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Dinner at the Longhorn

I know you must have thought I got swept away in all the Cali rain but I was just taking some time off the grid.  But I am back and want to share a little of that Vegas experience with you.
Most people who visit Las Vegas stay on the strip but as a regular visitor to Sin City, I usually stray a bit and try to take in the local flavor.  I have seen the Longhorn Casino for years and always wondered what it was like in there. When B and I stepped in, we were transported to old Vegas and perhaps to an alternate universe. There was the usual smokey haze that one can expect in Vegas casino but this seemed like a real "smokey haze" like we had crossed over to a parallel universe.  If you have ever read Jorge Luis Borges' Ficciones , you know exactly what I mean.
 Now, I am not exactly recommending this lovely establishment as a must see but I am recommending stepping out of your comfort zone and doing things that you normally wouldn't do.  We didn't enjoy the Chicken Fried Steak special but for about 4.99 each we had the steak.  No, it was not the best steak we ever had, but we definitely will remember this meal and all the silliness that was going on in this place.  The Longhorn is a bit of a time warp and it was a fun experience because we just went with it, we had no expectations, we just wanted to eat for cheap and see what up in there, ya know!  You might describe it as a "dive" casino but everyone in there was having a hoot, yes dolls, a hoot and that's all that matters, right?

What about you?  Have you ever felt like you entered an alternate universe?


Style Odyssey said...

that does look like a place that time forgot! ;)
yes, i felt i entered an alternate universe once, when i visited the caribbean island of saba...so un-typically caribbean! what a strange and wonderful little island, with equally strange and wonderful people.

anita said...

this reminded me of the old golden gate hotel/casino...the last place on freemont street (old vegas)

it was old timey, cozy, authentic with cheap meal prices, and looked like everyones grandparents in there gambling...as well as the off the clock workers of the area...dirty cooks, glitter gulch girls, n folks for whom time forgot. know JUST what you mean :)

Candi said...

Why does this place remind me of Reno, the littlest big city in the world ;) I love your photos! It sounds like a great time, I'll definitely have to check it out when I one day get to Vegas :)

Hope you had a Merry Christmas xoxo Happy New Year!

swile67 said...

i've been off the grid for a bit and am now getting back on! wishing you a happy new year and all good things in 2011!

Cindy Whitehead said...

I love that you tried it - an adventure is what life is all about right? If we always stayed in perfect places there woudl be no surprises! (-: