How could I leave you off without a visit to the fountains at the Belliagio? It really overdoes it- the lights, the music, the thunderous jets of water. I love it.
I like the bizarre hidden spots in the big hotels. Obviously, in the Flamingo, there is a Flamingo Garden. It's a bit dilapidated and it smells like a water-bird enclosure might.
And yes, like every other person from New York to come through here, we went to Rao's.
It was overpriced, good but not great. Kind of a letdown. At least I went to Rao's once in my life though! There were quite a few restaurants that were New York mainstays, but we managed to find a few good places. The Cosmopolitan Hotel has quite a few. As much as my travel companion wanted to, we didn't go to the Excalibur for their turkey legs and jousting. You can do that in New Jersey!
There was also a rockabilly convention going on while we were there, and there were lots of good greased pompadours and sweet vintage cars to check out. The vintage clothing marketplace was amazing. I have pictures somewhere. I have to go deal with customs forms and pain and suffering now, but maybe I'll dig them up later.