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Three reviews: Bellagio Buffet (Las Vegas, NV) Absolutely a must-do on Friday and Saturday night, the Bellagio "Gourmet Dinner" Buffet includes Beef Wellington, Prime Rib of Kobe Beef, Seven-spice rack of lamb, Herb-encrusted Prime Rib, Osso Bucco of Lamb, Venison filet, Free Range Turkey, giant shrimp cocktail, miso sea bass., crab legs, and delectable desserts including giant strawberries, creme brulee, and other great things. $80 counting tax and tip, good deal considering the quality of the food. Bouchon (Las Vegas, NV) We had a nice lunch, starting with terriene de foie gras, and then roasted lamb shank, and potato encrusted salmon, respectively. Great service, and wonderful venue. About $120 or so including tax and tip for lunch not including dessert, so not cheap. Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas, NV) Perhaps the best Thai restaurant experience I have ever had, we had a spicy catfish stew (with local vegetables) Issan style, Flamegrilled roast beef with tamarind chiles, Yellow curry chicken with new potatoes and carrots, and Panang Salmon with red curry sauce. This was followed up by sticky rice with mangos, and washed down with Thai iced teas and a bottle of Schloss Schoborn Rheingau Riesling Beerenauslese which is an absolutely delightful dessert wine (reasonably priced at the restaurant at $40, it's about $25 at Hi Time Wine Cellars) Total bill was just about $100 including tax and tip, a great deal. The best part was that this entire trip was on the house courtesy of Bill Belichick and the Pats (and the eagles to a lessr extent Thanks Bill.
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Perhaps the best Thai restaurant experience I have ever had, we had a spicy catfish stew (with local vegetables) Issan style, Flamegrilled roast beef with tamarind chiles, Yellow curry chicken with new potatoes and carrots, and Panang Salmon with red curry sauce.  This was followed up by sticky rice with mangos, and washed down with Thai iced teas and a bottle of Schloss Schoborn Rheingau Riesling Beerenauslese which is an absolutely delightful dessert wine (reasonably priced at the restaurant at $40, it's about $25 at Hi Time Wine Cellars)  Total bill was just about $100 including tax and tip, a great deal.
Have you yet been to Thailand? I find a nice grilled fish in the backwater a more satisfying and authentic experience than any Vegas offering.
post #93 of 1368
finally, something to agree on
post #94 of 1368
The the best steak in NJ: River Palm. Amazingly good steak. (I went to the Edgewater location)
post #95 of 1368
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I've been to thailand a number of times, I love the food there, but the quality of ingredients aren't the same as can be found in the US, neither is the quality control, except in the higher end restaurants in Bangkok or in the nicer hotels, in which case, the fare is hardly authentic. Lotus of Siam is not a Vegas restaurant experience, it just happens to be located in Las Vegas, in a strip mall about 10 miles from "The Strip" It is opened by a couple of Thai immigrants that have created a great restaurant. http://www.offbeattravel.com/siam.html
post #96 of 1368
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I've been to thailand a number of times, I love the food there, but the quality of ingredients aren't the same as can be found in the US, neither is the quality control, except in the higher end restaurants in Bangkok or in the nicer hotels, in which case, the fare is hardly authentic. Lotus of Siam is not a Vegas restaurant experience, it just happens to be located in Las Vegas, in a strip mall about 10 miles from "The Strip"  It is opened by a couple of Thai immigrants that have created a great restaurant. http://www.offbeattravel.com/siam.html
I still prefer the laze of sharkmeat on Koh Phangan to the "quality" of a US restaurant where every five frickin minutes a waiter asks me, "Are you still working on that?"
post #97 of 1368
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These waiters are thai imports, but like most waitstaff at asian restaurants on the west coast, they are understaffed and you more or less have to grab them to get their attention
post #98 of 1368
Hot Doug's, Chicago http://www.hotdougs.com Stan's Doughnuts http://www.stansdoughnuts.com [can place an order online, but if the doughnut's don't (eventually) kill you, the shipping charges will]
post #99 of 1368
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Have any of you guys been to Jar (steak house) in LA?
post #100 of 1368
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Also, have any of you been to Aubergine or Troquet in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, respectively?
