Dining at The Venetian Las Vegas

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

much has changed that it almost feels like a new hotel and casino under a beautiful hand painted roof. Earlier this year The Venetian completed a year-long renovation of their suites.

This was no small task as there are 3,000 suites at The Venetian.

In that time, and maybe even a little longer, the casino floor was given a facelift with new carpeting, new traffic patterns and a wide variety of games. There was also a change of the guard with many restaurants at The Venetian.

The hotel has always had great dining options but the new options and new menus at old favorites seem to be a hit with many visitors. Restaurants ranging from fine dining to the food court have a new identity. Here’s a look at the current dining options at The Venetian (for the sake of brevity we’ll stick to The Venetian itself, not the Grand Canal Shops or The Palazzo).

 

Aquaknox – Fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world, including stone crab claws and a superb “raw bar.”

B & B Ristorante – Chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich (That’s the B & B) bring their award-winning New York City-based traditional Italian restaurant experience to Las Vegas.

B & B Burger and Beer – The name says it all – burgers and beer from the restaurant team that brings you the Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row.

Bouchon – They play with ideas from chef Hubert Keller’s memories of traveling through France. While its focus on fine French cuisine Bouchon serves some of the best breakfast you’ll find anywhere in Las Vegas.

Café Presse – One of the many coffee options at The Venetian comes in most handy when you’re at the hotel for a convention.

db Brasserie – Chef Daniel Boulud’s new contemporary French restaurant was named “Best New Fine Dining” by Vegas Seven magazine. ‘Nuff said.

Delmonico Steakhouse – World famous chef Emeril Lagasse delivers classic steak alongside dishes from his hometown New Orleans, Louisiana.

Grand Lux Café – The Grand Lux Café, like its sister restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, fulfills the craving for any hunger. Food varies from the best steak and eggs in Las Vegas to pizza and the always delicious Asian Nachos.

Noodle Asia – The menu at the always crowded restaurant features large portions of noodle dishes, vegetarian specialties, rice and congee dishes and soups.

Public House – This bar and restaurant boasts a nice variety of beer, wine and spirits paired with a delicious menu of all your pub favorites made with gourmet flair.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – A restaurant devoted to farm-fresh ingredients featuring classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality.

 

If you haven’t been to The Venetian in a few years the dining options at the casino level food court have been totally refreshed. Here’s a look at the quick serve options.

Café Pan – Crepes

Chow Baby! – BBQ

Pizzeria de Enzo – Soups, salads, and Italian cuisine

San Gennaro Burger – Burgers

Tacos N’ Ritas – Fresh Mexican tacos, burritos, and salads

 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Specials – Las Vegas 2015

Thursday, 22 October 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas probably may not be the first place you think about when you’re planning a Thanksgiving getaway but maybe it should be. Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas is the last busy time of the year until the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The weekend isn’t just busy, it’s borderline insane.

Thanksgiving is a family oriented holiday and you’ll probably see more adults with their children in Las Vegas than any other time of the year in Las Vegas. This makes sense when you think about it. Thanksgiving is usually spent with a family gathered together eating way too much food. Why not have someone else prepare the feast and enjoy the warm climate and comforts of Las Vegas?

Between locals who don’t want to cook and people on vacation the restaurants are packed all over town. Las Vegas businesses are always looking to capitalize on large crowds and have been offering more special Thanksgiving menus every year. You’ll be able to find a list of many of those dinner menus if you’re planning on visiting Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. We’ll keep updating this post as new Thanksgiving menus are revealed so be sure to bookmark and check back for updates.

Alize (Palms) – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$55 per person (excludes drinks, tax and gratuity)

Amuse Bouche

Roasted Chestnut Panna Cotta, Port Wine, Orange Marmalade

First Course

Pumpkin Soup
Maple Brown Butter, Pumpkin Seeds, Pecans
Or
Chilled Terrine of Foie Gras
Duck Confit, Medjool Date Crepes, Fuji Apple
Or
Green Salad & Cucumber Torchon
Tomatoes, Roquefort Cheese, Herb Dressing

Second Course

Dover Sole
Truffled Potato Purée, Winter Vegetables, Brown Butter Sauce
Or
Seared Scallop
Braised Leeks, Osetra Caviar, Lemon Buter Sauce
Or
Potato Gnocchi Gratin
Mixed Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Parmesan Coulis

Third Course

Diestel Ranch Turkey
Sausage, Brioche, Cranberry, Sweet Potato
Marshmallow, Turkey Jus
Or
Veal Wellington
Mushrooms, Asparagus, Prosciutto, Truffle Veal Jus
Or
Pan Roasted Tempeh
Vegetable Spring Roll, Tofu Espuma, Soy Lacquer

Dessert Trio

Spice Cake, Pumpkin & White Chocolate Mousse
Cranberry Pecan Tartlet, Candied Ginger Cream
Warm Apple Tart Tatin with Vanilla Anglaise

 

Andiron Steak & Sea (Downtown Summerlin) – Noon

$55 per person (excludes tax and gratuity); optional beverage pairing $25 per person

Appetizer – Choice of:

Roasted Heirloom Squash Soup, Toasted pumpkin seeds, spiced crème fraiche or

Andiron Caesar, Shaved parmesan, croutons, crispy capers or Old Bay Shrimp Cocktail, Horseradish panna cotta, cocktail sauce

Entrée – Choice of:

Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi, Sage brown butter, shaved chestnut, pomegranate or Grilled Scottish Salmon, Caper lemon butter or Carved Organic Turkey, Pan gravy or Herb Crusted Prime Rib, Natural jus

Sides served with family style include:

Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Candied Yams, Green Bean “Casserole,” Herbed Brioche Stuffing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

Dessert – Choice of:

Ashley’s Crème Brulée Donuts or Vanilla custard or Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon whipped cream

 

Andre’s (Monte Carlo)

$90 per person. (Tax, gratutity and beverage not included.)

Amuse Bouche
Chestnut Macaroon with Foie Gras Mousse
Aged Madeira Reduction
_________
Kabocha Squash Soup
Crispy Pancetta, Spiced Pine Nuts, Chive Oil
or
King Crab Croquettes
Trio of Bell Pepper Sauces
or
Smoked Duck Breast & Baby Spinach Salad
Frisée, Crispy Shallots, L’Orange Dressing
__________
Andre’s Traditional Turkey
Dried Fruit Stuffing, Butter Braised Leg Confit
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower Flourets
Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Relish
or
Pan Seared Loch Duart Salmon
Grilled Tiger Shrimp, Cranberry Beans, Spinach
Saffron and Shrimp Velouté
or
Roasted Berkshire Pork Chop
Baby Pumpkin En Croute, Fall Vegetable Succotash,
Spiced Pork Jus
or
Butternut Squash Risotto
Roasted Fall Mushrooms, Salsify Chips
Browned Butter & Sage Sauce
____________
Verjus Sorbet
Poached Pear, Phyllo Nest
or
Saint Andre Cheese
Baked Red Apple and Macadamia Nut Strussel, Port Wine Reduction
____________
Dessert Trio
Spice Cake with Pumpkin & White Chocolate Mousse
Cranberry & Pecan Tartlet with Candied Ginger Cream
Warm Apple Tatin & Vanilla Anglaise

 

Anthony’s Steakhouse (M Resort)

$48 per person

1st Course: Beet salad or butternut squash soup

Main Course: Tom Turkey dinner with all the fixings

Dessert: Pumpkin pie

 

Aquaknox (The Venetian)

$39.99 per person

Roasted stuffed turkey breast, duck confit, corn-bread-stuffing waffle, Brussels sprouts and sweet potato cheesecake

 

Baja Miguel’s (South Point)

$16.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m

Appetizers: Salad Fiesta, chopped romaine with corn, tomatoes, black olives, grated cheese and tortilla strips with salsa ranch dressing; or Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Entrées: Herb Roasted Young Turkey with giblet gravy, apple and chestnut dressing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple glazed yams, green beans and cranberry relish; or Carne Asada Baja Miguel’s, marinated skirt steak broiled, topped with chipotle mushrooms and butter sauce served with chilaquiles and tri-colored beans.

 Desserts: Pumpkin Pie.

(complimentary house margarita or glass of wine)

 

Bazaar Meat (SLS Las Vegas)

$85 prix-fixe menu; $75 for locals

Ferran Adrià Olives, Modern & Traditional (Liquid green olives, gordal olives stuffed with piquillo pepper and anchovy)

Croquetas de Pavo (Turkey-béchamel fritters)

Lucia’s Salad (Endive Caesar salad, parmesan, anchovy, air croutons)

Shrimp & Crab Cocktail

Green Bean Casserole (Wild mushrooms, crispy shallots)

Delmonico Potatoes (Cheddar cheese)

Spiced Cranberries (Confit mandarins, Ceylon cinnamon)

Butifarra & Cornbread Stuffing (Confit piquillo peppers)

***

Josper Roasted Turbot or Mary’s Farm Turkey Sous vide breast, confit leg, traditional gravy

(entrees serve two)

***

Pecan Pie (Vanilla ice cream)

Pumpkin Tart (Clementine sorbet)

 

BLT Steak (Bally’s)

$79 per person

First Course: Choice of celery root soup or gem salad

Second Course: Choice of roasted turkey, served with chestnut-sausage stuffing, cranberry-grenadine sauce and rosemary gravy or dry-aged roasted prime rib with confit garlic jus and caramelized onion bread pudding.

