Las Vegas off the Strip

Where to Eat in Las Vegas Off the Strip

In Food Guides, Restaurants, West by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch20 Comments

Sound the alarms! The Las Vegas food and drink scene is thriving Off the Strip.

The food scene is thriving in Las Vegas off the Strip. Here are 15 great places to eat and drink that don't involve valet parking and slot machines.

Daryl enjoys a pour over coffee at Sambalatte. las vegas off the strip

Las Vegas has evolved, and there are plenty of great places to eat and drink that don’t involve valet parking and slot machines. You can find these restaurants and bars in various neighborhoods in Las Vegas off the strip like Downtown Las Vegas, Spring Mountain (Vegas’ formidable Chinatown), Henderson and Summerlin.

Where to Eat in Las Vegas Off the Strip

Here are 15 spots that are worth a rental car or Uber ride during your next visit to Sin City.

1. Lotus of Siam

Lotus of Siam serves authentic Thai food that is the next best thing to dining in Thailand. Highlights of the menu include Thom Kah Kai Soup (top left), Nam Prik Ong - Red Chili Dip (top right), Kang Hung Lau - Pork Stew with Curry (bottom left) and Garlic Prawns (bottom right). las vegas off the strip

Lotus of Siam serves authentic Thai food that is the next best thing to dining in Thailand. Highlights of the menu include Thom Kah Kai Soup (top left), Nam Prik Ong – Red Chili Dip (top right), Kang Hung Lau – Pork Stew with Curry (bottom left) and Garlic Prawns (bottom right).

Lotus of Siam is far from a hidden gem, but it’s still worth a visit to this strip mall restaurant for authentic Northern Thai food and stellar wines. The menu reads like a book, and dishes can be ordered on a heat scale from zero (mild) to 10 (Thai hot). It can be tough to score a dinner reservation, but you can walk in for lunch and enjoy a leisurely meal. The restaurant’s coconut soup, beef larb and curry infused pork stew transported us to the streets of Chang Mai without a 18-hour plane ride.

Lotus of Siam is located at 953 East Sahara Avenue Suite A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104, United States.

2. Fat Choy

When you visit Fat Choy, come for the bao but stay for the burgers. Pictured above is the Fat Choy Burger has angus beef, short rib, bacon, a fried egg and roasted tomato. las vegas off the strip

When you visit Fat Choy, come for the bao but stay for the burgers. Pictured above is the Fat Choy Burger which has angus beef, short rib, bacon, a fried egg and roasted tomato.

Las vegas may be the only city in America where you can start your meal with a lucious pork belly bun and a hearty plate of fried rice and end it with a killer pub style burger cooked to order.  Originally a food truck and now located in the Eureka Casino, Fat Choy serves an eclectic menu of modern Asian and American foods like pork belly bao, short rib grilled cheese and burgers. Don’t let the run-down, smoky casino deter you from eating at this casual joint with an old school Vegas vibe.

Fat Choy is located at 595 E Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89104, United States.

3. David Clawson Restaurant

David Clawson Restaurant is serving a comprehensive menu with items like the seasonal tomato and mozzarella salad that we enjoyed during our dinner. las vegas off the strip

Seasonal Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

David Clawson Restaurant in South Henderson may not be on the tourist radar, but it’s a favorite of in-the-know locals who want their chef-driven meals without big ticket prices. As for us, we dug the selection of sharable small plates, each of which has a suggested wine pairing on the back of the menu.

David Clawson Restaurant is permanently closed for business.

4. Big Wong

The Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings at the no-frills Big Wong are perfectly seasoned and served with sliced peppers for an extra kick. las vegas off the strip

The Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings at the no-frills Big Wong are perfectly seasoned and served with sliced peppers for an extra kick.

You can tour Asia at the ultra cheap Big Wong located at popular Seoul Plaza. Specialties include savory Indian roti pancakes, Japanese chicken curry and Cantonese salt & pepper chicken wings.

Big Wong is located at 5040 Spring Mountain Road #6, Las Vegas, NV 89146, United States.

5. Frankie’s Tiki Room

With fruity drinks like the Fink Bomb and The Sea Hag (both featured above), Frankie's Tiki Room is an oasis not far from the big casinos. las vegas off the strip

With fruity drinks like the Fink Bomb and The Sea Hag (both featured above), Frankie’s Tiki Room is an oasis not far from the big casinos.

Kitschy Frankie’s Tiki Room fully embraces the tiki culture and is a perfect spot to enjoy a fruity cocktail or two away from the casino lounges. The stand-alone bar is decorated circa Gilligan’s Island with knock-you-silly drinks like Mai Tais, and, in our case, the Fink Bomb and Sea Hag, all under $10.

Frankie’s Tiki Room is located at 1712 W Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89102, United States.

6. Carson Kitchen

Chef Kerry Simon has established a destination restaurant with his Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. The modern gastropub is serving twists on standard dishes like the gyro tacos pictured above. las vegas off the strip

Chef Kerry Simon has established a destination restaurant with his Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. The modern gastropub is serving twists on standard dishes like the gyro tacos pictured above.

