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Las Vegas City Guide

Las Vegas Restaurants Guide

©2006 Las Vegas News Bureau The MGM Grand's Shibuya has an incredible selection of Japanese fare.

Once known for its buffets and prime rib dinners, Las Vegas is anything but boring for the palette. From international chefs to brilliant buffets that cost around $20 a person, there are many culinary choices in this bright city that never sleeps.

For a classic Las Vegas vibe, Alan Albert's (3763 Las Vegas Blvd South) has thick cuts of steak and fresh seafood, particularly lobster, flown in daily. For more than three decades the LeWinter family has prepared the most delicious steaks and lobster in the city. All the fare is served up with genuine, old Las Vegas hospitality.

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The Rosewood Grille (3763 Las Vegas Blvd) has won several top honors, including 10 Wine Spectator awards for its extensive wine collection. The company has live Maine lobster flown in to supply its elegant eateries. A perfect pairing at this a la carte restaurant is the filet mignon paired with the garlic-flavored mashed potatoes or mushrooms in a light sauce.

Gaylord India at the Mobil Three-Star Rio Hotel (3700 W Flamingo Road) is an authentic India-inspired dining experience. It serves Northern Indian cuisine, featuring authentic tandoori and Mughlai-style dishes. A must-try dish is the lamb samosa, a crisp turnover stuffed with spiced ground lamb.

The Florida Cafe Cuban Restaurant (1401 Las Vegas Blvd) inside the Howard Johnson Hotel has some of the finest authentic food from Cuba. Owner Sergio Perez brought his grandmother's favorite recipes to life eight years ago, and the place has created a name for itself among the lunch crowd. The pressed Cuban pork sandwich, beef tamales, fried pork skins, cicharrones (fried pork rinds), and fried plantains are hot sellers.

Mobil Three-Star Shibuya, a sleek urban Japanese restaurant housed in the Mobil Three-Star MGM Grand (3799 Las Vegas Blvd), you can enjoy a menu of freshly prepared ingredients, stellar sushi, and a wide selection of sake. Try the roasted duck breast or the kobe beef tenderloin.

For dining outside during the cooler months, Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas Blvd South) offers classic French bistro fair, such as the steak sandwich on a baguette with thick cut fries or a classic quiche Lorraine and a glass of crisp, light house white wine. It's a great way to people watch, munch on fresh French bread, or sip on wines from the restaurant's extensive wine list.

Chicago Joe's (820 S 4th St) is a longtime Las Vegas favorite. The brick building with lace curtains is tucked away near downtown. It's a bit like eating a good, old-fashioned Italian meal at your grandmother's house. The portions are huge, so you may want to share, but the price is reasonable. The chicken Angelo is so tender you can eat it with a spoon, and the pasta is light but hearty.

No matter which type of restaurant you choose to dine at, servers expect the standard 15 to 20 percent tip for good service. Servers at Las Vegas buffets usually receive $1 or $2 per head when they bring your drinks.

Ready to take on Las Vegas? Check out the next page for some suggested itineraries designed to help you fit as many highlights as possible into your trip.

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