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Five Days in Vegas for a first timer (lots of questions)

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Five Days in Vegas for a first timer (lots of questions)

Jenny | Apr 30, 2006 07:35 PM

I've spent hours and hours reading reviews and threads, but I'm still having trouble fitting it all together. Any comments or suggestions would be deeply appreciated!

Our budget isn't unlimited, but one of the nights is my birthday, so we're planning at least a couple of splurges.

For my birthday dinner, I've pretty much narrowed it down to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Picasso. Is there a clear winner between the two? What is the pricing like at Picasso? We'll probably want to do tasting menus with wine pairings or 3-4 courses a la carte with a pretty modest bottle of wine. I'm hoping to get out for under $400 (including tip). I've read that L'Atelier does a 9 course $105 prix fixe, which would be perfect. I'd love to try Robuchon at the Mansion, but I think that will be out of our price range (I've always been one who tends to pick the most expensive items on the menu, so the Mansion seems a bit risky).

The possible picks I've narrowed it down to for the rest of the four days are:

Breakfast at Bouchon
Breakfast at Bellagio's pastry shop (the name escapes me at the moment)

Lunch at Commander's Palace
Lunch at Emeril's Fish House or Delmonico
Lunch at Olives

Dinner at Zeffirino
Dinner at Burger Bar
Dinner at Shibuya
Dinner at Fix

Drinks at Mix

We probably won't do all of these, so any preferences between them would be helpful.

Any others that I'm missing out on? We'll probably do one buffet, just for kicks, probably Bellagio. I'd love to fit In-N-Out or Fatburger in there somewhere as well. Lotus of Siam is very tempting, but I think my companion may balk at the cab fare. If we end up renting a car, we will definitely go.

Is there a good upscale Chinese place that won't totally break the bank? (Jasmine seems like it might be too pricey.)

We're staying at the MGM Grand, with a $75 dining credit that can't be used at Robuchon, but can be used at Shubuya.

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