Post # 16
sunnierdaysahead2: Darling Husband loves Giada, so I have floated that place around. But, after reviewing the menu and pics posted on Instagram… the items seems small for the price. I can easily see why the celebrity che places are overrated though; you pay for the name.
In college, I did one of the rides at the Stratosphere… which I think was the Big Shot. DH’s uncle suggested Top of the World to eat at one night = spendy. Also did Hoover Dam in college, but Darling Husband and the rest of them have never been, so I am OK checking it out again.
tessadub: On the list! I think this would be a great mid-range priced place for us all. Those reviews make me want to go now.
Post # 17
bibber: i wasted many hours doing this and saved probably 300 lol.Mostly on food.I bought food twice – the rest I redeemed through coupons.
Sign up for that Vegas rewards. It’s annoying, but you get coupons
And use the free Red BulL!
Post # 18
Kacie209: WAIT! I missed the Sprinkles ATM!? Man i feel cheated!
Post # 19
mandaluv1119: You liked Mesa Grill? I didn’t like that everything was a la carte (dinner) and while it was good, I’ve been to better restaurants back here. We actually went out to eat again later that night because we were still hungry after eating there!
Post # 20
It’s been 2 years since I have been but I am going again in a little over 2 months! Another vote for Wicked Spoon. It’s great! Also buffet’s at Caesars or Wynn will be good.
I really like the super casual dining options (the to-go options) at either Paris (sandwiches, salads, crepes… yummy) or Wynn. I’ve been to lots of the more casual dining restaurants I can’t really keep track. My favorite is Mon Ami Gabi because it’s yummy and it has a great location. Even having been to the Eiffel Tower restaurant there I prefer Mon Ami Gabi. And then have brunch. I really enjoy people watching. Some of the restaurants at the Bellagio (I’m thinking Olives?) or the Wynn also have nice views.
I’m not much help for drinks, I usually drink champagne or coffee with baileys from the servers. We don’t do nightclubs or anything. I thought the Mexican restaurant at Aria had great margaritas. Also Mandalay Bay has a lounge on one of the top floors with balconies and it’s great go there for a drink just to check out the view of the whole strip.
My favorite casinos are Aria, Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian, Caesars, and Planet Hollywood just to be at and walk around. Great people watching (gambling watching) at Bellagio or Wynn. All of those besides PH probably have the best poker rooms as well. If you like sports best sportsbooks on the strip that I prefer are Bellagio, PH, and Venetian. MGM I don’t mind either. Though Venetian has the best screens IMO I like the Bellagio and PH because they have a bar right there you can sit at if you want. MGM is too small to stay at. Will be checking out the Mirage since I think they redid it. Some great ones off-strip as well. I don’t pay close attention to the varying odds, mostly I enjoy the action and environment. Mandalay Bay could be great again (great area) but the screens are still awful and outdated. I think they might be renovating sometime soonish.
If you’re not a big gambler but you want to learn go to the cheapest casinos they will have the lower minimums.
Post # 21
Oh I forgot to mention – they have the High Roller now too! Haven’t done it yet, but looks pretty cool.
Post # 22
sunnierdaysahead2: We loved it and were stuffed after. We ordered an app to share (bbq duck and blue corn pancake) and one entree and side each. I got pork tenderloin, which was cooked to medium perfection, and Fiance got – chicken? – I think, and really liked how it was seasoned. I think we got brussels sprouts and some kind of mashed potatoes. We loved it so much that I bought their cookbook to take home!
Maybe they just had a better menu when we were there? I know it changes seasonally. We live in a good food city and were impressed.
Post # 23
mandaluv1119: I’m glad you had a better experience than I did. I went around 4th of July which is probably peak tourist season. I also got chicken and I did think it was good. Maybe my expectations were too high! Then again, we did have some wine, which always makes me hungrier!
Post # 24
Darling Husband and I went to Vegas about 3 years ago for the first time. I did not plan that trip very well and it ended up being mediocre. We stayed in the Venetian, which overall was beautiful and the rooms were very comfortable but we happened to go when the canals were being re done so we missed out on that.
One thing we did that we both really enjoyed was the spa within the Venetian. We spent a few hours hanging around in the spa before/after our treatments and it was fun and relaxing. Although, I do not reccommend eating at the restaurant within that spa, it is over priced and the food is meh.
If I have one suggestion for you, it’s to know where you want to eat before you go. Darling Husband and I did not plan around specific restaurants and oh man did we regret it. We ended up going with a “let’s just walk and see what we find” approach. We ended up spending a lot of time looking at menus/deciding where to go and we ate at some pretty poor restaurants.
One thing I wish we did was to head outside of the valley and do some hiking. The mountains that you can see from the strip looked beautiful so if you’re into that, definitely try to make it happen.
Post # 25
mandaluv1119: The younger sister of a girl I graduated high school with is one of the leads in Rock of Ages. Plus, all of us love 80’s music! Booby Flay’s and Public House… written down!
ericajoy: Great suggestions! 🙂
Post # 26
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
Serendipity near Ceasar’s for the iced hot chocolate (sometimes there’s a groupon!), Holstein’s at Cosmopolitan for grown-up milkshakes and awesome burgers, Carlo’s Bakery at Venetian for lobster tails (dessert). Can you tell I MIGHT have a sweet tooth?
We also saw the Jubilee show and it was AWESOME – very much Las Vegas-y with lots of glitz and glamour! (And, well, boobs, but you don’t notice them after awhile, lol!)
Post # 27
Eat at the Peppermill on the north end of the strip across from Circus Circus! The food is good, the service is great, and the drinks are cheap!
Also, the cheapest way to drink is buying tall boys at convenience stores and CVS/Walgreens. Happy Hour and full price drinks have proven to be astronomical!
Post # 28
Appreciate all of the suggestions and comments on things to do/see!
I agree with making a tentative plan on knowing where we want to eat, as that can easily eat up time and picking something horrble (and NOT Outback!).
High Roller is a must on our list, too.
I don’t gamble too much, but may play some slots. My favorite slot machine is Jackpot Party, which I fell in love with the last time I was there in 2006! Now I seek it out at every c asino I go to, if I know they have it.
Post # 29
Nay1976: I would love Serendipty… do you have to eat there just to get the hot chocolate? I’d love to order and walk around more. I doubt I could get the group to go there. If I was with my sister, it’d be so much easier, lol.
Darling Husband is hoping for a topless show (men!), and that one looks promising. I wouldn’t mind checking one out.
Post # 30
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
Kacie209: Agreed with Peppermill…..the cocktail waitress’ “uniforms” are worth the price of admission.
You can get anything to go from Serendipity, but the “hot chocolate” is more like am overflowing sundae of sorts…Holstein’s milkshakes are prob better.