Las Vegas Journals

Good Eats in Vegas (Other than Buffets)

An August 2002 trip to Las Vegas by E. B.

Quote: Vegas is so well-known for their buffets, but there are some good restaurants in Vegas that are not buffets. Here are a few of them.

Good Eats in Vegas (Other than Buffets)

Overview

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There are so many things to do in Las Vegas . . . shop, gamble, see shows, eat. I love eating, so the best thing to do is explore the various restaurants in Las Vegas. Check out the Chinatown Plaza for great Asian restaurants!Quick Tips: Best tip I can give you for a good Asian restaurant--if the place doesn't have a lot of Asians eating there, it's probably not that great. It might be OK, but it's certainly not authentic. If you want authentic Asian cuisine, the majority of the clients there should be Asian.Best Way To Get Around: To really eat outside of the buffets served in hotels, you must rent a car. Taxis will work, but it will get expensive. Shuttles will be inconvenient. You...Read More

Americas Best Value Inn

Hotel | "Rodeway Inn"

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I got this free from a timeshare presentation. All I paid was room tax. It was at least clean, but it was definitely a budget motel. It's right next to a Motel 6, so it's easy to find. Air conditioner had to be fixed two times, and after the second time we just left it on all day and night. We were afraid that it was going to break down again. If you ever get offered this place free, I would just upgrade, even if it costs you a few bucks. It's OK if everything's booked, and you don't have anywhere else to go, but there are definitely better options for probably the same price if you are paying full price for the night.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 8, 2003

Americas Best Value Inn
167 E TROPICANA AVE
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-795-3311

Ginseng Korean BBQ

Restaurant

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This place serves authentic Korean food, and it was quite tasty. (I should know, I'm Korean!) They have a couple of branches; the other one is at 2975 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702/735-2050. If you like Korean food, you should go. Service was better at the southern branch (3765 S. Las Vegas Bl.), rather than the one that is near the Harley Davidson Hotel (2975 S. Las Vegas Blvd.). Try the Mul Nengmyun (good for anyone) or the fiery Bibim Nengmyun (only for those who can take EXTRA SPICY!).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2003

Ginseng Korean BBQ
3765 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 891-8403

Sam Woo's

Restaurant

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We had dinner at Sam Woo's restaurant. They just seem to be everywhere! It was great in Las Vegas. They are located at Chinatown Plaza on Spring Mountain Road. The food was excellent as usual. I have only been to the ones in Chinatown (L.A.) and in Monterey Park. I was surprised to see how many there were. All the branch addresses were on the front page of the menu. I guess I never really paid attention. The prices were good, and service was OK. We beat the dinner crowd because we were seated right away, but then as we were eating, more people kept coming in. It was really crowded, and there was quite a wait for tables by the time we left.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2003

Sam Woo's
4215 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
(702) 368 - 7628

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery

Restaurant | "Ellis Island"

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This is the place you go to if you're broke. Ellis Island has low prices and lots of food! It's like inflation has never hit this place. The huge plates are filled to the top. Service is not as attentive as at other places, but I guess you get what you pay for. The atmosphere is dark and dingy, somewhat depressing. The clientele tends to be older, over 50. It's attached to the Ellis Island Casino, so it's easy to find. I haven't tried the steak, but I keep hearing from people that it's the best steak around, all for the unbelievably low price of $4.99. What a deal! It's also 24 hours, so if you have that craving for their spaghetti sauce made from homegrown tomatoes in the middle of the night, you can...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2003

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery
4178 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 733-8901

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil

Attraction | ""O" is really overpriced!"

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We stood in line because a friend said you can get better seats that way. Supposedly, they hold seats for VIPs, then if VIPs do not collect the seats, they are released to the general public. We tried this tactic on two occassions. The second night, we were able to get seats. We got the handicapped seats, which were far left of the stage. I got a little mad because I was thinking, "Why do the disabled have worse seats than the abled?" In any case, even if I had great seats, I thought that for a 90-minute show, it wasn't worth the $100 I shelled out. I would have paid up to $60, but not $100! If I were to have done it again, I would have bought the cheaper tickets or just paid months ahead so I wouldn'...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 8, 2003

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil
Bellagio Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(888) 987-3456

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I love all kinds of food, but I really like Asian cuisine. (Not surprising since I'm Asian.) One of the things I like to do is explore ethnic cuisine in different cities. I'm hoping to collect various reviews in the different places that I travel to. In this journal you'll find my Las Vegas restaurant reviews. It's a work in progress considering that I rarely hit the same place twice . . .