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  • Location: new milford, CT
Eating and Living in Las Vegas Tue, 09/25/07 10:13 AM (permalink)
We recently moved to Las Vegas from CT - and FOOD (not gambling) - is the most fun in the town! There are more outstanding/cheap eats/great values in this town - Here our some of our favorites... from eggs to ice-cream...

Luvit Frozen Custard is as big as a phone booth. It is near the STratosphere hotel. Not the best side of town. BUT - limos/kings/queens and politicians - all stop here for the home-made custard. This may be one of the best frozen custards on the planet... THere is one owner/employee - and he makes the custard and serves it to you. If you love ice-cream - and old fashioned frozen custard - DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE!! Try a Western sundae - half hot caramel/half hot fudge - and toasted pecans... heaven on earth!

If you want to take a drive out to Henderson or to Lake Las VEgas - then head to


(Vegas' ice-cream places have a great choice of salted/toasted pecans - that just seem to add so much to a hot-fudge/caramel sundae - something about that sweet/salty that is just out of this world)

BUFFETS - We know a lot of folks say they can't do buffets every day - nobody can - however - at the end of the day - that's where some of your best values are. For under 20 bucks for dinner - how can you pass up all you can eat shrimp, crab legs, prime rib, steak, italian, mongolian bbq, mexican, sushi, cold salads, hot salads, pasta bars,etc. dessert,etc. all on the same bill?- Pretty much you get what you pay for - meaning - the more $$ the buffet is - usually the higher the quality. But sometimes you don't want all the shrimp and crab legs - and lower end/priced buffets fill the bill.
**All around our favorite buffets for breakfast/lunch/dinner is the Red Rock Hotel/Casino - with the players card during the week you save money - and it is nice atmosphere/great food/great value. *** MAKE SURE YOU GET A PLAYERS CARD - SAVES $$ at buffet. Plus - if you play - you'll get point.. M-F breakfast buffet is 7.99 - you just can't beat it! Omlette station - and everything else you can think of for breakfast.

1. Paris breakfast buffet - this is about 12 or 13 bucks (I think almost every day - Sundays after a certain time the price jumps for brunch so be sure to check) - but worth every penny - because it has everything you can or could dream up for breakfast (we mean everything - fresh crepes/omelettes/bagels & lox/french toast/pancakes/waffles/blintzes/crepes,fresh fruits/croissants - many varieties of sausages/and about 90 other items)- and will keep you full until at least 4 p.m. SOme say the MGM buffet is equally as good for breakfast - but we've never been. Make sure you sit in the center - this gives you the best "Disney/French/fake Europe" atmosphere.

2.Red Rock - The Red Rock is a few miles from our house in Summerlin. It has one of the best buffets for breakfast/dinner (and probably lunch) in VEgas. If you get a "players card" - it is only 7.99 for breakfast - and worth every cent. The quality is amazing... also fabulous for dinner. Quality food/great selection/healthy choices. After you eat - and the weather is cool - be sure to drive on to Red Rock park and hike (about ten minute drive) - good way to see the beautiful desert scenery - and perhaps take a walk to make room for your next meal.

3.Jamm's - Not a buffet. But one of our favorite omelette places and breakfast/brunch spots. The waitresses call you "Honey" - and it's really good eats!

4.SUNCOAST - The Suncoast is also out in Summerlin. If you get a players card - and if you're 50 or older (you get a young at heart sticker) - this makes your M-F breakfast - just 4.99! The orange juice isn't great- but the rest of the buffet/omlette/pancakes/waffles,etc. stations - is good eats. Lunch/dinner here is pretty good too. But - If you wanna go another few bucks - we feel the Red Rock is better all around. But this is a good/cheap eat - and clean/new.

