2018 IFBC Las Vegas Bash: Where to Eat & Hidden Menu Tricks

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 12:03 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018 12:03 PM UTC

We have gone into the deepest depths of The Lab here and come up with some ideas for you IFBC Vegas Bash freaks coming here to Las Vegas who would like to best budget their valuable time.

Three of the Top Las Vegas Restaurants

Spago

Hotel: Bellagio
Address: 3960 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Telephone: (702) 693-8181
Website: http://wolfgangpuck.com/dining/spago-lv/
Bellagio Dinner Menu: http://wolfgangpuck.com/dining/spago-lv/

After being located at the The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace — site of the best meal I have ever had — Spago re-opened at the Bellagio and features al fresco dining in front of the beautiful Fountains of Bellagio, and food from L.A.-based celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck who offers up goodies like his famous pizza with smoked salmon and caviar ($33) and Japanese Wagyu New York strip ($165).

Lawry's (The Prime Rib)

Address: 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Restaurant Telephone: (702) 893-2223
Website: http://www.lawrysonline.com
Menu: htttp://www.lawrysonline.com/lawrys-primerib/las-vegas/menu/dinner

Table-side cutting of slabs of prime rib beef on a big-ass cart and spinning bowl salads are hallmarks of this upscale, art deco steakhouse located just off The Strip. Very classy and very memorable and you always know what to order at Lawry’s.

Michael’s (Gourmet Room)

Casino: South Point Hotel & Casino
Address: 9777 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89183
Restaurant Telephone: (702) 796-7111
Menu: http://places.singleplatform.com/michaels-gourmet-room/menu?ref=google

Red-velvet booths and dinner prepared tableside? Yep. Open since 1979, Michael’s (Gourmet Room) has moved from the (late) Barbary Coast Casino and is classy, old-school dining with tuxedoed waiters and captains doing table-side presentations. Veal Saltimbocca ($76),. Coquille St. Jacques, Dover Sole (deboned at table, $92), sorbet Intermezzo sorbet topped with Dom Perignon and Bananas Foster flambé (lit at table, $25) are among the stalwarts in this classic place which seats only 50 and costs more than a pretty penny. And with the renowned Zagat Survey giving Michael’s one of the best scores in U.S. restaurant history (29-28-29 for Food, Décor and Service on a 30-point grading scale), this is as good as food (and service) probably gets.

Three Nostalgic Places to Eat in VegasThe Peppermill (Restaurant and Fireside Lounge)

Seen in several movies including Casino and Showgirls, the iconic Peppermill still stands while his close Strip brothers the Stardust and the Riviera went the way of the dinosaur. This place is great-looking and dark inside with a neon theme and a fireplace, has two happy hours — they feature a 64-ounce Scorpion — and serves portion sizes Fred Flintstone would appreciate. A great old Sin City ambience, really good food and incredible value for your money all in one of the most memorable places that you will ever eat.

Address: 2985 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: (702) 735-4177
Link: http://www.peppermilllasvegas.com/
Menu: http://www.peppermilllasvegas.com/

Vickie’s Diner

Located on north end of The Strip in the (now-closed) iconic White Cross Drug store — where Elvis Presley allegedly got his prescriptions filled and site of one of the last lunch counters — Vickie’s Diner (formerly Tiffany’s Café ) is open 24 hours a day, has an old soda fountain and serves breakfast and American comfort food.

Address: 1700 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Telephone: (702) 444-4459
Link: http://www.vickiesdiner.com/index.html
Menu: http://vickiesdiner.com/menu.html

Golden Steer Steakhouse

Located just off The Strip (take a right at the World’s Largest Souvenir Shop and look like half-a-mile down to your right), the Golden Steer (Steakhouse) is a great place to eat and is Sin City’s oldest steak joint (1958), but make reservations as this iconic Las Vegas joint feature tuxedoed waiters who have worked there for decades. Hand-muddled Bourbon Old Fashioned steaks, Dover Sole filleted on the guéridon, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Rhode Island Crab Cakes, a house specialty Escargots de Bourgogne and Caesar Salad prepared tableside make this worth the trip and the money.

