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Fear of Fattening Up in Las Vegas--A Foodie Guide

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A September 2005 trip to Las Vegas by Saphira

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Quote: Food is divine. Dining is a pleasure and there is no better place to indulge that pleasure than in Las Vegas. Let me tell you about the places that will drive your mouth wild.

Fear of Fattening Up in Las Vegas--A Foodie Guide

Overview

Awesome Fountains Photo,
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Food is divine. Dining is a pleasure. Feasting is thrilling. Some people eat because if they don’t they will die. Others eat because they are sad or bored or simply hungry. Dining is a wonderful experience that involves all of your senses. A good meal can be just as exciting as a hike through a rain forest or a drop from a frighteningly tall roller coaster. Eating can be a very indulging activity, and there is no better place to indulge than in Las Vegas. Choosing where to eat in Las Vegas was very overwhelming at first. There are more restaurants than you would ever be able to eat at in a lifetime. The cuisine is so varied. There are restaurants serving Thai, Mexican, French, Rus...Read More

Le Village Buffet

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Restaurant | "Paris Buffet"

Le Village Buffet Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
Quote:
People procure all sorts of fantasies when thinking of their upcoming vacations: the amusement rides they will go on, the mountains they will hike through, or the pool in which they will lazily float the day away in. I mostly fantasize about the food I will eat, and there is nothing more thrilling then when the real thing is everything you dreamed it could be. What better place to make your culinary fantasies come true than in Paris. I had read a lot of differing opinions on the Paris buffet. Some said it was fantastic; some said it was average at best. What I came away with was that if you have had real French cuisine, you will not like it. If you are a French cuisine virgin, you will be sw...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

Le Village Buffet
Paris Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

Fresh Harvest Cafe

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Restaurant

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“How about twenty-five, is that a good number?” I asked. “I don’t know. I think you have to pick a bunch of numbers in a clump. That seems like it might work better,” said my husband, who was crossing off numbers with a black crayon. It was about nine o’clock in the morning, and we were waiting patiently for our breakfast to arrive. In the meantime, the Fresh Harvest Café at Sam’s Town was nice enough to supply us with keno supplies at our table so we could get a little practice in while we waited for pancakes and eggs to fill our hungry bellies. The atmosphere is no-frills, and the food is nothing fancy, but if you want a good and, most importantly, cheap breakfast, Sam’s Town’s Fresh Harve...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

Fresh Harvest Cafe
Sam's Town Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89122
800/634-6371

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

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Restaurant

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I must post a warning to my groupie reader Vanessa and to all of the other vegetarians out there. You may find the material in this review horrifying and offensive. This review is of Samba at the Mirage, better known as “the house of meat.” I would warn all vegetarians to read no further.Located in the Mirage, a reservation is a must if you plan on eating at Samba. The restaurant is small and if you do not have a reservation you will have a long wait in an even longer line. Since we had a reservation that was set weeks in advance, we were ushered right through as those who thought of having a fun, spontaneous dinner shot us scornful looks. We already knew what we wanted as soon as we sat do...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
3400 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 791-7111

Courtyard Buffet

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Restaurant | "Courtyard Buffet/Stratosphere"

Quote:
There is nothing like waking up knowing that it is your first morning in Las Vegas. We arrived in Vegas late Friday night and woke up on Saturday at the Stratosphere very hungry. Instead of looking through brochures or driving around, we decided we would just grab some grub at the breakfast buffet.The Stratosphere’s buffet can be summed up in one word, mediocre. The atmosphere is uninspiring with variations of pink and sea-foam green. The food was nothing out of the ordinary with your basic breakfast foods. There were a lot of doughnuts and pastries and a very small selection of fresh fruit. You had your basic eggs, waffles and sausage. I must admit the bacon was good. It was cooked very cri...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Courtyard Buffet
Stratosphere Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 380-7777

Main Street Buffet

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Restaurant

Main Street Buffet Photo,
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There is nothing like waking up on Sunday morning with the visions of pancakes, waffles, and scrambled eggs floating through your mind. These visions seem to be amplified when one is on vacation. There is no worse feeling than trying to decide where to have Sunday brunch/breakfast, especially in a place as big as Las Vegas. Never fear, however, as I have done the work for you!On Sunday morning, Main Street Station Casino is filled with the smells of freshly made waffles and coffee. Their Sunday Brunch Buffet beckons you as soon as you walk through the door. You may be a bit overwhelmed when you first encounter the vast stretch of tables offering everything, from mashed potatoes to chicken st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Main Street Buffet
Main Street Casino - 200 N. Main Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 388-2608

Roxy's

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Restaurant | "Roxy's at the Stratosphere"

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Vacations are a time to jump out of your comfort zone. You have strange desires to do different and crazy things. Maybe you may go bungee jumping, or smoke your first cigar. Las Vegas is an excellent place to jump out of your comfort zone, and for me, this meant going to a singing diner.After a busy day and an excellent hotel nap, my husband and I decided to be lazy and bum around the hotel. After a long soak in the hotel’s hot tub, I decided I needed some sustenance. Again, we decided we were too lazy to leave the hotel and decided to eat at the Stratosphere. The buffet already proved to be a disappointment, and some of the other restaurants were a little pricey. We finally settled on Roxy’s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Roxy's
2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 383-5356

Firefly on Paradise

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Restaurant

Quote:
People often say that eating can be a sensual experience. I’m not sure I have ever completely understood that sentiment until I ate at Firefly. The experience you will receive there will tempt all of your senses, and indulge all of your dining desires. Firefly is a tapas restaurant, not located in an impressive towering casino—in fact, the outside is not impressive at all. It is located off the strip in a strip mall on Paradise Road. When you enter, however, you will inhale smells you will remember for a long time after. You will enter a restaurant that is bathed in a low light; trendy new age jazz music plays subtly in the background. You may feel a bit of anxiety when you first look over ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

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

Stage Deli

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Restaurant

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It is 2pm and you are walking around the Las Vegas Strip. Breakfast was hours ago and you have reservation at a really nice place for dinner, but that is also hours away. You’re hungry now but don’t want to spend a fortune for lunch. What do you do? Dividing and concurring is the key.Although located in Las Vegas, the Stage Deli at the Forum shops at Caesar's has a very noticeable New York theme. Black-and-white pictures of famous New York landmarks adorn the walls, and once inside, you may forget the singing of the slot machines for a while. The servers are friendly and efficient. Food here is no frills, nothing fancy. The menu contains a good selection of deli-meat sandwiches, which arrive at you...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Stage Deli
Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(877) 427-7243

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House

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Restaurant

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House Photo,
Quote:
When you are a foodie, there is nothing more glorious then free food. Even better is free delicious gourmet food. That is exactly what you will receive at Emeril’s Fish House in Las Vegas, if you play your cards right (no pun intended). I had read many reviews of this restaurant located in the MGM casino. As is our tradition, my husband and I eat at an Emeril’s whenever there is one close to our vacation destination. In the reviews, I read that if you let them know you are there for a special occasion, they will grant you a free appetizer. Now I had to see if this actually worked although I have a lot of guilt about lying, so we decided to go on my husband’s 30th birthday. I made certain to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 4, 2006

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