A continuation of our Las Vegas Foodie Challenge Part One post, we had six days in Las Vegas and tried to eat and review as many restaurants as possible.  In all honesty, we did a couple repeat visits to Planet Dailies, Jean Philippe Patisserie and Yong Kang Street Noodles which would really total 33 meals, but we really don’t want to appear as foodie gluttons.   So picking up where we left off:

Noodles – Bellagio

We were on a winning streak with great noodle restaurants but our luck ran out here at Noodles. Dining room was noisy, wait staff were few, tables were extremely close and just not a comfortable meal. My curry noodle soup was thick enough to eat with a fork. Prices were more than we paid at Yong Kang Street.

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Bellagio Buffet Breakfast – Bellagio

This place use to be the KING of the buffets, but our last few visits here have been less than amazing.  Zero waiting line at 8:00am today. Food was warm at the counter, but already cold when you got to your table. Bacon was dead – no flavor or salt. My selection today was beef tenderloin, smoked trout, seafood ceviche, apple blintz, guacamole, bacon and smoked gouda.  We saved $19.99 using the MyVegas points for a two-for-one brunch.  I guess it’s pretty sad when my favorite item here was the guacamole.

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Serendipity 3 – Caesar’s

Yes, I had ice cream at 9:42am. Tried having it last night but they had an hour wait. They text your cellphone when your table is ready. We had the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate ($12.00). It seems to be 2/3 whipped cream and the rest a chocolate ice cream blend.  Kinda like an ice cream “slushi’.  And yes, one of us got brain freeze.

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In – n – Out Burger (off strip on Tropicana)

OMG this place is insanely busy. There were 20+ people waiting to pickup orders and another 20+ people behind me in line. I got one burger ($2.19) which included fresh sliced onion, tomato, lettuce and their secret sauce.  So much better than the McBurgers back home. Please, Please, Please someone open one of these in South Florida.

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American Coney Island – The D (Freemont/Downtown)

Yes, my first Coney dog experience was a good “messy” one. Loved the chili sauce, mustard and the nice “snap” of the casing. Only $3.85 and we also need one of these in South Florida

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Pizza Rock – (Freemont/Downtown)

Just a block north of Freemont, the pizza by-the-slice portions are HUGE.  A little greasy from the pepperoni, but a great deal at $4.50 a slice and the 32 ounce soft drink was only $3.25. They have both inside dining and outside tables.

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Haute Doggery – LINQ Entertainment District – The LINQ area was really nice.  But Haute Doggery was a disappointment and/or I probably selected the wrong menu item.  Ordered the Plain Jane Haute Dog ($4.49) and Crinkle Fries ($3.99).  It was just a hot dog like you’d get at the supermarket and make at home.  Nothing special and nothing Vegas-like.

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China Poblano Noodles & Tacos – Cosmopolitian – Another “Vegas” let down.  The wait staff was not attentive which was odd because the dining room was mostly empty.  Ordered the Lucy “6” and Lotus Chips.  The Lotus chips were oddly fun.  Very thin, seasoned with star anise salt and to me they because of the holes, they seemed like the “Swiss Cheese” of potato chips.

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Bobby’s Burger Palace – City Center – Ordered a burger and grilled cheese sandwich which was okay. As I walked to the restroom, I noticed one dollar bills sticking up on the condiment trays of all the empty tables. This was to “remind” you to tip the food runner for walking the 20 feet from the window to your table.  In a word – Tacky. Come on Bobby. How about just paying your workers a few more dollars?

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Pantry 24 Hour Kitchen – Mirage – The bad – Slow, slow, slow, SLOW service and the loud room noise level.  The good – Loved the smashed potatoes, the whole coffee pot left on the table and the little jams in tiny mason jars.

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Mon Ami Gabi – Paris – Hands down, the BEST outdoor breakfast view on the strip, right across from Bellagio. Had the quiche and the spinach omelet, both were amazing.  The service staff was excellent and our drinks were always topped off.  Thank you to the Five Hundy by Midnight fans for recommending this place to us.

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Yard Bird Southern Table – Venetian/Palazzo –Really liked the chicken, but it was expensive a little pricy. The menu outside the restaurant listed pork belly, but it was not on the menu inside.  No worries, the waitress checked with the kitchen and confirmed they would gladly make one for me.  Now that’s service.

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Julian Serrano Tapas – Aria – The BEST HAPPY HOUR ON THE STRIP. The service staff was beyond friendly.  Happy Hour items include $5 Sangrias (large) and 50% off appetizers.  The best items were the Gambas, Fried Calamari and the Bomba.  Even though we returned again the following day, we’re still counting this as one.

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Nine Fine Irishmen – New York New York Casino – Seems odd that a two story, Irish restaurant fits so well in the New York New York casino. Thanks to MyVegas, we used their two-for-one coupon, but instead, the casino redemption desk offered us a $35 credit to use as cash. What a deal!  We had the house specialty Chicken Pot Pie and Fish & Chips with two Guinness drafts. Both were outstanding, but the Pot Pie was the winning dish.

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Tom’s Urban – New York New York Casino – Another great outdoor spot to people watch. Had the Mini Carn Mac and Cheese ($8.00) and Sticky Belly Bun ($9.00).  We would definitely order these again.

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Sadly, our week came to an end and we had to head home-sweet-home. But surprisingly, when jumping on the bathroom scale, I had actually LOST weight this trip, thanks to the 10+ miles a day walking on the Strip. And yes we’re already starting to plan on next trip and would LOVE to hear from you on your favorite place to eat in Las Vegas.

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Jeff is the other half of the FTL Today team. A Floridian born & raised and University of Florida graduate, he spends his days as an insurance agent (yawn). The rest of the time, he says he’s our webmaster, but we don’t know exactly what he does. His previous experience includes advertising sales for Creative Loafing Newspaper (love that name).

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