Pick of the Week – April 6-12, 2015

While I normally try to select Picks of the Week that are widely available no matter where you are, for the next few weeks, I’m going to be narrowing my focus a bit.  Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the top vacation destinations on the planet.  I’ve been several times myself and even wrote up a few travel tips back in THIS POST.

I have found, though, that many people have no idea what Vegas offers.  Upon telling friends or family that I am planning yet another trip there, I am often asked some variation of “What are you going to do there?”  See, I don’t go to gamble, I don’t go for the bars, and I have no interest in nightclubs.

So what is there to do?

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be answering that question with some of my favorite Picks from Las Vegas.

First up, I’m going to start with a dining Pick.  Las Vegas has many fantastic restaurants, but most of them are buried deep inside one of the various hotel/casinos lining the Strip.  The food may be amazing, but the view often leaves much to be desired.

However, the Paris Hotel and Casino has a restaurant that offers both great food and a wonderful view.  Mon Ami Gabi is a French bistro and steakhouse offering a wide variety of chicken, seafood, and, yes, steak dishes.  They specialize in what they call Steak Frites, which are various preparations of steak served with their house fries.  I was particularly fond of the Roquefort, which came with a blue cheese sauce.

While the restaurant, located right at the front of the hotel, does offer inside seating, their outside patio is really the place to be.  It’s set just a bit above street level allowing for people watching, but the real draw is its view of the Bellagio across the Strip.  Starting at 3PM each day, every half hour the fountains in front of the Bellagio erupt in a water show synchronized to music.  Then at 8PM, the fountain shows start every 15 minutes. 

The Strip can seem almost overwhelming with the lights and noise, but a meal at Mon Ami Gabi with great food and a wonderful view of the dancing fountains is about as relaxing as it gets.

- Alan Decker

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