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Dine Like a President in Las Vegas Hot Spots

LAS VEGAS ( TheStreet) -- Ever wonder how it feels to dine like a president? Well, we all know anything is possible in Las Vegas. In honor of Presidents Day, TravelsinTaste has compiled a list of restaurants that have been popular with presidents past and present for you to add to your to-do list.

Executive Chef Barry S. Dakake of N9NE Steakhouse inside the Palms Casino Resort is no neophyte when it comes to preparing meals for presidents. The presidents keep coming back for his exceptional cuisine.

He's cooked four times for former President Bill Clinton and multiple times for President Barack Obama, whom he says has a hankering for his red velvet cupcakes. When Clinton gave his "Embracing our Common Humanity" speech Feb. 22, 2010, in The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, Dakake says he prepared tastings from almost his entire menu and delivered the feast to him. The dinner included organic lemon chicken, vegetables, sliced steak, Japanese organic tomato salad, rigatoni, creamed corn, skinny fries, those red velvet cupcakes and more.

Minus 5's Mount Rushmore replica is 8 to 10 feet tall and carved completely out of ice.

Previously, Clinton had dined at N9NE Steakhouse and signed Dakake's famous "Shakedown Door," which boasts the names of the country's top celebrities, politicians and sports figures, and a few baseballs. Dakake says he cut a deal with Clinton's security detail: If they'd arrange the meeting with the former president, he would introduce them to Vince Neil, the Motley Crue frontman, who was also dining at the restaurant that night.

During the Democratic primary, the Clintons stayed at the Bellagio but ordered a meal from N9NE that included steak, chicken, salmon, scallops, lobster papardelle, salads, sashimi, rock shrimp and some sides, Dakake says. The Clintons liked it so much they got another delivery later in their stay.

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