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Trip Report: BLT, Happy Feet, and the Tuscany

Listener James has been a great supporter of the show and frequently shares his trip reports for us to enjoy. Here’s James again with a great rundown of his recent visit. If you’d like to share a trip report or want to be featured on the site, just shoot me an email!


I spent one day downtown and two nights on the strip. Downtown I stayed at Mainstreet Station. I enjoy this casino always good drink specials, nice casino floor and rooms are pretty good. The only thing odd this trip is the hand crafted beer at the casino bar is $2.50, now still a good price but the sign outside advertises $1.75 and like all other time I have been there. A value none the less. I then went up to see Winston Churchills snooker located on the mezzanine level. We ate at MTO cafe I had the MTO breakfast which has 3 eggs, chicken sausage, bacon, turkey bacon, spam, mashed brown and toast. All this is $14 a great value and very good food. My wife had something healthy with egg whites I forget what but still very good. I recommend this to people looking for a good breakfast located just a few blocks from the plaza. Later in the day my wife and her friend went to Happy Feet at the El Cortez. They got the $30-hour massage (full body I believe). She said it was a little odd since many tables in a single room but she also said this was one of the best massages she has had really working the deep tissue. Again a great value my wife said she will return. We then went to container park to Oak and Ivy this is a normal stop for me drinks are always good and I enjoy the atmosphere. Dinner at Pizza Rock again always great.

The next night we went to the Linq to stay our last two nights. I found out a couple days prior that I had been bumped from my poolside cabana room. I was told I was moved to a suite but was really cautious on what they considered a suite. When we got to our room it was great we had a strip view on the 15th floor. Walking in we had a mini bar with a breakfast seating area a sectional sofa large tv and a half bath off the main area. The bedroom was large in a separate room with a very large bathroom. My wife really enjoyed the robes and slippers. Overall one of the best rooms I have had in Vegas. I was pleased the 3535 bar still offered drinks while playing video poker for $2.

That night we had a group on for Dal Toro. I had never eaten here before but loved the food I had the veal, and my wife had the seafood ravioli.The service was excellent good drinks and a real good value especially with the group on. After dinner, we went to look at the cars downstairs very impressive and most likely the closest I will be to an exotic car.

The next day I had a deal from Travelzoo for BLT steak at Bally’s again a great value cost $225 but you get $416 worth of food (a dinner for 4). With this promotion you can everyone can get 1 cocktail, 1 starter, 1 steak and a side to share. I had a manhattan, steak tartar for the starter, the 22oz rib eye steak and onion rings. This was a wonderful meal. I have eaten at BLT steak one other time and really enjoyed it. This is one of the best-hidden steak houses in vegas but the deal from Travelzoo makes it even better.
We did decide one morning to go to the Tuscany for breakfast. No real reason to pick this except wanted to try something different. The casino is a nice casino full of seniors. A good value if you do not mind staying off Strip. We decided to eat at the cafe. The food was good I had the quiche and fruit. My wife and I ate a nice meal for under $20 including tip. Not much else to report just a solid meal at a good price.

We also visited The Park. I really like what they have done with this spot. Lots of open air setting for bars and restaurants. I did not eat in the park but a number of places look like somewhere I would enjoy (Sake Rok, Bruxie, and Beerhaus). I think this will be a great addition for that side of the strip. I look forward to seeing a game (hopefully hockey) or something else at the arena.

All and all a very nice trip.

Thanks again, James. I look forward to hearing about your next trip!

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