Dessert: Choice of pumpkin tart with maple ice cream, cranberry spiced bread pudding with walnuts and cranberry coulis and velvet chocolate rocky road with hazelnuts.

 

Buddy V’s Ristorante (The Venetian and The Palazzo) – 1 p.m.

$29 per person and $15.95 for kids under 10 (excludes tax and gratuity)

Appetizer: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Spiced apples, pepitas, panna dolce)

Entrée: Slow roasted turkey breast, Italian “dark meat” turkey sausage, pancetta-herb stuffing, roasted vegetables, whipped potatoes, cranberry relish and classic gravy

Dessert: Pumpkin Bundt Cake, Maple cream cheese center & roasted pumpkin pecan compote

 

Carmines (Forum Shops at Caesars Palace)

$239.95, serves up to eight

Main Course and sides: Eighteen-pound roasted turkey, sausage and sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, string beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Dessert: Pumpkin, apple or pecan pie

 

Charlie Palmer (Four Seasons/Mandalay Bay) – 2 – 8 pm

$75 per person, $15 supplemental wine pairing

FIRST COURSE

BABY ICEBERG
Jalapeño Bacon, Sweet Corn, Creamy Chipotle
BIBB LETTUCE SALAD
Marinated Tomatoes, Crispy Shallots, Buttermilk Dressing
CHEF STEVE’S “CAESAR SALAD”
Prosciutto Wrapped Romaine Hearts, White Anchovies
HONEY ROASTED BUTTERMUT SQUASH SOUP
Caramelized Banana, Sage
DIVER SEA SCALLOPS
Truffled Celery Root, Foie Gras Ravioli
La Segreta Bianco, Planeta, Sicily, Italy
MAIN COURSE

HERB ROASTED TURKEY BREAST
Slow Braised Leg, Candied Cranberries, Pan Gravy
SURF AND TURF
Roasted Maine Lobster / 8oz. Filet Mignon ($15 supplement)
CHARCOAL GRILLED FILET MIGNON
Garlic Potato Purée, Red Wine Natural
CHARRED BONE IN NY STRIP STEAK
Trumpet Royale Mushroom, Bordelaise Sauce
CALIFORNIA SEABASS
Crab Risotto, Basil Emulsion
Clayhouse Syrah, Paso Robles, California
SIDES
Served Family Style

SWEET POTATO POMME PURÉE
CIDER GLAZED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
DESSERT

SPICED PUMPKIN BAKED ALASKA
Graham Cracker Cake, Pumpkin Seed Brittle
PECAN TART
Brown Sugar Crust, Whipped Cream
VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRÛLÉE
Seasonal Fruit Salad
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BAR
Flourless Chocolate Cake, Salted Caramel

 

Cabo (Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station)

$9.99 per person

  • Apple roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy and orange cranberry chutney
  • Green bean casserole; sausage, sage and pear stuffing; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; and broccoli au gratin
  • Choice of pumpkin pie, apple pie or pecan pie for dessert

 

Charcoal Room (Palace Station) - Opens at 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving Menu includes: Oven-roasted beet salad ($7); pumpkin bisque drizzled with chestnut oil and a cinnamon nutmeg crème fraiche ($7); oven roasted turkey with sage stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce ($19); salmon wellington with lobster cream sauce and caviar sevruga ($27); and pumpkin pie or apple pie ($7).

 

Cleo (SLS Las Vegas)

Dinner: $49 prix-fixe menu, $39 for locals

Appetizers: Marinated Moroccan Olives, Hummus with Tahini, Lebaneh with Feta or Babaganoush (Choice of One Dip per Two Guests, Served with Laffa)

Salad: Fall Fattoush Salad (Sumac Crouton, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Parsnip, Carrot, Pomegranate- Molasses Vinaigrette) or Chopped Salad (Cucumbers, Freekeh, Tomato, Lemon)

Main Course: Roasted Spice-Rubbed Turkey (Corona Beans, Tomato, Tzatziki, Brussels Sprouts, Apple Puree, Cranberry Red- Wine Gastrique)

Dessert: Chef’s Assorted Cookies or Sticky Toffee Pudding

 

Center Cut (Flamingo)

$50 per person

Appetizer: Choice of Caesars Salad, Chopped Salad, Butternut Squash Soup

Entree: Herb Rubbed Organic Free Range Turkey (Cornbread, Medjool Date, Chorizo Stuffing, Charred Brussel Sprouts & Shallots, Sweet Potato Gratin, Fresh Cranberry & Golden Pear Chutney)

Dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon Creme Anglais

 

Coronado Café (South Point)

$14.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m

Appetizers: Fall Harvest Salad, seasonal greens, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, toasted croutons and a choice of dressing; or Cream of Butternut Squash Soup.

Entrées: Herb Roasted Young Turkey with giblet gravy, apple and chestnut dressing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple glazed yams, green beans and cranberry relish; or Roast Sirloin of Beef topped with Au Jus and creamed horseradish sauce with baked or Yukon Gold baked for mashed potatoes with green beans.

Desserts: Pumpkin Pie.

(complimentary cocktail or glass of wine)

 

Craftsteak (MGM Grand)

$85 per person

Main Course and sides: Grilled Vermont quail, sautéed foie gras or salad of Fuyu persimmon; turkey with natural jus, cranberry-orange relish, fennel sausage and sage stuffing and roasted baby root vegetables, sweet potato puree and braised cavolo nero

Dessert: Pumpkin tart

 

d.Vino (Monte Carlo)

$29 per person

1st Course: Roasted butternut squash soup, cranberry-cardamom cream

Main Course: Carved roasted turkey breast and sliced dark meat with Idaho mashed potatoes, pancetta-herb stuffing, baked green beans and wild mushrooms, natural turkey gravy, orange-cranberry chutney

Dessert: Thanksgiving pie duo, pecan pie and pumpkin pie duo, cinnamon whipped cream, bourbon ice cream

 

db Brasserie (The Venetian)

$55 per person (optional beverage pairing $39 per person)

Appetizer: Choice of Daniel’s Autumn Salad Duck prosciutto, pomegranate, candied pecans and pear vinaigrette or Butternut Squash Velouté Chesnutt puff, pumpkin oil

Main Course:  New Hampshire Organic Turkey Herb basted and slow roasted breast, Cranberry Chestnut Stuffing, Caramelized Yams, Bacon Wrapped Haricot Vert, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Giblet Gravy

Dessert: Choice of Pecan Pie Toffee, butterscotch ice cream, cinnamon Chantilly or DB’S Pumpkin Soufflé Pain d’epice crème Anglaise

 

Don Vito’s (South Point)

$35 per person from 2 to 9 p.m

Appetizers: Ossobuco Ravioli with chive Beurre Blanc; Asparagus Frittes, breaded and baked with pumpkin cream; Butternut Squash Soup with Panchetta Crouton; or Traditional Caesar Salad.

Entrées: Herb Roasted Young Turkey with giblet gravy, apple and chestnut dressing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple glazed yams, green beans and cranberry relish; Scallops Seared Over Sautéed Spinach with orange saffron sauce; Filet Medallions Diane with herb roasted mushrooms and peppers in a red wine demi sauce; or Chicken Carbonara over spinach tagliatelle.

Desserts: Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream; Apple Cranberry Cobbler; or Strawberry Cannoli.

(complimentary cocktail or glass of wine)

 

Double Barrel Roadhouse (Monte Carlo)

Pre fixed $39 or order a la carte (prices below)

First course: Roasted Butternut Squash soup (Sour Crème, Smoked Applewood Bacon Bits, Green Onions) or Roasted Beet Salad (Smoked Mascarpone Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Arugula, Balsamic Vinaigrette) – $12

Main course: Smoked Turkey Platter (Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Fried Brisket Stuffing, Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce and Roasted Turkey Jus) – $27

Dessert: Pumpkin Cobbler or Old Fashion Pecan Pie (French Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Syrup) – $7

 

Eiffel Tower (Paris Las Vegas) - Begins at 2 p.m.

$89 per person (wine pairings $49)

1st Course: Cream of butternut squash, duck confit or autumn greens with roasted red, yellow and striped beets

Main Course: Turkey, chestnut dressing, gratin potatoes, braised red cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cranberry compote

Dessert: Pecan pie or pumpkin souffle

 

Fix (Bellagio)

$75 per person

First Course: Choice of creamy mushroom soup or panzanella

Entree: Free-range turkey and sides for the table including sweet potato au gratin, green beans with almonds and focaccia bacon sage

Dessert: Choice of pecan or pumpkin pie

 

Fulton Street Food Hall (Harrah’s) – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

$15.99 per person

The traditional meal includes butternut squash soup, sliced oven roasted turkey breast with homemade gravy, sausage and herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

 

Grand Cafe (Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort) – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

$16.99 per person

  • Apple roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy and orange cranberry chutney
  • Green bean casserole; sausage, sage and pear stuffing; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; and broccoli au gratin
  • Choice of pumpkin pie, apple pie or pecan pie for dessert

 

Grand Cafe (Boulder Station, Palace Station, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station)

$9.99 per person

  • Slow roasted turkey breast
  • Chestnut stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans and candied yams with rich turkey gravy
  • Choice of pumpkin pie or apple pie

Giada (The Cromwell)

Thanksgiving tasting menu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

First:
Antipasti platter of:
Brussels Sprout Crostini with toasted pine nuts, goat cheese, gorgonzola, dried cranberry & agrodolce gastrique

