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Old 10-18-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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Hi there! I'm visiting Vegas Nov 26-29th and even though I'll be staying on the strip with my family, I was wondering if I could get some insider tips on the best places to eat and play might be OFF the strip. I love food, good food, not huge cheap buffets and I don't want to pay $200/person to eat on the strip; Ethiopian, Greek, Indian, etc. I also love all things outdoors, antique shops, bookstores, and any other quirky fun stuff that most people wouldn't think of doing. Is there a good disc golf course out there?

We're planning a hike at Red Rock already. Really looking forward to that!
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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Hi there! I'm visiting Vegas Nov 26-29th and even though I'll be staying on the strip with my family, I was wondering if I could get some insider tips on the best places to eat and play might be OFF the strip. I love food, good food, not huge cheap buffets and I don't want to pay $200/person to eat on the strip; Ethiopian, Greek, Indian, etc. I also love all things outdoors, antique shops, bookstores, and any other quirky fun stuff that most people wouldn't think of doing. Is there a good disc golf course out there?

We're planning a hike at Red Rock already. Really looking forward to that!
The strip restaurants are not that expensive. (The Joel Robuchon places at MGM are, Carnevino and Craftsteak can be, and there are a few others. But most are not.)

And some of the best restaurant values are indeed on the strip -- Bouchon, B&B, Todd English's Pub, to name three. I'd go with Bouchon. Least expensive way worldwide to try Thomas Keller's food.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR / Las Vegas, NV
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We're planning a hike at Red Rock already. Really looking forward to that!
Valley of Fire is not too far if you like to hike.

Valley of Fire State Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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go to the red rock casino also... it's my fav local spot. strip food is extremely over priced and expensive.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Steiners for food.

Its a bar, so 21+ only...but they have great food, at cheap prices.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:25 PM
 
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Bouchon is a choice as well as Fiamma over at MGM. Over at Red Rock definitely go to Hachi which is fusion and fantastic.

Santa Fe has The Charcoal Room and over at Aliante there is Il Vino which is the best value on Italian food.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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We Las Vegans have several hundred good restaurants that are not in hotels, but no strictly Las Vegas cuisine. In fact I can't believe people are giving you suggestions for hotel food when you asked specifically for locals restaurants. At least that's the way I understood your question. Can't say I never eat in hotel restaurants, but I don't prefer any of them. I find them generally, but not all, to be too touristy with bad service because of their turn over the table quickly, and I'll never see you again anyway, mentality. Tell them you're local and the service gets better.

There are several Indian restaurants off the Strip, only a couple of Greek, and I only know of one, maybe two Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurants, but I haven't tried any of them for various reasons. You can find them in the Yellowpages or do a search online, then do a MapQuest. You won't go wrong with whichever you choose.

We also have a fairly large Chinatown which is really Asian Town, as all Asian countries are represented in the restaurants. It's not far from the Strip on Spring Mountain Road. Besides those there is a Chinese restaurant in every corner strip mall, as well as some really good Thai restaurants.

Italian food is one of the most prolific cusines here, and there are tons of good Italian restaurants. There are dozens of Mexican restaurants, and it kind of depends on your taste in Mexican food, as some are not really authentic, but have the Anglicized bland flavors that a lot of Americans like. Let me know and I'll be more specific about the really good ones if Italian or Mexican interests you.

But, if you name a country, it is represented here, so since I assume from your post you must have a car, if you have one, bring a GPS.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Steiners for food.

Its a bar, so 21+ only...but they have great food, at cheap prices.
Agree on the food aspect, but just be sure to take ear plugs and a gas mask.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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You might enjoy a drive up to Mount Charlesston. Any meal on the patio of The Lodge looking at the mountains is nice, but we prefer it for breakfast.

A tour of Hoover Dam is worth going, and you can walk out on the new by-pass bridge for spectacular views.

If you have time you might take a day trip to Zion National Park. Red Rock Canyon is pretty spectacular, but Zion makes Red Rock seem bargain basement, it's that good.

Antiquing is a little sketchy, but there are some stores, especially downtown in the Arts District, but for now, I use the term 'art' loosely. But it's getting there.

This is a really interesting museum: The Atomic Testing Museum and the NTSHF - Las Vegas, NV
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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We Las Vegans have several hundred good restaurants that are not in hotels, but no strictly Las Vegas cuisine. In fact I can't believe people are giving you suggestions for hotel food when you asked specifically for locals restaurants. At least that's the way I understood your question. Can't say I never eat in hotel restaurants, but I don't prefer any of them. I find them generally, but not all, to be too touristy with bad service because of their turn over the table quickly, and I'll never see you again anyway, mentality. Tell them you're local and the service gets better.

There are several Indian restaurants off the Strip, only a couple of Greek, and I only know of one, maybe two Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurants, but I haven't tried any of them for various reasons. You can find them in the Yellowpages or do a search online, then do a MapQuest. You won't go wrong with whichever you choose.

We also have a fairly large Chinatown which is really Asian Town, as all Asian countries are represented in the restaurants. It's not far from the Strip on Spring Mountain Road. Besides those there is a Chinese restaurant in every corner strip mall, as well as some really good Thai restaurants.

Italian food is one of the most prolific cusines here, and there are tons of good Italian restaurants. There are dozens of Mexican restaurants, and it kind of depends on your taste in Mexican food, as some are not really authentic, but have the Anglicized bland flavors that a lot of Americans like. Let me know and I'll be more specific about the really good ones if Italian or Mexican interests you.

But, if you name a country, it is represented here, so since I assume from your post you must have a car, if you have one, bring a GPS.
Do tell!

I get sick of the everyday "American" food. Even the Italian, Mexican food is Americanized. Some authentic foreign places are what I have been lacking!
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