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#1 nutzbuster

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:46 PM

FCP'rs Dining Summary List as of MAY 2012(list has been compiled mainly from actual dining experiences from FCP'rs) IThere are too many to list but if you have a new fave add it to the end of the thread and I will try to update it.Below is a fantastic recent link. for what it's worth I concur with most of the picks:http://www.lasvegass...-culinary-worl/My personal faves from it are Lotus of Siam, Cut, Sen of Japan, Vintner Grill in Summerlin and FIRST at Palazzo.FCP'rs listSteak and/or Seafood: Carnevino - Palazzo Arguably the best.CUT (my personal fave after Carnevino)SW - WynnDelmonico - VenetianPrime - BellagioCraftsteak - MGMN9ne - PalmsGallaghers - NYNYMesa Grill - CaesarsJoes - CaesarsStripsteak - Mandalay BayHugos Cellar - Four Queens, old school Vegas on FremontLawrys Prime Rib - off strip. awesome old school prime rib from a cart.Ruth Chris - off stripMint Indian Bistro - Flamingo. Fan fucking tastic.Mainly Seafood:Mastros Ocean Club - City Center inside Crystals mall areaAmerican Fish - AriaRM Seafood - Mandalay bayEmerils Fishhouse - MGMAqua at VenetianTable 10-food fusion, wide menu, one of the best in VegasIn a League of it's own eats:Firefly - offstrip, along road between Hard Rock and LV Hilton.mixed cuisine of appertizers from italian to seafood to steak. Insanely good.Asian/Thai/Chinese/Asian Fusion:Noodle Asia - VenetianNoodles - BellagioLittle Buddah - PalmsTao -VenetianLotus of Siam Thai - off strip, Sahara rd., regarded and reviewed as one of the best in the country.P F Changs - Planet Hollywood, other locationsSushioff stripSen of Japan - off strip. Arguably the best currently in VegasI Love Sushi- off stripSumo-off stripSushi House of Goemon - AYCE, open late. off strip, 5255 South Decatur BoulevardNaked Fish - off strip.Osaka - off stripKayaNagoyoBrians BeachKattaStrip:Sushi Samba - Palazzo.Little Buddah - PalmsOkada - WynnNobu - Hard RockSushi Roku - CaesarsShibuya - MGMItalian:Spago - Caesars Forum ShopsPicasso - BellagioZeffirino - VenetianTrevi - Caesars Forum ShopsFiamma Trattoria & Bar - MGM (great value)Bootlegger Bistro 0 7700 S, Las vegas Blvd. - old school VegasBattista's Hole In the Wall, flamingo. Not my fave but really super cool old school.American/ American Fusion ( Burgers, multi choice menu items, from $ to $$$$): nicer, pricier:Fix - BellagioMesa Grill - CaesarsOlives - BellagioDavid Burke's - VenetianFIRST - Palazzo/VenetianLe Circue - BellagioVintner Grill in Summerlin. Arguably one of the best local restaurants in Vegas. Indoor/outdoor, amzing food.more casual:Earl of sandwich - Planet HollywoodFIRST - in a hallway between Palazzo and Venetian. Worth the trouble, great menu, open till 2 AM.SNacks - near Bellagio poker roomBurger Bar - Mandalay Bay placeGrand Lux - VenetianBuffets:Top 2 as of Oct. 2010:WynnBellagio (tie for whos best)all the others, better ones being:RioParisPlanet Hollywood Spice MarketSpanish/Mexican:Mundo - World Center, towards old downtown.Beso - City Center/Aria (closed?)Firefly Tapas Kitchen- off stripDragonfly Tapas Kitchen - off stripBonito Michoacan - off stripTaqueira - VenetianCafe BaBaReba - Fashion Show MallDiego - MGMCabo Wabo - Planet HollywoodBreakfast:Peppermill - Strip. Old School shabby awesomeness.Terrace Point Cafe - WynnBellagio Garden Cafe - Ballagio. Sick fruit topped pancakes.Hash House a Go Go - several locations, stupid large portionsHigh end: Bouchon at Venetian. Sunday brunch is redic. FrenchBlueberry hill - off strip (Flamingo), other locations. Great old school diner vibe.Egg and I - in a strip mall on Sahara, just west of the 15 freeway, decent but not my faveCheap Eats:In-n-Out burger - various locationsNYNY Pizza Slices - NYNYChili Cheese Dogs - OrleansDeli @ MGM - MGMEarl of Sandwiche - Planet HollywoodCapriottis - off stripFat burger - off stripblah blah blahLate Night Eats:PeppermillCafe Palms -PalmsGrande Lux - VenetianBellagio Garden Cafe - Ballagio Some Sushi placesI Have No Clue EatsTriple Seven - downtownHot Rod grill - HendersonNikki N had a GREAT idea here and I agree that this is long overdue.As many of us have known for years now, Las Vegas restaurants and choices are getting so amazing lately that I dare say it is now only rivaled by NYC and L.A. ....... maybe. It's time for some of us to share their favorites...and worst for that matter.Hopefully this thread develops into a credible place to come for research on good eats in Sin City.The first post is a great one, originally posted by PrtyPSux in an earlier thread today, so I am going to re post it here.