Duck Prosciutto with duo of mustards and Seasonal fruit

24 month old Parmigiano Reggiano

Wood Roasted Wild Mushrooms

Second:
Butternut Squash Purée with crispy prosciutto, amaretti cookie crumble, “Noble 5” sherry vinegar
OR
Stuffing arancini

Third:
Turkey Two ways: Turkey Breast Porchetta and Crispy Confit Dark Meat
served with Cacio e Pepe Baked Mashed Potatoes, Pancetta Ciabatta Stuffing, Green Beans Almandine, Sweet Cranberry Mostarda

Fourth:
Walnut Tart with a Duo of Gelato
OR
Pumpkin Tiramisu

 

Gordon Ramsay Pub (Caesars Palace)

Three courses: $55

Starter: Baked U-5 Shrimp (Parmesan Polenta, Heirloom Tomato Essence)

Entrée: Pub Style Malt-Beer Brined Oven Roasted Turkey (Brioche Sage Stuffing, Confit Pumpkin, Cranberry, Green Beans, Giblet Gravy)

Dessert: Sweet Potato Pecan Torte (Rum Raisin Ice Cream, Pistachio Chantilly Cream)

 

Hank’s Fine Steaks (Green Valley Ranch) - Opens at 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving menu includes: Sweet potato velouté with crispy sage, black truffle and crème fraiche ($14); baby winter greens with pomegranate, pecans, parmesan crisps and a blood orange vinaigrette ($16); free range turkey with sausage truffle brioche stuffing, mascarpone whipped Yukon potatoes, wild mushroom gravy, haricot vert and blistered cranberry ($42); and pumpkin mascarpone cheesecake with cranberry chutney, pecan crust and cinnamon chantilly ($12).

Hash House A Go Go (The Linq Hotel) – 10 a.m – Close

Thanksgiving specials:

- Butternut Squash soup ($4.99)
- HH Wedge Salad with hardwood smoked bacon and blue cheese ($7.99)
- Roasted Turkey Breast with homemade mashed potatoes, rosemary gravy, old school dressing, carrots, baby green beans, grilled corn on the cob and cranberry sauce ($16.99)
- Big O’ Turkey Pot Pie with a cracker crust filled with roasted turkey, shaved sweet corn, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, red potatoes and pan gravy ($16.99)
- Homemade Pumpkin Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream ($6.99)

 

Heritage Steakhouse (The Mirage)

$75 per person

1st course: curried apple and maple pork belly soup and a frisee salad with truffle vinaigrette and pancetta.

Main course: Roasted organic turkey with sausage and fennel stuffing, potato puree and cauliflower gratin.

Dessert: pumpkin pie with maple pecan streusel and cranberry ice cream.

 

Lakeside (Wynn)  – 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

$68 per person

1st Course: Kabocha squash soup

Main Course: Roasted turkey with sourdough-sausage stuffing, haricot vert, cranberry-orange relish, mashed potatoes and giblet sauce

Dessert: Pumpkin tart

 

Morels French Steakhouse (The Palazzo)

$72 per person

First Course: Romaine heart salad and roasted butternut squash soup with rosemary and parmesan flan, glazed chestnut

Entree: Oven roasted free range turkey with brioche stuffing, glazed autumn root vegetables, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, giblet gravy and housemade cranberry compote

Dessert: Trio of pies: apple, pumpkin and pecan with freshly whipped cream

 

Le Cafe St. Louis (Paris)

$40 per person

Course 1: Choose between French onion soup or spiced yam soup

Course 2: Waldorf salad or Caesar salad

Main Course: Choose between roast pork loin served with spaghetti squash and cinnamon scented apples or turkey and stuffing accompanied by bacon Brussels sprouts, cranberry jam and globe carrots.

Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake or traditional apple pie

 

Northside Café (SLS Las Vegas)

Three courses: $24.95 or order a la carte (prices below)

Salad: Corn Chowder or Mixed Greens Salad (Candied Walnuts, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes, Cranberry Vinaigrette) – $5.95

Main course: Roasted Turkey with Wild-Mushroom Stuffing, Sautéed Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry & Cherry Relish – $16.95

Dessert: Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie $6.95

 

Oscar’s Beef, Booze and Broads (The Plaza)

$65 per person

First Course: Roasted beet and carrot salad, butternut squash soup

Entree: Roasted turkey with dressing, baby vegetables, mashed potatoes, creamed onions, cranberry sauce and gravy

Dessert: Pumpkin-white chocolate cheesecake or apple cobbler

 

Pasta Cucina (Sunset Station and Boulder Station)

Opens at 2 p.m. at Sunset Station and 5 p.m. at Boulder Station.

  • Choice of house salad or minestrone soup
  • Carved turkey breast with house-made dressing, candied yams, turkey gravy and cranberry glaze
  • Pumpkin pie or warm apple pie for dessert

 

PBR Rock Bar (Planet Hollywood)

Dinner special – $19.99

House-smoked turkey breast with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, cranberry relish and a cornbread muffin.

 

Primarily Prime Rib (South Point)

$29 per person from 2 to 9 p.m

Appetizers: Harvest Salad, romaine and endive lettuce with apple, toasted walnuts and cranberries with a white apple cider vinaigrette; Grilled Crab and Corn Cakes with horseradish cream; or Butternut Squash and Corn Bisque.

Entrées: Herb Roasted Young Turkey with giblet gravy, apple and chestnut dressing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple glazed yams, green beans and cranberry relish; Roast Prime Rib of Beef dry ages and slowly cooked for full flavor; Chicken Gloria wrapped in prosciutto ham and sautéed with apricots flamed with apricot brandy; Oven Roasted Gulf Coast Grouper with pumpkin and sage Beurre Blanc; Maple Glazed Pork Loin, apple and walnut stuffed pork loin with maple demi and white bean casserole; or Dry Aged Sirloin Steak, broiled 10 ounce steak with Cabernet mushroom reduction and served with a choice of Chateau or Yukon Gold creamed potato and green beans.

Desserts: Warm Apple and Pecan Tart with crème anglaise; Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream; or Pumpkin Cheesecake.

(complimentary cocktail or glass of wine)

 

Silverado Steakhouse (South Point)

$49 per person from 2 to 9 p.m.

Appetizers: Chilled Shrimp Cocktail; or Bacon Rapped Dates with blue cheese and quinoa salad; or Seafood Creole over Buttered Grits.

Soup and Salad: Butternut Squash and Corn Bisque; Fall Harvest Salad, baby kale, arugula, teardrop tomatoes, cranberries and pecans with apple cider vinaigrette; or Silverado Salad Bowl with Champagne Dressing.

Entrées: Herb Roasted Young Turkey with giblet gravy, apple and chestnut dressing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple glazed yams, green beans and cranberry relish; Roast Pheasant with Mushroom and Pancetta Jus with creamed parsnips and braised cabbage; Sable Fish with Potato Crust on sautéed cherry tomatoes and broccoli timbale, orzo and a saffron Beurre Blanc sauce; Medallions of Pork with poached apple, calvados sauce, white and fava beans over a while rice medley; or Twin Medallions of Beef Tenderloin with Béarnaise sauce and merlot reduction over chateau potatoes and asparagus tips.

Desserts: Warm Pecan Tart; Pumpkin Pie; Toasted Almond Pound Cake with pistachio gelato, raspberries and hazelnut cream.

(complimentary cocktail or glass of wine)

 

Top of the World (Stratosphere) - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

$79 per person

First Course: Braised beef short ribs or butternut squash ravioli; roasted pumpkin soup or lettuce with spiced apple vinaigrette

Main Course: Roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, haricots verts, cornbread and andouille stuffing and cranberry sauce

Dessert: pumpkin tart

 

T-Bones Chophouse (Red Rock Resort) – Opens at 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving menu includes: Beets and goat cheese salad with baby mache, slow-roasted assorted beets, aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil drizzle ($12); creamy butternut squash soup with chestnut oil and a cinnamon nutmeg crème fraiche ($12); traditional roasted turkey with sage stuffing, giblet gravy, house-made cranberry sauce, green beans almandine and whipped potatoes ($52); striped bass with celery root puree, celery leaf salad, chanterelle mushrooms and grilled asparagus ($52); and pumpkin cake with bourbon sauce and homemade salted caramel ice cream ($8).

 

Ruth’s Chris (Harrah’s)

Thanksgiving Menu is $60 per person available from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Starters: Lobster Bisque or Steak House Salad or Caesar Salad

Entree: Sliced Oven Roasted Turkey Breast With Homemade Gravy, Ruth’s Sausage & Herb Stuffing and Cranberry Relish or 6 ounce Petit Filet and Shrimp

Side: Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole or Sautéed Mushrooms or Creamed Spinach

Dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake a la mode

 

South Point Buffet

$16.95 with a Club Card or $19.95 without a Club Card from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The holiday buffet offers an assortment of a la carte options including Spinach Salad, Quinoa and Orange Salad, Cream of Butternut Squash Soup, Traditional Roast Turkey, Roast Prime Rib, Cider Baked Ham, Seared Salmon, Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken, Golden Fried Shrimp and more. Guests can satisfy the sweet tooth craving with desserts such as Pumpkin Pie, Cheesecake, Fruit Pie, Hot Cranberry Bread Pudding and Hot Apple and Raisin Brown Betty.

