LasVegasJunkie shares Part 2 of his Memorial Day Weekend Vegas Trip Report.
We showed up to Andrea’s about an hour early and grabbed a couple of drinks at the bar before checking in with the host and being seated at our table. Our server gave my wife and I some of the best service we have experienced in a long time, the service was impeccable. We decided that only one of us should order the Impossible Burger in slider form and the other one of us get something completely different. So my wife had the Impossible Burger sliders and I had the Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras which was to die for. We concluded that we could have easily polished off two plates of Impossible Burger Sliders and been completely satisfied. Andrea’s Service A++, A++ for their quality of food, and an A++ for the overall cleanliness.
After dinner, we took a stroll on the Las Vegas Strip and did some more people watching. We walked through the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for about half an hour before we realized how exhausted we were; we decided to take a taxi instead of a Lyft or Uber since we didn’t feel like going out of our way to find the Uber/Lyft pick-up area. We got into the taxi and asked to be dropped off at the Downtown Grand, he proceeded to drive and drop us off at The D Las Vegas which probably tacked an extra $3 to our bill. Needless to say, I made sure to pay the taxi driver the exact amount of the fare and no tip, he was not too pleased. Seriously, if you can’t follow simple instructions and end up costing me extra money do you really think you deserve a tip? The answer is NO!
Once back at the Downtown Grand we hung out in the casino and played for a couple of hours before heading up to our room for the night. I have no notes from that night’s gambling session but if I remember correctly it was relatively uneventful for the both of us.
We woke up Tuesday morning and were both still full from all the food we had eaten the day before so we decided to skip breakfast and squeeze in a couple of hours of gambling before we hit the road. I turned a $75 TITO ticket [I can only assume it was from the night before] into a pathetic $25 on Buffalo Deluxe for a -$50 loss. I walked over to the blackjack tables for one final session; I turned $500 in chips into $710 playing 1-on-1 with the dealer at $25 a hand. Final blackjack session profits for the day +$210. Not sure if you remember but in part 1 of this trip report I mentioned my wife put $30 into Wheel of Fortune shortly after arriving and having Pizza Rock for dinner, well her $30 lasted her the entire trip and she cashed in her TITO ticket for $650! She jockeyed the hell out of the Wheel of Fortune slots the entire trip on her original $30 and turned it into $650! I was a proud husband!
At 11:30 am we decided enough was enough and we needed to hit the road to get home and get back to reality at a decent hour. We were in our car and heading out of the Downtown Grand valet by 11:45; our normal drive home is 3-hours and 5 minutes from our garage to the Downtown Grand valet. By 3:45 [4 hours after we left Las Vegas] we had only gotten to Baker, California which is less than 95 miles. We were averaging around 23 miles and I could no longer stand the traffic so we decided to turn around and head back to Las Vegas for one more night [Yes!]. I called my host Tom from the Downtown Grand and asked for an additional night and we were back in town.
We checked into our room, dropped off our bags, and walked to Nacho Daddy for dinner.
My wife had the Fiesta Nachos and proceeded to eat herself into a food coma. She loved the nachos and was very pleased with her selection. I went for the Mexican Street Burger since the burger I had at Freedom Beat was beyond disappointing. The Mexican Street Burger was amazing. Very juicy and full of flavors, the burger itself was big enough that I barely made a dent in my fries. All in all, I give Nacho Daddy two very enthusiastic thumbs up! Service A-, A+ for their food quality, and a B+ for the overall cleanliness of the bar area.
After dinner, we went back to the Downtown Grand to gamble for a couple of hours before calling it a night around 10:00 pm. We finally laid down for bed around 11:00 pm and woke up at 2:15 am Wednesday morning. We pulled out of the Downtown Grand Valet at 2:55 am and pulled into our driveway at 6:05 am. I made it into work at 11:00 am after taking a 2-hour power nap at home.
It was probably the most fun I’ve have had in Las Vegas in a handful of years. We crossed a ton of items off of our “tourist” list, tried a lot of great restaurants, and had awesome luck gambling the entire time. My only regret is that I didn’t find the time to meet up with the crew from 360 Vegas Vacation 4. Maybe next time I’ll find the time to make it to 360-Vegas Vacation 5.