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If you plan to stay on The Strip for all your activities, do not rent a car. Take cabs, the bus, walk, whatever.

OTOH, if you plan activies far off the strip, it's FAR more economical to combine the off Strip activities on one day and rent a car for that day.

Apr 17, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas


Now you're talking...

Patisserie Manon
8751 West Charleston Boulevard #110
Las Vegas, NV 89117‎

Bonjour Bakery
4012 South Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89103‎

Layers Bakery Cafe
665 S Green Valley Pkwy Henderson, NV 89052

Great bakery and they serve Colorado River Coffee Roasters coffee. are located in Boulder City. Makes for a wonderful drive away from the strip and a reason to either see or visit Hoover Dam. Two great breakfast spots in Boulder City include Mel's Diner and The Coffee Cup.

Luv-It Frozen Custard, a downtown institution.
505 East Oakey Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89104

707 Carson Ave, Las Vegas, NV

Hash House
2605 South Decatur Boulevard #103
Las Vegas, NV 89102‎

Feb 20, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas


You're staying staying center Strip, but you don't want to eat in any Strip hotel? And you want to be able to walk everywhere?

That's your plan?

Hahahaha! I hope you enjoy your four day fast.

Feb 17, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Best Hot Dogs/Burgers/Chili in Vegas?

I'm a SFV transplant myself and spent a couple of years searching all over the Vegas Valley looking for those places that reminded me of my favorite places back home in Los Angeles. The short answer is that I go back to Los Angeles twice a year to see my dentist and get my fix of favorite foods.

Dim sum, BBQ, sushi and hot dogs pale in comparison to the worst back home. The best hot dog here is at Costco.

Burgers are different here. Good, but different. Keep looking till you find what you like. My favorite is Bachi Burger. My go-to is Original Tommy's. In-N-Out locations are all over the valley.

Cajun and soul really suffer here. M&M Soulfood on Charleston is pretty good, but it's no Les Sisters.

Feb 17, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

John Mull's Meats

Good point Steve. There is no bbqing going on there, yet it is the best BBQ in town.

Feb 17, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

John Mull's Meats

It's not classic BBQ nor is it any kind of BBQ. Everything is grilled. They don't smoke anything.

Feb 14, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Javier's @ the Aria. Anyone ??

>Where do you draw the line on how much profit
>they're entitled to before you call it greed?

Funny answer: About 1977.

Serious answers:
When they started adding "energy surcharges" to to room rates.

When they add a $25 "resort fee" to a $59 room.

When the cost of the buffet at Caesar's is more than the cost of an entree at Spago.

Feb 14, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Bachi Burger - Service is lacking

I tend to avoid busy lunch rushes. That said, I've been to Bachi 6 times and never seen the restaurant more than 3/4 full. I can't remember EVER waiting for a table. During my visits, the wait staff out numbered the bussers 4 to 1.

Sorry you had a bad time, but to me, it certainly doesn't mirror any of my experiences.

Feb 12, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Javier's @ the Aria. Anyone ??

Lose the 6:5 blackjack for one...

Don't charge me $25 for a simple 2 eggs/greasy pig meat breakfast.

Ever pay attention to the price of a concert ticket? Double what you pay in any other city.

Don't jack up the price of a regular room to 3x, 4x or even 5 times the rack rate during a busy week. I understand supply and demand. I also understand gouging.

How about a full length stage show? I'm a little tired of the Reader's Digest versions that play in resort showrooms. Since when was Les Miserables a 90 minute production? Or ANY Cirque show? And they dare charge $200 a seat? $300 if you want the VIP backstage tour.

I first started coming to Las Vegas in the early 1960s when a room was $10, a buffet $3 and the mob was skimming 25 points off the top and the gambling still made the casinos a huge profit.

Feb 12, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Javier's @ the Aria. Anyone ??

Why are people surprised that everything in Las Vegas is obscenely overpriced? This town is designed to do one thing... to separate you from your money as quickly as possible.

Jan 23, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

"VIVA MERCADO" Feedback please

Indeed. But I didn't mention the article for the reviews but merely for the somewhat large list of moderate priced Mexican restaurants.

Jan 13, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

"VIVA MERCADO" Feedback please


Here's a nice recap of most of the better known Mexican joints around town. Seems to exclude the more expensive resort restaurants and many of the smaller unknown local places in North Las Vegas.

Jan 13, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Pre Show Doable in Less than 2 hours?

Frankly, it's highly optimistic to assume 30 minutes seat to seat. You might be able to make 30 minutes door to door if you used the Wynn's southern entrance on Sand's, hop a cab directly across The Strip and come in the back entrance to Caesar's from Industrial.

I always suggest that it's best to eat at the same resort at which you plan on seeing a show. That way it eliminates any possible travel snafus.

Jan 12, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Reasonably Priced ($20) Italian or Mexican or American for a dozen teenage volleyballers?