(btw you can check out his blog btw @ http://jcalvarado.co...ment=post&id=42 ) QUOTEHungry in Vegas?Posted on January 29, 2008I read a little bit of Paul Wasicka's blog a long time ago and since I have absolutely nothing poker related to write about I figured I'd steal one of his blog ideas and make a little review of my top 10 favorite Vegas restaurants, god knows there's plenty to choose from. Also, I have unbelievably good taste so you better take my advice pretty damn seriously when it comes to this stuff. I didn't gain 20 pounds in Vegas for nothing. I obviously haven't been to all, I still have a few on my "oh my god you have to try that" list that friends recommend, but for now these are my favorites. Keep in mind some places have better food but I might rate something higher because of the location, or the hours, being open at 3 am is a HUGE plus in my books.Here it goes:10. Noodles at Bellagio.If you're staying at bellagio and want something a little more fast and casual than Fix or any of many restaurants in the hotel, this is by far the best place to go. I call in and order to go on a regular basis so I can eat some noodles at my house. Try the Pork Buns and the Sesame Chicken.9. Burger Bar at Mandalay BayIf you're looking for an insane Burger and a pitcher of beer and you're not afraid to drop some money for a a piece of meat between some bread, this is the place to go. I've only been there twice, if you're feeling insane you can try the Kobe burger with Foie Gras and shaved truffles. I'm all about paying for good food but I don't think I'll be spending $60 on a burger again, it felt like I was slapping a starving kid in the face with a Japanese imported steak. For less than half the price and twice the flavor get the Surf and Turf, it's unbelievable.If that doesn't make your mouthwater then I don't know what will..8. Bonito Michoacan.Off the strip is always nice, when I'm feeling like I need something to remind me of home I always drive 5 minutes away and order the "Queso Fundido" as the appetizer, a Bohemia Beer, and a nice main course. It's not as good as something you'll have in Mexico but it's the closest I've had here in Vegas. It's also great for hangovers, I go there on almost a weekly basis.7. Spago at Caesar's PalaceI'm pretty sure it's mentioned on "Entourage" every other episode. If that won't convince you to go, Maybe Wolfgang Puck himself can.6. Naked Fish'sIf I get a text message from Steve Sung that says "yo are you in Vegas?" I know the very next one will say "Lets go eat at Naked Fish" . Very good sushi, Very good service and a huge plus for being off the strip. Number 6 and 5 can definitely be swapped, both have their up sides.5. Kaizen SushiGreat Sushi……open till 4 am daily ……Happy hour from 12-4 am……need I say more?4. FireFly Tapas KitchenI've been there once and it's already one of my favorite places. It got points for being off the strip, being open late, Trendy, hot girls, good Spanish music, and good food……oh and you can get pitchers of Mojito….take a cab, I'm glad I did.3. Japonais at MirageI'm sure by now you can tell I love sushi, this place is great, kind of expensive but order their best bottle of Sake and you won't care.2. Craftsteak at MGMOMG. Expensive as ****, but by far the best steak house I've ever been to. It wins the prize for best Lobster Bisque I've ever had and for best Kobe beef I've ever had. Go with friends, Roulette for the bill and pray to the god that you don't lose. Thanks Tom ;-) .1. FIX and Stack…..the comboI had a tough time deciding what the best restaurant I've been to was, so I decided that instead of ranking Stack in sixth and FIX at number one or two I'd just list the two sister restaurants as number 1, because two is always better than one right? FIX is at Bellagio and the other at Mirage, FIX get's a 10 in in food, atmosphere, class, service and in location. Right next to the poker room makes it a favorite amongst poker players when the day ends in a tournament or when you're celebrating your final table. Best appetizers on earth, often you won't have room for a main course. If you're still hungry for desert you can stuff your face with the sickest doughnuts ever. As for Stack, it looks just like fix, but the menu is a bit different, appetizers are still the best thing they have try the hot rock or the tiny hot dogs, really good stuff. Unfortunately the two times I went there the service was terrible. It takes the prize for smallest tip I've ever left in a restaurant, but I'm sure she enjoyed her dollar. Aside from that, the food is awesome in both restaurants and you'll definitely love them.Quick honorable mentions:-24/7 Café at Palms has the best spinach and artichoke dip I've ever had, that alone makes it worth visiting.-RM Seafood at Mandalay is very very good.-Shinatro at Bellagio, you'll be missed….If it hadn't closed down a month or two ago I'd have it in my top 3, the place was awesome. On the plus side the owners of FIX are putting a "FIX" style sushi restaurant that I'm almost positive will blow away any sushi restaurant there is….I cant wait.Anyway, If you're in town now you know where to go, enjoy and send me some recommendations if you've had something better.JCPS- If you happen to manage or own one of these restaurants and want to give me free meals for the plug, I'll gladly take them. Thanks in advance.Please pot your favorites here. I know I have been to so many greatI couldn't agree more with many of these picks and will add mine when I get a list together.Happy eating folks!style_emoticons/default/icon_drool.gif



