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Dinner ideas for a group of 14

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by mjames1229, Mar 28, 2017.

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  1. mjames1229

    mjames1229 # of visits includes only trips w/ hotel stays

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    Many of you guys know me. I am active on these boards and partake in discussions, and I try to write entertaining trip reports after each trip. I also write for Vegas Bright, even though I live in Milwaukee.

    So I definitely qualify as a member of the Vegas Obsessed, and one could say that I've got a pretty good idea of how Las Vegas works.

    Well, until tonight I thought I did.

    I have been working with the Foundation Room to set up an informal trip to the patio for my entire group that will be competing in the USBC Open Championships bowling tournament in mid-April. I've sent 10 E-mails in the past five weeks coordinating times, dress codes, names, etc. Then tonight after I sent the "Thanks for all of your help" E-mail, I get a reply that the group minimum spend is $600 and that the food would need to be pre-ordered. Talk about a bait and switch... they pull that crap a month ago, then I don't have 14 people expecting to hang out on the 64th floor patio, trading war stories of a bowling tournament gone wrong.

    Although I did counter offer with a (much) lower spend amount, I now have a bitter, metallic taste in my mouth and I don't know if I WANT to go there now.

    So, I need a new place for our reasonably small group. I am welcome to ideas, but since I've seen these threads on this board before, I know that y'alls need some details....

    14 people
    Sunday, April 23 at approx 9:00 PM
    All are over 21, but five of us are under 25 (so cost has to be considered)
    Three are over 70, so the amount of walking (and portion size) need to be considered.
    Bowling at South Point, and with only two cars there will be some Ubering, and cost needs to be considered.
    Would prefer a place without paid parking, but if the location is worth it, we'd pay it.

    Those parameters eliminate a LOT of places... Huge portion places like Hash House, the Peppermill and all churrascaria are out of play. So are places downtown due to the cost for some of the group to travel. The youngin's don't want to pay $60 for a steak, the oldsters don't want to pay $20 for a hamburger.

    I am considering Battista's Hole in the Wall. I know that some people love it and some hate it. But the kitsch factor is in play, so is the unlimited cheap wine for the college kids (who wouldn't know good wine from shyt wine anyway).

    I will consider all serious suggestions... Especially gems off-strip that I've either never heard of or have forgotten about. Thanks, gang!
     
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  2. 93 Octane

    93 Octane Chief bottle washer

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    I think Battistas is a great idea considering your parameters,, I'm giving you the go ahead:feedme: :beer: :drunk:
     
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  3. andrew5499

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    Lawry's Prime rib, reasonable prices (for Vegas).
     
  4. SH0CK

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    I don't hate Battista's, but I certainly do not love it. We ate there back in December right after they opened for the night. There was a lot of folks waiting for the restaurant portion to open, so it took them a bit to get things situated after they started seating everyone. I ordered the Chicken Alfredo and have to admit I've had better out of a can and no amount of house fermented grape juice was going to help that. I think mine was a bit more expense than whatever my buddy got (I want to say around $30-35.) I thought it was way over priced for the quality of the food.

    But with Italian on the mind, that makes me think of Maggiano's. Yes, it's a chain restaurant, but with a large group, going family style is a great way to go for about $35-40 per person before booze.
     
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    I thought Battistas specializes in red sauce (don't know but believe I read that on this forum)....ive given up trying to find a joint that does a excellent Alfredo sauce...few and far between...

    Considering the varied tastes of such a large group you could also try a place on the strip similar to Binions cafe or the 777 brewpub....maybe Marilyns cafe at Tuscany or Ellis Island. They both offer quality eats, a wide selection, and won't break the bank..
     
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  6. pfunk

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    May I suggest Sushi Kaya in Chinatown? All you can eat with cooked options in addition to sushi for $23 a person and they have private rooms.
     
  7. dcrawf

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    I like this idea even though I'm not particularly partial to sushi. Not enough people explore the options in Chinatown
     
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