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Nerdy Trip June 14-16, 2013

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by YoungGun, Jul 4, 2013.

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  1. YoungGun

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    My Trip Report

    I have not written a trip report in so long I figured it was about time I contributed one given how much I love reading everyone else's.

    My friend works at a printing house and invited me along for his trip to attend the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. I was hesitant to be the third wheel since his girlfriend was also coming, but he needed me to come help him work the convention floor so I agreed. His brother and his girlfriend also came, but they did not attend the convention.

    Friday June 14

    Traffic was pretty bad so our trip took a little longer than normal. We do not make any stops besides a restroom break. South Point is where we are staying and where the convention is taking place. I had only been to South Point once before many years ago when it was still new. My friend and I tried the buffet and it was probably the second worst buffet I had ever had in the Las Vegas area (the worst being the buffet at the now torn down Nevada Landing in Jean, but then again I'm pretty sure I ate more food there). There was an equestrian even going on the same weekend as the convention so South Point had that horsey smell going on. You could smell it in the parking area and the convention center, but not in the casino or hotel.

    After checking in, we went to check out the last hour of the convention. My friend and his girlfriend had pre-purchased tickets so they just had to pick up their tickets. I was going to buy mine, but they had closed up the register early and could not sell me a ticket. So I decided to go have a walk around South Point and play a few slots. My gambling budget was very low on this trip, but apparently still enough to get a few reduced rate offers from South Point when I got back home. I play some Phantom (the purple comic book character, not the guy that stalks opera singers) slots and don't really get anywhere. Used a coupon for a free gift from the gift shop that came with the coupon book that is part of their resort fee. I am now the proud owner of a South Point keychain. I go back to the room to get ready for dinner and within a few minutes my friends have come back as well and are ready for dinner.

    I talk them into trying the Paradise Buffet at the Fremont since Friday is seafood night (it is also seafood night at the Garden Buffet inside South Point, but I hadn't made my peace with that buffet yet). I hit the Paradise Buffet every time I'm in town on a Tuesday or Friday. It can't compare to the bigger buffets, but it is a great value. On seafood night they have oysters, crab legs (chilled or warmed), shrimp, and smoked salmon in addition to a large variety of other seafood items. On this trip we found that they also had stone crab claws; something I had not seen on previous visits. We end up stuffing ourselves and my friends are now Paradise Buffet seafood night fans.

    After we ate, we head down to the Palms to see Man of Steel at Brenden Theaters. It is an older theater that has been overshadowed by the some of the newer places in town, but we chose it because it has the only true IMAX screen in Las Vegas (Luxor no longer has one).

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    Real IMAX vs IMAX Digital

    Despite the negative reviews I had seen online, Brenden seemed nice enough and it was fairly busy. I also appreciated that they alternated between regular and 3D showings. Most theaters would just make all their IMAX showings 3D so they can charge the 3D price. As someone that doesn't enjoy 3D movies I find that very annoying. We arrived about 40 minutes before the movie started and there were about 20 people in line already. The rest of our group got into town at about this time and joined us.

    The movie ends a little after 2AM so we return to South Point and call it a night since we have a full day ahead of us tomorrow. Of course I end up playing around with my iPhone for the next 3 hours before I finally fall asleep.

    Saturday June 14

    Most of the day is spent at the convention so I won't go into detail on that. This was the first year for this convention and they did OK. I felt they were charging a bit much given how small it was and they really messed up on how they handled VIP tickets (which is what my friend had), but overall I wouldn't mind giving them another chance next year. Don't know why I was charged a $2 convenience fee for paying cash for my ticket at the door though. Should have just purchased online and paid the $2 online fee. :rolleyes2:

    We had just eaten snacks we had in our room for breakfast so we were pretty hungry by lunch. However, my friend had a meeting to attend so we needed something fast. Since we had 50% off coupons thanks to the resort fee coupon book, we decided to just go to the Garden Buffet. My friend ate as much as he could in 20 minutes while his girlfriend and I took our time. I couldn't complain given how little we paid. To be honest, it wasn't too bad. They do brunch on the weekends and charge more, which would have upset me if we didn't have the 50% off coupons. When other buffets do this they usually have some special items you normally don't get at breakfast or lunch to justify the higher cost. The only thing this brunch had that they probably don't usually offer during lunch was prime rib. They also had more breakfast items than lunch items. Every station had eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. Service was great though.