(complimentary glass of house wine)

 

Trevi (Caesars Palace)

$35 per person

First Course: Choice of roasted pumpkin soup or a roasted fall vegetable salad

Second Course: Traditional Thanksgiving plate including a Diestel turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans and gravy giblet

Dessert: Pumpkin and Nutella budino with vanilla gelato

 

Via Brasil Steakhouse (off strip)

$39.99 – $49.99 per person (children 5-6 are $4.99 and kids 7-12 are $24.99.) open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, and 3 to 9 p.m. for dinner.

Rodizio Thanksgiving include all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast with all of the traditional fixings. Turkey will be carved tableside (choose from whatever parts you want—white meat, dark meat, etc.)

The restaurant’s gourmet salad bar will be transformed into a buffet for everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving sides. The restaurant’s usual meats, including Picanha (top sirloin), prime rib and BBQ baby back pork ribs, will also be available.

There are two options for lunch—Rodizio Prime (15 different types of meats, four side dishes and gourmet salad bar for $39.99), Rodizio Sterling (21 different types of meat, four side dishes and gourmet salad bar for $49.99). For dinner, guests can enjoy the Rodizio Sterling menu (same pricing as lunch).

A Place To Eat At Every Downtown Las Vegas Hotel

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 by Blog Category: Downtown - Old Vegas and Food.

It’s been awhile since we’ve taken a trip to each of the casino hotels in Downtown Las Vegas. These properties aren’t quite as robust as you’ll find on the Vegas Strip since many of the buildings are older and smaller. Less space means less options for just about everything that’s not a slot machine. This leads to a fairly amazing variety of dining options ranging from quick serve to casual to the finest dining around. Here is a look a some of the best restaurants in each Downtown Las Vegas hotel casino.

 

Binion’s – Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ and Brews offers exactly what you’d expect – BBQ and beer. It’s actually kind of a nice quiet place to relax and grab a bite since it’s hidden (in plain sight) in the back of the casino.

 

California – California Noodle House offers some thing rare in a Downtown Las Vegas casino hotel – Asian fusion dining. You won’t find many Asian in too many other Downtown Las Vegas casinos and you won’t find fusion.

 

The D – Andiamo Steakhouse is one of the best steakhouses anywhere in Las Vegas. Great service, great food and great prices make this a must visit if you’re looking for a nice upscale meal.

 

Downtown Grand – Even though it’s not inside the actual casino Triple George is affiliated with Downtown Grand. They offer typical and excellent American classics including a great burger, steaks and chicken parm.

 

El Cortez – Siegel’s 1941 is the only restaurant at El Cortez so this must be the place to eat. Then again the gambling gourmet will bring food to you while you’re playing in the casino. Hmmmm…

 

Four Queens – Hugo’s Cellar is a throwback to the great restaurants of Las Vegas from the 50’s and 60’s. This is fine dining like you won’t find in many restaurants in Las Vegas.

 

Fremont – This is Tony Roma’s only location in Las Vegas. What more do you need besides ribs, BBQ, Seafood and one of the best prime rib specials in Downtown Las Vegas?

 

Golden Gate – DuPar’s is the only restaurant at the Golden Gate and that’s perfectly fine. They have the best pancakes in Las Vegas. ‘Nuff said.

 

Golden Nugget – Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar is a unique restaurant inside of a Downtown Las Vegas casino. This is the only Mexican restaurant located inside a casino. Tacos? Tacos!

 

Main Street Station – 777 Restaurant & Brewery offers traditional pub food along with delicious freshly brewed beer. This is one of the best places to watch football while you dine in Downtown Las Vegas.

 

Plaza – Popup Pizza is a traditional pizzeria located next to the sports book. You can order by the slice or by the pie. Its quick serve design has a few tables available to eat at the restaurant or you can take the food to go.

 

Bargain Dining On The Vegas Strip

Monday, 14 September 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas is no longer the home of the $1.99 all-you-can-eat buffet capital of the world that people came to love in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s actually difficult to find a buffet in Las Vegas that offers quality food at a bargain price but we’ll discuss that another day.

We recently looked at how and where you can eat quality food in Downtown Vegas restaurants for $30 a day. That kind of all day quality bargain dining isn’t available on the Vegas Strip unless you’re eating at one of the upgraded food courts or during Happy Hour.

That said there are still a few dining options on the Vegas Strip where you can find a quality meal for around $10. Some are restaurants and some are grab n go joints.

 

Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan

secret pizzaThis isn’t a secret anymore. It seems as though Secret Pizza at the Cosmo has become everyone’s go to places for an inexpensive and/or quick bite to eat for lunch, dinner or fourth meal on the Vegas Strip. A large slice of pizza and a drink will cost just under $10. You can eat your meal quickly standing up in the restaurant or head outside and grab a seat on the couch. If you visit for a late night snack don’t be surprised if you have to wait up to an hour for a slice of pizza. Pin-Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood is a popular secondary option to grab a slice of pizza on the Vegas Strip. They have a similar style of pizza and outdoor seating so you can enjoy the views.

 

earl of sandwichEarl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood

When I’m looking for a quick bite to eat I’ll always think of Earl of Sandwich first. Planet Hollywood has been a go-to casino for years and I’m partial to being able to use Total Reward comps after a night in the casino. The Quizno’s-style toasted sandwiches at this small chain restaurant are always tasty and a good option for breakfast, lunch or a late night bite. Earl of Sandwich now has locations at Caesars Palace, Palms and Downtown Summerlin if you’re craving an inexpensive sandwich in other parts of Las Vegas.

 

Denny’s at Casino Royale

Denny'sYou can eat Denny’s anywhere in America so this may be one of the least exciting restaurants to choose on the Vegas Strip. However, this is Denny’s on the Vegas Strip so it’s not your average Denny’s. The recently renovated Denny’s at Casino Royale is one of the few places you can still find a full breakfast under $10. That meal can also come with a beautiful view of the Vegas Strip. The new Denny’s is two levels with a small patio right across the street from The Mirage volcano. Just a heads up that this is Denny’s earns the most revenue of all of their restaurants and is always always always busy for breakfast.

 

 

Bucca CafeBuca Cafe Italiano at Bally’s

Buca Cafe Italiano at Bally’s is a new restaurant from the Buca Di Beppo Italian food restaurant chain. Unlike other Buca restaurants this location at Bally’s has a buffet. This is where the bargain comes in. The lunch buffet is $12.99 or $11.99 with a Total Rewards card per person. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers one of the best lunch buffet prices on the Vegas Strip. If you visit for dinner you can enjoy the traditional family style dishes which will feed a family of 4 for about $10 per person.

 

Fast Food Restaurants

There are a few non-food court fast food restaurants where you’ll be able to find a meal for under $10. Chipotle in between Harrah’s and Casino Royale is one of my favorite quick bites to eat on the Vegas Strip. A couple of other options include McDonald’s (same location as Chipotle) which has a similarly priced menu that you’ll find off the Vegas Strip and White Castle at Casino Royale.

 

Eat all Day for Less than $20 – Downtown Las Vegas

Friday, 11 September 2015 by Blog Category: Downtown - Old Vegas and Food.

Sometimes you just want cheap eats in Las Vegas. Got it. How about eating way more than anyone should for under $20 a day? Got that too.

There is a plethora of fine dining in Las Vegas but you can also find some insanely cheap deals. Once again, we head to Downtown Las Vegas for a day of overstuffed cheap eats. Actually, we give you a smallish lunch so you can breath between stuffing your face. Here’s how you can eat in Las Vegas for under $20 a day.

 

DennysBreakfast - $4

Start your day off soaking up whatever you had the night before with All-You-Can-Eat pancakes for just $4 from Denny’s at Neonopolis on Fremont Street. You may know this Denny’s from its neon lights, you may know if as ‘the Denny’s where you can get married’ or you may not even know it exists since it’s not in a casino. Denny’s on the corner of Fourth Street and Fremont Street near the entrance for Slotzilla. I recommend you wait a little while after stuffing your face before you fly down Fremont Street. If you’re looking to stretch your budget or just don’t need AYCE pancakes you can have a normal stack of pancakes for only $2. There are plenty of deals on the Denny’s $2-$4-$6-$8 menu. Check for yourself.

 

Lunch – $3.25-$3.95

Popup PizzaPizza isn’t technically a “light” dining option but on this day it feels that way. After you fill your face with pancakes for breakfast you can have a smaller lunch on the other side of Fremont Street at the Plaza. Pop Up Pizza at the Plaza is located just off the sports book at the Plaza and has some of the best affordable slices of pizza you’ll find in Las Vegas. A slice of cheese pizza is only $3.25. If you’re a big eater you shouldn’t worry about just having a single slice pizza. This should be large enough to get you through the afternoon after having all of the pancakes for breakfast. If you’re looking for a slice with toppings you can still find options under $4. You can see the full Pop Up Pizza menu here.

 

Prime RibDinner – $11.99

Sometimes it seems as though the most famous food in Las Vegas is Prime Rib. You will find prime rib dinner specials at almost every casino on Fremont Street. Some are cheaper than others but few come with an overwhelming positive impression like the $11.99 Prime Rib dinner at Magnolia’s inside 4 Queens. Your full dinner includes a salad and a side with your Prime Rib. This isn’t the cheapest Prime Rib in downtown Las Vegas but sometimes it’s worth paying a few bucks more for better food. Besides, you’re only spending $20 on meals for the day. Note, you’ll need a 4 Queens players club card for the $11.99 price. The meal is $13.99 without the card.

