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I blame Ken!

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by sco5123, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. sco5123

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    I blame Ken for encouraging me to think outside of the box and try different eateries that are not the usual fast food.

    I explore many things but I had yet to explore food outside of buffets...until my last trip.

    I am usually on-the-go and frugal when I am in Vegas, so I thought "eateries" were out of the question. But having experienced a number of different restaurants last trip, I finally understand the ideology of "why go to Mcds when I can go to it at home"? It was truly an experience. Now, I see that certain tastes/foods are found in Vegas, so I should skip the commonplace (sometimes) in order to get a full Vegas experience (that is, including the foods). I am not going to say that the restaurants in Vegas are extraordinary but I would take a breakfast burger at El Cortez over a Big mac as certainly as I would take a Du-par's pancake over denny's . Great taste, unique experience only in Vegas (not at home).

    Downtown food was far greater than I expected and I found that the price to value ratio on the strip was too poor in comparison. There were certain ethnic places off-strip that I will revisit but I think I will pretty much stick to downtown foods (you can also find a sweet deal). I missed the meetup for circumstances beyond my control but I did get to taste Sugar Factory and that waffle in the chicken and waffles was amazing but not worth the $25! I can get 3 meals with that. If I were comped, I would go back. But both a restaurant at Wynn (Terrace) and a diner at Caesars (Serendipity) were mediocre for the former and quite awful for the latter. Wynn's cafe was gourmet and rich-tasting (pancake texture was to die for) but must everything have awkward tastes to be fancy? The food at Caesars was just bleh (a plate of pasta for $21) which tasted 10 times worse than any spaghetti I have ever eaten. I love my spaghetti by the way, so it's not worth it at all.

    When I was searching for steak houses as restaurants to explore, I realized that I do not care about steak because I did not grow up with them and so they do not really strike my fancy. I love pasta, American fare, BBQ, Thai, soul food, and Nigerian fare...so that's what I stuck to.

    My mind is more open now and I believe if I am not careful, it will raise the cost of my food budget. That's the part I am not looking forward to. I used to eat in Vegas for survival; now I might be out there eating for the experience. Yikes! lol. So, for an entire day before I could eat once at a $6 buffet and be set for the rest of the day or eat once at Mcd's with $2 for a couple cheese burgers and maybe a cone for a buck. Now I want all kinds of stuff.

    I need to find a way to indulge my new habit while roughing it because my next trip is for almost 2 weeks! What say you?
     
  2. ken2v

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    Whoa now, I adore some of the fancy-pants joints in the big glitzy casinos, but ain't no quarter-Ben waffles on my dance card. lol Give me Mary's Hash House. Or Maple Tree. Value is the intersection of price, quality, availability and uniqueness.

    Glad you are branching out!
     
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    i recall many years ago being in the same boat, except was just starting to be able to think about dining with the experience and atmosphere in mind.

    we eat lots of beef at home, but it is not prime aged highend steakhouse beef, so that was our first foray in finer dining.

    after that, wanted to branch out a little, but still with consideration of price/value, experiencing some new tastes, being indulged with great service... i just did not how to say that that is what i wanted, and asked some really poorly phrased question about food i could not get at home.

    thanks, ken, for getting to the root of my question. i have great memories of the couple of times that i got to eat at commander's palace in las vegas, and your recommendation is the reason why! so, i credit ken.



    sco, i will recommend to you the palm restaurant in the forum shops for their businessman's lunch special. the price has gone up over the years, so i am guessing that with tax and prealcohol, you still might be over $30 for lunch. you will have a choice of soup or salad, and upgrading to the lobster bisque for a couple extra bucks is a choice i make, then an entree...i still always do the beef option, served with a great bread basket, and a plate of onion strings and homemade potato chips. dessert is included, my fav is the key lime pie.

    eating there solo is ok, i always sit inside because of the caricatures drawn on the walls, the service is always top notch. by the time i add a 9 oz. glass of wine my tab gets over 50, but it is an experience that i look forward to repeating, so when you feel that splurging there is within your budget, go for it!
     
  4. sco5123

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    Thanks Ken! Lol The strip is pricey for no reason.

    Wow, I do not recognize any of the restaurants you mentioned at all.

    What are some of your fav foods/"genres" of food (lol i do not know what this is called in the world of food)?
     
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    Very nice kitson. I will have to keep that in my bag of tricks as I gradually get to fine dining. :D
     
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    Estiatorio Milos, the Greek restaurant at The Cosmopolitan, has a $20.13 pre fixe lunch special. You can check out the menu online to see if there is anything you might enjoy on that menu. For some reason the menu online still has it listed for 2012 as $20.12, and I am not sure if the selections have changed, but you can get an idea of the offerings:

    http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/pdf/menu/EstiatorioMilos0312.pdf


    You can also check out Groupon's Las Vegas page and my personal favorite, Restaurant.com to see if there are any deals for places you might enjoy (but be sure to read the fine print before purchasing as many of those deals are for parties of two or more.).

    Another great place is Maggiano's in the Fashion Show Mall opposite the Wynn. The food is great, they give you generous portions, and the prices are decent. AND if you sign up to receive their email newsletter on their website www.maggianos.com (make sure to select the Las Vegas location) they will email you a coupon for $10 off your meal as a thank you.
     
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    One of the best 'secrets' if you want to eat at higher end places is to hit up the lunch specials. You can often find a Prix Fixe lunch for $20 or so at a place where you'd be looking at $100 for dinner. I get that $20 is a lot for lunch for some people, but if you're looking for that 'high end' food experience, it's a more affordable way to get it.
     
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    Glen, you crack me up. Thanks. And I agree wholeheartedly about the biz lunch tip at The Palm ... and other such options.

    sco, we like the full range of food. That could be a patty melt and a brew at Big Dog's to a Meursault-matched meal at Andre's. We're not culinary purists or snobs or what not, we just like great food, be it Thai or the charming simplicity of French or chile rellenos done by someone who knows how to do them. And if it ain't liver-n-onions, I'm likely eating it (see my thread to this end from last week).

    Plus, we love to cook.
     
  9. Iu25

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    About the only time I seemed to ever eat food that I could get at home was about 2am when staying at the Flamingo. I never could seem to find anything open so we almost always ended up walking down to the Burger King in O'Sheas. What a place that was, you were best to take your food with because the tables looked like they had been eaten on 8-10 times between cleanings and the folks in there were usually two sheets to the wind. Since its gone now, and the fact I stay downtown, I usually end up eating at Binions cafe early in the morning. in comparison Binions now tastes like a Bellagio Steakhouse and that afore mentioned BK like Ponderosa!
     
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