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Sound the alarms! The Las Vegas food and drink scene is thriving Off the Strip. Check out our favorite Las Vegas restaurants away from the casinos and crowds.
Las Vegas has evolved into a culinary destination with a variety of great places to eat and drink that don’t involve buffets, valet parking or slot machines. In fact, you can find top Las Vegas restaurants and bars in various neighborhoods off the strip including Downtown Las Vegas, Spring Mountain (Vegas’ formidable Chinatown), Henderson and Summerlin.
Many of the better off-strip restaurants don’t have large rooms or fancy decor. Pedigreed chefs are creating their own footprints in the city in stripped-down spaces and without fanfare. Look closely in Las Vegas and you’ll find excellent food in intimate settings, many with well under 100 seats.
Since we have family in the area, we visit the city often but rarely go to the Las Vegas strip except for an occasional meal. What can we say – we’re not big gamblers. Instead, we spend our time in different neighborhoods, eating at some of the best Vegas restaurants off the strip where the locals eat.
Not surprisingly, many of these locals work in the hospitality business and many come from Asia. This eclectic workforce results in a wide variety of food options at every price point. The key isn’t finding places to eat off the strip; rather, it’s knowing where to find the best food.
Las Vegas Food Guide – Off the Strip
Read on to discover several Las Vegas restaurants off the strip that are worth a rental car or Uber ride during your next visit to Sin City. We also include spots for dessert and drinks.
Las Vegas is famous for its plethora of celebrity chef-driven restaurants on the strip. These esteemed restaurants attract visitors with uncapped expense accounts and big vacation budgets, but savvy travelers know that some of the best Las Vegas food is found off the strip. These are our favorites places to eat in Las Vegas:
The Black Sheep
Chef Jamie Tran honed her skills at Aureole and DB Brasserie before opening The Black Sheep away from the strip. Standout dishes at the modern Vietnamese-American restaurant include pork sausage bao sliders with fried quail egg and crispy shallots and grass fed ribeye with crispy artichokes and Peruvian purple mashed potatoes. However, don’t discount the tacos with salmon skin and salmon belly tartare based on the sheer creativity of the ingredients – plus they flat out taste good.
Open since early 2017 in a small space with 50 seats, the award-winning restaurant serves dinner only. Drink options include beer, wine and cocktails like the restaurant’s Black Manhattan and Vietnamese Coffee Martini.
The Black Sheep is located at 8680 W Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas, NV 89148, USA.
Flock & Fowl
Located in The Ogden, Flock & Fowl serves authentic chicken rice as well as a menu filled with kick-ass wings and other comfort food favorites. We ‘flocked’ to the restaurant after hearing that Chef Sheridan Su of Fat Choy (see below) had opened the restaurant.
Sure, we enjoyed the aforementioned wings and the loaded sandwich pictured above. But it was the Hainanese chicken rice that took us straight back to Asia without a connection or delay.
Flock & Fowl’s downtown location is open for dinner nightly as well as for brunch on weekends. We didn’t find the restaurant busy during our weekend afternoon visit, but a 2018 James Beard nomination will likely attract more tourists and culinary travelers.
Flock & Fowl is located at 150 N Las Vegas Boulevard #100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA.
Sparrow + Wolf
Spring Mountain Road is filled with Asian eateries, but the demographics are changing with the arrival of restaurants like Sparrow + Wolf. Chef Brian Howard brings a wealth of experience from his tenure at Comme Ca, but Sparrow + Wolf is a hipper and bolder incarnation.
What makes Sparrow + Wolf unique is an innovative menu featuring bold ingredients. If you love uni, you’ll be in sea urchin heaven – the menu features two different uni starters including the uni melt pictured above.
Sparrow + Wolf is located at 4480 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
Raku is an extraordinary restaurant just a few doors down from Big Wong and Monta Ramen (see both below) in a nondescript strip mall in Las Vegas’ Chinatown. 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. Without a doubt, Raku is not only one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas off the strip but also one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas.
Raku is located at 5030 W Spring Mountain Rd #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146, USA.
In many cities, strip mall restaurants are to be avoided. Las Vegas is not one of those cities.
Located off the strip but in a strip mall, the family-friendly CRAFTkitchen serves a range of hearty food like the chicken sandwich pictured above as well as healthy food options fit for vegans, vegetarians and diners with allergies. Hungry for dessert? CRAFTkitchen tempts diners with a counter filled with flaky pastries and jumbo macarons.
CRAFTkitchen is located at 10940 S Eastern Avenue, Suite 107, Henderson, NV 89052, USA.