 

Save Money By Eating At Strange Times Of The Day

Thursday, 10 September 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

One of the most popular ways to save money in Las Vegas is to find cheap dining. Websites like Travel Vegas have excellent deals on shows and hotel rooms but they don’t always offer discounts on dining. Enter the blog guy who tries to keep track of the best deals in Las Vegas. This isn’t entirely selfless, I like to eat on the cheap too.

Living, working and vacationing in a 24 hour city means that you can eat any meal at any time of the day. Eating at odds hours of the day is a great way to save money in Las Vegas. Here just a few Happy Hour and Late Night specials available.

 

Happy Hour

Many mid-priced restaurants all over Las Vegas offer some kind Happy Hour drinking and dining deals. Here are some of my favorite Happy Hour deals in Las Vegas.

 

Herbs & Rye – This might be the best Happy Hour deal in Las Vegas. You can save so much money that it can easily be worth a cab ride off the Vegas Strip. Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and again 11:59 p.m. to 3 a.m. Drink discounts are fine but you can find certain items on their food menu, including steak (cost around $50) that are discounted by 50%. That’s a legit steak and discounted drinks for around $25 max.

Country Club (Wynn) – Happy Hour at Country Club is every Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Small bites that are often enough for an individual meal and are priced from $3.50 to $8. Drink specials include select beers from $4 and select cocktails from $7. This is a chance to wine and dine at a beautiful restaurant that may normally be beyond your budget.

The Pub (Monte Carlo) – Happy Hour at The Pub is every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. This is one of the best beer bars on the Vegas Strip. You get $3 off all draft beers (normally $6 and up) and food between $3 and $6. Head here closer to 6p.m. and get the night started on the right foot.

 

Late Night Specials

Late night (aka graveyard) specials are a great way to end the night. The food is rarely fine dining quality but that doesn’t matter at 2 a.m. These meals can be as satisfying as a $60 steak from earlier in the evening. Here are a few great places to eat complete meals for under $6.

 

The Cafe (Ellis Island) – Ellis Island is a 3 minute walk from Bally’s on Koval Lane. There are dining specials here all day and night where you can pretty much eat a full meal for around $10 any time of day. However, the amount of late night breakfast dishes under $5 is tremendous. You can choose from 2 or 3 Eggs Any Style with hash browns and toast, The Breakfast Special with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and bacon or sausage and Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast.

Coronado Cafe (South Point) – The sheer number of late night Specials here could fill up a lesser cafe’s entire menu. You’ll find a Cheeseburger, Biscuits and Gravy, Bacon and Eggs, Steak and Eggs and even a Pancake Sandwich (with ham and fried eggs) for under $4! The South Point is about a 10 minute taxi from Mandalay Bay during the overnight hours and these prices are worth the trek if you’re looking for a late night bargain.

Grand Cafe (Station Casinos) – There are 7 different properties offering various overnight specials if you have a Boarding Pass players club card card. The All-Nighter Skillet (2 eggs, hash browns, toast) is only $1.99, a Short Stack of pancakes or an order of Biscuits and Gravy are each also $1.99. You can step up your meals to a Classic Burger & Fries for $2.99 or 8 oz. New York Steak and Eggs for $5.99.

 

Caesars Happy Hour Specials

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Eating and drinking during Happy Hour is one of the best ways to save money in Las Vegas. Some of the best Happy Hour deals in Las Vegas (like ½ priced steak at Herbs & Rye) may not be convenient to your afternoon and evening plans and that’s okay. Sometimes taking a ride off the Vegas Strip isn’t meant to be.

 

Caesars Entertainment comes to the rescue of those of you looking for Happy Hour deals on the Vegas Strip. Here are the Happy Hour deals at restaurants and bars at all Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas hotels.

 

Bally’s Las Vegas

  • BLT Steak boasts a stylish bar with elegant fixtures and signature cocktail staples, including the Watermelon Basil and the Cool Woodford with Woodford Reserve and Ginger Beer. Guests can enjoy these cocktails and more half-priced at the bar from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • Tequila Taqueria offers a wide range of authentic Mexican drinks for happy hour. Happy hour includes a bucket of five Mexican beers for $20 from Sunday to Thursday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Also enjoy $2 chicken and beef tacos in their fresh-pressed corn and flour tortillas.

 

Caesars Palace

  • FIZZ Las Vegas, the lavish champagne lounge and bar, hosts Bottomless Bubbles, a daily bottomless champagne event, where guests can drink unlimited bubbles for $36 per person within the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. windows.
  • Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Las Vegas’ favorite pub experience, has introduced a very special Hell’s Kitchen Happy Hour, in honor of Ramsay’s hit FOX reality series. Happy hour offerings include $5 13oz draft beers, with a $2 upgrade for a 20oz pint, $7 draft wines, and $5 pub snacks, which include Truffle Fries, Pub Spot, Toad in the Hole, Pretzel and Deviled Egg. For $2 more, enjoy the Nachos or Half Order Wings. Guests can experience these special offerings Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Apostrophe Bar helps guests celebrate weekdays with Wine-down Weekdays! Enjoy $2 off all draft beers and barrel-fresh wine Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from a wide range of cocktails such as The Missing Apostrophe, which is Herradura Caesars Palace Select Double Barrel Reposado tequila, grapefruit cordial, fresh lime and basil, with pink salt.

 

Flamingo Las Vegas

  • Center Cut offers two-for-one house wines, draft beers and signature cocktails within the “old Vegas” ambiance the steakhouse boasts. Guests can devour the Bugsy Burger for $12 and select appetizers for $6-$7. Happy Hour is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Harrah’s Las Vegas

  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House hosts a daily Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour at the bar area from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Premium cocktails and menu items are offered throughout this time, including: Prime Burger with fries, Steak Sandwich with fries, Seared Ahi Tuna, Spicy Lobster, Blueberry Mojito, La Paloma, Manhattan Eastside and selection of wines.

 

The LINQ Hotel (+ promenade)

  • The High Roller hosts happy hour any time of day upon request. For one revolution around the wheel, guests are treated to an open bar inside the cabin for the full 30 minutes. Day happy half hour starts at $37 per person and the night happy half hour runs $52 per person. Visit www.thelinq.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
  • Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar has  late night happy hour is Sunday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to close. Enjoy $4 Miller Lite drafts, $5 Fireball shots and $6 well drinks.
  • 3535 has a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Choices include $6 wines on tap, $4 domestic beers, $4 Infused barrel aged signature cocktails (half size) and $8 barrel aged cocktails. 3535 also has a reverse happy hour Sunday through Tuesday, 10 p.m. to close with $4 domestic beers and $6 glasses of wine on tap.
  • Yard House offers their happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. It features select appetizers from $5 along with beer, wine and crafted cocktail offerings. Come any time of the year to enjoy the seasonal draft beers from local, domestic and imported brewers.
  • O’Sheas is an unforgettable Irish experience at all hours of the day. Daily drink specials include 12 oz. draft beer for $4, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Jager and Fireball shots for $7, Jameson & Tullamore Dew shots $7 and call cocktails for $9.
  • At Brooklyn Bowl, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, take 50% off cocktails and appetizers and again at the reverse happy hour with the same offerings from midnight to close.
  • Chayo has happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. This includes 2-for-1 margaritas; 2-for-1 well drinks and $4 draft beer.
  • Off The Strip has happy hour 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily and reverse happy hour midnight to 3 a.m. Included are $7 appetizers; $3 off well drinks and wine and half off craft beers.
  • Tilted Kilt has happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday through Wednesday enjoy a reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to close. Options include $5 Pinnacle Vodka, Juarez Tequila, Ron Rio Rum, Crystal Palace Gin, Jim Beam & Star Whiskey and 14oz. domestic draft. Also included are $6 Titos Vodka, Bacardi Rum, and 14oz. imported draft and $7 call spirits.
  • TAG Sports Bar has high-tech gaming as well as world-wide sports constantly shown on the surrounding TV’s and features more than 300 brews from all around the world. Take advantage of happy hour 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily to enjoy the $5 TAG Beer of the Day and $10 Hop Tails.

 

Paris Las Vegas

  • Burger Brasserie hosts a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with 2-for-1 on any drinks in the bar area.
  • Le Central bar brings happy hour to the morning hours with select specialty cocktails available for $8 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Selections include Soiree Bloody Mary, Sunshine Screwdriver, Kahlua Coffee Martini and the Perrier-Jouet Mimosa.

 

Rio All- Suite Hotel & Casino

  • Masquerade Bar Happy Hour takes place Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and offers 16oz. Sauza Margarita in a souvenir shaker for $12, Cruzan Run Hurricanes for $7 and Blue Moon/Coors Light drafts for $5.

 

Eat Like A King For a Day for Under $100 on The Vegas Strip

Monday, 24 August 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Looking for bargains doesn’t always mean that you’re only looking for something cheap. Sometimes it just means that you’d simply like to save money. Not all “values” are “cheap.” Sometimes there is great value to be found in something that still costs decent money.

Downtown Vegas has become famous for keeping discount dining alive while the Vegas Strip has upscaled most of its restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with paying for quality food but there’s something great about finding that high quality food at a discount. Unfortunately not every restaurant offers great value.