Address: 308 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Telephone: (702) 384-4470
Link: https://www.goldensteerlasvegas.com/

Five Great Pizza Places on or Near The Strip
Pizza Rock

Located in downtown Las Vegas, Pizza Rock has a massive menu and expert (12-time World Pizza Champion, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco) pie-maker Tony Gemignani. Pizza Rock has a wonderful atmosphere and combines pizza artisanship with some really good eating.

Address: 201 N. 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Telephone: (702) 385-0838
Website: http://pizzarocklasvegas.com/
Menu: http://pizzarocklasvegas.com/_pages/pr-menu.html

Boston Pizza

Highly recommended to me years ago by topless dancers from Olympic Garden Gentlemen's Club who frequented the nearby north Strip joint, Boston Pizza doesn’t mess around and has consistently delivered through the years.

Address: 1507 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Telephone: (702) 970-4612
Website: http://www.bostonpizzavegas.com/v3/index.html
Pizza Menu: http://www.bostonpizzavegas.com/v3/pizza_menu.html
Wings Menu: http://www.bostonpizzavegas.com/v3/wing_menu.html

Tower Pizzeria and Creamery

Located on the second floor in the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, Tower Pizzeria is a pleasant and tasty surprise. And you want value? How about a free pitcher of beer with purchase of a pizza? If you do go to the Stratosphere, you also might want to check out Chicago Popcorn (702-240-2676), also up the escalator where they have the best fresh popcorn I have ever bought and funky flavors like dill pickle and cheddar jalapeno.

Address: 2000 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Telephone: (702) 380-7777

Joe’s New York Pizza

Located across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the vastly underrated Joe’s New York Pizza is an incredible find but can be a challenging place in which to find a parking spot. Tasty, thin-crust New York-style pizza is the name of the game here.

Address: 4480 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Telephone: (702) 792-9001
Website: http://joesnypizzalv.com/
Menu: http://joesnypizzalv.com/menu/

Secret Pizza

Located on the 3rd level at an unmarked spot (just ask or follow your nose) inside (The) Cosmopolitan (Hotel of Las Vegas) in the heart of The Strip, Secret Pizza has that magical word-of-mouth buzz a place could only dream about, but waiting in line and a dedication to your pizza is a prerequisite.

Address: 3708 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Level 3, The Boulevard Tower)
Telephone: (702) 698-7860
Yelp Reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/secret-pizza-las-vegas
Finding Location on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23n8e8M_teg

Seven Decent Fast Food Places to Maybe Try

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: 480 Paradise Road and 322 W. Sahara Avenue

Chick-fil-A: 2480 S. Rancho Drive (downtown)

Fatburger: 3763 S. Las Vegas Boulevard (hamburger, fast food)

Five Guys: 4065 S. Maryland Parkway (hamburger, fast food)

In-N-Out Burger: 2900 W. Sahara Avenue

Steak ‘N Shake: 9777 S. Las Vegas Boulevard (inside South Point Casino)

White Castle: 3411 S. Las Vegas Boulevard

Two Valuable Hidden Las Vegas Menu Tips

Restaurant: Mr. Lucky’s 24/7
Casino: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Address: 455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Restaurant Telephone: (702) 693-5592
Mr. Lucky’s Menu: https://hardrockhotel.com/pdf/restaurant-menus/Mr-Luckys/Mr-Luckys-All-Day-Menu-04-30.pdf
Hidden Menu Tip: The “Gambler’s Special” has been available since 1999 but has never been on the menu at this café adjacent to casino which offers breakfast and burgers all day and all night. So what is this great off-the-menu deal one has to ask for? A sirloin steak, three grilled shrimp, salad and a vegetable for $7.77.

Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Restaurant: Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas
Address: 3960 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Restaurant Telephone: (702) 632-5120
Charlie Palmer Steak Menu: https://www.charliepalmersteak.com/locations/las-vegas/menus/
Hidden Menu Tip: This upscale steak place at the Four Seasons (Hotel Las Vegas) has offered a Cut of the Week special for years for $58, a three-course meal with shared side dishes and unlimited wine but customers have to specially ask for this special, special before being seated. So now you know, meathead.

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