I've been a frequent reader of chowhound for years, but this is my first post (so please go easy on me if I leave out any vital information).
My girlfriend and I will be driving into Las Vegas (from san diego) on the wednesday evening before thanksgiving. We'll be staying on the strip, though we haven't booked the hotel yet. We'll have a car, so we can drive, but we'd prefer not to have to deal with too many inconveniences/extra charges.
Here are my thoughts:
Classic Vegas for wednesday night. I'm not sure what time we'll be arriving, so I don't want to make reservations. Also, we may be slightly tired from the drive, so we won't be ready for "fine dining." This seems like the perfect opportunity to try out a classic (perhaps late night) spot. Do these types of places still exist? Any fun suggestions?
Thursday (thanksgiving) might be a good day for a buffet. This way, I figure we'll be able to get all traditional thanksgiving fare as well as whatever else we could possibly imagine. Plus we'll be able to eat to our heart's content just like at home.
Friday night we want to have a special night. We're fairly adventurous in our eating (we enjoy offal, game meats, fine french cuisine, peasant french, italian, asian.... pretty much everything), and so we'd like to find a truly unique dining experience. We're familiar with most of the celebrity chefs in vegas (through their cooking shows and game shows), but we don't want to limit ourselves to those restaurants alone. We'll be happy to pay for one of the best meals of our lives. Alternatively, I'd also like to know if there are some more casual places (and thus I've been overlooking them) that specialize in an incredible item (or two), and so it may be worth trying such a place instead.
I appreciate any help that you can give me. Please let me know if you have any other questions for me, and I'll try to answer them to the best of my ability. Thanks!