This party at D.O.C.G. looks fun and relatively inexpensive ($50 for food and beer) for a party at the Cosmopolitan. I’ve been a little under the weather so I’m not sure I’ll make the party this Thursday (January 22) but I’m hoping to. Here are the details:
I liked Buddy V’s even more after my second meal. It’s not that the food or service were better but they were equally as good as the first time when I thought:
It was just good and tasted like food that a friend’s grandmother would make.
I don’t always come across mid-range priced restaurants on the Vegas Strip that are consistently good. When I visit mid-tier restaurants the food and service are hit and miss. The experience is sometimes good and sometimes less than stellar.
The service and food were almost exactly equal to my first visit to Buddy V’s. I ordered Sunday Gravy again and the only part of dinner that was different was that we only received one piece of focaccia instead of a basket of bread.
The other difference was the price. Without wine this time dinner was only $35 per person after tip. Dinner for $35 per person is a good deal on the Vegas Strip.
I’ll repeat myself. Buddy V’s went from “I’d return if someone wanted to have Italian but wouldn’t go out of my way” to a place that I will return to and would recommend because it’s constantly good.
I had some friends in Vegas last night and recommended we go to Buddy V’s at Venetian. Reviews have all been positive so this seemed like a safe bet. And it was a safe bet. The food wasn’t anything special but it’s not made to be special. It was just good and tasted like food that a friend’s grandmother would make. Again, that’s the idea.
I had Grandma’s Sunday Gravy because it was Sunday and recommended. The dish was a pot of meatballs, sausage, lamb and beef with a nice sized plate of rigatoni. Most pasta dishes at Buddy V’s were around $20 but Sunday Gravy was $25 because of all of the meat. It was very good and the most full I’ve been in a long time. I didn’t even finish all of the meats. One of each (ok, 2 meatballs) was enough.
With appetizers and a couple of bottles of wine dinner came out to about $62 a person before tip. The food is on par with other good mid-range Italian restaurants on the strip like Carmine’s at Caesars Palace. I’d return if someone wanted to have Italian but wouldn’t go out of my way. It’s good but, again, nothing special. If you spend about $10 more per dish you’ll have better food with a better view at Lavo.