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What should a Aussie try in Vegas?

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by TOWNSVILLE, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Will be in town in November and the only thing l have lined up is the Ox Tail Soup at the CAL.Now bear in mind that l do enjoy vegemite on hot buttered toast{yes it's an Australian thing].I like my chilli/curry meals,not so keen on sweets,will taste sweet things,but not more than a couple of mouthfuls.Don't usually eat junk food but have to admit that l did have a hotdog from the seller in front of Slots of Fun.Yes a memorable experience.No l will not pay top dollar for a restaurant meal,especially when you could achieve the same results at home yourself.{please Chefs/Cooks do not think l am comparing my cooking skills to yours,as has been said,the difference between a $10 bottle of wine compared to a $50 bottle is hard to pick for most people}.l usually do the buffet thing and $10 steak meal in Vegas when l'm there.Any thoughts will be appreciated,thanks.P.S.The other Sunday on the local Landline show on T.V. they reported that Australia won the Best Beef In The World Competition.How good is that world?
     
  2. Richard Alpert

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    I'm looking forward to trying Ellis Island on our next trip.

    Also, entertainment-wise, I learned the hard way on my most recent trip that "Thunder From Down Under" is NOT a documentary on Australian thunderstorms.

    Happy travels!

    RICHARD
     
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  3. TOWNSVILLE

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    I'm sure that 'Thunder From Down Under' is referring to the Holden V8 Ute that is/was built here,as tested on Top Gear.I may be wrong though if the billboards l saw on my last trip to Vegas are any indication.
     
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  4. Bamalewie

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    there's an outback steakhouse on the strip......I kid
     
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    First morning tradition going there for the Steak and Egg brekkie. Good bit of value. Not very glamorous but enjoy the food and sampling a few beers. Some shocking karaoke singers though.
     
  6. TOWNSVILLE

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    Ellis Island noted,have not been there yet but now have an excuse.l find that the Outback Steak House deliver their steaks to hot and also dry.Therefore a Fosters is then called for.
     
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    reverse sarcasm sweet like most American food.
     
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  8. spicole

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    Townsville,

    I had the opportunity to spend about 6 weeks in Oz a couple of years ago. A few of the big differences between Aussie and American cuisine quickly jumped out at me:
    • It was almost impossible to find American style bacon ("crispy bacon" a.k.a. smoked pork belly cut into slices, then pan fried). As such, I suggest that you have a classic American breakfast somewhere with eggs, bacon, and whatnot. You should be able to do this cheaply. For a few extra bucks I loved the breakfast at The Henry in Cosmo.
    • The weirdest thing I found was that a lot of burger places in Australia put beets on the burgers. WTF?!? In general, hot dogs and burgers are some of the quintessential American foods. So is barbecue, which takes on different contexts in the US. Typically barbecue/BBQ means that the meats are slow cooked over smoke, just not simply grilled. Some of the regulars here can suggest a barbecue joint in Vegas as I have not been. Rolling Smoke? Anyone?
    • I do suggest eating at a good Mexican restaurant. Even though it is expensive I really prefer Javier's at Aria The margaritas are great. I had the strangest margarita in my life in Perth where they used lemon instead of lime.
    • Lastly, there is some fantastic southern US cooking available that may be completely unlike anything you will run across elsewhere. I suggest Emeril's at MGM or Delmonico at the Venetian. Both will be pricey but good.
    • For drinks, lean towards tequilas and bourbons, both "American" by definition.
    TL:DR = get an American breakfast with bacon, some BBQ, Mexican at Javier's in Aria, southern/creole at Emeril's or Delmonico.

    Good luck!
     
  9. AbFab

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    Our coffee....Seriously. I loved my time in Sydney, but the minute I discovered the four seasons served "filtered coffee" I had three cups in one sitting. Was a difficult task finding a place that serves it..
     
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    There's a place on Fremont across from CVS that serves lengua tacos with sauces of varying degrees of heat, I eat here often.

