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Vegas, part 1. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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Vegas, part 1.
I'm splitting the Obligatory Vacation Post into a few posts - this one's on food. First, I need to thank stdsle01 for all the wonderful advice on places to eat in Vegas. Most of the best places we went were on her recommendation list!

Sunday: We got checked into the hotel in the very late afternoon, and we were starving. After traveling all day, we didn't really feel like trying to hunt down something far away, so we had dinner at the hotel - Tender at the Luxor. My meal prompted this post - Mike ordered one of the medallion plates, and all three of the meats were great. This was probably one of our best meals on the whole trip.

Monday we did breakfast at the Luxor buffet. It was pretty unimpressive - standard breakfast buffet food, not particularly well-done. For dinner, we did the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur, which came with a roasted chicken dinner. It was also reasonably unimpressive - the chicken was good but nothing special - and I'd have rather had a choice of meals. I'd also love to see jousting done seriously at some point, as opposed to a choreographed show with horses and sticks, but that's another post.

Tuesday we did lunch at the Mexican place at the hotel, Tacos and Tequila. The tacos were good and interesting, but the best part was their drink menu. They had more cool tequila-derived drinks then we could drink in a week, and that's saying something. We went back a few nights just for a drink or two. Dinner was Chinese at the NY-NY hotel, and it was a very good implementation of Americanized Chinese food.

Wednesday we did the Bellagio buffet for lunch. It was exactly what I pictured a Las Vegas buffet to be - a huge spread, with all sorts of interesting food. They had everything from standard buffet roast meats to duck legs in a curry/peanut sauce. If I had to go back to one buffet, that would be it. I could have stuffed myself just trying all the different desserts. Dinner was appetizers at Pinot Brasserie in the Venetian. Mike got the onion soup, which was amazingly rich, and I got the charcuterie with some of the best pate I've ever had. We should have gone back for entrees at some point, but maybe next time. Dessert was fruit crepes at La Creperie, in the Paris hotel.

Thursday we did lunch at one of Mario Batali's restaurants, also in the Venetian, called Enoteca San Marco. We split an amazing cheese plate, and an even-more-amazing goat cheese and pancetta pizza. It was one of the best pizzas I've ever had - the crust was perfectly crunchy, the goat cheese had real flavor, and the pancetta complimented everything perfectly. And I'm not a huge pizza person!

Dinner was Shibuya, at the MGM Grand. We ordered one of the tasting menus (which isn't listed on the website for some reason). Highlights were a slaw served in a cone-shaped bowl, sitting on top of a fish bowl with a betta swimming around in it, thinly sliced sashimi with a lemon reduction and little tiny rice powder balls, and the cutest little dessert sampler plate. It also made my list of favorites for the week.

Friday we drove down to the Grand Canyon, so we had fast food on the way down, and In And Out Burger when we got back. We like In And Out, and there aren't any here - and it was time for a break from expensive food.

Saturday, we planned to hit the Wynn buffet for breakfast, but it was raining, so we stayed close. We did breakfast at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. The homemade donuts were great, but the rest of it was both expensive and unimpressive. I probably wouldn't go back.

All in all, it was an amazing week of great food!

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greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: February 12th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so jealous!

We went to the House of Blues at Mandalay last time I was there with my parents. It was a dismal meal.

The Bellagio buffet sounds just like the Wynn's. I love those high end buffets.

Sounds like you had a great time!
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