5.Arizona Charlies - Cheap eats. Home of the steak and egg special at under five bucks! Can you eat for more or higher end - YEAH - but this is still one of the great values in town. Breakfast/dinner buffet -

6.VALUE!!! Ellis Island - Ellis Island is behind the strip. People rave you can get steak and prime rib specials for practically nothing. Good drinks too. The food is good/cheap - but boy, this joint is smokey. If you don't mind the smoke - the food is good/cheap & fine. Steak specials here... ribs, BBQ chicken too.
4178 Koval Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 733-8901

7.Montesano's Italian Restaurant & Deli - Huge portions - good food - and home made garlic knots.
3441 W Sahara Ave Ste B2
Las Vegas, NV 89102-6058
Phone: (702) 876-0348

9)Tamales/Enchilada's - Great tamales and great margarita's.. Don't miss Dona Maria Tamale Restaurant, 910 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-6538
10)Don Miguels - Mexican - The ORLEANS Hotel - has a great/cheap mexican restaurant that has great margaritas/ they give you salsa, bean dip and GUACAMOLE - all you can eat...which is rare to get all you can eat great guac... and the fajitas are fab. The price is right. Don Miguels @ the Orleans - 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV, 89103
(702) 365-7111
11)FUN EATS - GOLDEN GATE HOTEL - One Fremont Street - oldest hotel/casino in LV - home of the 99 cent shrimp cocktail - this is a DEAL - the shrimp are small but plentiful and packed into an old fashioned large sundae glass - with a dollup of cocktail sauce - grab a dollar margarita or daquiri - and there's a nice snack to keep you fueled up until your next buffet.

12)Rampart Casino - Also out in Summerlin. WOW - they don't serve breakfast - but on Tuesday evening - they have a filet mignon/shrimp scampi all you can eat buffet that is hard to beat. It is 16 or 17 bucks - but it is really wonderful for dinner. Get a players card and then ask for the "monthly flyer" - this will give you five bucks each off the buffet. Great food - good deal - nice place.

13)Planet Hollywood Hotel - formerly The Aladdin (near Paris Hotel) - Always a good buffet - great choices/quality... italian, mexican, chinese, japanese, tandoor style chicken. shishkabab - roast stuffed pork with apricots, prime-rib,etc. - and even canoli and cotton candy fill out this buffet - plus mountains of shrimp and crab legs - you'll have to walk around some to figure out how to build your plate to make room.

14)Not Food - but Fun - Liberace Museum - picks you up for free on the strip - fun, kitschy - campy - excellent museum on everyone's favorite piano star - Liberace! His cars/his costumes - the originator of bling!

15)Other buffets which are fabulous (but maybe not dirt cheap)- but still a great value when you consider the food your are offered (steak/prime rib/crab legs/shimp etc.) - Harrah, Bellagio, Wynn, Caesars. We've eaten in almost all the hotel buffets - and the one's all listed are our favorites.

16)Deli - Vegas has the NYC Carnegie, Stage and L.A.'s Cantor's in Treasure Island. If you need some matzoh ball soup or corned beef it fits the bill.

More food adventures to come!


    RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Tue, 09/25/07 10:27 AM (permalink)
    Try the Hash House on Decatur for a good wholesome family breakfast.

    Speaking of NY NY, Gallagher's for steak.

    Casa Don Juan for Mexican.

    Happy eatin'

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      RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Tue, 09/25/07 11:01 AM (permalink)
      Battista's Hole in the Wall behind Flamingo is tasty.

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        RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Tue, 09/25/07 11:37 AM (permalink)
        mrscomics, thanks so much for all the great info. I tend to find buffets a little overwelming, but to get my shrip and crab leg fill I will certainly go to one.

        LasVegas is home to so many buffets, that it is great to read about other places beside those that have buffets.

        Hope you enjoy your new home and keep us informed of the places you find with great food.

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          RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Tue, 09/25/07 1:56 PM (permalink)
          Originally posted by EJXD2

          Battista's Hole in the Wall behind Flamingo is tasty.

          We love Battista's too! I should have added that to the list - and on MOnday evening they have Karaoke that is awesome!

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            • Location: valley springs, CA
            RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Fri, 09/28/07 4:51 PM (permalink)
            HI, MRS COMICS,

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              RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Fri, 09/28/07 8:15 PM (permalink)

              Just came back from Vegas last night. Had a couple quality meals while I was there.

              We had dinner at Vic and Anthony's in the Golden Nugget. Top quality steaks (I had the bone-in Rib Eye) and the Crab Cake appetizer was out of this world!

              Dropped well over $250 for two of us, (bottle of wine was $80 by itself) but the service was great and the atmosphere nice, old school steak house.

