View Full Version : Gonna try and warm up in Las Vegas next month

01-25-2011, 11:15 PM
It's been nearly 20 years since I have been there and the wife never has. We are planning to head out to the Grand Canyon also since I have never seen it before. Neither one of are interested in spending a lot of time gambling but we want to see the sights and get away. We wouldn't mind finding some good food either, and I am always interested in finding BBQ. Any suggestions, for food or sights, would be welcome. Thanks

01-26-2011, 03:45 AM
Mike Mills has two or threee Memphis Championship BBQ restaurants in the vegas area. The food is good for restaurant quality.


For non-BBQ, try Rosemary's...


Rosemary's is considered one of the top off-strip restaurants in Vegas. It is expensive, but worth it. You NEED a reservation, and if you want to go, check early. They book well in advance.

If you like Sushi (yeah, I know, Sushi in the desert?), I'l had a couple of excellent meals at Kabuki in the Las Vegas Town Square south of the strip on Las Vegas Blvd.


If you want to spend way too much for a meal on the strip I strongly recommend either Emeril's DelMonico Steakhouse in the Venetian or Tom Colichio's Craftsteak in the MGM Grand. Both are expensive but excellent.


Also, Chef Hubert Keller's Burger Bar at Mandalay Place (beween the Luxor and Mandalay Bay) is excellent. Overall the prices are reasonable, but for a burger it is expensive :-D


While I'm on burgers, If you've never tried either SmashBurger or In-n-Out, you HAVE to at some point. SmashBurger is good and they have a special Sin City burger that is over the top (of course, it's Vegas!)


But... In-n-Out is almost legendary. I go to In-n-Out any time I am in their territory.


The most interesting thing about In-n-Out is going off menu. The menu is small, but they will make almost anything. There is a "secret" menu of different things that you can order. It's not really secret thanks to the Internet :-D


Try a Double-Double, Animal Style and Animal Style Fries.

01-26-2011, 05:04 AM
I'll second the Memphis Q from Mike Mills. Really good stuff.

01-26-2011, 07:27 AM
If you are in Vegas take a run out to Hoover Dam (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-18-hooverbypass18_ST_N.htm). Quite a site if you haven't seen it. Also new expansion bridge is open. Between Boulder City and Henderson is a little ghost town that is neat to see called Nelson (http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nv/nelson.html) Further out is the Skywalk (http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/), kinda expensive but cool.


01-26-2011, 07:31 AM
If you take interstate 40 to Grand Canyon and have the time a quick tour of the Grand Canyon Caverns of Route 66 is interesting.

01-26-2011, 07:44 AM
Red Rock Canyon is just west of Vegas and is a beautiful area and an easy drive.


01-26-2011, 08:32 AM
Further out is the Skywalk (http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/), kinda expensive but cool.


I'm not ashamed to admit that there is NO WAY I'm going out on that!:scared: My wife might but I can't. I saw a show on how they built that and it sure looks safe but I couldn't do it.

Thanks though.

Mod note: Edited to fix broken quote

01-26-2011, 09:51 AM
I second the Hoover Dam & Bridge visit. They have a tour that lets you go inside the dam, look out a vent in the middle of the dam and see views like this (taken last year before the bridge was finished):

I also second the Red Rock Canyon suggestion.

If you're interested in a hike, their visitors center offers free guided hikes. You can find their hiking calendar here (http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/hikes_programs.html) and info on the trails here (http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/hikes_trails.php). Just driving the scenic drive loop is still nice.

If you find yourself craving something cold, I'd recommend Luv-It Frozen Custard (http://www.luvitfrozencustard.com/). A bit out of the ways (unless maybe you're heading to/from the Stratosphere).

A friend of mine took us to Lucille's BBQ (http://www.lucillesbbq.com/) out in nearby Henderson and we enjoyed most everything (the baby back's my friend ordered were below par - but spares were fine).

01-26-2011, 12:44 PM
Red Rock canyon is nice, but I really enjoyed Valley of Fire more. Its a good time of year to get out there too since its not scorching hot.

A couple places I like to eat in Vegas include: Firefly, Peppermill, and my favorite hole-in-the wall Casino, Ellis Island. There's a ton of fine dining and you'll get a plethora of recommendations but I like Bradley Ogeden's and Cut in particular.

Depending on your budget and preferences, there's a lot of shows out in Vegas. You could see some of the Cirque shows; Love and Ka are my favorites (just stay away from Believe). The two shows that I consider best bang for the buck are Human Nature at Imperial Palace and Mac King at Harrahs.

As R2Egg2Q said, the dam tour (not to be confused with just the powerplant tour) is a great tour. Lets you get some really good views of the dam and the bypass bridge.

01-26-2011, 05:45 PM
I really appreciate all the info. It looks like I have some homework to do. This place is not just a great BBQ forum but what a great travelog also.

01-26-2011, 06:35 PM
The one day rafting trip down Glen Canyon is well worth the money also

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01-27-2011, 06:17 PM
Living here I can't afford to go to the top restaurants but there are many 4 star on the strip. Red Rock and Valley of Fire are great spots to enjoy the desert. Spring Mountain Ranch is just outside Red Rock. Howard Hughes lived there once. Memphis Champion BBQ is not bad but i don't think it's great. Bass Pro shops by the Silverton is pretty cool. Springs Preserves is fairly new and supposed to be good especially if your bringing kids. Best things on the strip to see are Mirage Volcano, Treasure Island Sirens of the Caribbean and Balagio Fountains. Weather should be nice. Maybe in the 70's during the day and 50's at night. Please also gamble a lot we need the revenue. :rolleyes:

01-27-2011, 08:45 PM
The one day rafting trip down Glen Canyon is well worth the money also
The slow water trip is great but a little cold right now. Not exactly in vegas though.