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ladies’ night — a three-course, seasonal set menu, served Fridays. This white linen lunch ($25 with a coupon from the website) is rich and generously portioned — with dishes like scrambled local duck egg with artichokes and mushrooms in a Dijon butter sauce, and Meyer lemon cake with apricots and raspberry sorbet — an impressive mid-day meal. Reservations suggested. (MA)

break the bank

Fine-dining deals for when you want to splurge (but not too much)

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Estiatorio Milos 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (inside the Cosmopolitan), 698-7000

The Cosmopolitan’s Estiatorio Milos is a top-tier seafood house, and undeniably the best Greek restaurant in town. And every Wednesday through Sunday, between noon and 2:30 pm, it’s one of Las Vegas’ best bargains, because the restaurant offers a three-course lunch special for just $20.11. Begin with oysters and mullet roe, shrimp saganaki, a delicious meze plate, or one of four other mouth-watering options. The five entrée choices include pristine seafood, lamb chops and chicken. And don’t miss the yogurt martini on the dessert menu. (AM)

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Wazuzu 3121 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (inside the Wynn), 248-3463

Allow me to save you some trouble. You can go almost anywhere and drop a few bucks for an utterly unsatisfying dim sum lunch, or you can go to Wazuzu, spend a bit more, and experience the best versions of these Chinese classics Vegas has to offer. Chef Jet Tila’s got all your favorites: pork and shrimp shu mai, prawn-filled har gow and juicy pork stuffed potstickers and cha siu bao. (BR)

Payard's acclaimed roasted chicken. And that's just the first course.

Project Dinner Table

Payard Bistro 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (inside Caesars Palace), 731-7292, payard.com

Various locations projectdinnertable.com Project Dinner Table is like a do-gooder foodie flash mob, its signature long white table popping up everywhere from Gilcrease Orchard to Town Square to the World Market Center. The event hits all the high notes of hip philanthropy: Locavore-friendly fine food by top-tier chefs, settings that celebrate a sense of place, good conversation with strangers as awesome as you are, and a portion of the proceeds going to local charity. Tickets are $140, but trust us — that’s less a price than an investment. The next Project Dinner Table takes place Sept. 10 downtown near the El Cortez. (AK)

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I wouldn’t call an amazing three-course French bistro dinner a bank-breaker at $42, especially on the Strip. Incredibly, that’s the deal at Payard, already the home of one of our favorite lunch offers. Dinner’s even better, including an inspiring cheese souffle, roasted chicken with lemon jus, or a lightsout filet au poivre. Of course, dessert’s always the best course at Payard, and it’s part of the deal, so save room. (BR)

Dealicious meals

Bally’s Sterling Brunch 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 862-5138, ballyslasvegas.com Every Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., the Steakhouse at Bally’s is transmogrified into a lavish banquet where diners at the Sterling Brunch ($85) nosh buffetstyle on lobster tail, rack of lamb, filet mignon, caviar, fresh sushi, Alaskan king crab and prime rib. Carving and omelet stations are joined by a flambé station where a chef will set fire to anything you like. Mimosas, bloody marys and champagne flow like water. This is classic swank; at 27, the Sterling Brunch is older than most Strip hotels, and Maître d’ Ilario Pesco runs the room with old-world hospitality. Wear your Sunday best and, yes, reservations are required. (JH)

Desert Companion - July 2011  

Your guide to living in Southern Nevada.

Desert Companion - July 2011  

Your guide to living in Southern Nevada.