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Dim-Sum: Sam Woo's in San Gabriel Square is a good place for an inexpensive and authentic dim-sum. <snip> Probably the best dim-sum restaurant in the LA area in my opinion is Sea Harbour restaurant on Rosemead and Valley.  Quite expensive, but has nice delicacies such as shark fin and lobster dumplings, etc.
In the greater LA area, I don't think you can talk about Dim Sum without mentioning NBC Seafood in Monterey Park/El Sereno (I forget the cross streets) and Empress Pavilion in Chinatown (Temple, just south of 101). Both places are also good for sit-down meals. in general, though, Sam Woo is hard to beat for Chinese--the branches outside of downtown/Chinatown don't always have the lunch specials, but the food is usually as good. Whole roast duck for $13.75? Too often have I said yes.... For Vietnamese food in LA, go to Pho Pasteur, on Valley, just west of Rosemead (just inside Rosemead). Just west of them, on the south side of the street, is Mr. Baguette, a French-Viet sandwich shop. For better Vietnamese food, go to Little Saigon and hit Van's bakery (also a restaurant), Pag O Lac, Grand Garden (only on Saturday and Sunday, and only if they don't have a wedding), and Cafe Broddard for starters. For delis in LA, Jerry's is just pure evil, and I'd avoid Cantor's--they've gone downhill over the last ten years, and the final straw was their brace of closings for health code violations. Still, it remains an icon. Instead, try Junior's on Westwood, just north of Pico, or Brent's, which is on Parthenia near Tampa in the SFV. Also Froman's has two locations--one on Wilshire in Santa Monica, another on Ventura in Encino. For a nice "French-California" meal that won't set you back, hit any Cafe Bijou (Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica) or Paul's Cafe (Tarzana, Studio City). They have a series of dinner specials that you can't go wrong with and range from $16-$25, salad or soup for $1 more, $2 corkage, and very nice creme brulee.
post #102 of 1368
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I generally stay away from Chinatown in LA, no reason to go there with such a glut of good restaurants in MP, San Gabriel, Alahambra, Pasadena, etc... also, a bit closer for me to access (from OC) Those two Vietnamese places you mentioned are both quite good, I think there is a bit better Viet food in the Westminster/GG area though. There's quite a few places here in OC that I'm fond of, I'll post something when I have time.
post #103 of 1368
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Stan's Doughnuts http://www.stansdoughnuts.com [can place an order online, but if the doughnut's don't (eventually) kill you, the shipping charges will]
Ah, Stan's. Good variety, and if you hit them near closing time, they practically give away their remaining doughnut holes. Another Westwood icon is Diddy Riese on Broxton, just south of Leconte--the best cookies I've ever eaten, for $0.35 (or $0.50 for macadamia nut). For $1.25, they'll make you an ice cream sandwich with two cookies and the scoop of your choice. in the early evening, the line of students and others runs out of the door.
post #104 of 1368
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Those two Vietnamese places you mentioned are both quite good, I think there is a bit better Viet food in the Westminster/GG area though. There's quite a few places here in OC that I'm fond of, I'll post something when I have time.
I think you and I agree--I meant Little Saigon in Westminster. Too many places to name, really. I just steer by landmark down there ("Okay, there's Phuc Loc Tho... so we want to go east and then north..."), but when I recall more of the names, I'll post 'em, too.
post #105 of 1368
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Have any of you LA area guys been to the Old World in Huntington Beach? That place was almost exactly like Bavaria/Austria, the food was very similar as well. I'm really used to that type of environment being from WI (heavily German, lots of such places) but haven't seen it in Cali at all.
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