One last look at Las Vegas food

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Since I fell behind in my blog posts due to the internet connection in Las Vegas, I now have a backlog of food, food, and more food to show you. I can’t go without telling you about them, because these were definite culinary highlights for the trip.

I have a lot of photos, so I’m going to break them up into four galleries in one blog post, and I hope it works for you. It will be easier to scroll back and forth if you decide to go back for another look at one particular restaurant.

The first place is Firefly, a tapas place off the strip that Ed Morita discovered during Blogworld a couple of years ago. If you go, definitely take at least a couple more people so you can taste a good selection of little plates.

Tapas at Firefly

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If you're in the mood for Spanish tapas, Firefly is a pretty good choice. They do have one in downtown, but it's closed; your best bet is to head to the ones just off the Strip. Lots of locals frequent these spots, so you know it's good.

3900 Paradise Rd.

With the help of our Twitter foodie friends, we discovered Raku, the best izakaya in Las Vegas. That’s a pretty bold statement, especially since I’m not Japanese, but I think it’s an amazing place. I can’t wait to go back.

Dinner at Raku

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All the foodies on Twitter were raving about Raku, an izakaya in Las Vegas' Chinatown. I knew it was an uber popular spot when I called to make reservations one day and couldn't get a table for that night. Even when I did get a table, we only had two choices. This is one of those places that you need to go early to, as they run out of food all the time.

5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd.

If you want to splurge, the Sterling buffet at Bally’s is about $75. While it sounds like a lot, if you eat strategically, you can get your money’s worth and more. If I do it again, I’ll make a reservation for  table at 9 a.m. or earlier. And I’ll start with the caviar and lamb.

The Sterling buffet at Bally's

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If you're feeling like a little splurge, check out the Sterling Buffet at Bally's ($75). It's only on Sundays and is by reservation only, so there's no two-hour line. I had been once before, and didn't like the crowd, but this time we went early (10 a.m.). I'd highly recommend you make reservations at 10 or earlier to get the best selection and service, and more elbow room.

The Sterling buffet
Bally's Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S

Finally: we capped off our trip with happy hour at the Stratosphere. Since it’s from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, you can catch the sunset and have cocktails to a stunning Las Vegas view.

Happy hour at the Stratosphere

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The view from the Level 107 Lounge is amazing. If you get the right seat, you can watch the bungee jumpers whizz by. Tip: When you are on the ground floor, check in directly at the restaurant desk so you can circumvent the line and don't have to pay to go up.

Level 107 Lounge
2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Next: My roundup of the best things from this year’s Las Vegas trip.

Disclaimer: Air & hotel were provided by Boyd Vacations Hawaiifor an assignment for InsideOut Hawaii.


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nonstopmari moderator

in absolute awe. i'm positive i cdn't have kept up w/ u. that simple lamb w/ mint jelly spoke to me most and is still spkg...


I know what you mean about trying to blog during a vacation. It's nearly impossible to relax! But hey, you're in Vegas. Could be worse!


Seriously, I don't do half the stuff you do on one Vegas trip! I must be slacking too much! And I agree with M! And I'd be tired of all that eating too! But I can keep trying until I get tired, right?!? :-) Can't wait for the wrap up!


Hello Melissa!
Everywhere you ate looks so good. You must have spent a fortune dining out. I couldn't have afford it.


at the Stratosphere lounge- Don: wouldn't it be cool if Fuller just totally blew dinner from Nero's as he went past? Treena: ulph~bwawwaaaa (sprays me down with a mouthful of vodka tonic)


Oh wow foie gras udon and donburi, caviar waffles, talk about high end! Everything at Raku looks pretty awesome. Hopefully the Firefly in Downtown will re-open by the time I get back up there. Thanks for the photos.

On a technical note, how were you guys trying to connect to the internet when you were up there? Just curious since you said the connection was slow the whole time.


Yep it was fun joining you on this trip to Vegas. Eat your way though. Yahoo!

Melissa808 moderator

@Cat True! If the connection were fast, man, the blog posts would have been better. But, we make do!

Melissa808 moderator

@CindySJ It was getting to be waaaaayyyy too much! If I didn't have two weeks to squeeze it all in, I wouldn't have eaten like that. But at least I'm not allergic to crab like @nctrnlbst !

Melissa808 moderator

@M Not every place was expensive, surprisingly. But what I saved in air & hotel, I spent on food. I guess if the circumstances were different, it would have been In N Out Burger every day. hahaha.

Melissa808 moderator

@808marv I brought 3 kinds of WiFi: Roadrunner Intelligo, Sprint MiFi, and an ATT stick. The sprint MiFi stopped working with my computer halfway through but would still work with my phone. When I got home, the MiFi would work with my computer again. The Intelligo was the fastest connection, but I guess with all the electronic interference, every so often would get slow. It was unpredictable.