8 Downtown Eateries to Sate Your Taste for Something Unique
It may have been a slow evolution of elevating Fremont St., but there can be no denying that now it is just as exhilarating and diverse as the strip. This includes the food fare, as tasted through a number of restaurants exclusive to downtown Vegas:
Carson Kitchen – Occupying the spot where the John E. Carson Hotel used to stand, Carson Kitchen relies on flavor over hype to keep their customers coming back. Run by Vegas’ own celebrity chef Kerry Simon, this is a neighborhood style restaurant that takes full advantage of local fare to experiment with different combinations of favorites. Like with our favorite, short rib sliders, that are enhanced by a glaze made from root beer.
Eat – Dubbed as the Downtown Breakfast & Lunch Joint, Eat is a home style restaurant to satisfy your cravings for momma’s food. The menu is a mix of traditional breakfast and lunch fare, with sweet and spicy touches thrown in to keep things interesting. Our favorite was eggs for lunch, with turkey jalapeno mango sausage, tortilla chips and spicy chile.
Triple George – Voted a “Best Place to Power Lunch” in Vegas, the sophisticated Triple George Grill is a trip back to a finer time. Despite the upper crust feel, this downtown gem provides a casual warmth that perfectly complements the classic lunch and dinner. Bite into a juicy reuben sandwich for lunch, or stop by for dinner and dive into our favorite buttermilk sage fried chicken with a nice side of savory gravy.
Hugo Cellar – Hugo has been serving exquisite gourmet food in the cellar for over 20 years, and this Four Queens Hotel eatery is still a favorite. The atmosphere is pure romance, with a menu that features the finer foods. Think thick steaks and lobster tails smothered in butter. It’s hard to pick a favorite from a menu like this, but we would definitely like another round of the Raspberry Chicken.
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse – This award winning restaurant inside the Golden Nugget has something to please every palate. The red décor may seem a bit burlesque, but the steaks are succulent and the fish fresh from the sea. Plus the prices are reasonable, especially considering the high quality of each entrée. Yet our favorite here came from the appetizer menu’s roasted bacon (can never go wrong with bacon), which was pepper crusted and coated in a sweet bourbon maple syrup and root beer glaze.
Park on Fremont – Park on Fremont provides an ideal place to take a quick break from your downtown explorations. Nestle out back in a garden like setting or watch the rest of the tourists walk Fremont St. as you bite into your mac & cheese balls. Speaking of those, our favorite pick here were those and the fried pickles, which were served during happy hour.
Le Thai – The rich blend of flavor and color in each dish tells your palate that Le Thai is an authentic restaurant that puts a lot of love into its history. Every dish, from a bowl of steaming soup to a plate of spicy curry, is overflowing in the distinct flavors of the Asian continent. We were especially impressed by the Tom Kha, a coconut based soup with chicken, mushrooms and just the right splash of lemon.
Pizza Rock – Pizza Rock sates your lust for good pizza, whether it be the real Italian thing or the American take on it. They also offer a variety of other staples from the boot, including calzones and Stromboli, all made with local fresh ingredients. We went with pizza of course, but not before a bite of our favorite calamari fritti dipped into a flavorful marinara sauce.
Don’t let the chance escape to explore the culinary side of downtown Vegas. This part of the city has been reborn, and features an incredible array of restaurants whose creativity and mouth watering menus easily rival what you find uptown.