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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:52 PM

I never been to Vegas but I like Arbys so I will say Arbys.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:54 PM

View PostSBriand, on Monday, February 18th, 2008, 8:52 PM, said:

I never been to Vegas but I like Arbys so I will say Arbys.
Those are everywhere but they're damn good.I'll go with In-N-Out since I can't get that where I live and LOVE IT.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:54 PM

Breakfast: Paris buffet ftw
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:55 PM

View PostSBriand, on Monday, February 18th, 2008, 8:52 PM, said:

I never been to Vegas but I like Arbys so I will say Arbys.
Beef and cheddar is often my casino drive home meal. Awesome.edit: ok here are a few that I try not to miss when in town there (Ill edit this often as we find new places that we like)In and Out burgers always rule.Terrace Pointe Cafe at the Wynn. Great breakfast.Red 8 at the Wynn (asian). Mesa Grill at CaesarsNoodle Asia at Venetiankokomos at MirageNobu at Hard RockLittle Buddha, PalmsNi9e, PalmsFood court, just as you're leaving Caesars and about to enter the mall. The burger option there is very good.



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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:57 PM

View PostGWCGWC, on Monday, February 18th, 2008, 7:54 PM, said:

Those are everywhere but they're damn good.I'll go with In-N-Out since I can't get that where I live and LOVE IT.
I will get a double double and eat it tomorrow just for you.I am willing to drive the 2 miles to get it too.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 08:36 PM

View PostBalloon guy, on Monday, February 18th, 2008, 10:57 PM, said:

I will get a double double and eat it tomorrow just for you.I am willing to drive the 2 miles to get it too.
You are SUCH a giving human. We are lucky to be included in your species!!!!But I also like the Chili Cheese dogs at The Orleans. Hot dogs steamed in beer are GOOD!!!


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Posted 18 February 2008 - 08:38 PM

Delmonico (Emeril's Steakhouse @ Venetian).We eat there every trip to Vegas, without fail.Little Buddha (Chinese @ The Palms).Great food, great atmosphere!Eat there alot as well.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 09:02 PM

I have ate at exactly 0 of JC's restraunt list. I did eat at Wolfgang Pucks restraunt at the MGM but not sure how close that is to the Spago menu.My favesEmerils N.O. Fishouse at the MGM grand. Have eaten here several times and have always been satisfied. I have had the crabcakes, barbecue shrimp, grilled fish. My favorite menu item is the seafood pan roast, its a seafood jambalya with 2 medalions of blackened fish on top. The lobster bisque is also incredible here. The bananna cream pie is pretty much the best dessert you will ever have.Mesa Grill at Caesars. Only been once but it was also very good. The southwest flavors in his food are so good.In n out. If you dont have one near you a stop at one in Vegas is always mandatory.Best buffet imo is Planet Hollywoods Spice Market. Wynns Breakfast spread is fantastic but $20(I have also had the dinner but was dissapointed.Grand Luxe is the best 24 hour joint on the strip. The prices for what you get is outstanding considering its in a 5 star resort and about 1.5 minute walk from my favorite Vegas pokerroom.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 09:54 PM

