My husband and I are heading to Vegas with a group of friends next weekend. I'm in Vegas several times a year, but usually business or friends constrain my ability to construct a perfect dining agenda. This time we get two days to ourselves (our first time in Vegas together) and I am having so much fun plotting my course. A little background....newlyweds barely 30, staying at the Venetian. I enjoy good food of all varieties and am comfortable in any environment, however, my husband is new to the chowhound ways. He's a trooper, willing to try just about anything, but formal, haute cuisine environments can make him uneasy at times. We live in Denver, not exactly a culinary mecca.
Friends have dictated our Thurs/Friday dining plans...Thursday night is Social House, Friday night is Craftsteak (best I could influence with budgetary and palate constraints).
Leaning towards Alex for pre-theater dinner (Phantom at 9:30) on Saturday. Also considered Guy Savoy, Charlie Bar, Bradley Ogden, and L'Atelier. Alex edged out because we're already dining at MGM one night, (though would repeat MGM for Joel Robuchon but unfortunately the budget is just not there), worried the hubby would be uncomfortable in Guy Savoy, and Bradley Ogden style is similar to some of Denver's finer restaurants. I am I missing candidates for our one over-the-top date night dinner? Availability might affect this decision, probably need to act soon.
Our free time is over the weekend. I'd like to hit Mesa Grill for Saturday lunch, specifically for Burger Bar comparison. And here's where my plan falls apart. I'd really like to try Mon Ami Gabi for the patio experience, but fear it will be too hot during the day. We could try it for Saturday breakfast, but we're already having such an early dinner I'm not sure I could eat three huge meals in one day. Plus I really want to try the steak frites, which would not pair nicely with Mesa Grill burger a few hours later. So if we do MAG for breakfast, I am considering apps at Olives instead of Mesa Grill. I am tentatively planning Bouchon for Sunday breakfast and Lotus of Siam for Sunday late lunch before we head to the airport at 4pm.
What's missing? What could be cut? Are the steak frites at Mon Ami Gabi really worth it? How early - or maybe how late, if things don’t go according to plan – do we arrive at MAG to be comfortable on the patio in June? Is relegating Bouchon to just breakfast a mistake? Should I forsake MAG and Mesa Grill /Olives for one proper early lunch at Bouchon? Please help! TIA (wow this is long, my apologies)