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A Teenager's Las Vegas

François Dischinger Teens hanging out in front of a Las Vegas fountain.

Photo: François Dischinger

WHERE TO EAT
You can fuel your army for less than $10 a head at buffets all over town. The following picks are for the more discriminating, and, in many cases, more flush.

BREAKFAST
Lenôtre Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/946-4342; breakfast for two $15. Awesome pastry.

Grand Lux Café Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/414-3888; breakfast for two $10. Fantastic omelettes and, at lunch, salads that can feed two.

LUNCH
In-N-Out Burger 2900 W. Sahara Ave.; 800/786-1000; burgers for two $3. A branch of the California drive-in that makes the best fast-food burgers in America, fresh to order. Tom Cruise is a fan; so is Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation.

Pink Taco Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Rd.; 702/693-5525; lunch for two $35. Great guacamole, with hot-and-salty homemade tortilla chips.

SNACK
Luv-It Frozen Custard 505 E. Oakley Blvd.; 702/384-6452.

DINNER
Chicago Joe's 820 S. Fourth St.; 702/382-5637; dinner for two $45. For spaghetti and meatballs, subs, steak sandwiches, and chocolate cake.

Lotus of Siam 953 E. Sahara Ave.; 702/735-3033; dinner for two from $40. Set in a nowhere strip mall, Lotus was closed the day we went, but my most trustworthy foodie friends say it's the best Thai they've ever had.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/791-7223; dinner for two $60. Great for a big meal or just appetizers before Siegfried & Roy.

Spago Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/369-6300; dinner for two $65. Ten varieties of nouvelle pizza.

Trattoria del Lupo Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/740-5522; dinner for two $80. Big and noisy but with some of the best Italian food anywhere—Tuscan tomato soup, grilled salmon with fried yellow tomatoes.

SPLURGES
Aureole Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-7401; dinner for two $110. Stunning branch of Charlie Palmer's New York restaurant.

Le Cirque Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-7223; dinner for two $150. Tuna tartare with sevruga caviar, lobster risotto, the famous chocolate stove. Give the kids the night off.

Nobu Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Rd.; 702/693-5090; dinner for two $100. High temple of inventive sushi.

Picasso Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-7223; dinner for two $160. Exquisite nouvelle cuisine. Real Picassos on the wall.

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