I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Good but Expensive
It would have cost $15.00 a day to have
a refrigerator in our room for the two weeks. We could have ordered one from Sears for what we
would have spent. We spoke to someone staying in another hotel that
included a fridge. It was full of those little drinks and snacks, but
he wanted to put his own food in it, so he took things out to make
room – didn't use them, just took them out to make room. He was
charged for every item he removed. So, if you come to Las Vegas, you
are probably going to be sampling some of the many eateries in the
A delicious Hot Dog
There are an amazing number of
restaurants in Las Vegas. In general, there are two bits of useful
information I can give you about them. The food is excellent. The
prices are high.
We really have been pleasantly
surprised at the quality of the food. We really have not had a meal
that we could complain about. From hot dogs at a fast food place
authentic Brazilian beef barbecue, at Pampas,
the food has always been among the best we have had. We were taken to
a Barbecue restaurant while in Santos Brazil, where the beef is
seasoned with nothing but course salt and brought to your table on a
spit and chunks carved right at your table so we knew what to expect,
and the beef at Pampas, was almost as good as the original.
I have been trying, during all my
travels to sample calamari from every place I go, looking for a
sample that can match the calamari I can get at our local tavern The
Mic Mac. I tried two samples here in Las Vegas, and although the
Mic Mac still has the best calamari, the Las Vegas varieties were
almost as good; cooked properly, and spiced just right.
Even the Buffets were good
Even the little places are good. We
went out for lunch one day to a little bar and grill in the Luxor
resort called the T
& T . This was just a small bar in the main lobby area of the
Luxor Casino, but the chicken wing appetizer I ordered was, I
believe among the best wings I have ever had; big, meaty, and spicy
enough to make them interesting without hurting.
Even the chain restaurants seem to put
a bit of extra effort to stay ahead of the competition. I have always
wanted to try one of B.
B. King's Barbecue restaurants, and we found one in the Mirage
Hotel & Casino. We went to listen to a Blues group that was going
to be playing, but the NCAA basketball tournament seemed to be more
important to most patrons, so we had to wait for the game to finish,
but the wait was worth it, and the ribs I had were almost as good as
my own, and the music was very entertaining. Regis reports that her
chicken burger was also excellent.
There are so many restaurants it
is hard to choose. We often based our choices on discounts and
coupons we had, but sometimes we found places just by wandering
around. One day while looking for tickets to a show, we found that
the restaurant we were aiming for was VERY busy, but next door was a
very interesting Italian place where we found that I actually had a
choice of two pizzas I could eat (Not an easy thing when you are
lactose intolerant). This restaurant, Lombardi"s Romagna Mia had friendly staff, and the pizza was excellent.
Great Place downtown at Freemont St.
Although there are plenty of places to
eat right on the strip, there are also some excellent places
requiring a bit of a walk away from the neon world of the casinos and
resorts. One example is the Alexis
Gardens Restaurant in the Alexis Park Hotel. This is a small
resort hotel a couple of blocks off the strip that we had an
Entertainment Book coupon for. It was definitely worth the walk, the
food was excellent, and the atmosphere was wonderful. It was nice to
be away from the crowds and lights of the big casinos and enjoy a
nice quiet meal. I had a Blackened Texas Redfish that was amazing.
Now you do have to check the reviews of
the restaurants, and my famous “Trip Planner” is great for this.
She really wanted to try one of Emeril Lagasee's restaurants. We
dropped into his Stadium
Sports Bar for lunch one day and enjoyed it, so we made
reservations at his Seafood
Restaurant next door in the MGM Grand. When we read the reviews
however we had second thoughts, There was not one good review.
Everyone agreed that the service was good, but the food just was not
up to standards. Then when we met a gentleman who actually worked at
MGM and agreed that we should go elsewhere, we decide to cancel that
$9.00 Beer at a Bar?
So the good news is that you will
probably enjoy any meal you have in Las Vegas. We found that
everything was delicious, and the service was always friendly and
helpful. The bad news is that if you eat on the strip it is going to
be expensive. Main courses can be as high as $60 to $70 at most
“good” restaurants in the casinos on the strip. Oh, BTW, you may
have to pay extra for sides. Even when you find a place with decent
prices on the food, don't be surprised by the price of the things you
don't think about. Often the juice or coffee to go with your bargain
breakfast will cost a couple of dollars more than you are used to.
Don't expect to get a beer for under $7.00 at most casino bars or
eateries unless you have a “Big Spender” card. I paid as much as
$9.00 for a beer at one place. Don't expect to always see the prices
either. If the beer prices are not on the menu, ask, or you may be
surprised when the bill comes. Many restaurants and bars have “Happy
Hours”, where prices on food and drinks are much better, but a beer
will still usually cost you $5.00.
So when in Las Vegas, expect to eat
very well. You can get anything you want, and it will probably be
very good, but if you eat on the strip, expect to take a hit on the