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Vegan or Vegetarian in Vegas

Origin India off strip on Paradise by the Hard Rock Casino is a great place for vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The spinach and potatoes are wonderful. There was dal, rice, naan, a sweet potato salad and several other vegetarian dishes. Service was wonderful, too.

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Origin India
4480 Paradise Road, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Apr 28, 2009
aekb2006 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas report, long

Just got back from Las Vegas. Ate wonderfully well on a budget (for the most part) and alone (for breakfast and lunch).

Breakfast places included Paradise Cafe at the Las Vegas Hilton (with my husband's co-workers) a few days, JJ's Boulangerie at Paris, Lenotre at Paris, and the Drugstore Cafe at Wynn. Nothing stood out as spectacular although the food at the Paradise Cafe was good and plenty (continental one day and eggs and bacon the other). The waffles (about $10) at JJ's were fresh and good with berries and whipped cream. Not the best ever but certainly very good. The apricot turnover at Lenotre (about $12 for everything) and the coffee were wonderful, but the fruit in the fruit bowl was not as fresh as I would have liked. The yogurt, fruit and granola ($7) at the Wynn was probably the best tasting.

Light lunches included a nutella napoleon pastry (about $5) at Jean Philippe's (incredible) and a passion fruit gelato (about $5) at the Venetian (very good). At 'witchcraft, I had the steak, mushroom and egg sandwich and a whoopie pie (total of about $10). The sandwich was wonderful with the eggs cooked well and the steak tender enough to eat without making a mess. The whoopie pie was interesting. Definitely not what you would expect from PA Dutch Country, either in size or taste. More like a cocoa cake with a custard cream filling. At Tacos and Tequila at the Luxor, I splurged on a pomegranate acai margarita ($12) and the pollo tacos ($13). The margarita was freshly made and not syrupy sweet. The tacos, while tasty, were not quite as flavorful as I would have imagined. I couldn't decide which salsa I liked better so I kept tasting them with the warm chips. My biggest lunch splurge was at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. I sat outside overlooking the strip. The seated me next to another lone diner and he and I struck up a conversation. He enjoyed his peppers and a scallops dish. He also ordered the appetizers I had and liked them as well. I had a rice and mushroom croqueta ($1.50) which was my surprise favorite of all week. I wish I had ordered more. I also had the serrano ham and carmelized pineapple ($1.50). Their passionfruit sangrias ($12 each) were very good. I also had their special paella ($10.95), which was a sausage paella. This took 35 minutes to cook but was well worth it. However, I did not ask in advance what types of sausage was in it. I ate some of it and it was great but then I LOOKED at it and realized that the one sausage was really dark. I asked the extremely helpful and friendly waiter and he told me it was morcilla. Knowing enough Spanish to figure out the root of this word, I realized it was blood sausage. He felt bad telling me because I had enjoyed it up to that point. Oh well. I tried to eat the rest of it and was so full I couldn't even fit in more of the sausage I liked. But he convinced me to try one of their small desserts. The coconut cake was a moist coconut pudding cake($2.99), not the Pepperidge Farm layer type. Incredible.

For dinner (I didn't pay for dinners so I didn't look at prices) I had a decent Tuscan Chicken sandwich at Planet Hollywood in Caesar's one night and the chicken hibachi at Benihana. At Lawry's I had a very good typical prime rib dinner and a great chocolate bag chocolate mousse dessert. The Malbec wine was very good, but then I like malbecs. At Origin India, we ordered several dishes family style. My favorites were the potatoes and spinach and a spicy chicken dish. The tandoor chicken Lahsooni was good but not full of spice. Paul our server was extremely knowledgeable about beers as was one of the people at our table. So we tried some different beers, a couple Belgian ales -- one light and one dark, a beer brewed in the Champagne style, a raspberry beer and a cherry beer. The Cherish Kriek cherry beer was my favorite. I don't typically drink beer but that one and the champagne style one were very drinkable. My favorite dinner was at Lotus of Siam. I had the crispy rice appetizer at a spicy level 5 which was too much for my husband but okay for me. I had my Tom Yum Kai soup at a 6 or 7 which was tasty but almost too spicy for me. The lime drink really helped cool things down. For an entree I had the Spicy Beef Salad at a 6 or 7. It was so flavorful and the beef just melted in your mouth. For dessert we ordered the sticky rice with mango and the coconut ice cream. I didn't care much for the sticky rice, although my husband LOVED it. I really liked the coconut ice cream. He also got a Thai iced tea that was too spicy for me, but again he liked it.

