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A bucket-list visit to the Golden Steer

Tableside Caesar, anyone?
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The Steak House at Circus Circus, long known as one of the best classic steakhouses in the city, had a two-hour wait on the Tuesday night when hunger struck. But disappointment quickly turned to excitement when the Golden Steer Steakhouse was suggested.

The Steer proves the best kind of steakhouse is old-school. Its list of past patrons includes the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. The booths are leather, the music is soft and the employees are fully clothed and knowledgeable. (Be prepared: Despite its free-standing location, the prices are on par with Strip casinos.)

Nonetheless, the service was friendly, the savory Caesar salad was prepared tableside—always a nice touch—and the prime rib was thick, juicy and delicious. The twice-baked potato was a simple standout, and our recommended Shiraz was the perfect complement to a decadent weeknight meal.

The end of dinner marked a memorable moment: The adjoining booth was the Andretti table, adorned by a portrait of Mario Andretti. Dining there was the 73-year-old racing legend himself. Only in Vegas, only at the Golden Steer.

Golden Steer 308 W. Sahara Ave., 384-4470. Daily, 4:30-10:30 p.m.

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