9 Best Wine and Dine Deals in Vegas
We're not just your jewelry insiders – we're your Las Vegas insiders, too. Here are some of your National Jewelry Liquidation Center experts' favorite deal-icious places to grab a bite or sip a cocktail.
Tracie loves how Vintner Grill's unique architecture and modern décor creates the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a few drinks. The menu changes daily – to offer the best seasonal foods and to keep chef-owner Matt Silverman's creative juices flowing – and features American dishes with Mediterranean flavors. The Summerlin location offers high class dining for lower prices than you'll find on the Strip. And yes, there are happy hour deals.
Bachi Burger, on the south side of town, puts a great, Asian-inspired hibachi spin on the American tradition of burgers and milkshakes. Tracie appreciates its low-key, casual atmosphere, combined with its unique gourmet cuisine at incredibly reasonable prices.
Mon Ami Gabi
At this classic French bistro located in the Paris Hotel, food, wine and culture is the daily creed. The chef and owner, Gabino Sotelino, keeps up a menu of old favorites as well as new tastes. Ernie recommends their brunch menu, featuring eggs Benedict, French toast with blueberries, a variety of coffee choices and more.
Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill
Ernie also loves the way Iron Chef Bobby Flay marries the flavors of the Southwest with his love of grilling in this desert version of the New York City favorite. Located in the bustling Caesar's Palace, Mesa Grill features a menu full of unique dishes, from rough cut tuna nachos and tiger shrimp with roasted garlic corn tamales to the grilled swordfish club and coffee rubbed filet mignon.
Jaleo, at the Cosmopolitan, is a tapas bar by Jose Andres, who has been credited with introducing tapas cuisine to America. The menu also offers paellas, sangrias, wines and sherries. Tanya warns it's a bit pricey, but says the experience is totally worth it. From croquetas de pollo served in a shoe, to delicious lobster paella and an unforgettable flan, Jaleo will satisfy your every craving.
A true sports fan, Raul loves Steiner's for both its food and its atmosphere. Half old-fashioned pub, half hi-def sports bar, Steiner's serves sophisticated American comfort food 24 hours a day – from their Kobe (not Bryant) burger to their award-winning sirloin black bean chili. Steiner's offers happy hour specials, including a menu full of $3-6-9 appetizers, as well as 1 – 7 a.m. graveyard specials, with $2 draft beers and more.
T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge
T-Bones at Red Rock Casino offers the best steak in Vegas, according to Jerry – and the 2011 Las Vegas Review Journal agrees. Their happy hour "T-Time" menu includes appetizers, beers, wines and spirits starting at just $5. The giant roaring fireplace and outdoor bar make for a larger-than-life atmosphere that perfectly complements the quality of the food.
Vegas just wouldn't be Vegas without the buffets, and the Feast is one of Sin City's best. Jerry likes this Red Rock Casino gem because it's far less touristy and less pricey since it's off the Strip. In fact, Feast prices start as low as $4.99 (if you have a boarding pass card). Six live cooking stations turn out everything from sushi to barbeque while you watch. There's also a huge, ever-fresh salad bar, an endless selection of desserts (including multiple gelato flavors), and a full bar (for a little extra).
Jerry's third pick, the Promenade Café at Rampart Casino, offers great food at very reasonable prices 24 hours a day. Their best deal is probably the Sizzling Three-Course Special; appetizer, entrée, desert and soft drink for $9.99 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day – though their late night menu is a definite competitor.
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