Apr 25, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Great Vietnamese in Lancaster

Butler Ave is across from Lancaster Shopping Center off of Oregon Pike by Cravings Deli and Eat N Park.

Mar 16, 2009
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Great Vietnamese in Lancaster

YIKES! I didn't see that. I don't read the local newspaper or watch local news enough, I guess. I'll pass that on. Thanks

Mar 16, 2009
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Great Vietnamese in Lancaster

My husband and his colleagues swore by Dat's Billiards on Prince Street for the best Vietnamese meatballs and the pork chop. But the place closed and they didn't know where it went. Well, for 4 years it has been on Butler Ave in Lancaster. They were very grateful to rediscover it recently. I know you wouldn't think of a billiards hall as a good place to get food, but if you like Vietnamese, give it a try.

And, yes, they also like Rice and Noodles very much but the meatballs and the pork chop here are supposed to be the best.

Unfortunately, because it is a pool hall, it is not smoke free.

Hope someone can use this information.

Mar 16, 2009
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Best pastries/desserts/sweets in Las Vegas

I was looking more for specific desserts at specific places, like the appetizer crawl post. But I will definitely check out those places.

Mar 09, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Best pastries/desserts/sweets in Las Vegas

I realize this is probably a bit more subjective of a question than most, but what are the best desserts in Las Vegas on the Strip, near the convention center and near the Hard Rock? My favorite in the past has been the krafen at Tintoretto's in the Venetian. I also tried something I liked at a place in Mandalay Bay but that was so long ago, I've forgotten the details. I don't mind paying for a great dessert. Thanks for any suggestions. I'm not going until April so I won't be able to post an update until then.

Mar 08, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Dining Deals at Costco for Las Vegas (and CA and OR)

Costco is offering discounted gift certificates online.

Rosemary's: 2 $50 g.c.'s for $79.99
Wolfgang Puck: 2 $50 g.c.'s for $79.99
McCormick and Scmick's: 2 $50 g.c.'s and a seafood cookbook for $79.99

Also:
Trader Vic's: 2 $50 g.c.'s for $79.99
San Diego Restaurants: 2 $50 g.c. for $79.99
Oregon Restaurants: 21 $10 g.c.s and a cookbook for 29.99

Jan 28, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Yummy Vegas for 6-yr-old 'saac and his mama?

Yes, that's it. The Krafen are delish.

Hope Monte Carlo still does that pool thing. It was great. My daughter's highlight was the M&M store.

My husband is looking forward to Origin India when we go in April, so I'll get to try it then.

Jan 27, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Las Vegas Breakfast

Every time I am in Las Vegas I go to Tintoretto's at the Venetian. Great pastries and coffee as well as regular breakfast foods. I know my companions also enjoyed their egg dishes (about $8 per entree). Usually I get a custard krafen (donut), bacon, fresh fruit and coffee (about $18 a la carte but enough to feed an adult and child at least).

I don't understand the hype about the Peppermill. I've been there several times for breakfast and late night. The food reminds me of Denny's on a good day. Maybe I just have bad luck. My cantaloupe in my fruit salad was green and they hid it under some other fruit.

I had breakfast buffet at the Bellagio. It was very good, but not worth the price. Though to be fair, I prefer restaurant service and was sick so I couldn't taste everything perfectly. We were there for changeover to lunch so I got to try wild boar ribs (okay).

My next trip I plan to try Canyon Ranch Cafe at the Venetian. They even offer take out. (Thai Style French Toast with tangerine ginger syrup sounds interesting.)

Jan 26, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Yummy Vegas for 6-yr-old 'saac and his mama?

I don't have personal experience with this, but I read in another post a commenter uses restaurant.com for discounted certificates. Some decent restaurants. Maybe someone else could comment.

I took my daughter when she was 4 and 5. We did breakfast at the bakery at the Venetian (our favorite). It was 4 years ago so I can't remember a lot of the other places we ate at and we are not vegetarians so that wouldn't help. My husband likes Origin India when he visits.

On another note, I don't know what the pool is like at the Polo Towers, but when we stayed at the Sahara, it wasn't the best for kids, too deep and boring. We found that we could pay a fee and spend the day at the Monte Carlo's pool. They have a wave pool, a lazy river, and a few other pools and hot tubs. I don't know if they still do this but you go to the desk right next to the pool entrance and ask them.

Have fun.

Jan 26, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Las Vegas: LOS question and Vietnamese rec's

QAW and Dave Feldman, thanks so much for your responses. I look forward to visiting LOS (by taking a taxi). I'll check out those Vietnamese places, too. Thanks again.

