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Trip Report Part 7: Dishes, Balboa Pizza

Thomas W. | Jan 19, 2006 01:43 PM

Saturday, 12/17

On my final dax, I usually drive around the City to visit some more
places I´d missed until then. I started at the Silverton, which is
surprisingly nice. I really liked the giant aquarium, and the Shady
Grove Lounge is pretty cool. Obviously, I´ll have to stay there some
day.

On my way back to the Strip I visited Lee´s discount Liquor (great
selection) and, again, Fry´s. I also checked out Zia, an Arizona chain
selling used and new dvds at pretty great prices.

For lunch, I had planned to visit Lotus of Siam again. Unfortunately ,
it´s now closed for lunch on weekends. So I decided to try Dishes, the
buffet at TI. Lunch ran $15 there.

Here´s what I thought about it:

Sushi and noodles good, tofu blah, mushrooms very good,meatballs ok,
corn pudding very good, yams very good, bbq items good to very good.
There´s also a deli section serving sandwiches. Mine had a good
filling with cheese, some mest and pesto, only the bread was a bit
stale. Shredded pork was good, stuffing was bad. I didn´t try the
pasta and salad stations. No carving, but some pre- sliced turkey.

Desserts luckily were small portions, again. I skipped cotton candy
and chocolate-dipped strawberries and tried a coffee donut (ok), a
good pumpkin pie, an ok creme brulee and a lemon tart that wasn´t
tangy enough. The filling of the pecan pie was good, but the shell was
lacking. Ice cream was good. I liked the chocolate eclair which is
difficult to pull off. No ile flottante anywhere.

There was excellent variety in dessers, while the quality was only
good.

The bottom line: a good buffet if you like american food and meats.
For my money, it´s a bit overpriced for $15 at lunch. The setting is
pretty nice. All in all, it failed to crack my Top 3, but is in the
Top 5. One more pet peeve of mine: many food labels were missing

After that I witnessed the good people of Henderson single-handledly
jump-starting the US economy at Sunset Galleria. As far as I could
see, nobody seemed to be injured, though.

I then visited the lights display at Ethel M. which was pretty though
a bit repetitive.

Because I had 7 days and 4 hours to spend this time in LV, the nice
people of Alamo had decided to slap me with $60 extra charges if I was
only a minute late. Luckily for me, avlv´s most helpful poster picked
me up at the rental lot, so we could have good pizza at Balboa and
spend some time at the District and Green Valley Ranch together. David
took my scooter back into storage and I boarded the plane at 11.30. I
slept four hours, then spent 8 hours in DC (Georgetown and downtown,
lunch at Uno). I laid down on my bed 58 hours after I had left the one
at the Gold Coast.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped make this trip so
memorable for me, the people I've met but also those whose ideas and
reports got me to try stuff I wouldn't have thought of on my own. And
as always, thanks to everybody for reading all this.

Some Notes

- why does the Fashion Show Mall play deafening Eminem music virtually
every 3 minutes ? Just the right choice for those Saks customers, I
guess.

- why does the guy at the carving station of a buffet not speak
english, as a rule ("small ? what is small ?")

- why does The Mix have to play that Rob Thomas song about three times
per hour ?

- the las vegas convention and tourism channel in every second hotel
is pretty cool.

- There's free wifi at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at the Dessert
Pasage.

- People on this trip asked me if I were from France, Britain and
Holland. One wanted to know if I came from Germany with a car.

- The Deuce is a great idea. Busses are frequent and the pricing is
exceptional (one ride $2, $5 for a day pass). Sure beats that
Monorail.

- Favorite bit on my favorite LV station: on the news quiz at KNPR,
the panel and a caller talked about Brokeback Mountain
- Panelist: Well, these cowboys sure didn't go to the mountain
for fishing
- Caller: Well, maybe for fly-fishing.

Thomas W.

Thanks for reading, please let me know whether you enjoyed the report.

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