Sundancer is in Vegas

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2003/06/29 16:28:49 (permalink)

Sundancer is in Vegas

The NHRA races are in Vegas in October. I look forward to the city, but I do not gamble, however we sure do look forward to a good food adventure. My brothter and I are co-owers of two races teams and we are early risers. We look forward to a great breakfast at about 4:00AM and we like a good lunch and dinner. Since the both of us travel a lot and do the chains, we ain't interested in that.

I am sure that the Roodfood.com crew knows Vegas well. Need a great breakfast likes Roscoes in LA, Need a great lunch like some of the butter burgers in Milwaukee like Culvers, and need a great BBQ like Ridgewood in Bluff City, TN.

Guess what, it probably ain't gonna happen, but if you could get me as close as you could, I would appreciate it.

Sure would appreciate your thougths and I would impress my brother when he would think that I planned all this by my self.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
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    mousec
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/29 20:42:20 (permalink)
    It's not very "roadfoodish" but Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Hotel is a very, very, good French style bistro. You can get a table outside and watch the fountains at the Belagio while you eat.

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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/29 23:28:18 (permalink)
    I wish you luck, Sundancer! I had little of it either in the food or gambling departments when I visited Vegas about 6 years ago. Mostly casino and chain restaurant food. I did enjoy the burgers from Fatburger, a SW chain that has locations in NV, AZ and CA I think; the one I visited was in a casino and I had a great view of a guy who had $1000 credit on a slot and kept plugging dollars in as fast as he could for a solid half hour, as mechanically as if he were the slot arm himself. I've had some addiction issues (still do, including food!) but that image haunts me whenever I'm near any "games of chance."

    Anyway, good luck finding good "authentic" food in the most fake of cities!
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    goldsborscht
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/29 23:35:40 (permalink)
    Mirage Buffet-- all you can eat shrimp. In n Out Burgers on the other side of Caesar's. The Vineyards Italian restaurant in the Mayflower shopping center. Pastrami sandwiches at the Stage Deli in the Caesar's mall.
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/29 23:50:09 (permalink)
    To quote one of the "Biggest" Comedians out there "What I lose in Casino, I make up for at the Buffet!" John Pennet from "Show Me The Buffet!" For an all out Buffet you just have to try the Rio's World Buffet. I think there is two in there now. One costs a little more then the other but offers more too. Good Luck!
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 02:58:23 (permalink)
    Sundancer,
    The 2 best buffets are at Paris and Bellagio. The "play" is to arrive near the close of breakfast hours and pay the cheaper breakfast price - then chow down on the lunch selections as they convert the offerings. These 2 are extremly tasty well pepared and presented with mucho offerings. About $12.

    The Stage Deli in the Caesar's Forum Shops is the real thing. Try the chopped liver.

    No first hand experience but the Liberty/White Cross Drug Store on S Las Vegas Blvd south of Stratosphere and across from Olympic Gardens Mens Club has a 24 hour counter that is supposed to be the best all night breakfast. Have read several sources on this. Will post more as I recall them.

    I subscribe to the Las Vegas Advisor which specializes in finding great bargains. Quantity/Quality/Value puts something in their monthly Top Ten Value List. 2 that have been there for a long time and that I can vouch for are a $4.95 steak dinner at the Ellis Island coffee shop and the $1.99 burger at Wild Wild West Casino. Both are 24 hour operations and these taste best late night. These are "locals" places.

    A good frozen custard is at Luv-It Frozen Custard on Oakley, just east of the strip south of downtown.

    The Original Pancake House has at least 2 locations. This is a chain which grew from Walker Bros Pancakes north of Chicago (and probably on the Roadfood listings). The Dutch Apple Baby and Lemon something are their signature dishes and will fill you up just fine.

    In 'N Out and Fatburger have multiple locations.

    Your biggest problem may be that you will be up near the Speedway and most everything else is a long way from there.

    Will post more as I can remember.
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 08:50:36 (permalink)
    Actually, we are staying at the Residence Inn near the convention center.

    We make a habit of not staying too close to the track. My brother nor myself is the driver. We keep him sober so we do not have to.

    Thanks all for your suggestions.

    Paul E. smith
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 09:59:39 (permalink)
    Since the early 80's, my husband has gone to Vegas nearly every year for the Comdex computer show so I will ask him because we've gone to many good non-casino spots but I don't remember the names. I know he believes that his best recommendations always come from age 50+ ladies in the casino change counting booths.