Helmed by Chef Javier Chavez, the team at Kitchen Table exclusively serves breakfast and lunch at the laid-back Henderson restaurant. Diners can order simple fare like pancakes and waffles, but the more adventurous will want to ramp their dishes up with a seared foie gras topping. Lunch options include monte cristos, chopped salad and burgers.
Kitchen Table is located at 1716 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy #100, Henderson, NV 89012, USA.
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 a 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. The only thing missing is the sweet sound of ukelele music, but that can probably be arranged too.
Island Sushi and Grill is located at 9400 S Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89123, USA.
Helmed by a culinary team led by accomplished Chef Yuri Szarzewski, Partage is an oasis for French enthusiasts who crave wine and food available in cities like Paris, Lyon and Strasbourg. This fine dining establishment is located in Chinatown right near Sparrow + Wolf (see above).
Though Partage offers multi-course meals and tasting menus, casual diners can order small plates and drinks at the bar. These small plates aren’t typical bar food. Instead, Partage serves dishes like oxtail croque monsieurs and ratatouille stuffed squashed blossoms.
Partage is located at 3839 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA.
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).
Though it can be tough to score a dinner reservation, you can likely 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 an 18-hour plane ride.
Lotus of Siam is located at620 E Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA.
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, USA.
Las Vegas may be the only city in America where you can start your meal with a luscious 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, USA.
You can tour Asia at the ultra cheap Big Wong restaurant located at popular Seoul Plaza. Specialties include savory Indian roti pancakes, Japanese chicken curry and Cantonese salt & pepper chicken wings. If you’re on a budget, Big Wong is a great Cheap Eats Las Vegas dining option.
Big Wong is located at 5040 Spring Mountain Road #6, Las Vegas, NV 89146, USA.
Stylish and sleek, the late Chef Kerry Simon’s Carson Kitchen is proof of Downtown Las Vegas continuing renaissance. Dishes like gyro tacos 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, USA.
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.
Las Vegas is a city that does things big and desserts are no exception to this rule. Here are some great spots to satisfy your sweet tooth:
We were faced with a dilemma after Messina, our favorite Las Vegas gelato shop closed. That’s when we found Cream to satisfy our ice cream cravings.
In addition to traditional ice cream cones and cups, Cream lets customers design their own ice cream sandwiches. The choices are vast but let’s face it – there are no bad choices at Cream considering options like cookies, brownies, sprinkles and candy.
Cream has two Las Vegas locations in Henderson and Summerlin. We liked the location at 10271 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 115, Henderson, Nevada 89052, USA.
Doughnuts may be easy to find in Las Vegas, but savvy travelers will travel to PinkBox, a local chain open on a 24/7 basis, for the best doughnuts in town. Popular flavors include The Fat Elvis, Maple Bacon Bar, Campfire S’mores and Pink Snowball. After tasting several flavors as part of our thorough research, we agree that there are no bad choices to be made when ordering at PinkBox.
PinkBox Doughnuts has three locations in Henderson, Summerlin and on the Strip.
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, USA.
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, USA.
There is no need to be thirsty in Las Vegas considering the large number of bars and coffee shops in the city. These are our favorite spots to whet our whistles:
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, USA.
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 that feels like a million miles from the flashy Las Vegas nightclubs on the strip. Belly up to the bar, place some coins in the jukebox and breathe 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.
Designed for the people, PublicUs has a vibe that one would expect to find in Melbourne or Cape Town. Although this modern cafe is located in downtown Las Vegas, there’s nothing gritty about PublicUs including a contemporary decor and friendly staff. Most importantly, the coffee does not disappoint.
Popular with locals and fellow business owners like the team at nearby Flock & Fowl, PublicUs serves a wide selection of drinks and cafe fare. As a bonus, customers seeking a quiet spot to chill or work can set up shop in the cafe’s zen side room.
PublicUs is located at 1126 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA.
Mothership Coffee Roasters
Attention ground control – the people of Las Vegas don’t have to drink caffeinated swill. Cafes like Mothership are roasting and serving third wave coffee that will satisfy coffee connoisseurs like the 2foodtrippers.
Mothership’s menu includes typical coffee drinks like cappuccinos and cold brews, but the generously sized drip coffee is the true bargain here. With the addition of homemade pastries and scones, there’s no need to eat breakfast at your Airbnb or Las Vegas hotel room.
Mothership Coffee Roasters is located at Green Valley Plaza, 2708 N Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV 89014, USA.
Local chain Sambalatte is another option for visiting third wave coffee snobs in Las Vegas. 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 the baristas brew them.
Sambalatte has three locations, each of which is listed on their website.
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Special thanks to Louis, Antonia, Harrison and Bennett Hirsch for their spot-on suggestions and entertaining companionship during our culinary tours of Las Vegas off the strip.
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