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  • Best Strip Restaurants: Restaurant Guy Savoy is a legend in Paris and this offshoot is just as stellar. A second choice? Costi di Mare, which serves impossibly fresh Mediterranean seafood.
  • Best Downtown Restaurants: The gourmet-yet-cool Carson Kitchen, and the authentic homemade-style Thai dishes at Le Thai prove that the dining scene in Downtown has arrived.
  • Best Off-Strip Restaurant: Other Mama is a 20-minute drive from the Strip, but the Asian inspired-small plates and raw bar, plus creative, on trend cocktails here make it totally worth the trip.
  • Best Comfort Food:  The heaping portions of classic American comfort food at Tom’s Urban (in New York–New York) will satisfy even the most ravenous of eaters, while the funky twists on the genre served at Culinary Dropout will charm the most jaded.
  • Best Theme Restaurant: Generally speaking, we think theme restaurants are overpriced tourist traps, but Gilley’s has such great down-home cooking that we’re willing to overlook the mechanical bull.
  • Best Steakhouse: The Vegas staple restaurant is alive and well in the hands of modern chefs like Gordon Ramsay, whose Gordon Ramsay Steak celebrates the one thing that matters in a steakhouse: the meat. One of the stars of the show (in addition to Ramsay, when he’s in the open kitchen) is the multi-tiered, mirrored steak cart that lets you check out all the luscious prime cuts from every angle. The only better look you’d get of that beef is if you were face to face with the cow itself.
  • Best Cheap Meal: Fat Choy in the Eureka Casino, 595 E. Sahara Ave. (www.fatchoylv.com; [tel] 702/794-0829) serves both Asian and American comfort foods—think pork belly bao and short rib grilled cheese sandwiches—at a slots-only locals’ casino just off the Strip.
  • Best Splurge: Food should not cost as much as it does at Joël Robuchon at the Mansion and the slightly less expensive sibling L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, but a few bites of the exquisite cuisine will make you understand why it does.
  • Best Buffets: It’s expensive, but the Caesar's Palace Bacchanal Buffet serves high-quality food worthy of tablecloths and candlelight. Bargain hunters, however, won’t need to sacrifice quality at the Main Street Garden Court Buffet.
  • Best Hamburgers: Holstein’s grinds it out at the Cosmopolitan, putting out really inventive burgers such as the Gold Standard, topped with bacon, goat cheddar cheese, and tomato confit. Not into beef? Not to worry, they’ve got pork, turkey, and veggie burgers to suit everyone. Plus some killer milkshakes.
  • Best Desserts: Across from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s flagship Italian restaurant at The Palazzo is Carlo’s Bake Shop, touting the wares that originally made him a celebrity. While you’re waiting in line to pick up a few cupcakes, cannoli or cream puffs, watch through the show window as the kitchen churns out the boss’ famed flaky and cream-filled Lobster Tail pastries.
  • Best Views: You can see the entire city, and big chunks of southern Nevada, from the revolving Top of the World, situated more than 800 feet up the Stratosphere Tower, while at Alizé, at the top of the Palms, you get a virtually unobstructed view of the Strip and delightfully crafted French cuisine that may make you forget the vista entirely.
  • Best Breakfasts: If you can get past the name, Egg Slut (in The Cosmopolitan) will make you feel good about standing in line for a $10 egg sammie, while Eat offers dizzyingly fresh and flavorful choices that have won legions of fans. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.