How and Where to Eat Like a Local in Vegas
The big names and even bigger menus under the biggest neon lights definitely have their place in Vegas and are well worth shelling out more than a few bucks for those “I was there” props. But in the last year or so, a few new places have gone with the discreet and simple approach to great food in Vegas with raving success. These local joints have a lot of heart, and put their soul into every dish.
Blind Pig – The Blind Pig may have lost his way and ended up behind the strip, but it is definitely a trip worth taking if you want mouth watering hearty food and crafted cocktails. Found right outside the Panorama Towers on Dean Martin Dr., The Blind Pig blindly takes you on a hodge-podge journey around the world. Breakfast is a trip to Greece on a big fat wrap, lunch is a chicken quesadilla south of the border and your late night snack is a pizza from NYC’s Bleecker St. Stop by for a quick dinner and stick around for a signature cocktail. Just don’t forget to pop your head in to the Vegaster base camp - happily located right next door- and say what’s up.
Lucky Foo’s – Another new restaurant far away from the neon lights and big name chefs, Lucky Foo’s is Asian Fusion with flavorful flair. You’ll need a cab to get to this South Eastern Ave. locale, but the Asian-Mexican blend of menu items will make it well worth the fare. The menu doesn’t make much sense – kurobuta sausage wrapped in a potato chip? – until it hits your mouth, and your taste buds get blown away by the crazy combinations. This is the type of restaurant you can visit time and again, and be pleasantly surprised each time.
Vegaster Tip – Drop by on a Tuesday for Tequila and Tacos – That’s a combo that sounds as good as it tastes.
Pot Liquor CAS – Before the die-hard partier gets the wrong idea, the pot is where the collard greens are cooked, and the liquor is the soup that is left behind. This, combined with a hunk of cornbread, makes up the Contemporary Smoke House’s (CAS) signature dish. Found in Vegas’ Town Square, Pot Liquor CAS is classic southern BBQ with a menu of meats being slow cooked and smoked to perfection. If ‘slaw, grits and pulled pork stokes your southern drawl, then you want to make Pot Liquor a must-stop on your Vegas to-do list.
Eat – There is no confusing this downtown’s restaurant name for something else, this is where you end up when you just want to eat something familiar and scrumptious. With a menu as refreshingly simple as the name, every palate is pleased. There are your breakfast dishes, an array of soups and salads and a sandwich list that includes a “killer grilled cheese…w/kick-ass tomato soup”. Now that’s some comfort food. In a city that is full of food I can’t pronounce, it was a pleasure to find one that is blatantly direct, with just some damn good eats.
There are people (like us) who live and work in Vegas 24/7/365. These are the places where you’ll find us chowing down on lunch breaks and after work for very good reasons. The prices are right, the food is spot on, and we don’t have to think too much to figure out what’s good to eat.
SKIP THE DIET, YOUR IN VEGAS. ENJOY THE EATS: