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Vegas - Capital Grille, Paris, Bellagio, Tao

WesternGirl | Dec 8, 200510:47 AM

Just got back from a girl's weekend/birthday trip to Vegas over Thanksgiving, and had to post about the fantastic eating experiences we had!

The first night (Saturday) was our big, celebratory dinner, and I booked the 10 of us in to the Capital Grille across from the Wynn. I'd never been to Vegas before (or Capital Grille, for that matter), so I relied on the postings of other Chowhounds on this board to make the decision on where to go. I was not disappointed!

We had the best table in the house - in the front corner, with a view up and down the strip. It was incredible. Our server, Dana, was fantastic. Ask for her if you go :).

I started with the lobster bisque, which was very creamy with big chunks of lobster throughout. I then ordered the 14 oz. Dry Aged Sirloin Steak. It was perfect. Unfortunately for me, it was too big and I could not finish it! But every bite was a treasure. Some others at the table split steaks at Dana's suggestion, and I would recommend this option! Other entrees we tried were the Filet Mingnon, a Kona crusted sirloin, the Delmonico, fresh lobster and the seared tuna. All got rave reviews.

For sides, we ordered 2 asparagus, and 2 potatoes au gratin (to die for). We couldn't finish them. Even though we were stuffed, Dana insisted we have some dessert on her, and we found room for the most delectable coconut cream pie I have ever tasted (those are words I thought would never come out of my mouth), as well as some perfectly-crusted creme brulee.

It was a fantastic evening, and I thank everyone who posted about this restaurant before me - it was the highlight of the trip!

On Sunday we hit the Bellagio's champagne brunch. The cost was $39 each, including champagne, because we were there on a holiday weekend (I think it's normally $31 including champagne). It was a bit pricey for my taste, but we all hunkered down and took advantage of the offerings for a solid 2 hours! The seafood was great, as were the breakfast and dessert offerings. I tried a bit of almost everything except the sushi (which we waited for for almost an hour!), and the roast beef. All who tried it said it was great.

Dinner that night was at Tao, though few of us were hungry! We shared a plate of pad thai, which was some of the best I'd had. Another friend ordered a roll of some kind, that she said was spectacular. Drinks were also tasty - they had a nice variety of fun cocktails to try.

Monday wasn't very notable, as we were running all over the place trying to see things. I did have some breakfast at Paris at Le Cafe Ile St. Louis. It was typical breakfast fare - omelettes, crepes, pancakes, etc. My ham & swiss omelette was ok, but nothing to write home about. The only other real "meal" we had was at All-American Bar & Grille at the Rio. We just snacked on some wings (big & juicy), quesadillas (fresh & tasty) and chili fries (not so hot). It wasn't fancy, but it was exactly what we were craving!

The final morning, I stopped by Le Village Buffet at Paris - for $12.95, I thought they put on an outstanding spread. There were plenty of pastries (mini-versions of what they sell across the hall at JJ's Boulangerie), made-to-order crepes, waffles and omelettes, as well as plenty of fruits & cereals. My friend had a crepe stuffed with spiced cherries, that she claimed was the best thing she ate on the whole trip. I stuck to pastries and a waffle, which were outstanding.

It was a fantastic trip, and the food we enjoyed made it even better. If any of you are heading to vegas soon, you can't go wrong with any of these choices!!

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