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Vegas Report

ExercisetoEat | | Nov 17, 2006 08:00 PM

Just returned from a trip to Vegas and thought I'd provide the run down on the restaurants we visited:

#1 Favorite: Rosemary's
There were several posts on Chowhound about this place, and they all are right. It is amazing, was the best food we had, and absolutely worth the roundtrip $40 cab fare. The service was attentive and not annoying (they even ordered a return cab at the appropriate time for us). The food was unique, I had veal that was actually a steak and not pounded into a pancake like you see too often. Other entrees included: Rack of lamb, chicken under a brick, and a specialty steak for one of our party who has extreme food allergies. They all were fresh, tasty, and well-balanced entrees. The Sunday half-price wine night is a great deal, but even better is their fixed price menu that allows you to choose three things (app., entree, dessert, etc.) for $48. This was the best 'quality for the price' deal I've seen. We even received a follow up call this week from the restaurant just to see how our experience was, and then they kindly looked up our tab to have someone call me back with a wine we had by the glass that I forgot to get the name of. Fabulous place.

Craftsteak in the MGM grand: I agree with other Chowhounds that the braised short ribs were delicious. Unfortunately the other entrees were simply mediocre. Large portions, but not large on flavor. The service was a bit slow as well.

Michael's in the Barbary Coast: This place bills itself as an "Old Style Las Vegas Steakhouse", and I would say that is accurate. The prices are astronomical ($78 fillet anyone?) for the quality. While good, the meal was so heavy that we couldn't help but feel like no one eats like this anymore for a reason. The service was excellent, but the casino feels really run down in comparison to several others, and you have to exit the restaurant and go through the casino to reach a restroom. Can't say I'd go back for any reason other than a free dinner.

The Country Club, in the Wynn: While beautifully decorated, this "Gentleman's" lounge/dining area lacks a unique character, and this carries through to the food. We were under impressed with the Red Snapper, it was tough and chewy with little flavor. The best part of the meal was the dessert (who couldn't like a Glenfiddich milkshake with tiny cookies?). Overall it wasn't a bad restaurant but also not anything special.

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