Thanks to a couple of amazing deals you can eat like a king for a day on the Vegas for under $100. This includes fine dining experiences for both lunch and dinner. These discounts allow you to splurge for breakfast where you can spend a little more and get the best steak and eggs in Las Vegas. Here’s how to do it.

 

Breakfast  ($19.95)

Grand Lux Cafe at The Venetian

grand-lux-2Steak and Eggs is one of the dishes made famous in Las Vegas. Since Las Vegas is a 24 hour city there are people looking for filling meals at all times of the day. I’m partial to the 4am Steak and Eggs but that’s another story. The Steak and Eggs at the Grand Lux Cafe at The Venetian (not The Palazzo location) is the best I’ve ever had. The high quality New York steak is perfectly cooked and well seasoned. It’s a great way to end a night or start the day. This is a huge meal that is almost impossible to finish but it’s delicious and worth every penny. A $20 breakfast isn’t always necessary but this is where we start if we’re eating all day like a king. You can see the full Grand Lux menu here.

 

Lunch ($25.15)

Estiatorio Milos at Cosmopolitan

seafood-2Milos is a high end fish and seafood restaurant originally from Canada and introduced to America when the Cosmopolitan opened. Dinner here will almost always cost over $100 per person and probably closer to $200 per person if you add an adult beverage or two. While this sounds like a lot of money the majority of people feel that it’s worth every penny. Smart diners know that they only have to spend $25 to get this kind of great meal. The 3 course Milos lunch menu has become legendary in the short time the restaurant has been open. This isn’t an ordinary lunch menu as you have plenty of options to choose from for each course.

Cosmo Bars and Restaurants

Monday, 10 August 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

A few weekends ago there was a small but scary fire at the Cosmopolitan. Making a long story short there were big flames and large plumes of dark smoke. Due to proximity of the firehouse across the street at City Center (home of Aria, Veer Towers, Mandarin Oriental) the fire fighters didn’t have to battle much traffic on the way to put out the fire. The fire was extinguished in 30 minutes and nobody was hurt.

 

There was a little damage to the Bamboo Pool deck on the 14th floor of the hotel but it was back up and running less than 24 hours after the fire. Nobody was injured and the hotel and casino are operating like normal again aside of a handful of rooms on the 14th floor.

 

We can breath a sigh of relief that one of the best hotels in Las Vegas comes away from this fire relatively unscathed. The following statement is no joke, the first question I got about the fire was if Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill was okay. Yes, it’s okay. I gave my buddy a heads up that he could head to Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq if he was in the mood for some Blue Ribbon vittles.

 

One of the best things about visiting the Cosmopolitan is the great variety of restaurants and bars. Take a look at the dining options beyond Blue Ribbon Sushi:

 

China Poblano – Showcasing Jose Andreas’ personal take on Chinese and Mexican cuisines.

D.O.C.G. – Casual rustic Italian restaurant featuring pizza, pasta, steaks and chops.

Milos – Touted as one of North America’s finest Greek restaurants.

Holsteins – New burger restaurant with an emphasis on fresh, natural and organic ingredients.

Jaleo – Authentic flavor of a Spanish tapas restaurant by renowned chef Jose Andreas.

Overlook Grill – This restaurant is Adjacent to the Boulevard Pool and offers casual fare with hints of Riviera chic.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. – A communal venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and live entertainment to create a modern supper club.

Scarpetta – Scarpetta is a modern Italian restaurant by award-winning chef Scott Conant.

STK – A new style Las Vegas steakhouse from The One Group.

The Henry – 24 hour a day cafe featuring Old-school revamped classics.

Wicked Spoon – A bustling culinary food hall (aka buffet).

The Cosmopolitan also has a couple of quick serve options with Secret Pizza and Va Bene Caffe. If you’re just looking for a drink than the Cosmo probably has a bar for every mood.

The Chandelier – Offers 3 unique bar experiences; high-energy hot spot, sophisticated cocktail haven and inviting lounge.

Vesper Bar – This lobby bar offers delicious cocktails mixed with style and grace.

Bond – A funky, chic cocktail house with a vibrant mash up of dynamic LED art, gaming and upbeat house music.

Queue – An original take on gaming and cocktails.

The Neapolitan – Hand-crafted cocktails and ice cream come together for an avant-garde experience.

TBD – HQ Cocktail Lounge is rumored to be taking over the space once occupied by Book & Stage.

 

I consider the Cosmopolitan my favorite bar on the Vegas Strip because it’s really just one building housing multiple bars. No matter what kind of mood I’m in there is a bar or lounge that will satisfy my needs.

 

Wine Enthusiast Award Winners In Las Vegas

Friday, 07 August 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas is a city of extravagance and always one one of the great excuses to splurge when on vacation. One of the most respected names in wine, Wine Enthusiast, recently revealed their 2015 Restaurant Awards.

 

The Wine Enthusiast Award of Excellence is their basic 1 star award which focuses on restaurant wine lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. The Grand Award is  highest award from Wine Enthusiast and is given to restaurants that typically offer 1,000 selections or more, and feature serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, large-format bottles, and superior organization, presentation and wine service. Each of these restaurants earned 3 stars from Wine Enthusiast. Las Vegas has five (5) Wine Enthusiast Grand Award winners this year.

 

If you’re looking to splurge on a night of great wine and great food the Wine Enthusiast Grand Award winners are a great place to start. This year’s Grand Award winners in Las Vegas are Aureole at Mandalay Bay, Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian, Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, Picasso at Bellagio and Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.

 

Each of these restaurants has won the Grand Award since Joel Robuchon won the award in 2009. Aureole has actually won a Wine Enthusiast award since 2000. That’s 15 years of delicious wine in a city where restaurants are lucky if they’re around for more than a year. This is quite the impressive group of restaurants as they offer some of the best meals you’ll eat anywhere in the world in addition to a great wine selection.

 

If you’re looking for a good wine selection in Vegas but not the best there are plenty of affordable 1 and 2 star award winning restaurants with excellent wine lists all over Las Vegas. If you’re in the mood for a great wine tour of Las Vegas you can grab some friends, rent a limo and visit locations as far out as Henderson and Summerlin.

 

Here’s a unique wine tour you might take:

Begin at Oscar’s Beef, Booze and Broads at the Plaza, head to Vitner Grill in Summerlin (a Rachel Ray favorite) then back to the north end of the Vegas strip to Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas before proceeding away from the Vegas strip to Del Frisco’s on Paradise (near the Hard Rock) then The Charcoal Room at Santa Fe Station in Henderson before heading back to one of the many restaurants on the Vegas Strip like Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand.

 

This is just a small sampling of the 1 and 2 star Wine Enthusiast award winners in Las Vegas. There are a total of 76 different 1 and 2 star award winning restaurants in Las Vegas. You can see the Award of Excellence (1 star) winners in Las Vegas here, the Best of Award of Excellence (2 star) winners in Las Vegas here and more information on Wine Spectator here.

 

Eat All Day for Under $30 In Downtown Vegas

Monday, 13 July 2015 by Blog Category: Downtown - Old Vegas and Food.

Downtown Vegas aka Old Vegas aka Fremont Street brings a great collection of new and old Las Vegas fun. Downtown Vegas was more of a gambling pit stop than an destination for much more. That’s changed a lot in the past few years as casinos have been renovated, new shopping areas have been built and new restaurants and have opened.

Today you’ll find some great places to eat that offer a wide spectrum of options from modern to classic and casual to fine dining. Whether you stay in Downtown Vegas or just visit the area it’s now a fantastic location for destination dining. Recently a friend visited Las Vegas from out of town and we specifically made plans to go downtown for dinner one night.

You’ll see that (dinner) recommendation below as I outline 3 meals that you can eat throughout the day for under $30. With that in mind these restaurants are all casual and all delicious. These are all meals that will make you rethink how you dine on a budget in Las Vegas.

 

Breakfast – $7.75

pancakesDuPar’s Restaurant & Bakery at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino offers diner/cafe style food. To be honest most of the menu is pretty average and few dishes really stand out. The superstar at DuPar’s are the pancakes. Ohhhhhh, the pancakes! These are the most fluffy and perfectly cooked pancakes you’ll find in Las Vegas. They’re topped with a ladle of drawn butter which seems like the secret ingredient that makes the dish. Stick with the short stack for $7.75 so you don’t get too weighed down. This makes the perfect late night snack if you’re in need of a “4th meal” but it’s a great way to start the day.

 

Lunch – $9.95

Le Thai is one of the newer free standing restaurants you’ll find in Downtown Vegas. It’s located just outside of the Fremont Street Experience in the Fremont East section downtown. The food is all fresh and affordable with most, if not all, dishes under $15. The quality of the food and relative small size make this one of the more crowded restaurants for lunch as it has become a favorite of people that work in Downtown Vegas. Nothing on the menu is outrageously priced but the lunch special may be one of the best deals you’ll find. For $9.95 you’ll get a large, delicious plate of food and a drink. It’s worth the wait if you show up on a busy day.

 

Dinner – $8

pizza-rockPizza Rock is another great new(ish) free standing restaurant in Downtown Vegas. It’s located on 3rd Street across from Downtown Grand and one block from the Fremont Street Experience. It’s a fairly progressive pizza restaurant with a menu full of great options. To date, I haven’t had a disappointing meal here. If you’re not in the mood for pizza or other Italian dishes you can step over the the burger section of the menu and have one of the best you’ll find in Las Vegas. While some items on the menu may be pricey there you’ll find one of the best Happy Hour deals in Vegas here. The 3-5-7 Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. until close. You can enjoy an appetizer of 3 meatballs for $3 and a main course of a personal pizza with one topping for another $5. Together you’ll be perfectly full for the night. If you’re a beer drinker you might want to enjoy a few craft beers they offer on tap but we’re just focused on the food today.

