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stallion1 | Mar 29, 201009:15 AM

Dear Chowhound,

Every year, a large group of friends and I take a trip to a random destination across the country. I pick a location, decide how much it will cost per each group member, and they cut me a check. No questions asked. It makes for an awesome adventure because they have no idea where we are staying, what the plans are, where we will be dining, etc. until they arrive. Long story short - our trip this year is in Vegas.

I chose Vegas because several of the guys are engaged, getting married, already married, etc. so this is probably our last chance to do this together. Out of the 24 of us who will be coming to Vegas for a long weekend in May, 18 of us have NEVER been including myself. There are several surprise activities that I have already planned for my large group including a special pre-paid, pre-ordered group dinner for Saturday, May 22nd... Here is my diliemma: The restaurant backed out and cancelled the contract at the last minute...

I don't want to call them out because they were a real pleasure to work with in setting everything up and they have already gone out of their way to apologize and help me out in some other ways, but I am extremely stressed out with trying to find another location that fits with what we already had set up.

At the previous restaurant, I was able to customize a prix-fix menu with included 3 courses (salad, appetizers, filet with veggies) plus dessert for $55 a person... Add tax and 20% tip and my total cost was just over $1,700...

I have looked into/emailed/called several other establishments that I read about on here, but none were in the price range that I am now tied into because the rest of the budget has been spent on lodging, airfare, etc.

I want this is to be fun last night in Vegas and the group dinner is the prelude to an evening on the town... I want us to be able to go to a nice place with great food, but it doesn't have to be stuffy or overly fancy... Somewhere along the strip is preferred and within the budget is a must...

Any ideas?? I would love a great steakhouse, but concerned about the price... I have also heard good things about T&T (Tacos and Tequlia)... This is obviously a bit different than the venue I already had set up, but our trip is in the middle of May which only gives me about 6 weeks to set everything up...

Any suggestions or advice would be great... Sorry for the long post...

I appreciate it...

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