Las Vegas is a destination that literally has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a great gambling getaway, fantastic food finds or sensational sightseeing and people watching, this is the place for you. We could write for days and still not cover everything this city has to offer.
On a recent visit, we were excited to check out a few places that recommend adding to your next Vegas itinerary.Â
Located conveniently in the center of the strip, Caesars PalaceÂ boasts an array of restaurants, shopping and some of the best entertainment on the planet. Home to The Coliseum where the likes of Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Elton John and more claim home for their resident shows, the property just says â??Vegasâ?? and in a way that no other property can claim. We had the chance to check out Rod Stewart and he absolutely blew the audience away with an accord of his many hits supported by an excellent back up group of singers and horn section. The concert was upbeat and lasted about ninety minutes with a surprise display of Stewart kicking soccer balls into the audience while performing one of his songs. Each ball was autographed by the music icon and the crowd loved it. In addition, Celine Dion and Elton John both put on a great shows and recommend adding a performance at The Coliseum to your visit as it is a great way to enhance your overall experience. While Caesars is home to many great restaurants, we were fortunate to enjoy a decadent meal at Old Homestead Steakhouse located directly across from The Coliseum entrance making for a great pre-concert dining option. Names and designed after the famous restaurant in New York, the attention to detail from everything from the wine list to presentation was spot on. Patty Beck, the wine sommelier, pay particular attention to her wine selection of over 15,000 bottles and will gladly pair a label that meets your palate preference. We enjoyed a Caymus Napa Valley 2012 – 40th Anniversary ($170 bottle/$40 glass) and Nickel & Nickel from Branding Iron Vineyard 2012 ($195 bottle/$50 glass). Starting off with the Homestead staple, The Meatball ($19) and Foie Gras Terrine ($35), leading into perfectly prepared steak selections of the 14 Oz. New York Strip ($46) and 16 oz. Bone in Filet ($70), we were overly pleased with the professional service and quality flavors. In addition, we enjoyed sides served family-style of Truffled Mash Potatoes ($25), Brussel Sprouts ($13) and servings of BÃ©arnaise and Black Peppercorn sauces to accompany the meats. To round out the meal, we ahd to try the Old Homestead World Famous Cheesecake ($13) and it certainly lived up to the hype.
Another dining experience at Caesars to consider is the award winning Bacchanal Buffet. Now, let me be clear, this is no ordinary buffet. This is true Vegas style buffet featuring over 400 dishes to choose from representing cuisine from nine restaurants featuring Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, Seafood Pizza Desserts and more. Plus, the crab legs (served hot or cold) were all cut so it was easy to get the meat and go. The setting is contemporary with interesting colors and set-up as the seating is set in a way to make you feel like you are in a restaurant and not a buffet. Prices range from $28 for weekday breakfast to $53 for weekend dinner with discounts for Total Reward members and children.
If you are interested in a more casual dining experience, be sure to check out Nine Fine Irishmen at New York New York Casino also conveniently located on the Strip at New York New York Casino & Hotel. The inside of the restaurant resembles a traditional Irish pub, and the outdoor patio sits on the Strip allowing for great people watching while enjoying great food and beer for reasonable prices. The portions here are big so sharing is recommend as two can get out of here with food and couple of beers each for less than $60â?¦un heard of for Strip dining! Some starter suggestions on the menu were Drunken Onion Rings ($12) Bloody Mary Marinated, Beer Battered Onion Rings with Spicy Mustard, Fried Dill Pickles ($12) Beer Battered served with Tarter, Irish Nachos ($14) Fried House made potato slices with beer cheese sauce and chive aioli and green onion, Crab Cake with Chive Aioli ($14) Cabbage Slaw and Balsamic Reduction, and Fried Sausages ($13) with a Guinness mustard sauce and spicy mustard sauce. For entrees, you canâ??t go wrong with the traditional Shepherdâ??s Pie ($19) featuring a Port wine infused ground beef, onions, carrots and mashed potatoes served in a portion sized cast iron kettle, or the Fish & Chips ($23) a Beer battered fresh Alaskan cod filet served with Irish Chips and Tarter Sauce. To round out the meal, if there is still room to do so, the bread pudding with caramel sauce sizzled over the top was excellent.
While there are the monumental attractions of The Bellagio Fountains, the people watching on the strip and endless abrs and nightclubs to choose from, there are a few newbies on the block to check out. The Linq is a collage of bars, restaurants, shops casino and more and is located on the Strip between Flamingo and Osheaâ??s Casino. The area is owned by Caesars entertainment and is anchored by the High Roller, the worldâ??s tallest observation wheel standing 550-feet and featuring 28 spherical passenger cabins hosting up to 40 passengers each, for un-paralleled, 360 degree views of the strip and the surrounding Nevada desert and mountains.
Another great view of Las Vegas and surrounding areas can be found atop the world-famous Stratosphere Hotel and Casino located just North of the strip. Serving as the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. If you are a daredevil of sorts, be sure to check out the Thrill rides that include a Sky Jump from the 108th floor, Insanity, a massive mechanical arm that extends 64 feet over the edge of the tower and spins in the open air at speeds up to three â??Gâ??s, X-Scream, ride that thrusts its passengers over the edge of the tower, and then slowly brings them back to the top of the ride, and the Big Shot, a ride that shoots its passenger 160-feet at 45-miles per hour to the top of the 1,081 foot tower top, and back down again. Some say that the Stratosphere is the true Thrill of Vegas!
We could go on forever on all of the exciting places to visit in Las Vegas. Like the all-new Cromwell boutique hotel and casino on the strip featuring the amazing Drais Nightclub, or Tao Restaurant and nightclub (and day club) at Venetian is always a hit. Sportsbooks range from Lagasseâ??s Stadium at Venetian or the world-famous book at Caesars always hits the spot. We look forward to bringing you more from Vegas and great gambling find, so stay tuned!