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?