Jan 26, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Las Vegas: LOS question and Vietnamese rec's

I'm going to convention at the LVCC and staying at the Marriott across the street. Want to go to LOS. Read previous posts that it is not safe to walk at night. Wondering where the best place to get a cab would be from those places and about what the cab fare would be.

Also, looking for rec's for Vietnamese food.

Thanks.

Jan 22, 2009
aekb2006 in Southwest

Harrisburg-Hershey-Lancaster Area

The BEST ice cream in Lancaster County is by far Lapp Valley farm in New Holland. (This is NOT the same Lapp's mentioned by another poster.) It is a secret even to other parts of the county. They make their ice cream on the premises. If you are there in the a.m. or around 4ish (call and check the times), you can watch them milk the cows. The kids can feed the cows and see the barnyard cats and dogs. The prices are really, really reasonable. It is WAY out in the country but we will definitely be back. Here is a link to an article about them: http://www.ediblechesapeake.com/conte...

Strasburg Creamery in Strasburg is also great. They make homemade waffle cones and they are inside a quaint general store in the village. There are other nearby shops.

There is a great diner opened up in Columbia, Prospect Diner. It is a 1950s stainless steel diner that just opened up in May after being restored. They have typical diner food but it is all homemade.

In Elizabethtown near Hershey there is a doughnut shop called The Fractured Prune where you can have a donut made hot to your specifications with different glazes and toppings. They have other menu items as well. They have a small but nice children's toy area.

Downtown Lancaster has an awesome pastry shop on Duke Street called La Dulce Vita. You can park at the King Street garage and walk there and also to Central Market if it is a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday.

Jun 02, 2008
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Prospect Diner in Columbia, Lancaster County

Just a heads up. I saw that the Prospect Diner in Columbia, Lancaster County is being fixed up. It's the stainless steel one right off the Prospect Road exit of Route 30, on Route 462. Looks like it's being cleaned up but keeping that original 1950s Kullman feel. Looking forward to trying it out. I heard they should be opening mid-May. Would love to hear if someone gets a chance to get there before I do.

Apr 24, 2008
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

dinner recs between Lancaster and Wilmington

Just an update. As it turned out, my husband had to work late and we barely made it in time for the show. So we will have to try all your recs out on future excursions. He was excited to try Pizza By Elizabeths. Thanks

Mar 05, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Xingu Beer in Lancaster, York, Berks counties?

Kirchner's used to carry it a few years ago but then couldn't get it. I tried the new Beer Planet in town and they hadn't heard of it but said if the PA LCB had it on their website (they do), then someone should carry it. So helpful.

I have to try the Reading/Allentown suggestions but don't have time this week. I will repost if I find it.

Thanks again.

Jan 22, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

It's been a few years since we've been to the Outer Banks, but the two places I really wish I could go back to are Jockey's Ribs and Sam and Omie's. Jockey's Ribs had the best ribs and very good steak. The ribs were perfectly caramelized, fall off the bone with a sauce that was not too sweet and not too spicy. We got to Sam and Omie's too late for breakfast but just in time for lunch. I got a special of some pork that was good but the mashed potatoes were amazing. I even asked how they were made and the cook came out and told me, "I'm Irish. You throw potatoes, onion and garlic in a pot. That's all."

Other places that we found to be decent were Pigman's BBQ, Big Al's on Manteo (more for the '50's atmosphere), and Coastal Cactus.

We did not like Miller's for either food or service.

Jan 16, 2007
aekb2006 in Southeast

Xingu Beer in Lancaster, York, Berks counties?

thanks so much. I will try them. All-Star is listed as a distributor on Xingu's website but when I called them last year they had no idea what I was talking about. Maybe Shangy's has it. And Kirchner's is close so I'll try them, too.

Jan 15, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

asheville

Although it is not fine dining, we had some of the best pancakes ever outside Asheville in Maggie Valley on our way to the Great Smoky Mountains. Joey's Pancake House. Their waffles were good, too. In fact, I ordered 2 pancake mixes for my husband for Christmas from there and he was so excited.

Jan 13, 2007
aekb2006 in General South Archive

Any suggestions for good food and service in East Petersburg, PA?

The last 2 times I was at Reflections the service was abyssmal. It was empty (a week night) and it still took us 20 minutes to get a table, 20 more minutes for drinks. It was over an hour after arrival before anyone took our order. And there were only 3 of us. I went back once more after that and, although not quite as horrible, it was still very bad. The food was decent but definitely not worth the wait.

