First timer. Go easy, I come here via LonelyPlanet's Thorn Tree.
I'm looking for two things.
1) Pho. A recommendation for good pho.
2) A recommendation for a traditional diner. Somewhere I can sit at a counter.
I would probably prefer it to be separate from a hotel/casino complex. I am staying north of Ceasar's Palace (so Spring Mountain looks promising for the first request) and will not have a car (however I am competent in and not scared of public transport and am capable of putting in a good shift with the shoe leather).