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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 with plenty 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.
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. We love trying new spots and finding good restaurants in Las Vegas when we visit, though we have our favorite places to eat in Las Vegas where we dine again and again.
2foodtrippers Food Guide – Las Vegas Off the Strip
Some of the top restaurants in Las Vegas are not located on the city’s world-famous strip. Here are 15 Las Vegas restaurants off the strip 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 an 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 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, United States.
3. Kitchen Table
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.
4. Big Wong
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, 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 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 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.
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 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, 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. PinkBox Doughnuts
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.
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 the baristas brew them.
Sambalatte has three locations, each of which is listed on their 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. 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, United States.
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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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