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Trip report March 15 - 19

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by coachbohner, Mar 25, 2008.

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  1. coachbohner

    coachbohner Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    This is a little late but here is my trip report from March 15-19:

    Hotel: MGM Grand. Checked in at the airport and did try the $20.00 trick, but the desk attendant handed me back the money and said that they had no available up-graded rooms. We (myself, my father, and two brothers) were there on a $69 a night room promo that we had received in the mail back in February. The rooms were average size for two queen bed rooms. The bathrooms were spacious and all marble. We do not spend alot of time in our rooms so these rooms were more than adequate for our needs.

    Dining: We always eat well during our trips and this time was no exception.

    Craftsteak: Located at the MGM. I must thank Hurricane Mikey for the recomendation he gave about Craftsteak a few weeks ago. After reading his review I decided we had to try this place during our trip. We had the Kobe Tasting Menu (like Mikey said he had) and while it is expensive we felt it was well worth the price. It was fabulous!!! The whole meal was incredible but of exceptional note was the Kobe Ribeye and the Hawiian grilled prawns. I highly recommend this for anyone visiting in the future.

    Sterling Brunch: Located at Bally's. We have never had the Sterling Brunch and have heard so much about it that we decided to try this trip. It was okay, but not something that I think we would ever do again. They had grilled halfs of Maine Lobster, Jumbo prawns, hot steamed crab legs, grilled lamb chops, prime rib, as well as several other dishes. The food was good, but we felt that it was not that much better than the seafood at the Villiage Seafood Buffet at the Rio that you can get for about half of the price. But at least we can now say that we have tried the Sterling Brunch.

    Seablue: Located at the MGM. We really enjoyed Seablue. From the design your own salads by using the pencils and check off list located in your menu, to the very fresh seafood and very good steaks. I had the filet along with some of the Mexican Prawns and both were very good. My Father and Brothers very much enjoyed there meals as well. Of all the places we ate during this trip Seablue had by far the best service. Your water glass will not ever reach half full before they are there to fill it back up. Another place that I highly recommend.

    Villiage Seafood Buffet: Located at the Rio. This place had just reopened after a renovation. The new look is great, however that is the only thing that has really changed. The food selection is basically the same as it always has been, which to my group is a good thing. My family loves seafood and it is a tradition that during our annual boys trip that we always eat one night at the Villiage Seafood Buffet and once again we were not disappointed. The price stayed about the same as well, around $35 a person.

    Buffet at the Belagio: Located at the Belagio. We had breakfast here Monday morning and it was very good. Everything we ate was very good and as far as breakfast buffets go it is the best that we have tried.

    Buffet at MGM: Located at the MGM. We also had breakfast a couple of mornings at the MGM buffet. The made to order ommlets are about the only highlight of the place and everything else is just avergae breakfast buffet fair.

    Gambling: Of all of our trips, this was by far the worst luck we have ever had!! We got murdered all four days at the tables (Blackjack and Craps)!!! Usually I can get in on one fairly decent run of cards or roll of the dice, but not on this trip. Thank god for North Carolina, Clemson, and Boise State (hit a nice parlay on Sunday) or the trip could have been a whole lot worse on the wallet. The only good thing that came of the bloodshed is that the Casino at the MGM did comp. $500 off the bill of both rooms for our play which helped to pay for our dining habits (we charged both Seablue and Craftsteak, as well as breakfast at the Bellagio and MGM buffet to the room).

    That is the pretty much our trip this year, we did not do alot of sightseeing or club hopping because we generally stick to gambling, dining and playing in the poker tourneys.
     
  2. HurricaneMikey

    HurricaneMikey A-List Buffoon

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    Hey coach-- Nice report except for that 'getting killed at the tables' part.

    How good is that Kobe tasting menu at Craftsteak? Oh. Hell. Yeah. :drooling:

    Mikey
     
  3. sunni

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    Food sounds yummy Coach...thanks for sharing.:wave:
     
  4. angel81chick

    angel81chick Abuelita

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    Wow...I got hungry just reading that and I just ate breakfast!!

    Anyway, thanks for the TR!!! Sorry about the $20 trick not working...maybe next time!
     
  5. OnTheHorizon

    OnTheHorizon Low-Roller

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    Sorry you lost - but it was a great and informative trip report just the same.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. shooter31

    shooter31 Tourist

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    Great TR....Thanks
     
  7. swanny

    swanny Low-Roller

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    Thanks Coach. Great restaurant reviews. These type of reviews really help us choose where to eat in Vegas.
     
  8. gmoney590

    gmoney590 VIP Whale

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    It seems like most people are on a loosing streak right now; but, you did eat at some great places and got some of that comped so that's not too bad. Remember there's always that next trip that you break their bank.
     
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