 

These three restaurants offer a great variety of dining from breakfast through dinner. 3 meals for under $30 is hard to beat when you’re on vacation in 2015. If you want to add drinks to your breakfast and dinner you can still dine all day at these restaurants for under $50 per person. Welcome to 1990’s pricing for some of today’s best food!

 

Las Vegas Restaurant Week Savings

Thursday, 04 June 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas Restaurant Week is a great way to either save money on dining or try a restaurant you may not normally want to pay for. Las Vegas Restaurant Week began in 2007 as a way to give locals and tourists the opportunity to help the community by dining out. 2015 marks the ninth year of Las Vegas Restaurant Week, which features a variety of fine dining experiences throughout the Valley. This year Las Vegas Restaurant Week takes place from June 15 – 26, 2015

Proceeds from Restaurant Week benefit Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank. Three Square currently provides more than 34 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 28 million meals per year to more than 1,300 community partners including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks.

It’s great to see that revenue from something that benefits restaurant customers in Las Vegas going to a good cause. A variety of restaurants from all over Las Vegas take part in Las

Vegas Restaurant Week so you’ll find dining options on and off the Vegas Strip. Different restaurants offer special menus with prices between $20 and $50 depending on when and where you dine. Even if your meal doesn’t add up to a sweet discount you can be happy knowing that some of your money will be going to a good cause.

While some restaurants only offer dinner, Buddy V’s at The Venetian offers both lunch and dinner. Both menus have a nice variety to choose from but lunch really gives you a chance to take in a full meal at less than you’d normally pay. Here’s a look at the two menus they’re offering:

LUNCH

  • ANTIPASTO (choice of): Tomato & Basil Soup – grana padano and focaccia croutons; or Caesar Salad – polenta croutons, parmesan and classic dressing
  • MAIN COURSE (choice of): Spaghetti and Meatballs – beef & pork, red wine, tomato; Grilled Salmon – Mediterranean chickpea and artichoke salad, roasted tomato vinaigrette and balsamic; or Chicken Chopped Salad – chicken, artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, celery, garbanzos, roasted peppers, mozzarella, arugula and Italian vinaigrette.
  • DESSERT: Cannoli & Cookies – cinnamon pastry, sweet ricotta cream, cocoa drops, pistachios and Italian Cookies.

Cost for the Restaurant Week lunch is $20.15 per person. Tax and gratuity not included.

 

DINNER

  • ANTIPASTO (choice of): Grandma’s Meatballs – beef, veal & pork, tomato ragu, pecorino; Caesars Salad – polenta croutons, parmesan and classic dressing; or Panzanella – buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, grilled bread, arugula, balsamic red onions.
  • MAIN COURSE (choice of): Spaghetti Bolognese – beef & pork, red wine, tomato; Roasted Branzino – cured lemon, arugula salad and pine nuts; My Dad’s Bucatini Carbonara – pancetta, cracked black pepper and egg; or Chicken Parm – oven-baked, provolone, mozzarella, spaghetti marinara.
  • DESSERT: Tiramisu & Cookies – marsala mascarpone cream, chocolate espresso cake, lady fingers and Italian Cookies.

Cost for the Restaurant Week dinner is $40.15 per person. Tax and gratuity not included.

 

A quick look at Buddy V’s menu shows a Caesar Salad will cost $12 and Spaghetti and Meatballs costing $24. Without dessert your lunch would normally cost $36. Add $6 or $7 for dessert and you’re looking at a full price over $40. This makes the $20.15 price they’re offering for lunch quite a steal!

You can see a full list of participating restaurants and their special menus at helpoutdineoutlv.org. Saving money on lunch and/or dinner while helping a good cause sounds like a win-win all around!

The 5 Best Vegas Graveyard Specials

Monday, 11 May 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas is one of the few cities in the world that really never sleeps. Casinos don’t close and nightclubs go into the wee hours of the morning. Whether you’re a party animal not ready to crash or a casino worker working the late or overnight shift and in need of a bite at an odd hour Las Vegas has a solution for you.

Graveyard dining specials have become legendary in Las Vegas over the years. These late night dining specials are almost as famous as the old “$1.99 buffet” with one exception. You can still find Graveyard specials all over Las Vegas. They’re not offered everywhere like they used to be but you can still find a late night dining deal for less than $10 if you know where to look.

We’ve done the looking and here are 5 of the best Las Vegas Graveyard Specials you’re going to find in a casino.

 

Silverton (Sundance Grill) – There are a good amount of choices here so let’s start with the least expensive: If you just need a late night snack you can snag the All-American Sliders for .99 each. If you’re a hungrier you can grab the Wild Card Special for $2.95 (2 eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, toast) or the even larger option of Ham and Eggs for $3.95 (2 eggs, grilled ham, hash browns, toast).

 

Station Casinos (Grand Cafe) – There are 7 different casinos offering various overnight specials if you have a players club card (sign up here). The All-Nighter Skillet (2 eggs, hash browns, toast) is only $1.99, a Short Stack of pancakes or an order of Biscuits and Gravy are each also $1.99. You can step up your meals to a Classic Burger & Fries for $2.99 or 8 oz. New York Steak and Eggs for $5.99.

 

The Orleans (Courtyard Cafe) – While these are a little more expensive than some of the other options the late night specials at the Orleans are available for a longer period of time than most of the other Graveyard Specials between 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. on Mondays through Thursdays. You can choose from Southwestern Egg Rolls, Steak and Cheese Nachos or Potato Skins for $4.99 each.

 

South Point (Coronado Cafe) – The sheer number of Graveyard Specials here could fill up a lesser cafe’s entire menu. You’ll find a Cheeseburger, Biscuits and Gravy, Bacon and Eggs, Steak and Eggs and even a Pancake Sandwich (with ham and fried eggs) for under $4! The South Point is about a 10 minute taxi from Mandalay Bay during the overnight hours and these prices are worth the trek if you’re looking for a late night bargain.

 

Ellis Island (the Cafe) – Ellis Island is located right behind Bally’s on Koval Lane. Off the bat you should know that there are dining and beer specials here all day and night. You can pretty much eat a full meal for around $10 any time of day. However, Ellis Island’s location makes it the closest Graveyard Special to the Vegas Strip that you’ll find on this list. The amount of late night breakfast dishes under $5 is fantastic. You can choose from 2 or 3 Eggs Any Style with hash browns and toast, The Breakfast Special with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and bacon or sausage and Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast.

 

Outdoor Dining On The Vegas Strip

Monday, 20 April 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung and temperatures in Las Vegas a teetering at the 90 degree mark. We’re entering the most beautiful time of the year in Las Vegas. The weather is warm during the day but not hot. There’s a slight chill in the air when the sun goes down but it’s not cold. Ahhhhh…breathe in.

This beautiful weather only lasts about 6 weeks before temperatures reach the 100 degree mark. Some people prefer the desert heat during the middle of the summer and some prefer the warm winters. There’s no arguing that the weather, despite occasional winds, is perfect right now in Las Vegas.

It’s time to get outside of the casino for a little while and relax. There’s no better way to do that than dining al fresco. You can grab a meal outside at any time of the day from breakfast to late night dessert. Restaurants with outdoor dining range from the uber fancy fine dining restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas to the simple cup of coffee at Sambalatte outside of Monte Carlo. If you’re looking for something in the middle you can head to Planet Hollywood for some middle of the road restaurants and bars.

 

There are a lot of restaurants that offer al fresco dining in Las Vegas today and more will be coming as the Vegas Strip continues to reinvent itself. Here’s a rundown of restaurants where you can grab a bite or strap on a feedbag outside on the Vegas Strip.

Bellagio – Prime, Picasso, Jasmine

Caesars Palace – Serendipity 3

Cosmopolitan – Estiatorio Milos, Overlook Grill

Flamingo – Carlos and Charlies

The Linq – Guy Fieri’s Kitchen, Chayo, Yard House, Flour and Barley

Mandarin Oriental – Pool Cafe

Monte Carlo – Diablo’s Cantina, Double Barrel Roadhouse, Sambalatte, 800 Degrees Pizza

New York New York – Shake Shack, Tom’s Urban, Nine Fine Irishmen

Mandalay Bay – Border Grill

Palazzo – Lavo, Morels French Steakhouse, Lagasse’s Stadium

Paris – Mon Ami Gabi, Hexx

Planet Hollywood – Cabo Wabo, PBR Rock Bar

SLS Las Vegas – Umami Burger

Tropicana – Beach Cafe

Venetian – Bouchon, B & B Burger and Beer

Wynn Las Vegas – Country Club, SW, Lakeside Seafood, La Cave, Terrace Point Cafe, Botero, Mizumi, Tableau

 

You’ll need a reservation for some of the restaurants listed above – specifically the restaurants at Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas along with Border Grill at Mandalay Bay (especially for brunch). If you want to ensure outdoor seating I advise calling the individual restaurants. OpenTable and other reservation apps don’t guarantee where you sit.

