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Design + Food = Vegas?


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Design + Food = Vegas?

steaklist | May 24, 2005 07:41 PM

I’m headed to Vegas this weekend and hope to take in as much interesting architecture/interior design as possible, specifically among restaurants and lounges. I’m also looking to eat and drink well.

I was there earlier this year and liked what I saw in the restaurant “malls” of the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay. I’m equally drawn to smart, contemporary design (e.g. MGM and Mandalay) as well as more “kitschy” Disney-esque atmospheres (Rainforest Café, for lack of a better example since I’d rather not do chains). Vegas seems to do both so well. I’m looking to spend my time in both, but my money in the former.

I have a general idea of where to start, but would like to know more, *and* what are the places with good food and drink. I’ve seen the original Mandalay restaurants (China Grill, Aureole, etc.) but I have yet to check out Fleur de Lys, Mix, etc. I haven’t seen any of the new places within Caesars (FIX, etc.). I checked out the Palms in the morning before business hours. I’m interested in the two restaurants that architecture firm Morphosis designed within the Venetian – Lutece and Tsunami. And I don’t want to limit it to new or “hip” design(Battista’s Hole in the Wall sounds great).

Please share your thoughts on dining atmospheres worth a look, but please let me know: what are the places to have A) dinner, B) only a drink, or C) a snapshot and nothing more.

Thanks for the input!

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