

Best of health to you BOTH!

Jan 30, 2015
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Brief trip report Jan 23-26

I will +1. Especially late when everything is closed.

Jan 29, 2015
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Phil's Italian Steakhouse-Treasure Island

If you are looking at V&A consider Andiamos in the D. Do a search on this board for a couple very positive reviews.

Jan 28, 2015
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Brief Trip Report Jan2015

Just my $.02

Pull out stops...Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon. Very few complaints except price.

Lotus is a must. Raku has always been great for me (sans the most disappointing omakase) but seems to be getting increased grumblings lately. Raku Sweets after a must.

Agree about putting Carnevino on back burner, but that's my opinion (and many others) while others say best ever.

ė, while expensive is unlike any other experience. Which makes it an almost must, as both food and atmosphere are great.

Jan 28, 2015
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José Andrés' Ku Noodle May Go, Griddle Cafe May Change at SLS Las Vegas

Zin you make valid and great points. And to that, as I mentioned above, SLS lacks a draw, lacks location and lacks capital. Each of these restaurants would thrive in Bellagio, Mirage, Mandalay and many others because of the foot traffic alone but also everything you mentioned.

it is sad how commoditized space has become in casinos, forcing restaurants to charge $17 for ramen and all the other ridiculous prices we banter about. Had gambling revenues continued to grow like they did before the crisis we wouldn't be having this conversation. But it did and here we are.

Jan 28, 2015
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José Andrés' Ku Noodle May Go, Griddle Cafe May Change at SLS Las Vegas

After a very good meal in October with a couple fellow CHers at Bazaar Meats we all chatted for a while in the casino. And this was the very outcome we all dreaded for the newly opened SLS. SLS was the pig and the restaurants and clubs were the lipstick. Not to mention location. There is a reason Starbucks is as successful as they are and one of their first priorities when opening is LOCATION. If you are going to open (re-open) on the MOST desolate location on the strip you better have the funding (which I have read they did not) and you better attract the people. Sadly I would venture to guess that many of they places will have shuttered by the time I make it out again in March (granted the good Mrs VI approves) or Oct for my yearly trip.

Jan 27, 2015
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Trip Report - D.O.C.G., Border Grill, Julian Serrano, MoZen Bistro, Bellagio Buffet, Panevino, Jean Phillipe Patisseire

There was an Indian restaurant in NYC that served their lunch brunch that way (name escapes me so I apologize) and you could order as much as you wanted. And the quality was outstanding to boot. That's the only reason I asked, will have to research for my next trip.

Jan 25, 2015
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Trip Report - D.O.C.G., Border Grill, Julian Serrano, MoZen Bistro, Bellagio Buffet, Panevino, Jean Phillipe Patisseire

Are you limited to just the one entree? Or could you eat/order as much as you like? At $64, if unlimited, may prove to be a veritable bargain, if you will.

Jan 25, 2015
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Baazar Meat questions

My guess is that is the rib eye and they vary in price from expensive to bloody expensive. The steaks are good but like most LV steakhouses way overpriced. There are many reviews/comments on this site for Bazaar so I would use the search function for ideas. Our group loved the steak tartare, which by all accounts, was insanely good and very easily qualified as best ever for a couple of us.

Jan 22, 2015
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70th Birthday Dinner (max $75 per person)

Price does NOT include tax and tip...

Jan 19, 2015
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70th Birthday Dinner (max $75 per person)

Real old school and very close to Trump is Golden Steer. While not the best, it is a fun place that will come in right about at your budget. As mentioned, Cut of the Week at Charlie Palmers is budget friendly with wine included $60pp tax and gratuity included. Veer off the Cut of the Week menu and it will bust the budget though. An off strip place like Echo and Rig will be under budget and doesn't have the over the top atmosphere but is very good.

Jan 19, 2015
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Wanting to eat good without breaking the bank

Never see for more than $15 a day on HW and PL will be a buck or two cheaper. Some very busy weekends may be more but rule of thumb for me is $11.95 for compact, $15 for midsize.

Jan 17, 2015
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Wanting to eat good without breaking the bank

i either got edited or maybe my post never hit board.

palmdoc1 makes a great suggestion in renting a car. A car opens up an entire universe of dining in Las Vegas. And for what it costs to get to and from the airport you can get a car. And parking at the casinos is free. So I would highly recommend looking at renting a car (generally for a two day weekend it's around $50, which is what it will cost two people to and fro McCarran anyway. And cabs in LV ain't cheap anymore, not to mention lines.

Getting a car opens you up to places like LoS (will bust the budget a bit, but can be close), China Mama (a personal favorite), Big Mamas for breakfast, Viva Las Arapas, Fat Choy, Hot and Juicy and soooo many more.

Enjoy and congratulations on the anniversary!!!

Jan 17, 2015
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suggestion for causual weekend lunch (not brunch)

Got a car? China Mama

Jan 12, 2015
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Twist or L'Atelier (or possibly E by Jose Andres)?

è and Twist are both excellent and you will not be disappointed in either, as long as you prepare yourself for the bill. L'Atelier is not even in the same stratosphere.

Jan 06, 2015
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B & B Ristorante

I will be the first to beat the dead horse. $ has become no object for many properties in Las Vegas. And the Batali/Bastianich machine is not shy about squeezing as much as they can from the consumer, whether it be Las Vegas, NY, Chicago or wherever...

Dec 27, 2014
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Raku $100 tasting menu - extremely overpriced

By the looks of the caviar it looks to be osetra at a minimum, and the other dishes look to be of high quality also. But I agree with you regarding the omakase. While a Raku is one of the better restaurants in all of Las Vegas, the omakase has always disappointed me in the past. I have found making my own tasting always satisfies me and is around the same $ amount.

Dec 26, 2014
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Veranda at Dinner - a mixed experience, even at half off.

That really is a very thought provoking article. And depressing.

Since gambling revenues started declining in the late 90s and into the 2000's retail has paid a much larger role in revenues and thus the emphasis on squeezing the consumer as much as they have. Throw in the credit crisis and horrible investments and we the consumers are paying for it, in spades. And I do fear when the next show drops, cause it ain't going to be pretty.

As was mentioned in the article, the F&B positions are no longer held by those understanding what will draw in people but accountants and CFAs who base expectant revenues solely from from formula.

At some point, and I am afraid it is sooner rather than later, Vegas will lose its appeal to tourists like myself based purely on it becoming too expensive, not to mention mediocrity.

Dec 22, 2014
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