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Las Vegas Dining Guide

A February 2005 trip to Las Vegas by misconduct7

Firefly on Paradise Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: I visit Las Vegas frequently and love to try new places to eat, so this is going to be an ongoing dining guide. This journal will include restaurants on and off the Strip. I am budget-conscious but am also willing to pay good money for good food.

Firefly on Paradise

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Firefly on Paradise Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Tapas are quickly becoming the rage, and this place does them very well. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with what tapas are, they are small plates (think appetizer-size) that are meant to be shared and savored. I have been told that that tapas originated in Spain. The great thing about them is that you can try a variety of things and not get too full for dessert. FireFly’s food is excellent, and the menu is varied. They have a full bar that includes sangria (which they marinate for 3 days), 25 wines by the glass, and (my favorite) mojitos served infused with different fruit flavors, such as passion fruit or mango (of course, the classic is available too). This would a great date place or...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Firefly on Paradise
3900 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 369-3971

Shibuya

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Restaurant

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I am curious to know if the translation for Shibuya is "rip-off." My sister and I ate at this Japanese restaurant inside the MGM Grand Hotel with the expectation of treating ourselves to a really nice dinner. Now, the prices were sort of high, but we assumed that the taste would make it worthwhile. Let me also say that Japanese food, sushi in particular, is our favorite, and we are used to the fact that Japanese food has smaller portions. Our waiter asked us if we wanted some edamame. We later discovered that they charged us $5 for this! I thought that was kind of ridiculous considering that the edamame was not on the menu as an appetizer, therefore leading you to assume that...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Shibuya
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(877) 880-0880

Mesa Grill

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Restaurant

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Mesa Grill is a new restaurant at Cesar’s Palace. According to a waiter, it has been open for about 4 months. It is Bobby Flay’s first restaurant outside of New York. My sister and I went for lunch and were anxious to try the cuisine of the two-time winner of "Iron Chief." For starters, the restaurant is very bold and modern, with a Southwestern flair, much like the food. It is open and airy and done in lots of colors, especially reds and oranges. The kitchen is fully viewable, which I always like because I think it makes it harder for them to hide things. I’d also like to say that the wait staff was very helpful and chatty. My only complaint was that they did not have three dishes that w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702/697-5794

El Coqui Caribbean Restaurant

Restaurant | "El Coqui Caribbean "

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El Coqui Caribbean is a small hole-in-the-wall off Paradise and Sahara. Like the small strip mall it is located in, it is rather nondescript, both in the way it looks and the food. I had been craving some Caribbean food and thought it would be great little find. We ordered the Tostones (fried green plantain with garlic sauce) as an appetizer. This was probably the best dish that we ordered. I used the garlic sauce to liven up the pechuga encebollada (chicken smothered in onions) that I ordered. My sister decided to try the Puerto Rican tamale as an appetizer and the pollo guisado, which was like a chicken soup/stew with white wine and carrots and potatoes. She didn’t care too much...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

El Coqui Caribbean Restaurant
2210 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
702/737-1868

Paris Hotel Buffet

Restaurant

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This is my favorite buffet in Vegas. Sitting in the dining room makes me feel like Belle from Beauty and the Beast; it’s very Disney-like. The food is just as appealing. It has a French flair and the servings are kept small to ensure that it stays fresh. They have a grill station with your typical chicken and beef, but it also includes duck and lamb. They have quite an extensive and unique menu posted outside with daily specials included. There are also your typical buffet dishes that may or may not be done with a French flair. They also offer crab legs, clams, and shrimp cocktail during dinner. My favorite part is the desserts. They have made-to-order crepes and also a killer chocolat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

Paris Hotel Buffet
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

La Creperie

Restaurant | "La Creperie at the Paris Hotel and Casino"

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This is a walk-up counter that serves the best crepes I have ever tasted. They average about $6 to $7 each, and they have both savory and sweet crepes on the menu. They are pretty large, so I'll usually split a savory and a sweet one with someone for a perfect-sized lunch. I'll usually get the fruits de la mer, which has baby shrimp and crab is a white cream sauce and the "favorite" (with mixed berries), but they are all good (yes, I have tried them all). There have been times that they have a huge line, but I wait it out every time.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

La Creperie
Paris Las Vegas - 3655 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

Rosemary's Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This is our best find yet! It is a little off-the-Strip but definitely worth the trip. I came across their website by accident one night, and after reading that they were named "Best New Restaurant of the Year" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, I knew that we had to try them the next time we went to Vegas. We almost missed it, since it looks pretty plain from the outside. It is in a strip mall, but once you step inside, you will see an elegantly decorated restaurant with wonderful artwork on the walls. The food and service are even better. It is a heavenly mix of French Bistro and down-home New Orleans-style fare. During lunch, you can enjoy a 3-course prix-fixe meal for only $20.05! In my ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2005

Rosemary's Restaurant
8125 West Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
+1 702 869 2251

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Well, I used to love this place before they remodeled it. What used to be a cozy, “down south” type of place that showcased Emeril’s flavorful “BAM” style of cooking has turned it to an overdressed, foo-foo spot that has more style than it does flavor. The décor is very nice and upscale but I really miss the old restaurant with the oyster bar and where the staff was fun and friendly. I really didn’t taste any of Emeril’s New Orleans flavor or flair. The food was OK but pretty bland. The crab cakes ($16 for two) were delicious and the best thing that we had. They were jammed with crab and while I am accustomed to dipping them into some sort of sauce, I was glad that it was served with only a litt...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 11, 2006

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
MGM Grand Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 891-7374

Olives

Restaurant

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Mmmmmm. This place is good. First they give you a complimentary array of what else…OLIVES. There are marinated green and black olives and also an olive tapenade and a basket of bread (but this is not ordinary bread!) to start with. Yummy! I have heard that you can request a table on the patio and have an excellent view of the Bellagio’s famed fountains but we’ve always gone without a reservation and can’t wait for the patio to become available. We had the Tuna Carpaccio to start and it was really fresh. I had the Jumbo Sea Scallops that were also really fresh. They were huge and served with a great risotto. My sister had the Salmon Flatbread (like a really thin pizza) which she loved. We wer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2006

Olives
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 693 8181