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A Taste of Vegas

SIN CITY  - To some, it is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, the epitome of all that is wrong with today's society. To others, it is an adult playground,  the chance to act like a child again, free from day-to-day responsibilities. Whatever your personal opinion is, Vegas is like no other place on Earth.

My first trip to Vegas was about five years ago. We were on a road trip and thought we would stay a night or two in Vegas. Of course, I had some preconceived notions of what Vegas would be like, but when we drove up to the Strip, I was pretty much blown away by the enormity of the place. It is so over- the - top, it is ridiculous.

Vegas can be completely overwhelming, it pays to do a little researching before going.  We just returned from our seventh trip. These are a few of our favorite places:

The Bellagio Buffet: The Bellagio is a gorgeous 5 star hotel and they have one of the best buffets on the Strip. We have been to the breakfast buffet a couple of times and we are never disappointed. They offer all the traditional breakfast items - eggs Benny, an omelet bar, a breakfast burrito bar, pastries, fresh fruit, ham, crispy bacon etc. They also have delicious  in- house smoked mussels, scallops( my personal favorite) and salmon, salads, curried chicken, pizza, the list goes on and on. Everything is done very well and is always fresh. I always appreciate a buffet that offers a wide variety of items.

Le Burger Brasserie (Paris) : I LOVE this place. The burgers and onion rings are AWESOME and they have a great happy hour - 4pm. to 7pm. and 9pm to close.( The happy hour is only available when sitting in the bar area) Great food, great prices! If you love a good burger, you will love this place.

The Golden Gate Casino ( Fremont Street) - The Golden Gate is the oldest hotel in Vegas, est. 1906. This place has kind of a quaint, old fashioned charm to it,  that you don't often find in a casino ( especially a Vegas casino) They are famous  for their $1.99 shrimp cocktail, a sundae glass filled with baby shrimp and topped with cocktail sauce. They do seem to be a little heavy- handed with the cocktail sauce, so I always ask for the sauce on the side.

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (The Flamingo Hotel) - No trip to Vegas is complete without going here. Why? A few years ago, my husband won big ($2200.) on a penny slot machine! We ended up celebrating here, and had an absolute blast! I highly recommend the Bama Breeze -  a frozen concoction that tastes like a grown up version of a creamsicle!  THE. BEST.  DRINK.  EVER!

Triple 7  Brew Pub ( Main Street Station) - This microbrewery is now one of my new favorites. Located in the beautiful Main Street Hotel ( just off of Fremont Street), this microbrewery offers typical pub-style type food - nachos, calamari, pizza, cheese sticks etc. as well as beer brewed in-house. Nothing fancy, just good food and beer at reasonable prices.

Of course, there are many other great places to try - Vegas has over 4000 restaurants. So much to do, so little time!

Tags: Vegas, Restaurant Reviews

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