First night in Vegas, ate at Gilley's, a dumpy restaurant in the dumpy Frontier. Its a faux cowboy bar with mechanical bull and scantily chap-ed cowgirl servers. Went in with very low expectations (didn't want to be away from blackjack for too long) - onion rings were very good for appetizer. Rack of pork ribs had been over smoked or had been hanging too long - very dry and overly smoky. Was warned away from the chicken fried steak, as it reportedly came pre-battered out of a box in the freezer. BBQ sauce was far too sweet; out of a jar. Fries were hot and fresh. The best adjective for the slaw is "institutional". Dive dinner in a dive casino - recommend you avoid even if you feel like slumming.
Valentino at the Venetian the second night - very disappointing. Located next to Pinot Brasserie (where I have had excellent and terrible meals), Valentino is low-key with decent service. Carpaccio appetizer was very nice. Server's recommendation of Osso Buco for main course was a huge disappointment - dry meat, terrible consistency. Almost certain the brown sauce began it's life in Knorr's or McCormick's powdered format. The whole dish was *heavily* salted, bordering on inedible. Risotto (rice?) cake side was bland and easily forgotten. I definitley recommend avoiding the Osso Buco at Valentino based on my visit, if not the restaurant overall. Will not be going back.