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