    Heart attack grill is further down from CVS heard it's a memorable dining experience that's not to rough on the wallet
     
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    Do a good or great steakhouse. The cheap steak/prime rib special is a Vegas symbol but the top end steakhouse experience is also something Vegas specifically excels at as well as being a traditional American experience. They will serve cuts of beef and other dishes you actually won't get at home and the service is worth experiencing. Some places are super expensive but even the middle of the road steakhouses will be a unique treat.
     
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    I'm just going to plug the Peppermill for that traditional breakfast.. served with a side of kitschy scenery...
     
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  13. TOWNSVILLE

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    leo21, we will be staying six nights at The Four Queens in two bookings out of our five Casino stays.l was planning to visit Hugo's Cellar if the gambling is kind to me Surely the steaks there would be up to the standard that you are referring to_Otherwise l seem to remember that there is a steak house at Circus Circus that has a reputation for being far superior than what they should be.Comments anybody?Cuts of beef over here have different names at different Restaurants,maybe the same there.However l am sure the beef that is served over there would be exceptional, as Americans l am sure would not have it any other way.Australia on the other hand exports most of it's prime beef to the likes of Japan.Got to make a buck where you can.At the moment beef here is priced beyond that which is acceptable for the average Aussie,reason being the drought in beef country.Destock your paddocks before the cattle deteriorate too much,get the money while you can.However as you know if you gamble,everything changes,we have had good rains so the farmers are all hanging on to their breeding stock to increase their herds.Therefore beef prices go through the roof,it's damn near rocket science stuff.
     
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  14. reedy

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    Triple George DT is solid.

    I lived in Townsville for 3 seasons. Both with the Central Tigers and the Cowboys.

    Fond memories. Many a good night was had a Bullwinkles.
     
  15. TOWNSVILLE

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    Great to hear reedy,l'm sure you would of had a great time if you joined in with the Townsville locals.There would be no way a USA citizen would be ignored here.Ditto when l'm in your country,unwritten rule l think.Triple George is noted as most of my trip is booked down town.Fourteen nights out of seventeen,the other three are at Palace Station,thanks to the advice from this messageboard.Thanks everyone.
     
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    Actually from London, Eng originally. Live in a small town called Chevy Chase, MD about a mile outside of Washington DC now. But yes, the Townsville locals were very friendly. Especially the women over the 3 years I lived there.

    You'll be disappointed to hear that Bundy and cokes are very hard to come by in DT Vegas as is XXXX.

    Im staying DT for birthday celebrations from Nov 20-23. PM me if you want to grab a cocktail/beer.

    Are you in town to try out for the Thunder Down Under???
     
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    Greetings, I seem to recall that Aussie beef is grass fed whereas the beef over here is Grain fed so the flavor is a little different. My local supermarket sometimes sells whole peeled fillet mignon loins from Oz and I notice the fat has a little more color.

    As for Fosters, it's brewed in Texas for the North American market, but available in the familiar oil can in stores. So while you're over here, try some of the craft brews on tap.

    As for the Steak House at Circus Circus, I have been twice and would go again. Dinners include a salad, baked potato, and a veggie and the food is good. The atmosphere is dark paneling with "before" pictures of steers, leather seats, very comfortable and clubby.

    Enjoy your trip!
     
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    There are 2 great, and cheap, restaurants Downtown that I've enjoyed numerous times. Both are located across Fremont St. from the El Cortez. The first is Le Thai...great food. The second is a burger place...get the 'Farmer's burger'.
     
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    Pizza Rock, great food, good portions and fantastic value with good solid service also....
     
  20. Uranium 235

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    G'day TSV

    Have a great time in Vegas. In terms of beef, have you ever tried the beef from the Highlands of PNG? Extraordinary stuff.

    Anyway, I highly recommend Uber as others have on this forum. You can just use the airport wifi when you arrive and the pickup is in the parking garage - all very easy to find.

    Cheers