Lunch by the pool is a must (as is lots of SPF under the brutal Vegas sun). Or try out one of my local faves, which is right off the strip, behind the Hard Rock Hotel. Paradise Cantina has the best happy hour (2 for 1 drinks from 4p-8p) and mexican food for all tastes. It’s nothing fancy, but it does have a fabulous patio, and a budget friendly offering. I think my bill (sans alcohol) is about $12 every time. ‘Do’ catch a cab or power walk your way to Paradise if you have the chance.
After 8 hours of pure relaxation, we were dressed and ready to head to Old Downtown Las Vegas. The origins of the life of excess are here in a 1/2 mile strip of a pedestrian friendly walkway. Before my GPS took us the long way out, we dined at Yardhouse. Its situated on a new pedestrian walkway between The LINQ, Flamingo and The Quad.
I settled in with the tuna burger and truffle fries. And with hundreds of beers to choose from, you can opt for a flight of them and sample a taste of five at a time. Although Yard House is a chain restaurant, it was definitely a great option for the evening; convenient walking distance from our hotel.
We ventured into a sea of punk-rockers in downtown Las Vegas, as the PunkRock Bowling league was in town.
After watching the psychedelic light show above Fremont Street, we headed back to familiar territory for late (early morning?) breakfast. Hash House a-Go-Go (dotted around Vegas and inside the Quad), is southern-style deliciousness at any hour. We saw a Chicken Benedict delivered to a nearby table, which should never be order for just one person. Any of the breakfast chickens (including the Chicken And Waffles) should be shared between two peeps.
With two more days of Vegas left on the itinerary we loosened our belts and headed back to the Flamingo for a (decently) early bedtime of 4am.