Let me start off by saying we have been going to Vegas since 1985. Breakfast was 99 cents, lunch was $1.99 and dinners were $3.99. The good old days a lot of people long for. Casinos gave food away just to get you in the door. Let me put in a plug for the Station Casinos and the Boyd Gaming Casinos. $5.99 to $8.99 breakfast buffets with excellent choices. What more do you want?
Eleven days in Las Vegas over the holidays. This is the longest we have ever stayed but we thought, ”What the heck, its vacation”.
First stop Ellis Island for the steak special. Salad, potato, green beans, steak and a huge in-house beer. Not the best cut of meat. If you have never done it, try it. Probably our last time. Why? Read on and you will understand.
Prime Rib Loft at the Orleans. Had to be THE best prime rib we have ever had, anywhere. Cajun style is the way to go. Shrimp cocktail here and everywhere in Vegas is getting expensive. (except for the $2.99 places) Very good here. “Pop” in your mouth kind. Crisp salad, choice of potatoes, excellent cut of prime rib with no fat what so ever. Priced from $17 to $21. Great service. Perfect evening. Highly recommend.
Vic & Anthony’s at the Golden Nugget. On-line reviews are almost unbelievable. One or two bad reviews out of a thousand. Too good to be true. As far as we are concerned this place is the BEST restaurant in Vegas. May be a little bit on the pricey side for some but worth every penny. Nice atmosphere, superb service and excellent food. We both had the filet cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth good. Sides are a la carte but reasonably priced. We split a baked potato and broccoli. There was enough broccoli for six people. Steamed just right with a touch of butter. Only one observation. Won’t even call it a complaint. Call me old school but I’m a believer in dress code. Yes, I know the guy in the t-shit maybe a billionaire and his money is just as green as mine, but hey put some decent clothes on if you’re going to go out to a classy place like this. I think the term is “business casual”. The restaurant should require it. To me it adds to the over-all experience. Just personal choice on my part.
Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens. Looking for a romantic evening? This is the place to go. All the women get a red rose when they arrive. It is located downstairs with brick surroundings and large wood beams. Low level lighting with plenty of intimate seating. Four waiters in tuxedos service each table plus a very friendly and knowledgeable sommelier to take care of your wine needs. Give the Leonard Kreusch Riesling a try. With steak? Drink what you like. It goes with just about anything. It is a middle of the road type wine. We started with the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, so good. Salads are made table side with at least 15 different ingredients you can choose to add to your lettuce. Again we had the filet cooked to perfection. The cut of meat was very, very good. Side are included here. With your meal is a mini dessert but to really top the evening off go with real Bananas Foster or Cherries Jubilee flamed at your table. This place ranks right up there on the list. Service is fantastic. When I made reservations I was asked if it was a special occasion. Being the week of our anniversary I said yes and promptly forgot about it. They remembered and the Cherries Jubilee was “on the house”.
Billy Bob’s Steak House and Saloon at Sam’s Town. Often visited here, but never stayed. Figured we would try it. Wanted to stay on premises so Billy Bob’s fit the ticket. Nice atmosphere. Good service. Food was pretty good. Not great. I don’t think I would go out of my way to try this place. But if you are staying at the hotel I would give it a try.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Yes it’s a chain, but I have to say if you have one close to where you live, you are lucky. Closest one to our home is three hours away. We hit this place at least four times in our eleven day stay. Wide menu and everything we had was very good. I make my own beer so when I say this, I know what good beer tastes like. On a hot summer day when you’re cutting the grass or painting the garage a Bud Lite is fine. Other than that, unless you’re on a diet, you can keep it. The beer here is excellent. Check out their website. They have a large variety with a bunch of limited run seasonals. There is something here for everyone’s taste.
Primarily Prime Rib at South Point. Every year we have a contest to see who will have the best prime rib. This place came in second this year. Last year they were #1. This is a really nice restaurant with great atmosphere and service. Located about six miles south of the strip, the trip is worth making for the fine cuisine. Very reasonably priced also.
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at Red Rock Casino. This is a chain originating out of California I believe. Two years ago we had a terrible meal at the Green Valley location and swore we would never go back. After giving them time to regroup we decided to give them a try at the new Red Rock location. Someone in management must have taken the hint and took steps to improve their quality. Having lived in Texas for eight years I know what BBQ is supposed to taste like. So far Lucille’s is the best Vegas has to offer. Is it what I consider real BBQ? No, but it’s not bad eating either. The quality of the meat has improved tremendously. Their sides are very uniquely tasting. The price is a little steep but so are a lot of things in life. Yes I realize different parts of the country have different styles of BBQ. But I also know good when I taste it.
Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge. This place is old school. Good food. Good service. Good prices for what you get. Buy one and split it. Blue and pink “neon” lighting in a forest of trees is like nothing else in town. Go there at night just to look inside. Desserts are mammoth. Everything they serve is mammoth. They are the originators of fire on water decor. Ask Frank Sinatra next time you see him. That’s how long they have been around. They must be doing something right.
Images Restaurant in the Rainbow Club and Casino Henderson. Owned by the Peppermill Casino in Reno and sister to the Peppermill Restaurant mentioned above, has daily specials and a breakfast for $1.89 ( a whole $2.29 on weekends) that puts everybody to shame. We ate here several times throughout our stay. Good food at dirt cheap prices.
Just like 1985.
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