destination: las vegas

Las Vegas is a favorite vacation destination for my husband and I. Not only is it close enough to drive down for a quick weekend vacation, but the choices for dining are growing all the time. It may be hard to find the $5.99 steak special these days, but some big names are now in Vegas.

The choices are endless, and it can be a bit overwhelming with so many restaurants to choose from. Here are a few that I have been to and loved:

Located in the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, the Strip House had the best steak that I have ever eaten! You have to get a steak - it is a steak house after all, but make sure and order the black truffle creamed spinach. You'll be thinking about it and craving it for months to come!!

Also located at Planet Hollywood, and a bit more on the casual side, is the cafe Planet Dallies. The menu was large, but my favorite has been the Kobe Beef Sliders. Delicious!!

If you are looking for a pastry for breakfast, or for a quick snack, try Lenotre at the Paris Hotel and Casino. I originally sought out this cafe because I heard they sold the infamous macarons there, but even though they didn't have any when I visited, I wasn't disappointed by the other delicious pastries I tried. But be aware that there will be quite a line in the mornings, although it does move quickly.

On our last trip, we really wanted to visit Tom
Colicchio's (of Top Chef fame) restaurant- Craftsteak. We actually went to the MGM Grand where it is located and put our name on the list, but they weren't seating yet and we were hungry and impatient. So we ended up going next door to Emeril's Fish House. And while we were at a fish house, we ordered steak. (I guess that's what we were in the mood for!!) I didn't think the steak quite lived up to the one at The Strip House, but my husband thought it was equally good. My favorite, though - were the smashed potatoes. I could have lived on those!

There are so many choices that I want to make a yearly trip down, just to indulge in the different restaurants for a weekend!!

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