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Las Vegas is slow in the Summer.  Probably because it's 100+ degrees during the day and most of the night.  I wouldn't be here if wasn't for World Cup and the fact that sports gambling was only legal in Nevada when I booked the trip.

To get a low-roller like me, Caesar's Entertainment offered me heavily discounted rooms.  I chose to stay at Paris, because of its central location on the strip and I like its perpetual sunset lighting in its casino.

As for food, I usually get Chinese (just so I can get some green veggies) and try absentee celeb chef restaurants.

Btwn Planet Hollywood and MGM is Ruyi Noodle, an authentic Chinese joint on the strip not backed by any casino so you don't pay ludicrous prices.  It's not dirt cheap either - priced similar to Hong Kong Palace.  Lots of specials written in Chinese.  

In SLS is Jose's Bazaar Meat.  I did Jose's Way with a friend and the Texas Ribeye was tremendous.  Meat that almost melts in your mouth (without costing $100/oz) and seasoned perfectly.  I have a hard time imagining a better steak (granted, I have a limited imagination because I rarely go out for steaks).  There was way too much food - I skipped the sides since I ate my greens at lunch.

Inside Paris is Yong Kang Street.  The dim sum is decent, although at twice the normal prices.

In Aria is Carbone.  This is supposed to be upscale red sauce Italian.  My linguine vongole had good flavor and the pasta was al dente but a few clams tasted off.  I really wanted to try the veal parmesan but at $65, I thought it would be too much food and I really didn't want to pig out.   So I had bass (actually red snapper) oreganata.  It was a nicely grilled and well seasoned piece of fish.  Included with dinner are 3 types of bread, pickled cauliflower, and a small plate of salami.  They definitely don't want you to leave skinny.

Today, I will try my first Wahlburger.  Damn the grilled onions smell so good wafting out of that place

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The fragrant onions came from shoe string onions and they were good.  The Our Burger (@ Wahlburger) was actually pretty average - 1/3 lb cooked to order, topped with "government" cheese (i.e., American shit), pickles, tomato, onions, and house made blend of ketch-up and mayo.  Maybe losing $250  while watching Croatia tie Russia during regularly time affected me, but I don't think so.  

Here are some more unsavory practices that I find in Sin City.

Dopes dressed as "showgirls" and superheros for photo ops.  

Charging a $40+ mandatory extra resort fee for shitty wifi and fitness center access.

Don't offer in-room coffee/tea maker.

Overcharge for shitty casino food.

Not having signs in the hotel hallways telling drunk shitheads to be quiet at 4 a.m.

Shitty casino food.

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Las Vegas was its normal shit show.  We were there for less than 24 hours and that was more than enough.

SLS Hotel:  If cell block chic is your style you might appreciate SLS.  Our hotel room have an exposed concrete ceiling.  Trendy? I don't know?  The bed headboard glowed in the dark until we found the dimmer knob.  And the bathroom/sink/shower were behind sliding closet doors which didn't quite slide shut properly.  Frankly, I'd just avoid this hotel all together.  At least the room was inexpensive.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand:  I've certainly had worse pizzas in my life, but there was nothing remarkable about this one (I've already forgotten what I ordered).  The chicken wings were a mess, kinda Asian-y but not, with a puddle of sauce on the plate and the wings unsauced and basically served plain.

I agree with Eric about the shitty $40+ per night "resort fee."  It seems to be the going rate. 

Plus Vegas traffic at 5pm sucked.

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1 hour ago, Tweaked said:

Las Vegas was its normal shit show.  We were there for less than 24 hours and that was more than enough.

Plus Vegas traffic at 5pm sucked.

I'm pretty sure I've said this here before, somewhere, but do you know when the last time I've been in Las Vegas was?

48 years ago!

There was no traffic, I distinctly remember the bank thermometer saying 126 degrees (!), and the entire "strip" was very walkable by a family of five with an eight-year-old (me) - they wouldn't let me in the casino. :( I also distinctly remember a *penny slot machine* in a little drug store.

This is the Las Vegas I remember, c. 1970 - there's a very good chance I went to that McDonald's, and that may well have been the drug store with the penny slot machine.

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On 7/8/2018 at 10:50 PM, Ericandblueboy said:

The fragrant onions came from shoe string onions and they were good.  The Our Burger (@ Wahlburger) was actually pretty average - 1/3 lb cooked to order, topped with "government" cheese (i.e., American shit), pickles, tomato, onions, and house made blend of ketch-up and mayo.  Maybe losing $250  while watching Croatia tie Russia during regularly time affected me, but I don't think so.  

Here are some more unsavory practices that I find in Sin City.

Dopes dressed as "showgirls" and superheros for photo ops.  

Charging a $40+ mandatory extra resort fee for shitty wifi and fitness center access.

Don't offer in-room coffee/tea maker.

Overcharge for shitty casino food.

Not having signs in the hotel hallways telling drunk shitheads to be quiet at 4 a.m.

Shitty casino food.

