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Why cheap out on food when you are willing to lose hundreds?

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by IamLindainWI, Apr 1, 2017.

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  1. IamLindainWI

    IamLindainWI Tourist

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    I see so many posters saying they won't spend money on nice meals. They will only eat upscale if it is comped. I don't get it. If you are willing to loose hundreds in a casino, why are you not willing to spend your money on a sure thing with a nice meal? There are so many wonderful restaurants in Vegas. Seems sad to limit food options to cheap eats. IMHO
     
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  2. leo21

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    A bit judgemental, no?
     
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  3. iamsomedude

    iamsomedude High-Roller

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    Some people come to Vegas almost exclusively to gamble, so taking a sizable amount of money from their gambling budget to pay for food is almost defeating the purpose of going to Vegas. Plus, you can get good food by getting comped, but you can't get gambling money from paying for good food out of your own pocket.

    I will say that I go to Vegas for the good food and always pay out of pocket for good food since I don't gamble enough to get comps, but I can see why people would prefer to spend most of their budget on gambling instead of on food.
     
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  4. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    I agree with the sentiment...

    But...it's L-O-S-E.
     
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  5. Auggie

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    For me it wouldn't matter if there were comps or not, be it in Las Vegas or otherwise, I just don't like fine dining.

    A few reasons for me would be:

    => I have IBS and a couple of food allergies. Fine dining often uses a lot of "different" stuff to add flavors and I just never know how my stomach will react.
    => The portions are small and I always leave hungry. Whats the point of going to a fancy restaurant if I still end up having to stop somewhere to get a burger and fries afterwards because I am still hungry? Why not save the time and money on the fine dining and just go for the burger first?
    => Yes, the restaurant is nice and has a quiet atmosphere, but the food you get for the price you pay kind of seems like a rip off - paying a bucket of cash for what is probably going to be $3 worth of chicken, 25 cents worth of rice and another buck or two worth of herbs and seasonings sprinkled on top.
    => Most of the "gourmet chefs" who work the kitchen and end up actually preparing and cooking the food are likely fresh out of culinary school and earning little more than the "chef" at McDonalds... either way in the end they are both just following a recipe and cooking instructions they didn't come up with themselves.
    => Which comes to the chef's whose name is on the restaurant: other than make a few appearances at opening, they really don't do anything towards the actual owning or operating of the restaurant beyond lending their name to the place. Instead they will have business partners who will handle the actual running of the restaurant, investors who will put up the money so they don't have to spend a penny of their own money opening the place, and marketing will determine what foods go on the menu based on supply, demand and current trends... for every "signature dish" that goes on the menu there are probably six or seven that the chef themselves probably have no idea its being offered.

    Some of that might be over simplifying things, but to me what makes a restaurant good is the quality of the food and if, in the end, I had a good meal and a good time... not how dim the lights are and how expensive the food is.
     
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  6. Chuck2009x

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    The house edge on fine dining is 200%.
     
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  7. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Those who would rather spend their money gambling instead of fine dining choose to do so. They do not feel shortchanged or deprived in my opinion.

    Everyone is different and it just comes down to what floats their boat.
     
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  8. vegasvic

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    I don't judge how people spend their money. I enjoy a good meal. But I'm also not going to overpay to eat at a "name" restaurant.

    Everyone has a budget. Some choose to spend more on a room. Some choose to spend more on gambling. Some more on food.

    The OP says she "doesn't get it". What's not to get?
     
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  9. runningonthehub

    runningonthehub High-Roller

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    JUDGE NOT, LEST YE BE JUDGED
     
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  10. FLACookieman

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    If only more people believed this!
     
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  11. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    I don't think the OP was "judging"... just wondering.

    For those of us that donate lots via gambling, saving on food is one way we do it. Some are not into big fancy food anyways.

    Personally, I think the prices that Vegas charges for food are bordering on obscene. Just crazy. And of course, when you buy a $25 steak for $85 - the taxes and tip move up as well.
     
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    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    It's simple. When I eat a steak, there is no chance I could possibly win 1000 steaks.

    With gambling, there's an upside!
     
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    1) There are so many good and better restaurants outside Vegas, why do it in Vegas at an inflated price?
    2) Many people don't enjoy those so called fine dinning. myself included.
    3) to me, it's a big waste of my vacation (gambling that is) time.
     
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  14. ken2v

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    Vegas food prices are really no different than other BIG-time/uberpopular city in the states, at all points of the spectrum. Lotsa folks just have a tendency to "see" things in silos, often predetermined silos, and then add in value-tainting ...

    As for the opening premise -- food, hotel choice, gambling, spa, golf, how we spend on anything back in the world, really, there is no "right" or "wrong."
     
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    Seemed like an honest question. I don't think the OP was slinging mud.
     
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    "Seems sad to limit food options to cheap eats" is judgmental IMO
     
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  17. nostresshere

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    It is all wrong... but I keep doing it. Make it stop. I want (need) to get off.
     
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    That's an opinion. If he said "You're sad for eating on the cheap", I think that would be more judgemental.

    I think people need to loosen up a little.
     
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    We all go to Vegas to have fun. Personally, I drink far more in Vegas than I do otherwise. I stay in nicer accommodations. I (obviously) gamble more. Doesn't mean I have to do everything differently.

    Many of us are proud of our frugality. That often means not spending more on dinner than we DO for our rooms. I consider it a personal victory if my dining bill is lower than my airfare. You may feel that Las Vegas is all about fine dining, and that's fine. For me its more about squeezing every nickel out of my LVA/MyVegas/ACG coupons. Different strokes for different folks
     
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    Some of us just aren't foodies. My dinner the other night was a couple of celery sticks dipped into the peanut butter jar. But I do like to gamble and drink.
     
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