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Las Vegas Dining Guide
By Anthony Curtis - The Las Vegas Advisor
Return of the $3 Steak
old management said it was gone forever, but the new management
of Binion's has brought back the Horseshoe's famous late-night steak
special. The price is $3–it has alternated between $2 and
$3 over the years–for a 10-ounce New York strip grilled to
order, salad, choice of potato, and rolls. After trying it, we judge
the quality of the steak to be as high as ever. The only difference
from the past is that you can't order soup in place of salad. The
steak is served from 10 pm to 5 am daily in the downstairs coffee
shop. Check the counter for quick seating.
a big scene, with more than a dozen eateries spaced around the perimeter
of the massive building. Most are of the distinctly high end–this
is where the dress code kicks in. According to published accounts,
men are required to wear jackets and ties when dining at Le Cirque;
jackets-only (pants and shirts, too) are required at several of
the other high-end restaurants, including Picasso (where authentic
paintings by the restaurant's namesake adorn the walls). Be sure
to ask about the garb when making reservations.
other restaurants: Circo (Tuscan), Aqua (seafood), Prim (steakhouse),
Olives (Mediterranean), Jasmine (Chinese), Noodles (Oriental noodle
kitchen), Sam's American (grill), Café Bellagio (coffee shop),
and an ice cream shop, pastry shop, and buffet. Demand is high right
now. It looks like the easiest (of the name places) to get into
spur of the moment is Olives, which serves from 11 am to midnight.
buffet prices are $8.95 (breakfast), $12 (lunch), and $19.50 (dinner);
on weekends they're $8.95, $18.50, and $19.50. We walked in on the
Sunday $18.50 spread: big shrimp, sushi, a crepe station, some wild
Chinese dishes, fresh pizza, snazzy deserts–overall, very
peeks at the menus of some of the big rooms revealed the potential
for equally big tabs. Le Circque, for example, offers a five-course
degustation menu at $90 per person and caviar ranging from $30 to
$55 per ounce. We'll check these places out and report as we're
able. For reservations, go through the main number: 702/693-7111.
place ain't for the bargain bingers. A quick check of beer prices
turned up $4 for domestic and $5 for imports at the haughty Petrossian
piano bar right off the lobby. It's a little lighter at the Fontana,
the Allegro, and the race and sports book bars–$3 and $4.
You might want to head back to Bally's for your brew.
on the Way
Bellagio's culinary cornucopia debuts, word is
also slipping out about the restaurants planned for some of the
other big projects.
Bay has announced a extensive 15-restaurant line-up that's
built around another Wolfgang Puck restaurant and a creation run
by the owner of Aureole, a popular Manhattan eatery. There will
also be a Border Grill from New York, and a Red Square from south
Florida (ice bars and frozen vodka).
Venetian's coup (to date) is Pinot Vegas, from
the creator of Los Angeles' Pinot Hollywood and Patina. Also planned
is an Italian restaurant from the chef of the acclaimed Valentino's.
(literal) highlight is the 17th-floor eatery in the 50-story Eiffel
Tower, and a classic French restaurant (with singing waitpeople).
There will also be a steakhouse, coffee shop, buffet, and French
bakery; they all have names starting with Le and La.
moving forward is the Seven Circle's project on
the west side of town. The premier restaurant here will be Nevada
Nick's, a spinoff of Nick's Fish Market of Hawaii. Also planned
is an Irish pub and a "rooftop" buffet.
in an effort to keep pace, the Mirage is retooling
its dining roster. Look for a Brazilian steakhouse and eateries
overseen by the chefs from Bellagio's Olives and Prime.
Street Station as debuted a "Sunday Seafood Lunch" in
the Pullman Grille. It's another of the new style of brunches, where
you pay for an entree (and extras), and a salad or seafood bar is
included. The entrees (with a side of potatoes and fresh vegetables)
are all $16. There's fish, veal, and chicken, but as we've told
you in the past, the Pullman is a steak place, so go for either
the filet or eggs Royal–a Benedict that substitutes steak
for Canadian bacon. The seafood bar is sparse, but includes shrimp,
plus clams and oysters on the half shell. Wording on the menu makes
it sound as though you're allowed only one pass (and plates are
tiny), but there is no such restriction.
is extra: champagne, Bloody Marys or screwdrivers, desserts, even
coffee. That's the bad news. The good news is that our Pocketbook
of Values coupon for dinner at the Pullman is accepted. That cuts
the price of everything (except booze) in half. Our tab for three,
with drinks, was $36. Excellent deal on an enjoyable brunch, completely
devoid of crowds or hassles. Make reservations; it's served on Sundays
from 11 am to 3 pm.
no beating the Golden Gate's shrimp cocktail, but a good second
choice is available at the snack bar in Arizona Charlie's. Also
99 cents, this one might even be slightly bigger, and it comes with
a celery stalk, lemon wedge, and crackers.
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