    Our favorite breakfast place is the restaurant at Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, a 1950's tourist attraction that hasn't had many changes since then - about 1/2 hour out of the city. Great French toast (called Cowboy Toast) but I don't think it's open that early. If you need to relax, you can take a horseback ride around Red Rock Canyon after breakfast.


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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 10:34:47 (permalink)
    Sundancer, the last time I was in Vegas (couple of years ago), we had an incredible Italian meal at a restaurant named the Venetian. This is NOT the hotel, but an old Vegas restaurant outside of the casino area. A few miles west of the strip, if I remember right. Everything about the place, food, service, ambiance, was wonderful. I'd go back there in a heartbeat.
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 10:39:22 (permalink)
    Bushie - I was just trying to think of the name of the Italian place we went to on my first trip to Vegas, and it must be the Venetian. Away from the strip, brick walls, lots of ambience and delicious food!

    Why is it that when in Vegas, I think it is perfectly normal to drink Bloody Mary's at breakfast????
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 10:53:52 (permalink)
    Sundancer, you're not going to pass up a chance to visit the Liberace Museum, are you?
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 10:56:23 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Lone Star

    Bushie - I was just trying to think of the name of the Italian place we went to on my first trip to Vegas, and it must be the Venetian. Away from the strip, brick walls, lots of ambience and delicious food!

    Why is it that when in Vegas, I think it is perfectly normal to drink Bloody Mary's at breakfast????


    Sounds like the place, Lone Star.

    Ah, Bloody Mary's. I rarely have those anymore, but there was a time when I thought they were great with breakfast ANYWHERE!
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 11:47:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by RubyRose

    Sundancer, you're not going to pass up a chance to visit the Liberace Museum, are you?


    Unless they got an incredible good burger, BBQ, bourbon or beer, I probably will pass. We will be racing for four days straight.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 12:26:11 (permalink)
    When in Vegas I like to get away from the Casinos and the buffets. On my last trip I had a wonderful meal at the Mediterranean Cafe and Market, a chiken dish with pomegranates on a bed of rice. It has been a number of years since I have been to Venetian and it is my understanding they had changed ownership since I was there last, but the neck-bone appetizer was the best, I can't remember the rest of the meal. Did not get up early enough to go exploring for breakfast joints so had to make do with casino fare. Two places I had on my list to try and didn't, but have heard good words about is the Florida Cafe, Cuban food and Kathy's, southern cooking. Oh well next time. Good look noshing.
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 22:15:51 (permalink)
    Yes, Kathy's Southern Cooking gets lots of very positive press. I will look for details. My recollection is that it's in the back of some shopping center and not easy to find.
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/06/30 23:48:23 (permalink)
    I have yet to try it but the Lotus of Siam (953 E. Sahara Ave) is supposed to be one of the best Thai Restaurants in North America.

    In reference to buffets one of my personal favorites is the buffet at Main Street Station, large variety of food including some Hawaiian specialites.

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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/07/07 23:58:07 (permalink)
    Luv It Frozen Custard at 509 E Oakley written up in July Las Vegas Advisor. 5 years in row best ice cream from local newspaper poll. Open 1 - 10pm. Check the web at www.frozencustard.biz.

    Also mentioned an off the menu special deal, which I have had twice, and it is a good deal. It's the $7.77 Gamblers Special at Mr. Luckys coffee shop in the Hard Rock Casino. You have to ask for it. Available 24 hrs I think. Steak, grilled shrimp, salad, potato, bread. A winner.
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/07/08 01:20:45 (permalink)
    How did your team do? Got pics?
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/08/06 22:34:24 (permalink)
    If you are still reading these posts from your June question, I highly recommend the Peppermill for breakfast.

    Its on the strip right across from the Stardust. Real food, for sure. But you better be hungry! Huge portions, great omelettes and tex mex egg dishes.

    And be sure you take a peek into the cocktail lounge. dark as midnight no matter the time of day, with a bubbling pool surrounding a fireplace.

    There is something so Vegas about going there for Sunday breakfast and peeking in the lounge, seeing it as full as a Saturday night, and cocktail waitresses in full length gowns and rhinestone necklaces.
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    RE: Sundancer is in Vegas 2003/08/06 23:14:59 (permalink)
    We liked the Taqueria Canonita at the Venetian--light non-greasy Mexican and rather good margaritas, and we sat at a table overlooking the gondolas on the "canal". Good food, great people watching and not obscenely overpriced like almost everything else there.
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