Hopefully, their service has improved.

Jan 11, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Deep Creek, MD suggestions

Hi. I just found out that about 15 of us are going to Deep Creek in Western Maryland in February. We are looking for ideas of places to go to dinner one night. It has to be casual and serve alcohol and would prefer not a "family" restaurant or a chain. We are moms away from kids and husbands for a weekend.

Thanks for any suggestions. I am looking forward to trying the recommendations of this board for Wilmington when I go in February.

Jan 11, 2007
aekb2006 in Mid-Atlantic

Have pity on the deprived traveler

Hi. My mother, aunt and grandmother stop at every Cracker Barrel along the way during trips so I can really feel for you.

I can add a few suggestions as I am from Enfield, CT, now live in Pennsylvania and traveled to the Trade, TN area last summer for vacation.

In Enfield, there is a good Mexican place on Rt. 5 called Serapes which my aunt and cousins like.

Near there is Sylvia's Restaurant. Awesome Eastern European type food. Wonderful kielbasa.

For really good pizza or spinach pie in Enfield that isn't too far off the highway, go to Ann's Pizza on Raffia Road. It is a small hole in the wall but is wonderful.

Near the tri-state area in PA off 84 is the Milford Diner. It was always a must stop when we went that way but it's been many years. There was another restaurant near there that had good fried chicken but I can't think of the name of it.

I know there are lots more but it is late. Will try and think of more to add tomorrow.

Jan 11, 2007
aekb2006 in Mid-Atlantic

Lancaster and the vicinity.. what to eat? where to go?

Hi. One of the usual suspects is Log Cabin. Although I haven't eaten there in a few years, I was never impressed by the quality for the price. But I have friends who like it.

In Lancaster City, the Belvedere Inn is usually very good. It is around the corner from the stadium. http://www.belvederepa.com/index.htm

I have always wanted to try the Nav Jiwan Tea Room at Ten Thousand Villages in Akron near Ephrata. Every week they feature a different world cuisine. Here is their site, although they haven't updated their website for this week: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ph...

Friends also swear by Mazzi's in Leola for a romantic dinner out. Again, I haven't been there yet, but you might want to check them out.

Jan 11, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Any suggestions for good food and service in East Petersburg, PA?

Haydn Zugs is probably the best choice. You may also consider Black Knight tavern in Landisville (about 3 miles away). It is in an old house and has a bar area. The food is decent steaks, sandwiches, pub type food. It is not quite as upscale as Haydn Zugs. The service when I was there the last 2 times was very slow but then both times I was there with a party of 15 or so.

Another choice about 3 - 4 miles away is Gibraltar on Harrisburg Pike across from F&M College. It is definitely upscale so you might not get quite as far with your money. The food was good and creative, especially the seafood. Again, I went with a large group for lunch and the service was poor but my friends have told me they always have had good service.

Jan 10, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

fine dining in banner elk, nc

We were in Banner Elk over the summer. Stonewalls was good, but a typical steakhouse. Bayou Smokehouse was great when we went at lunch. But Los Arcoiris was amazing Mexican. The place was immaculate. The food was great. Even the fried chimichanga wasn't greasy. Everyone agreed it was the best Mexican we have ever had. And the service was wonderful.

Jan 07, 2007
aekb2006 in Southeast

dinner recs between Lancaster and Wilmington

Thanks. I wanted to try something a little further away since we can always go to places here. But I hadn't heard anything about Asian Bistro and my husband and his coworkers are always up for sushi. I prefer Thai. We'll have to give it a try. I was a little gunshy because the last two places that opened in that building were horrible and dirty, or so I heard.

Jan 07, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

Need recs for dinner near Grand Opera House in Wilmington

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out.

Jan 07, 2007
aekb2006 in Mid-Atlantic

dinner recs between Lancaster and Wilmington

Thank you so much for the great suggestions. I checked out the menus online and they all look great. Nothing too pretentious but certainly creative.

52 was the way I was supposed to take last time but got lost with Yahoo's directions and wound up down 202. Looks like 52 is the way to go.

Jan 07, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania

dinner recs between Lancaster and Wilmington

I am going to the Grand Opera House in Wilmington and looking for dinner between Lancaster and Wilmington. I know I was on Rt. 1, Rt. 202, Lancaster Ave., and Concord Pike the last time I took the roundabout way to Wilmington. So anything along that way would be great.

Especially looking for good barbeque, good beer, Brazilian, or sushi. Any other ideas would be appreciated also.

Thanks in advance.

Jan 07, 2007
aekb2006 in Pennsylvania