              The Rush Lounge (in Golden Nugget) had smooth live jazz playing that night. Nice place to sit for an after dinner drink. They even have 3 black jack tables inside the Lounge, ended up winning almost enough to cover our dinner bill!

              Had breakfast at the Omelete House, great banana bread, great pumpkin bread, terrific omelets and home fries. Cool, rustic interior that is well worn. Excellent place for breakfast. (2160 W Charleston Blvd)

              By the way, we stayed at the Golden Nugget, they have done an fantastic job of renovating the place. The pool area is neat, with a huge shark tank smack dab in the middle. We got upgraded to a suite, very spacious and well furnished. That was one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in.



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                • Joined: 3/21/2007
                • Location: Las Vegas, NV
                RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Wed, 10/3/07 9:53 AM (permalink)
                After 15 years in Las Vegas I recommend the following. Since you also live in Summerlin like me I'll stick to the west side.
                Breakfast: Egg and I on W.Sahara or their sister property Egg Works on W. Flamingo and Ft. Apache. Also check out the dinner show "Marrage Can Be Murder" at the Egg and I . And the Omlet House is also great.
                Italian: Outside of San Generro Feast the pickings are slim now a days. However I recomend Carmines Little Italy on Durango between Sahara and D.I. Great food and hugh portions and full menu 24/7!
                Asain buffets: Buffet@Asia on W.Sahara at Rainbow. The best in town by far.
                Mexican: El Sombro Cafe on Main St. Dumpy and scary neighborhood but same owners for over 50 years. Big hitters and movers and shakers at lunch.
                Seafood: Shucks Tavern on W.Flamingo and Ft. Apache. Since I am also a new englander by birth I am picky about seafoods but this was a surprise to find. Highly recommened. Fantastic shellfish.
                Deli: It is a chain but Jasons Deli at Boca Park is very good. And while there check out the "english stlye" pub food at 3 Angry Wives Pub also in Boca Park. Finally for good bar food I like Village Inn,several locations in valley, one is at Ft. Apache and Haciandea across from Wal-Mart. Go for the friday shrimp special.
                Like you said about LuvIt Custard it is fantastic. Been around for over 30 years. I love it.

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                  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
                  RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Wed, 10/3/07 10:02 AM (permalink)
                  And how could I forget Ricardo's on Flamingo and Decatur. The original owner bought the place back and restored it to its former greatness. This is a local favorite for ovr 30 years.
                  There are also a lot of choices in Chinatown. Check them out.

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                    • Location: Las Vegas, NV
                    RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Wed, 10/3/07 10:04 AM (permalink)
                    My mistake, the pub is called Village Pub(not inn). I must be hungry for the shrimp!

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                      RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Wed, 10/3/07 10:17 AM (permalink)
                      Breakfast seems to be a big favorite for us - another place that we absolutely love and I forgot is "The Cracked Egg" - The Cracked Egg
                      7660 W. Cheyenne Ave. (also at 6435 S. Rainbow Blvd.) Great breakfast, (omlettes) clean, good service and homemade coffee cake if you prefer instead of toast. We've eaten at Egg and I too - But we tend to favor Jamms & Cracked Egg. Omelette House is good too. Blueberry Hill had good pancakes/waffles,etc. - and they're all around LV. Skip - have you ever eaten at Four Kegs (near UNLV) for stromboli or pizza? Supposed to be great - Let us know if you have. We stopped at Carmines once - and I guess we thought it was strictly an italian restaurant - but it was more pub like/sports bar - and the smell of ribs/BBQ was present (which we love) but we were in the mood for italian -. (maybe we went to the wrong one) But we'll have to retry that. Thanks much for the tips.

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                        • Location: Las Vegas, NV
                        RE: Eating and Living in Las Vegas Wed, 10/3/07 10:45 AM (permalink)
                        I have never been to the 4 Kegs although I have heard alot about it. Carmines , once you get past the sports bar look, is excellent. Believe it or not we used to have a ton of great itailian but the pickings are slim now. Don't know why.
                        More local choices:
                        Hush Puppies on W.Charleston for southern food
                        Kilroy's for the worlds best burgers
                        Bob Taylors Ranch house.....I think they are still open. Been around forever. The location on Rancho was at one time all open desert and just this restaurant. Now the neighborhood has filled in around it.
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