    I go back to the room to shower and then meet up with my friend at the convention again. After a few more hours we meet up with his brother and his girlfriend. His brother's girlfriend really wants to eat at the Bacchanal Buffet. I'm not too excited by the prospect since I had a buffet for lunch, but I am curious about the Bacchanal Buffet so I agree. Every valet seems to be full at Caesars so we park in their garage and get lost multiple times trying to find the buffet. We figured that even though it was the newest and most popular buffet the line wouldn't be too bad at 9pm, but we were wrong. The wait is over a hour. After waiting for about 15 minutes and not seeing the line move at all, we give up and look for another place to eat.

    We look for another place to eat and end up at Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill. We are seated immediately and have a good dinner. The food was very good and the shepherd's pie was probably the best I've ever had. That said, I would probably wait to try this place again. According to our waiter they're still figuring out the menu. The menu is about half the size it was when they opened. Other reviews I've read online have accused them of dumbing down their menu by removing the more interesting dishes. They currently don't have a head chef since they're still waiting for the winner of Hell's Kitchen to be revealed. Hopefully once that happens they can take another look at the menu.

    After dinner we walk around the Forum Shoppes and then head back to South Point. A few hours later I'm in the mood for a late night snack. Unfortunately, the only think open past 2am is the Coronado Cafe. However, being the only thing open and having dirt cheap late night specials means that the line is huge so I just go to sleep. They really should consider keeping the deli open 24 hours on the weekends.

    Sunday June 16

    Not much to report on our last day. We leave early to beat traffic so we can get back in time for dinner since it is Father's Day. We stop by the Alien Beef Jerky place and have lunch at the Mad Greek on the way home.

    Overall it was a fun trip if not one of my typical Las Vegas trips (I like to alternate between strip and downtown with the occasional stay at the Hard Rock). South Point impressed me. The rooms were very nice for what they cost and the staff was nice. I wouldn't mind staying there again for a business trip or if I just wanted to a nice cheap room.
     
  2. breanna61

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    When I read you played around for 3 hrs on your iPhone before going to sleep.......in Vegas......it was lucky you weren't sitting beside me or I would have bitch slapped you, lol.
    IMHO you didn't miss a thing by passing on the Bacchanal Buffet; people rave about it but I must have waited and hit it on an off day because I would rank some lower end buffets higher against it.
    Thanks for sharing your TR with us; better late than never!
     
  3. Tammy58

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    Liked reading your report. South Point is our favorite, the only thing we hate about it is the buffet.
     
  4. Kickin

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    Haha you sound like me, I'm also anal about watching IMAX movies on true IMAX screens, not any of that retrofitted bullshit. We were in Philly a week after Dark Knight Rises came out and I jumped through some hoops just to make sure I could get tickets for it at a true IMAX near our hotel. It was essentially a dome type screen at the Franklin Institute and seating was steeper than anything I've ever seen. They actually announced safety warnings beforehand and several people had to leave because they couldn't handle the height. I found out after the movie ended my girlfriend had her eyes closed the entire time because she had so much anxiety, but didn't say anything because she knew how big of a deal it was for me. :evillaugh

    Good to know where a real IMAX is in Vegas, it might be a necessary excursion at some point if gambling goes too far downhill.
     
  5. LV_Bound

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    Thanks for sharing.
    I was not impressed with Bacchanal Buffet so you really didn't miss much.

    Any other feedback on your gambling? Did you lose it all, break even or win?
     
  6. YoungGun

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    I didn't really do too much gambling since our schedule was so tight. Mostly I played some slots and VP at South Point and lost a few dollars. Since I didn't see myself becoming a regular at South Point I figured I'd give more of my play to other properties, but we spent so long at the Fremont buffet we had to leave right after dinner to make the movie and at Caesars my friend's girlfriend wasn't feeling well so we left sooner than planned.
     
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