Well, I am posting this report a bit late, since we went to LA over Memorial Day, but better late than never! First and foremost, thanx to Dave Feldman for his posts on LOS. It was the most memorable food experience of our trip, although we ate at far more $$$ places. We started with Nam Kao Tod (the crispy rice and sausage) which blew our minds. It was so good that we practically fought over the last few grains of rice. Never have I tasted anything remotely like it at any other Thai places. The owner came over and explained that it was garnished with a special herb which is given to Thai prize fighters due to its special (energizing? healing?) properties and which he does not have in stock every day. We followed that with one of the dishes off the northern Thai menu, of which I forget the name, but it was described on the menu as "street vendor style". I wish I could have tried more dishes!
We also ate at Aqua (Bellagio) and at Renoir (Mirage). Honestly, I can't give a credible report on Aqua because we were tired from our flight and not feeling all that well. I do remember enjoying the foie gras appetizer. Renoir was a lovely little restaurant, a jewel box in the middle of the chaotic casino. The service was absolutely outstanding!! Again, I wish I had written down the dishes we ordered. However, everthing really was top notch (with top notch prices). When again will you have the opportunity to sit under a Renoir painting while you dine? I would definitely recommend it!
On another note, if you go to LV you must try IN AND OUT BURGER!!! The burgers are to die for! This place will change your mind about fast food. The burgers are fresh, with juicy slices of tomato and crisp lettuce on a toasty bun. The cool thing is that your menu choices are a hamburger or a cheeseburger. That;s it. They may not have great variety, but what they do they do well. I wish we had this chain on the East Coast!!
Good lunch place: Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel. I think it's the only outdoor cafe on the Strip. I enjoyed a green salad (delicious dressing) and sandwich. You also are served a loaf of crusty French bread and a tangy shredded carrot salad to start you off. Lunch is fairly reasonably priced. If it gets too hot the misters turn on to cool you down. Great people watching on the Strip, and it is right across from the Bellagio, so you have a perfect view of the fountain shows.
Best View: Restaurant on top off the Stratosphere hotel. It rotates completely around in an hour, so you can see all of LV. We had lunch, which again was reasonably priced (I think around $10 for a salad). I enjoyed an asian chicken salad, my SO enjoyed his caesar salad, but you're really there for the view.
Cheap Thrill: Krispy Kreme Donuts! I've always wanted to try one (none here in Boston)! I don't think I'd want to make a habit of these, as they were very sweet, but I tried a warm glazed donut (crunchy on the outside, soft and airy on the inside, yum!)
Whew! I think that's about it!