Top 10 of Super Happy Joy Joy

=First, thank you for all your responses and messages over the last couple days. You have warmed my heart and made me smile and cry (but it was a good cry). So here is my answer to my own question, now what?

My list of what made me love Vegas and what I enjoy about Vegas. The thing in Las Vegas that I still love doing and going to. This could be restaurants, venues, sites, pretty much anything. Of course, this blog is not only about me. It is about Las Vegas and the people that come to Las Vegas so please send me comments and include your choices. You don’t have to have 10 but let’s limit it to 10. I know some of you can list 50 but try and narrow it down.

So without further adieu, from the home office in David Letterman’s basement…

Vegas Hotel Confidential’s Top 10 Things I Love in Las Vegas

 

Ten

Casa Fuente at Caesars  – I only have one vice, smokingdrinkinggambling. If you do it all at once it only counts as one and this place fits the bill nicely. Very good bartenders and the rest of the staff is knowledgeable and always friendly.

Nine

Nacho Daddy – My favorite bar in Las Vegas, specifically the Fremont Street location. Great food, great drinks and the staff is the best. The prices are very reasonable. Nothing bad on the menu.

Eight

Red Rock Canyon State Park – Nature’s beauty in all her glory. Whether you want to sight see or hike or just a relaxing walk in some fresh air, you will have a great time.

Seven

Fremont Street Experience – This one would be higher up on the list but I can only take the drunk crowds for so long before they wear on me. I love hanging out at Whiskey Licker or the bar at the Four Queens and watching the live bands, especially Alter Ego and Spandex Nation.

Six

House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – My favorite music venue in Las Vegas. Great acoustics, great selection of music acts and great vantage points no matter where you are.

Five

The Peppermill – I love old school Vegas kitsch and I would visit this place even if the food sucked. Good thing the food is great too. If you like people watching, especially hungover people watching, there is no better spot.

Four

The Bellagio Conservatory – Every single display I have seen over the last 20 years has taken my breath away. I wish I had 10% of the creative ability that their designers have. It’s worth the bit of suffering I get from my allergies

Three

Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan – I have eaten at probably 90% of the buffets in Las Vegas and this one is hands down the best one I have had. The twist on standard buffet fare is impressive. The staff is also tremendous. They make even a solo diner feel special. Well worth the price.

Two

The Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian – I am not sure I have ever bought anything in any of the shops. I have eaten at some of the restaurants and sat in St. Mark’s Square and had an espresso and gelato. Someday I hope I can afford to buy something there but I just find so much beauty walking around. I am a sucker for this kind of architecture.

One

The Bellagio Fountains – I have seen the fountain display over 40 times, I have seen them during the day, at night, from above and they always amaze me. Absolutely stunning. I always tell first timers that if you only have 1 hour in Las Vegas, go see the fountains. You will have had a memorable trip.

 

This was a tough list, a lot of my favorites are gone and I tried to limit the number of restaurants because to be honest 7 of the 10 would have been food related. I think there will be some more top 5’s and 10’s to come.

I hope you enjoyed the list and it inspired you to try a couple things. I look forward to seeing your lists.

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Sometimes you hit a perfect storm of events.

  1. Personal life gets in the way.
  2. there was actually a 10 day span of work where nothing weird happened at all.

 

The 2nd point got me thinking. Is there going to be a time when all the stories will just start repeating themselves? How many people will be unique enough in their drunkeness, complaining, self absorbed ways to keep this going in the long term with 1-2 posts per week?

Originally, I didn’t even think a blog was possible because I didn’t even think I could come up with more than 10-12 stories and then things started to steamroll. It was like I hit the jackpot on weird guests. Now, I am in a drought. I have a few stories that we will get to later this week but I want to know from you, the readership, is there anything else you want here?

We have done some Top 5’s and some reviews. Tackled some questions, which I will continue to do. I have talked more than enough on the $20 trick and resort fee headaches. So what should Vegas Hotel Confidential do (WSVCHD)?

I’m open to suggestion

  • news and opinion pieces
  • more top 5’s
  • more reviews
  • happy just waiting for the next story
  • anything else?

