Playing in the 2015 World Series of Poker? Then there’s a good chance you’re going to be very hungry, especially after a grinding session in any of the dozens and dozens of tournaments that are part of the 2015 WSOP schedule.
If you’ve never played in a live tournament, take our word for it. It’s tough and you will get hungry. Yes, you’ll have frequent breaks after a set number of levels. But for the most part, these breaks are reserved for a quick trip to the restroom. If you’re lucky, you’ll have just enough time to find a Starbucks and grab a Venti 3-pump no whip skim milk vanilla Frappuccino (admit it, you love it).
But what if you actually want a quick meal? While there are some decent choices at the Rio, it can get repetitive. And if you’re cleaning up playing in the World Series of Poker, you could end up spending a lot of time in Las Vegas, particularly if you play in the Main Event.
Whether you need a meal during the dinner break or a late night meal after a long evening of poker, here’s our picks for the top places to eat near the Rio in Las Vegas.
Carnival World Buffet
Admittedly, this is not our favorite Las Vegas buffet, but when you’re starving and you can’t figure out what to eat, Carnival is definitely a great choice. Since it’s located right at the Rio, you don’t have to worry about cabbing it anywhere (remember, the Rio is actually slightly off the strip). And with 300 selections, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something you like.
Located at Bellagio, Prime Steakhouse is fairly close to the Rio. You can get there in less than 2 minutes by cab, though walking could take you 20 minutes, depending on where in the Rio you are. The dark, royal décor and comfortable chairs are a nice change from the chaos and back pain-inducing chairs found at the Rio.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
If you’re a fan of Hell’s Kitchen or any of Gordon Ramsay’s TV shows about food, check out Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. This is way better than any regular pub or bar food you might be used to in the US or UK. Gordon Ramsay puts a great spin on traditional pub food, so it’s well worth the visit. Plus, the British-style phone booths will make you feel like you’re in the UK. It’s like taking a vacation from Vegas while in Vegas.
Again, these are our picks for restaurants that are in fairly close proximity to the Rio. Of course, you’ll find many more casual choices and fast food like Burger King or Starbucks near the Rio. And you’ll also find even more upscale choices within spitting distance of the Rio (assuming you’re driving of course).
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