Stylish and sleek, Chef Kerry Simon’s Carson Kitchen is proof of Downtown Las Vegas continuing renaissance. Dishes like gyro tacos and and bacon jam baked brie are meant to be shared. Be sure to get an order of the crispy chicken skins with smoked honey – the basket of fried goodness will make you wonder why this dish isn’t on more menus across the country.

Carson Kitchen is located at 124 S 6th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, United States.

7. Atomic Liquors

Although Atomic Liquors is the oldest free-standing bar in Las Vegas, the bar has a modern feel that is quintessentially Las Vegas. las vegas off the strip

Although Atomic Liquors is the oldest free-standing bar in Las Vegas, the bar has a modern feel that is quintessentially Las Vegas.

After eating at Carson Kitchen, it’s a no brainer to grab a drink at nearby Atomic Liquors. Craft beers flow at this iconic Las Vegas bar, and the people watching provides a fascinating snapshot of the non-touristy side of Las Vegas. Belly up to the bar, place some coins in the jukebox and breath in the air of hipness with a taste of nostalgia on the side.

Atomic Liquors is located at 917 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

8. Island Sushi and Grill

The generous portion of poke at Island Sushi and Grill is buttery fresh. If you close your eyes, eating this dish is almost like being in Hawaii but without the waves. las vegas off the strip

The generous portion of poke at Island Sushi and Grill is buttery fresh. If you close your eyes, eating this dish is almost like being in Hawaii but without the waves.

Las Vegas is nicknamed the ninth island due to its popularity among Hawaiians, many of whom have relocated to this land-locked city. Island Sushi and Grill is fun spot to enjoy fresh sushi and eat like you’re back in Hawaii. Yes, this means that you can get some spam fried eggs to eat with your chunky tuna poke. All meals at Island Sushi should end with a malasada or two since there’s no better way to end a sushi meal than with doughy Portuguese donuts.

Island Sushi and Grill is located at 9400 S Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89123, United States.

9. In-N-Out Burger

Sometimes you just need a greasy burger, and there's no better place satisfy your craving than In-N-Out Burger. The tray above is topped with two double-double burgers and one order of fries, which is plenty of food for two. las vegas off the strip

Sometimes you just need a greasy burger, and there’s no better place satisfy your craving than In-N-Out Burger. The red tray above is topped with two double-double burgers and one order of fries, which is plenty of food for two.

A trip to any western U.S. city would be incomplete without a stop at In-N-Out Burger. This west coast chain with a devoted cult following serves burgers, fries and not much else. We are partial to the double-double burger that comes with two patties and a slice of cheese. To make the burger even better, we usually order it “animal style” off of the secret menu. Animal style burgers are cooked in mustard and served with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions and extra spread. As a bonus, dinner for two is well under twenty bucks.

In-N-Out Burger has multiple locations in Las Vegas.

10. Gelato Messina

The Pannacotta with Fig Jam and Amaretti Biscuit gelato at Gelato Messina was sophisticated and unique enough to make us happy while approachable enough to tickle the taste buds of our toddler nephew. las vegas off the strip

The Pannacotta with Fig Jam and Amaretti Biscuit gelato at Gelato Messina was sophisticated and unique enough to make us happy while approachable enough to tickle the taste buds of our toddler nephew.

With nine locations in Australia, Gelato Messina is serving up 40 rotating flavors of gelato in Downtown Summerlin. The gelato is made with traditional Italian methods and modern flavor combinations. If gelato isn’t your thing, the fun menu includes an assortment of sorbets, coffee drinks and fanciful cakes. As for us, we were highly impressed by gelato that rivals some of the best we’ve eaten in Italy.

Gelato Messina is located at 2010 Festival Plaza Drive #130, Las Vegas, NV 89135, United States.

11. Monta Ramen

The ramen at Monta Ramen tastes like bowls we slurped in Tokyo. Did we like it? Let's just say that we ate there twice in one week. las vegas off the strip

The ramen at Monta Ramen tastes like bowls we slurped in Tokyo. Did we like it? Let’s just say that we ate there twice in one week.

Monta Ramen is a hole-in-the wall ramen shop located in a strip mall located two miles from the Strip and 5,528 miles from Tokyo. Slurping down the funky miso ramen broth with firm noodles and savory chashu pork reminded us of our meals on Ramen Street in Tokyo Station, and that’s saying a lot. If you like your soup spicy, be sure to order the ramen with fiery chili paste.

Monta Ramen has three locations. The original restaurant is  located at 5030 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146, United States.

12. Sambalatte

Whenever we're in Las Vegas, Sambalatte is our go-to coffee shop. Their pour over coffee is potent and flavorful. las vegas off the strip

Whenever we’re in Las Vegas, Sambalatte is our go-to coffee shop. Their pour over coffee is potent and flavorful.

Local chain Sambalatte serves coffee that’s good enough for third wave coffee snobs like us. The menu features a full range of drinks and desserts, with cutting edge brews made using the Steampunk system – a kind of super automated variation of a French Press. Sambalatte also offers old-fashioned drip coffee and espresso drinks. Not only do the steampunk brews taste awesome, but it’s also fun to watch them be brewed.