 

 

Restaurant Review – Lola’s

I have been wanting to go to Lola’s for a long time now. I am a big fan of Cajun cuisine and New Orleans. We went to the Charleston Ave location (their original location). This was at lunch time and we had a wide variety of dishes.

First off, the environment. It very much fits into a “bar-type/tavern” style place. Lots of wood, TV’s around the restaurant. It is on the dark side in some of the corners of the place but a very welcoming feeling. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They were available for all our questions and described menu items very well.

Although we didn’t have any alcohol you could see that they had a good wine and beer selection.  Soft drinks are on the expensive side at $3 but there are unlimited refills.

The menu is extensive and has something for everyone. There are the typical Cajun entrees of Gumbo and Jambolaya, a large selection of Po Boys and several fried items. All fairly priced. Nothing we ordered was over $16.

We started off with the crab and artichoke dip, garlic bread and char-broiled oysters. The garlic bread was nicely grilled. I would have liked a little butter to make it a little richer. The crab dip was wonderful. The smoke of the garlic bread with the sweetness of the crab worked very well together.  The big disappointment was the oysters. They were on the small side and the cheese overpowered the oysters. Not what I expected after having charbroiled oysters in New Orleans.

Garlic Bread 7.5

Crab dip: 9.5

Oysters: 5

Next the entrees. We ordered the Etouffee, Gumbo, BBQ Shrimp, Shrimp Creole and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.

The Etouffee was rich and tasty with subtle heat. A great representation of New Orleans. The favorite dish of the meal. The salad dressing was one of the best Caesar dressings I have had in a long time and the chicken was perfectly grilled and moist. The BBQ shrimp had a lot of heat to it. Now this is not your typical BBQ sauce. This is a buttery hot sauce that mixes well with the shrimp. It is served with rice. You get 5 shrimp (add another 3 for $4) with the dish. The Shrimp Creole was plated almost identical to the BBQ shrimp just with a tomato based sauce. Both were very good. My only issue with the Creole was having to pull out the bay leaves from the sauce. The Gumbo was very good but I felt they burnt the roux a bit. It was very good but had a slight burnt aftertaste.

Etouffee: 10

Chicken Caesar: 8

BBQ Shrimp: 9

Shrimp Creole: 8.5

Gumbo: 7.5

We didn’t save room for dessert but we will next time so I can try the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.

Environment: 8

Service: 9

Price point: 8

Value: 9.5

Thank you Lola’s (@Lolas_LasVegas) for a great experience.

 

Restaurant Review… The Peppermill

I am on a little mini-staycation over the next week or so. We have guests in town that have never been to Las Vegas before so less hotel business and more tourist stuff. Although I am working this weekend (EDC!!) so I am sure I will have some more stories next week.

The other morning found us at The Peppermill. I don’t head out to the strip much but for a new person to Las Vegas, this is a place to experience.

We arrived around 10 am and were seated almost immediately. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served 24 hours a day. That is a bonus if you don’t feel like breakfast in the morning. We all did though. The waitress was prompt with the coffee and other drinks. We did have cocktail waitresses stop by a couple times and offer us mimosas and Bloody Mary’s (including the kids at the table… yes, they don’t look 15 or 16 but they definitely don’t look 21).

The average breakfast costs around $12-15. That is a bit pricey but the portions are huge and when you consider that it is less than a buffet and a plate of food fills you up it is a good price point.

The seafood omelette was very good but very rich. It was probably about a 6 egg omelette packed with shrimp and scallops and covered with hollandaise sauce. I would find it impossible to finish.

The Mazzeratti omelette had Italian sausage, mushroom and cheese (maybe some other things) and had red sauce on top. Now you would not think that tomato sauce would work but it does. It makes the omelette something other than just bland.

The other two dishes were very similar. Either French toast or a Belgium waffles covered in fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, melon), whipped cream and blueberry syrup. A giant overwhelming mass of good stuff. Everything was fresh and tasted great. One was finished, the other one made a grand attempt.

The service continued to be acceptable. Drinks were refilled pretty well and the coffee is pretty good.

Definitely give this place a try. It is classic Vegas diner at its core.

Ambience: 8 out of 10, 15 out of 10 for kitch

Service: 8 out of 10

Food: 7.5 out of 10

Price: 6 out of 10

Value: 8 out of 10