A little out of the way, but Sazio @ The Orleans FTW.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:00 PM

Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens (Downtown Las Vegas) is the best restaurant I've ever eaten in. The food is phenomenal, the service impeccable, and the prices reasonable. You can beat one or two in Vegas, but not all three. My wife and I have gone there during both of our stays in Vegas, and I expect we'll go there every time we go for the rest of our days. My favorite dish is the Hot Rock Specialty Plate, it's chicken, shrimp, beef and swordfish cooked and served at the table on a hot slab of granite. Very cool, very tasty. I also had dinner with my wife at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant (Paris, obv), and it was an outstanding meal, but also the most expensive meal for two I've ever encountered (not counting the $50 I dropped on two glasses of champagne, the total bill was around $300). Still, you get one of the best views in Vegas to go with your meal, and the service and food were outstanding. Most of the other places I've been to eat were throwaways, haven't really had the whole "Vegas culinary experience" since my wife and I would both prefer to be gambling our money than spending it on food for the most part. Not into sushi, and she's not into seafood at all which kinda limits the menus in Vegas. I'm still looking to eat at some of the premier steakhouses out there, but I have another 40 years of Vegas trips to fit that into the itinerary.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:01 PM

In and Out was a pretty decent fast food burger, but it didn't quite live up to the hype. Great shake though.Prime was a damn good meal, and it had better be too, it was pricey.Nothing else was remarkable that I remember. Next time I promise to try the beer, beans. PROMISE.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:04 PM

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:05 PM

Anyone know the name of the place at Wynn that's at the bottom of the curved escalator with the patio out back looking out at the waterfall? That place pwns souls too.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:29 PM

I am a huge fan of Emeril's fish house...I've ordered the tasting menu every time and never been diaappointed.The noodle bar at venetian is another favorite...they have some weird stuff on the menu and I haven't been through it all as yet, so I'm going to keep going until I taste all of it.Gallagher's at NYNY...by far the best steak I've had and their sides are incomperable. (get the cowboy steak...bone in ribeye so you can get back to your neanderthal roots).
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 11:06 PM

I can't wait to try these steak houses!I love Ruth's Chris, Firefly (Thanks Seth!), and Sonic was absolutely wonderful for fast food!In and Out's fries are terrible IMO.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 11:22 PM

I eat at The Burger Bar at least once a trip. It's that good.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 11:28 PM

I liked Mesa grill when i was there, and I really can't wait to hit firefly when I go next have heard a lot about that place and I love Latin steak houses Argentinian usually being the best from experience.

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 02:44 AM

i do mainly buffets while i'm in vegas, mainly because it's faster than waiting for an entire meal and when we go our schedules are usually really, really tight. I have had the opportunity for a few "nicer" meals while there. Inside the Riviera (which is where we stay b/c of the pool tourney we go to) is this little Italian restaurant. The food is actually really good and it has a very cozy, romantic atmosphere. Since it's on the "bottom" end of the strip, it's a bit out of the way, but IMO worth checking out. The prices are a little high, but still reasonable for vegas meal. I love the buffet at the Bellagio, if nothing else there, the dessert bar is definately worth the cheesecake experience alone.
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 03:21 AM

View Postnutzbuster, on Monday, February 18th, 2008, 7:55 PM, said:

Terrace Pointe Cafe at the Wynn. Great breakfast.
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View Postgrocery_mony, on Monday, February 18th, 2008, 9:02 PM, said:

Grand Luxe is the best 24 hour joint on the strip. The prices for what you get is outstanding considering its in a 5 star resort and about 1.5 minute walk from my favorite Vegas pokerroom.
And QFT: Breakfast sandwich. or sunday night pasta.also, Terrace point at wynn is 24 hours, I eat there or grandluxe like 4 times a week. and have never been dissapointed.I also liked fireflyand I know there are a few other great restaurants at Venetian, but i havent had a chance to hit them up yet.






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