Strip Stop

We locals usually avoid the Strip because it’s often crowded, traffic snarls annoy you in extreme summer heat, and prices are often higher than our great restaurants on the valley edges. But sometimes errands or visiting friends get you down there. No worries.That’s when it helps to know some great places like the Bellagio, my favorite Strip stop- see

It is beautiful, refined, never too noisy and has some great luncheon spots. Today we left our hot car with the valet ($2 tip) and drifted in to see the summer show at the Conservatory garden near the registration desk. Rosella parrots from Australia graced the center of the garden that was meant to look like a summer fair. However, there were no empty tables overlooking the Conservatory at the wonderful and casual Café Bellagio (open 24/7). There must be a convention in town from the size of the crowds – that is a given in a Vegas summer.

So we crossed the beautiful gaming area to Olives Restaurant designed by Todd English. This handsome contemporary chef offers unique indulgences at $15-$20 for an entree that can feed you twice over. Right, share one of his creations and their signature breads with tapenades to die for. You can sit inside or dine on the patio as we did, outside under misters, overlooking the Bellagio fountain. If you dine after 3pm the fountains will perform every fifteen minutes. All this reminds me of what a wonderful wacky city we live in!