We started our Las Vegas vacation with breakfast at the cafe. Food was ok and seemed a good value. Aftewards we took a tour of the hotel/casino. My wife and I really prefer Mandaley Bay when we come to Vegas. Before this trip, that was our favorite casino. But I have to admit that The Orleans
is a GREAT hotel if you are bringing small children. They have a 70 lane bowling alley, an arcade, a 14 screen movie theatre and a huge play area. It's off the strip so it's not as popular as the bigger casinos but for parents with children under 12, there are a lot of kid friendly things to keep them busy while the adults go and gamble, dine, or see a lounge act.
After a morning business meeting, we ate at Don Miguel's mexican restaurant. It was very good. We knew we were in for a treat when we tasted the salsa. You can tell everything you need to know about a mexican restaurant by the taste of the salsa. Their's did not disappoint. Had a very nice kick to it that wasn't overpowering but enriched the flavor.
In the evening, we had the family bowling
activity. Everyone had a great time and I almost broke 100. :)
After bowling, some of us decided to go to the Mirage for their buffet at Cravings
. They have redone this buffet since we had been there last. The place looked much more modern than it did when we were there five years ago. In fact, we thought that it took a page from our favorite so far, Mandaley Bay. The buffet was fantastic. We were hungry so we really enjoyed the variety of food.
Colby got to sit with her cousins at their own table so she felt really good about that. :) The Mirage still looks like a great hotel. The south pacific theme still works and it still looks upscale. After the buffet, we waddled back to The Orleans and put the kids to bed. Cort was tired and went to bed also. I headed down to play some video poker and blackjack in the casino. I played for about an hour and headed back upstairs for the evening.