I'll be in Vegas for a conference in March. My 6-yr-old is coming with me. From what I've read, there is no shortage of places to eat on or near the strip. There are so many I can't decide, so I'm asking for advice. I have nothing against spectacle or buffets (would like to cozy up by a fire if there is such a place in Vegas), but would like the food to be healthy, nourishing and very tasty.
We live in Germany this year, so have had enough potatoes to last us for a while. We'd love to get some good Tex-Mex. We also like Jamaican, Indian, Thai, North African, Mediterranean and Ethiopian foods.
I'm a vegetarian, but not vegan. I eat dairy, eggs and sustainably-harvested seafood.
Chowhounds gave us lts of good advice for our trip to Boston last year; if you'd like to know more about our tastes and what we're looking for, see our posts http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492430 and "country mice in the city" on the Boston board. It was a great week, and the food was a big part of that. A couple Bostonians commented that a $40 bill with tip was not very high, but seeing as my dining companion is a kindergartner with no travel allowance, I'd like to stay well under that if we can. We are not eating to impress; we want good food.
We are thinking of meeting my son's godfather (who will also be at the conference) at the Freakin' Frog. He's pretty serious about his beer, and we went with him and his family to their local pub in SW England. The Frog has a pretty extensive menu online and sounds like the kind of place a young'un wouldn't be/have a problem. How's their food and how's the atmosphere during the last half of the Tues night music and at other times?
Is happy hour at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba appropriate for kids (he would not do well if it is wall-to-wall packed with people) and how are their tapas (I've seen what they are, but are they tasty?) I can't get their kids' menu to open up; is it anything we want, or is it overpriced, highly battered, unrecognizable nuggets? (If it's the latter, we'll get tapas--if they're good).
The conference is at the Riveria, and we're staying in a timeshare at the Polo Towers near the other end of the strip. I'd also love some advice on where to get groceries--high quality but not overly expensive.
Thanks for your tips!