Here's an off the wall idea if you MUST stay on the Strip. NYNY has a really good food court called Village Eateries. Everybody gets what they want.

Jan 11, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Unique/Unusual Restaurants

Mi Peru Grill

Aloha Specialties Restaurant
California Casino

Elena’s Restaurant

Jan 05, 2013
shamu613 in Las Vegas

4 days over New Year's in Vegas

Uh... 340,000.

Dec 29, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Good Italian-Bratwurst-Breakfast

Black Bear Diner at 6180 W. Tropicana Ave. serves homemade Italian sausage patties with eggs, Also served at the Bootlegger Bistro at 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Dec 29, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

"VIVA MERCADO" Feedback please


Would you like to join Mucho Gordo and I? We're planning testing out a Mexican restaurant here in town and compare the cuisine to what we experienced in the SFV.

Email me please...

Dec 10, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

"VIVA MERCADO" Feedback please

email me please.

Dec 09, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

"VIVA MERCADO" Feedback please

You guys are killing me! Also from The Valley. North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Winnetka. We should get together over lunch and commiserate.

I used to enjoy Viva Mercado more at their old location, but even now I still enjoy their food. Actually, for that cuisine, I prefer Casa Don Juan in downtown.

Dec 09, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

weekday breakfast in Vegas

Upscale from Bouchon? From Payard? Not sure that even exists.

Two of my favorite breakfasts... Verandah at the Four Seasons and a lounge on St. Rose named The Bar.

Dec 09, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Lounge/Bar to surprise husband for Vegas 40th bday get together

Most of the time I got together for drinks in a lounge with a group, we would start the evening at either The Heart Bar in Planet Ho or Chandelier in the Cosmo. The choice was based on which side of the Strip most of the group was staying.

Dec 07, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

French Fries

Bache Burger serves frites with different aolis for each different flavor of frite,

Dec 07, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

The 10 Best Steakhouses in Las Vegas 2012

As per Las Vegas Weekly

Gordon Ramsay Steak
Old Homestead Steakhouse
SW Steakhouse
Delmonico Steakhouse

The Next 10 …

N9NE Steakhouse
Tender Steak & Seafood
35 Steaks + Martinis
T-Bones Chophouse and Hank's Fine Steaks
Jean-Georges Steakhouse
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
THE Steak House
Voodoo Steak
Strip House

Nov 17, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Best "Jewish" deli. in Vegas: Carnegie in the Mirage, Wynn's deli., or somewhere else?

The best Jewish deli in Las Vegas is in New York. Las Vegas is not a good destination for Jewish delicatessens, sushi or BBQ. If you live in the middle of nowhere, and none of those are available nearby, AND you are having a major jones, then eating any of the three mentioned above in Las Vegas is forgivable.

Nov 07, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Fine Liquor Store in Vegas

Great suggestion.

Having tried it once, I'm never EVER likely to wait another hour and a half for a Sizzler quality meal in a crappy casino. YMMV.

Seriously... why does anybody think that the steak special at Ellis Island is somehow... uh... special? There's a good reason that it's cheap and it's not because the special is a loss leader.

Oct 30, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Fireworks New Years Eve 2012/2013

"Anyone know what the restaurant at the Platinum Hotel is like?"

Open for breakfast and lunch only.

Best viewing from there is Voodoo Lounge on top of the Rio. Voodoo restaurant only one floor below. **Usually** free entrance to the club from the restaurant. But I would check with the manager of the restaurant, double check with the manager of the club and triple check with hotel manager.

If you are staying in the Platinum, try to get room facing east, towards the strip. If you get that lucky, pick a restaurant in the Palms that isn't having a party and have an early dinner, watch the fireworks from your room. Or make friends with somebody who does have an east facing room. If all else fails, do what many locals do. Get thee to the upper deck of the Rio's parking garage. PERFECT view of the strip. After the fireworks, walk to the Strip and take in the madness.

Oct 19, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Best French & is there Fondue in Vegas

The Melting Pot is good if you order carefully. My first visit... three fondue courses without alcohol, tax and tip was $120 for 2. Not worth it.

Oct 14, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Tex Mex or Mexican recommendations

For good TexMex I second Cafe Don Juan.

For good Mexican...
Los Molcajetes
1553 N Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 633-7595

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Oct 14, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas

Best pancakes?

Original Pancake House. Only one location remains in the Vegas valley, Fort Apache at the 215. By far the best around. I dare you to try the Apple Pancake to sooth that sweet tooth. Take extra insulin with you.
Any of the Blueberry Hill locations are good.
Black Bear Diner at Jones and Tropicana does them well.

Best I ever had was a dive up in Mesquite, but you don't want a two hour drive, each way, just for breakfast.

Just in case French Toast will take care of that morning jones, The Bar, on St. Rose, about a mile east of The M makes a Bananas Foster French Toast with Applewood smoked bacon that is wonderful. Cheap and close to you.

Oct 03, 2012
shamu613 in Las Vegas