 

Amazing Happy Hour Deals – Las Vegas

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

You’ve never really experienced Happy Hour until you visit Las Vegas. Why? The answer is quite simple. There are so many bars and restaurants competing for the same business and Happy Hour discounts are a great way to get people in the door. Hopefully the food, drink and environment is good enough to cause discounted customers to return for dinner and drinks at full price. Whatever the case, Happy Hour deals are a great way to eat and/or drink for lower than normal prices. In no particular order here are 10 Happy Hour deals that we think are great. That’s a lie, the best deal is the last deal.

 

Country Club at Wynn – Happy Hour is every Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Small bites are priced from $3.50 to $8. Drink specials include select beers from $4 and select cocktails from $7. This is a chance to wine and dine at a beautiful restaurant that may normally be beyond your budget.

 

The Pub at Monte Carlo – Happy Hour is every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. This is one of the best beer bars on the Vegas Strip. You get $3 off all draft beers (normally $6 and up) and food between $3-$6. This is a great discount for any beer drinker looking to get the party started early.

 

Downtown Cocktail Room – Happy Hour is every Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. DCR has some of the best cocktails you’ll find anywhere in Las Vegas. Drink specials range anywhere from $3 to $7. If you’re serious about drinking something special then you may want to opt for a handcrafted cocktail for $7. Many of these drinks are on the menu for $10+. There are discounted small bites but you’re going here for the cocktails, not necessarily the food.

 

Peppermill Lounge – Happy Hour is daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and again 9 to 11 p.m. The Peppermill Lounge is legendary and discounts for Happy Hour are a great excuse to stop by a non-casino property. Now you have extra motivation for a visit if it’s not already a part of your itinerary. Happy Hour includes 50% off well drinks, wine and beer, $4.50 martinis, $5.50 mozzarella sticks.

 

Andre’s at Monte Carlo – Happy Hour is Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Drink specials are $5 for beer, $6 for cocktails and $7 for small plates. This is a great excuse to snack on some French dishes you may normally not eat, like roquefort sliders. If you’re looking to really step out of your comfort zone, head to their Cigar Lounge for an early evening smoke, drink and snack.

 

Yard House at The Linq – Yes, we’re recommending a chain restaurant that has Happy Hour. The location of this Yard House is fantastic, right in the middle of the Vegas Strip. $1 off their wide selection of beer is a great deal for this area on the Vegas Strip. The food is all good with discounts between $5 and $8. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. If you’re a fan of Yard House and want to travel you can find multiple Happy Hour deals off the Strip at Red Rock Resort and Town Square.

 

Triple 7 Brewery at Main Street Station – If you’re looking for some serious discounted quality, head downtown to Main Street Station where prices are already low. Happy Hour at Triple Seven Brewery is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Already low priced microbrews are only $2.50 during Happy Hour. If you’re the kind of person that goes to a microbrewery for wine or well drinks those are also $2.50. Select food on the menu is discounted.

 

Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Bay – Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. You get 50% off appetizers, margaritas, cocktails, draft beers and $3 tacos. Need we go on? There’s something here for everyone.

 

Herbs & Rye – Sometimes you’re rewarded by reaching the end. Today you’re gifted with one of the best Happy Hour deals in Las Vegas. You can save so much money that it’s worth a cab ride off the Vegas Strip. Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m and again 11:59 p.m. to 3 a.m. Herbs & Rye is one of the best cocktail bars in Las Vegas but you can get discounted well drinks for $5 and draft beers for $3 if you want. Certain items on their food menu, including steak (cost around $50) are discounted by 50%. Take your savings and invest in one of the best cocktails you’ve ever had.

 

4 Great Vegas Breakfast Spots

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Waking up in Las Vegas can be different every day. One day you may just need the closest cup of coffee and something to snack on and other days your body may require a full sit down breakfast. Just about every casino on the Vegas Strip has a coffee stand (usually Starbucks) to satisfy the most basic desires. The same can’t be said at Downtown Vegas hotels where you may have to visit their sit down cafe and order coffee and a pastry or whatever to go.

 

When I think about breakfast it’s never about hitting the coffee stand for a quickie. It’s always about those times when only a full meal will do. Here are some restaurants with great breakfast dishes. Some of these breakfast dishes can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

 

DuPar’s (Golden Gate Hotel and Casino)

DuPar’s is both a restaurant and bakery. You can sit down and eat a meal at this diner style restaurant or just get a pie to go. The world famous pancakes at DuPar’s inside the Golden Gate in Downtown Vegas are one of the best breakfast’s you’ll find anywhere in Las Vegas. The combination of a great pancake and a ladle of drawn butter makes for one of the most satisfying meals any time of the day from breakfast to a late night snack. Coffee drinkers may want to bring their own cup from the outside. Their brown water isn’t very drinkable.

 

Grand Lux Cafe (The Venetian) 

This tip is specifically for the Grand Lux Cafe at The Venetian. Even though this is a chain restaurant the location at The Palazzo does not prepare this specific dish the same way. The steak and eggs at the Grand Lux Cafe at The Venetian isn’t the $1.99 special you may have heard of years ago in Las Vegas. This is a perfectly grilled New York steak with fluffy eggs, hash browns and toast for $20. This isn’t an everyday meal. It’s too much food in the best way possible and worth every penny you’ll pay.

 

Finding The Cheap Drinks in Las Vegas

Monday, 02 February 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas can get expensive quickly if you’re not paying attention. When you’re in a tourist area, no matter what city, prices tend to drift a little higher than you may normally pay at home. That $4 domestic beer at home may be $7 on the Vegas Strip. When you add a $1 tip you’ve now paid $8. When you’re looking in your pocket it’s easy to think you just spent $10 on what’s normally a $4 beer because of the missing big bills. As the night progresses the extra money spent on drinks can add up.

You can get “complimentary” drinks while you’re gambling but these aren’t necessarily free. If you lose your buy-in at the table or machine that you’re playing you have in essence paid that much for however many drinks you’ve had. I’ve probably had as many video poker sessions at the casino bar where I’ve had enough drinks for a weekend that only cost my $20 buy-in as I’ve had $200 blackjack sessions where I lost so quickly that I only had one drink. That’s a $200 beer. Not cool.

“Free” isn’t always free in Las Vegas. However, there are some great options to get your drink on for a lower price. Many of the casual bar/restaurant’s in Vegas casinos has a Happy Hour. Many of these happy hour specials change so check out the restaurants in the hotel where you’re staying and see what kind of drink discounts they offer. You may be happily surprised with what you find.
One little known way to get free or cheap drinks is to head to the casino gift shop. Some casinos offer discounts when you show a players club card. This may make the beers less expensive than you’ll pay at the casino bars.

Quick Serve Restaurants are a Welcome Addition to Vegas Dining

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Quick Serve Restaurants (QSR) aren’t a new trend but it’s one that is rapidly growing across the country. Quick serve restaurants are the next step in the progression of fast food. Quick serve restaurants fit a niche that’s needed by today’s fast paced society. They offer food orders to be filled quickly while also offering a better quality of fast food. The food is closer to what you’d expect at a traditional dine-in restaurant at prices somewhere in between discount fast food restaurants and that traditional dine-in restaurant.

 

The most famous quick serve restaurant is Chipotle. They make full restaurant quality food quickly. Food at Chipotle is constantly being prepared so its fresh, unlike some fast food restaurants we all grew up with. When you visit a 5 Guys Burger restaurant, another QSR, you’ll hear the cashier yell “DROP FRIES” to the cooks every time fries are ordered. Their French fries have become almost as famous as their burgers.

This kind of fresh food continues to grow in popularity across the country and is finally hitting the Vegas Strip in a big way. Casinos are noticing that quick serve restaurants are a great way to offer customers a high quality meal at a more moderate cost than at a coffee shop or a dine-in restaurant.

Five Restaurant Openings To Keep An Eye On In 2015

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas used to be known for the $1.99 All-You-Can-Eat buffet but that’s changed over the years. Las Vegas is now one of the culinary capitals of the country. Some might even say that there is better fine dining in Las Vegas than anywhere in the world.

Las Vegas doesn’t just have restaurants by celebrity chefs, Las Vegas has restaurants from award winning celebrity chefs. You know chefs who are famous because of their cooking, not just because they’re on TV. Here are 5 new restaurants that will be opening in 2015.

 

Bardot Brasserie at Aria

James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina will open his newest restaurant, Bardot Brasserie, in January at Aria. The restaurant will be slightly secluded from the action as it will be located on the second floor of the hotel and away from the casino. Bardot Brasserie will offer traditional French dishes that pay homage to the café culture of Paris offering both lunch and dinner like a Paris cafe.

 

Dining – New And Coming Soon In Vegas

Thursday, 04 December 2014 by Blog Category: Food.

The slowest time in Las Vegas is usually around the holiday season. In between Thanksgiving and Christmas hotels in Las Vegas are often much less than half full. Years ago I was told that capacity in the hotels was around 20% but that has to be higher with the increased number of visitors over the years. Since there aren’t as many visitors at this time of the year there’s a break in major news item happening. That’s not to say that nothing is happening in Las Vegas but a lot of the news is more forward looking. With that in mind let’s take a look forward to restaurants that will be opening soon or have recently opened in Las Vegas.

 

Restaurants are the most volatile businesses in Las Vegas. There’s always something new happening on the dining front. The Linq shopping promenade (mall) hasn’t been open a year yet but they’re already getting a couple of new restaurants. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will a small quick serve restaurant opening sometime next spring. Off The Strip, which will be a 24 hour diner style restaurant is said to be opening as soon as the end of the year.

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