Sambalatte has three locations, each of which is listed on the website.

13. Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Located in a Henderson office park, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory provides a self-guided tour that educates visitors on the history of the company as well as the process of making chocolate treats. las vegas off the strip

Located in a Henderson office park, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory provides a self-guided tour that educates visitors on the history of the company as well as the process of making chocolate treats.

Forrest Mars retired from M&M Mars and moved to Las Vegas in the 1970s. Retirement soon bored him, and he began production at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in 1981. Today, visitors can enjoy a free self-guided tour of the operating factory and see where the chocolate magic happens. The tour ends sweetly with a complimentary chocolate sample. As a bonus, the factory has a store that sells a wide variety of chocolate products plus a cactus garden.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory is located at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014, United States.

14. JinJu Chocolates

The JinJu Chocolate shop is hidden on the second floor of the Downtown Container Park. Their truffles and caramels satisfy a more sophisticated palette compared to standard chocolates. las vegas off the strip

The JinJu Chocolate shop is hidden on the second floor of the Downtown Container Park. Their truffles and caramels satisfy a more sophisticated palette compared to standard bonbons.

It’s worth a trip to Downtown Las Vegas just for the delectable handcrafted truffles at JinJu Chocolates. Interestingly, Jin Caldwell was the Master Chocolatier at Ethel M before she branched out on her own. This boutique may be small, but the flavors like Figs & Red Wine and Sea Salt Caramel are bold and bright.

JinJu Chocolates is located at 707 Fremont St #2280, Las Vegas, NV 89101, United States.

15. Raku

Each course at Raku is a revelation like the grilled duck shown above. Order a bottle of saki and enjoy the savory ride. las vegas off the strip


Each course at Raku is a revelation like the grilled duck shown above. Order a bottle of sake and enjoy the savory ride.

Raku is an extraordinary restaurant just a few doors down from Big Wong and Monta Ramen. Advance reservations are a must, but it’s well worth the effort to get the chance to splurge on an omakase meal straight out of Japan. Each dish is a winner from the house made tofu to the melt-in-your-mouth sashimi to the gooey beef tendon to the duck skewers. Skip dessert and instead end the meal at Sweets Raku located in the very same strip mall.

Raku is located at 5030 W Spring Mountain Rd #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146, United States.

Special thanks to Louis, Antonia and Harrison Hirsch for their spot-on suggestions and entertaining companionship during our culinary tour of Las Vegas off the Strip.


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Comments

  1. Wow, thanks for the seriously mouth-watering read! I have never been to America (it’s on the list for next year!) but I’m saving this post for when I finally get there!
    Your pictures are great too, really vibrant and clear. I think first stop will be Lotus Siam! Or to Big Wong for those salt and pepper wings! I’m not about to click through the rest of your site to find more delicious food reads 😀 THANK YOU xx
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  2. Wow everything looks really delicious. I would like to try Fat Choy and see how modern Asian food are interpreted in Las Vegas. The sushi in Island Sushi and Grill really looks fresh and stunning. I hope that you can also recommend buffet restaurants.

  3. I am in the process of rescheduling my Vegas trip and this is perfect! One of the main reasons I want to go back is to sample the different foods. This definitely gives me some great ideas on where to go and what to eat <3

  4. If you are going to push In n Out, then get it right…Double Double, not Double Double burger. And burgers and fries are the ONLY thing on the menu….lest they devalue the burger by offering anything else.

  5. I totally agree that the ‘rest of LV’ regularly gets the shaft. But like many travelers there, I went for work, was relegated to the Strip for nearly the entire time and could barely get away from the fluorescent lights! In your list the tacos and gelato look particularly intriguing – I love authentic versions of both which can be tough to find anywhere.
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  6. We go to Vegas each year and we are always looking for new places to eat and drink. Going off the strip is especially fun to explore! These are some great recommendations for us, I certainly will be hitting up a few of these spots next year on our trip!
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  7. I haven’t been to Vegas in YEARS. I always go off the strip to visit and I think it is something everyone who goes to Vegas must do. This is a great list of places to eat and drink off the Vegas Strip for sure! Thanks so much for this awesome list! I will be sure to revisit this when we go for our next trip.
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  8. So I just finished eating the biggest meal for dinner tonight and rolled my bloated ass over to read some blogs and then I came across this and it’s as if I didn’t eat anything. Like, ever… My mouth is watering. I’m bookmarking this page for when I make my next food-centred trip to Las Vegas! Omg yum.

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  9. I went to Vegas on Memorial day weekend this year. My awesome, soon-to-be husband planned our trip. We made it to Raku and it was awesome. He heard about it from one of Anthony Bourdain’s shows. OMG, it was such a great place to go. I still think about the house made tofu we had and want to find out how to make the spicy garlicky bits that were served on top of it. We tried to go to In-N-Out burger on our way to the airport but it was a 45 minute wait to order. Sadly I’ll have to wait for that burger…

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      There’s just something about an “animal style” burger. Maybe you should give it one more try.

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