I dont know what possessed me to order lobster at a terrible hotel one time. It must have been in the freezer for years. 

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I need to go to Vegas for a business trip in September and will be there for several days. Any recommendations for good food - pricey, but not outrageous is fine?

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The best hotels/casinos for food are Cosmopolitan, Aria, Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Venetian/Palazzo, Wynn/Encore.  Pretty much all the good restaurants on the strip are on Open Table.  I do like Costa di Mare at Encore (fresh seafood flown in from the Med).

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On 7/31/2019 at 10:21 PM, Ericandblueboy said:

The best hotels/casinos for food are Cosmopolitan, Aria, Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Venetian/Palazzo, Wynn/Encore.  Pretty much all the good restaurants on the strip are on Open Table.  I do like Costa di Mare at Encore (fresh seafood flown in from the Med).

I would put Venetian/Palazzo at the bottom of this list - their offerings were mediocre a few years ago, and they've declined ever since.  I would say that I had a comically bad business dinner at Mott 32 this year, except after two hours the food hadn't appeared so we left the (very expensive) restaurant.  The only saving grace here is Bouchon, which is a little hard to find but worth it if you're in this complex and hungry.

I would put Cosmopolitan at the top of reasonably affordable and good.  Wynn/Encore have some really good places if you're traveling on an (unlimited) expense account.  Will have to give Costa di Mare a try!

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This guy started out in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in a strip mall (that is being gracious).  Matarorano's, the place was nothing, but the food and show kicked arse.  My wife and I purposely planned an overnite layover in FTL on our trip back the Bahamas to have dinner at the original location.  Things have gone very well for Mr. Martarano and he has expanded quite a bit.  The food, if at all like Fort Lauderdale, is exceptional.  The atmosphere is entertainment on its own. They used to not have a menu and never took reservations.  I ate there a lot and it was just fun.  I could bore everyone with details, suffice to say classic movies (Gangster) played throughout dinner, and at 9 PM, they start blaring Barry White music.  People get up from their tables and start dancing with everyone.  Sounds tacky as hell, but it obviously worked.  Steve is a character and if you happen to meet him you will know why.  Good stuff.

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I recently had dinner at Best Friend at Park MGM and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It seems like a love letter to 1990's LA, but it's really an ode to the American dream--its menu is a tour of the Southern California melting pot with Korean tacos, carnitas, elotes, soondubu, and even a (vegetable) schnitzel.  Don't get put off by how small it looks when you walk up to it (the real dining room is behind the convenience store setup).    

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On 8/5/2019 at 10:01 AM, washingtony said:

I recently had dinner at Best Friend at Park MGM and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It seems like a love letter to 1990's LA, but it's really an ode to the American dream--its menu is a tour of the Southern California melting pot with Korean tacos, carnitas, elotes, soondubu, and even a (vegetable) schnitzel.  Don't get put off by how small it looks when you walk up to it (the real dining room is behind the convenience store setup).    

Trying to find restaurants for a friend. This looks interesting. How loud is it?

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4 hours ago, Pat said:

Trying to find restaurants for a friend. This looks interesting. How loud is it?

It’s insanely loud—conversation was difficult. 

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On 10/1/2019 at 2:52 PM, washingtony said:

It’s insanely loud—conversation was difficult. 

But good and fun. Recommend it after i was there on recent trip. Also recommend the Crack Shack - a fried chicken place that you enter from the strip (not inside a hotel). Had a nice lunch meal at the greek place in the Cosmopolitan which has an expensive but value deal for LV standards. 

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Don't miss Egg Slut (I hate the name) in the Cosmopolitan.  The line that I heard countless times about the place was "The lines are ridiculous but it's worth it!"   I went in the early afternoon and there was no line at all, but I understand at breakfast and lunch hours the lines are nuts.  Who would have thought they could make simple egg sandwiches a destination meal, but they did!

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On 7/19/2019 at 10:30 AM, DonRocks said:
On 11/6/2019 at 8:17 AM, Bart said:

Don't miss Egg Slut (I hate the name) in the Cosmopolitan.  The line that I heard countless times about the place was "The lines are ridiculous but it's worth it!"   I went in the early afternoon and there was no line at all, but I understand at breakfast and lunch hours the lines are nuts.  Who would have thought they could make simple egg sandwiches a destination meal, but they did!

In conjunction with Egg Slut, I find it very funny that Hangover Heaven has "Group Discounts." (*)

PS - Egg Slut has a Kuwait City branch - there's something drole about the potential of Hangover Heaven opening a second branch in Kuwait (a parallel  to bowing down to the Ceramic God being prostrate to Allah on a prayer mat (refer also to bobbing up-and-down at the Wailing Wall)).

I just made you laugh.

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(*) Jesus!

  • Booking must be made 24 hours in advance.
  • Must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  • Group pricing is for a single appointment and cannot be split over multiple rooms or multiple days.
  • All members of group must be in same hotel room/suite within 15 minutes of appointment time
  • Group appointments are non-refundable for unused treatments.
  • Parties of 11+, please call for special pricing.

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