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Las Vegas Family Vacation Ideas & Discounts?

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Hi @ScoopKona. Re your comment: I much prefer the holes-in-the wall that serve grandma Chang/Rodriguez/Pho/Chutima's dishes. Anywhere in particular?

I'm a retired fine-dining chef. I can list off inexpensive restaurants all day. What kind of food do you like? How far are you willing to travel away from the Strip to get it?
 

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For Szechuan (Chinese) food, I highly recommend China Mama 2 at Shanghai Plaza. The best ethnic foods are found the area of Spring Mountain. There must be at least 200 to 300 restaurants in the area. It's a 5 to 10 minute drive off the strip. For dim sum and Cantonese restaurants, look for New Asian BBQ and Orchids Garden. For good Japanese, there is Sushi Hiro on S. Eastern. I like Kim Pho Long for Vietnamese food.
 

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I'm a retired fine-dining chef. I can list off inexpensive restaurants all day. What kind of food do you like? How far are you willing to travel away from the Strip to get it?
Vietnamese, Mexican, Thai but not exclusively those. Staying on S Las Vegas Blvd, south of the airport. Will have a car. Thank you.
 

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Vietnamese, Mexican, Thai but not exclusively those. Staying on S Las Vegas Blvd, south of the airport. Will have a car. Thank you.

Lotus of Siam, Red Rock Casino (Anthony Bourdain was totally right about this place -- order from the Northern Thai page of the menu)
Tacos el Gordo, 1500(ish) E Charleston Blvd. (two locations -- Tijuana and LV. No difference between the two. It's like eating in Mexico. Never go here on a Sunday -- line out the door with post-mass locals)
Orchid Vietnamese -- Bahn Mi
Lee's Sandwiches -- Bahn Mi (I prefer this one, but the line is sometimes out the door. If I'm in a hurry, I'll head one block over to Orchid.)
Pho Thanh Hung

And you didn't mention Chinese but here are two good ones (there were three, the most interesting one didn't last):

The lunch counter at Market 168 supermarket -- dim sum (I've eaten here more than any other place in Las Vegas -- great dumplings at giveaway prices. Take a ticket from the counter or you'll never be able to order)
Asian BBQ & Noodle -- rated one of the best Chinese places in the US, by Chinese expats
 

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I'll add Shangs Noodle to the list. It's really, really trendy right now, which means you're either there 20 minutes before they open; or you stand in line. Inexpensive Cantonese noodle dishes. Prices are low -- hence the line.

And finally, it's hardly a hole-in-the-wall, but Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas. They fly everything in from Germany twice a week, including the kegs of beer. So, not cheap. But far less expensive than a plane ticket to Munich. I've eaten at both, there is very little difference between the two places (other than location and clientele).
 

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Tacos el Gordo, 1500(ish) E Charleston Blvd. (two locations -- Tijuana and LV. No difference between the two. It's like eating in Mexico. Never go here on a Sunday -- line out the door with post-mass locals)
And San Diego and Chula Vista.
 

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We are just returning from Vegas for Spring Break with an 11 yo (Boy), and we did the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam that everyone knows about. We also did the Sphere and the Postcard from Earth and I thought it was great show and the Kid agreed. He really loved the interactions with the robots. We also did the Museum of Illusions and Omega Mart and they were great as well.

Thanks to all who contributed to this thread because it gave me a good starting point for planning!
 
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