On 16 March, my wife, Bonnie, and I went on a Las Vegas vacation to meet other family members there for a get together, some of which we have not seen for over twelve years.
We flew Frontier Airlines both ways and I have to say it was a most excellent experience in flying and great for first time fliers such as my wife because of the communication between the pilots and crew to the passengers all through the flights. As customers, we felt very welcomed and treated as individuals they wanted to service again. We stayed at the Circus Circus Hotel for the duration of our stay as did most other family members we went there to meet.
After arriving at the airport and riding the subway style shuttle to the exit for city transportation we decided to take a shuttle bus to the hotel.
I have to say that any one who is scared of flying will find the plain trip tame to the aggressive driving skills of these shuttle drivers, but in a city such as Las Vegas this is both expected and required if you want to get to where you’re going in a decent time with the traffic there especially during March Madness when the town is packed.
When we arrived at the hotel, we met my sister-in-law Jayne and quickly checked in.
Our rooms were in the section of the hotel called the Manor Rooms, which were all right in appearance and comfort and supplied with a refrigerator, which became necessity hours later.
We all three of us were hungry for dinner and decided to try the Garden Grill inside the hotel since it was the only real restaurant open this late that wasn’t a fast food chain.
Jayne and Bonnie decided to share one of their monster-sized burgers and I had a double burger with various different cheeses.
The burgers were exceptional cooked just right, to where the meat was just well done but not dry and chewy. We noticed right away that the ground beef patties had to be organic because their flavor reminded us of burgers we ate when we were kids that had a satisfying taste of beef before all the added chemicals we have in meat today that destroys its natural flavor.
The waiter was busy but seemed to get us what we needed well within the realistic limits of time from a customer standpoint.
We talked for a long time catching up with life experiences we had during the many years we did not see each other.
When we got up to our room Jayne assured us she would get us coffee the next morning and bring it to us since she would more than likely be up before us.
Sure enough, there she was with our coffee. We were surprised because she bought a half-gallon size box of coffee at Crispy Cream. I did not even know they had such a size until now.
Jayne looks at me, saying to mention the excellent room service of that woman when I write the review.
This night was the first evening we had a chance to visit with Jayne and Lavone, Bonnie’s mother, so we decided on having dinner at the Garden Grill for their all you can eat prime rib dinner since the burgers were so good.
Once seated after a very short wait our waiter Luis was right on in getting us what we needed. We all had the prime rib dinner and ordered drinks. Jayne and I decided to try the strawberry margarita pitcher; Lavone ordered white zinfandel and Bonnie had a soft drink. Luis was fast with the drinks and before dinner salads. I had the Caesar salad dressing with my dinner salad because I love Caesar dressing made at the restaurant and not a commercial brand. We were not disappointed because the salad dressings were very good not having the over done vinegar in them as so many commercial brands do. My Caesar dressing was just right with the right amount of parmesan cheese and garlic. The bleu cheese was fabulous as was the ranch all made with just the right amount of ingredients and tasting marvelous.
Luis brought our dinner and the prime rib was cooked just as each of us ordered. The vegetables were a mixture of green beans steamed to perfection and not over cooked, as so many restaurants seem to do. Whipped potatoes were the starch rather than a baked potato and we were not disappointed because the texture was creamy and the flavor was fabulous with a slight mixture of seasonings and parsley for color.
Overall the experience was delightful and just what I would expect from an upper scale restaurant inside the Circus Circus Hotel.
If I were passing out stars one being lousy and five being excellent, I would rate the Garden Grill as four in overall excellence in food service and atmosphere. Just a great place to eat for families and adults.
After dinner, we played a few machines and retired to our rooms for tomorrow’s festivities.
It was St. Patrick’s Day and everyone was carrying around mugs of green beer. That night we—Jayne, her daughter Tiffany, her husband Sean, and my brother-in-law Dolan—all decided to go to Fremont Street and join in on the festivities there.
Jayne decided we all should take the bus there since it was so short a distance. The ride was great, not what one expects to experience on public transportation because the driver would identify every sight during the ride and the bus itself was modern and very clean.
When we got to Fremont Street, it was standing room only from one end of the Old Las Vegas to the other. We listened to Irish Bands scattered about the area and ducked into a few casinos to try our luck along the way. Few guys in a crowd in the Golden Nugget who yelled “I like your hair,” the other said, “Yeah, Jesus of Nazareth is here, right on,” approached me. I’m used to the people in places either mistaking me for some celebrity or commenting on my resemblance to Jesus, I better be I’ve been called Jesus enough by many fellow employees, people every where I go that I’m used to it by now, but I’ve always preferred long hair and a beard and just live with the comments. This brings me to remember a little girl who must have been about seven years old who began smiling and waving at me as she went by me at the hotel I must have resembled some rock star she admired because her … expressions were of being in La-La Land of actually seeing her favorite star.
St. Patrick’s Day on Fremont Street is definitely an experience I would recommend to any one considering a Vegas trip for fun. It was a total party atmosphere with all the costumes, beer, liquor, and music you could imagine. I was surprised to see the large number of fewer than twelve children in town.
The next day Bonnie and I decided to spend the day at the Circus Circus Sports Book and try our luck at thoroughbreds in Santa Anita and Golden Gate parks. It was fun and at times exciting I have not played horses since the 1970s so we were not familiar with any of the horses running.
The equestrian afternoon proved to be a break-even event for us as Bonnie’s wins just made up for my losses. The best part of the race day was that we both found a standout thoroughbred that will be something in the coming months and years in the name of Enlightened Lady.
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