Even CEOs Need to Eat at CES

LAS VEGAS (TheStreet) -- The world's largest consumer technology trade show, the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, arrives in Las Vegas this week with about 2,700 exhibitors and a loaded calendar of events.

Not only does it start off with a bang with a preshow keynote address by Steve Ballmer of Microsoft ( MSFT); it has an official party Friday night at one of the Strip's hottest night clubs, TAO, and an invitation-only Leaders in Technology dinner that includes a fireside chat with Netflix ( NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings and Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.

There's no doubt with all that's going on you'll need a game plan -- not only for figuring out the next great thing, but for the all-important client meetings. That's where TravelsinTaste comes in: We've compiled the best list for quick, business or fine dining to suit even the busiest CEO's needs.

Las Vegas has a wealth of dining options for people visiting this week for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

For a quiet place to have a power breakfast away from the hustle and bustle, look at MOzen Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental. A play on "Mandarin Oriental" and "Zen," the name is apt, given the restaurant's clean, crisp interior. Here you can start the day with the most important meal and a choice of a variety of eggs, pancakes, granola, fruits or the "Classic American Breakfast" -- two eggs, any style, served with mini Belgian waffles with a caramel-pecan cream, sausage and bacon, a choice of fresh juice and coffee or tea.

If you'd rather stick closer to the action, choose Bouchon at the Venetian ( LVS). It's in the same complex as the exhibition halls, but reservations are not taken for breakfast, so make sure to get there early to dine on Thomas Keller's Sourdough Waffles with Tahitian vanilla bean butter or Steak and Eggs including Nueske Farms ham steak, two eggs any style, Lyonnaise potatoes and toast.

You may be too busy for lunch, but if it's just a matter of being unable to tear yourself (or potential clients) away, Bistro CES -- the show's in-house eatery -- is for you. Here you can make full-day reservations for tables for four or 10 before the show, allowing you to meet and network while eating! The reservation gives you access to the buffet with soups, salads and pasta, among other tasty delights.

It would be a shame, though, to miss out on all the fine dining Vegas has to offer. So if you need to take a break from the show and want to grab some authentic Asian cuisine, Wazuzuat Wynn's Encore ( WYNN) is the place for you -- here you can try executive chef Jet Tila's famous Drunken Noodles or splurge on his Live Lobster with black bean sauce, ginger and scallions, either garlic-crusted or in Singapore curry.

If it's a casual seafood lunch you desire, Rick Moonen, a finalist on Bravo's ( GE) Top Chef Masters, runs rm Seafood and offers the perfect lunch option: raw bar, sushi bar or one of his Catfish Sloppy Joes with sliced pickles, potato chips, peppers and onions. The best part is you're helping the environment without even knowing it by eating delicious sustainable seafood.

When the day is done, the exhibition hall is closed and you're looking for a leisurely night over some fine food (and even finer wine), you can impress your guests with your knowledge of fine French food and the best view of the strip at miX at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay ( MGM). Here world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse's classics arrive straight from Paris and Monte Carlo and go directly to your plate! You can feast on such items as Sauteed King Prawns with crunchy marinated vegetables and coral vinaigrette or Filet Mignon Rossini with foie gras and black truffle.

If after swimming with the sharks all you desire is beef, though, Wolfgang Puck's CUT tops the list with its 100% Australian, 100% Wagyu beef from David Blackmore Ranch, Victoria Falls, Australia, steaks from Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Washington and Idaho or a Tasting of New York Sirloin. And if you want beef and have a client whose conversational skills are minimal at best, SWITCH Steak at Encore is perfect. The decor literally changes every 30 minutes through mechanisms controlling the tiles, walls and chandeliers, so even the shyest client will have something to say. -- Written by TravelsinTaste.

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