The challenge of finding good food in Sin City is kind of like finding a needle in a haystack. With so many lackluster restaurants geared towards feeding the hoards of tourists, it can be tricky to find the real gems.

At Sky, we know that some of the city’s best eateries are just a short drive away. From recommended holes in the walls and under-appreciated joints to reliable standbys, we’re sharing a few of our favorite restaurants. Read on to inspire your next dining decision here in Las Vegas.

Secret Spots

Donut Hut

This 30-year-old shop has a cult following, and for good reason. Their tried-and-true donuts are old-fashioned classics. And it’s not just the delicious sweets that locals have come to love. Owner So-Tee Seung is affectionately known as the Cambodian Rambo among her loyal customers. Vegas local and restaurateur Elizabeth Blau even recommends Donut Hut as her go-to shop for unbeatable donut flavors.

Where to find it: 3242 E Desert Inn Road, # 17, a 15-minute drive east from Sky, just off East Desert Inn Road.  

Secret Pizza

The pizza spot so secret it says it in its name. At this point, Secret Pizza might not be Sin City’s best-kept secret, but it remains unmarked in the Cosmopolitan building. Large, thin-crusted slices pair perfectly with a cold beer or one of the wines they have on hand. It’s a refreshingly easy-going spot to stop for a snack.

Where to find it: 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, south of Sky, along the Strip.

Herbs and Rye

If you’re tired of the bright lights and chaos of the Strip, it might be time to head to Herbs and Rye, the speakeasy-themed cocktail lounge and restaurant. The unpretentious menu features well executed classics from calamari to filet mignon, while the elegant interior ensures a relaxing evening. You might want to take a taxi home after trying a few of their authentic vintage cocktails, though.

Where to find it: 3713 W Sahara Ave., a 10-minute drive west of Sky.

Underrated Restaurants

David Wong’s Pan Asian

The name might sound very simple, but David Wong’s was ranked the number one underrated restaurant in Las Vegas by local eaters. The fusion of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine offers something for everyone. What’s more, this beloved spot is renowned for its friendly staff and generous portions of feel good food, so you just can’t go wrong.

Where to find it: 2980 S Durango Drive # 101, in the Lakes, but worth the 20-minute drive from Sky.

Mesa Grill

Well known but underappreciated, Bobby Flay’s casino restaurant in Caesar’s Palace is more than a celebrity chef joint. Serving some of the best reviewed seafood in town, Mesa Grill’s Southwestern dishes capture the regional flavors perfectly so you’re guaranteed to leave a satisfied customer.

Where to find it: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, south from Sky, along the Strip.

Solid Standbys

Other Mama

You can trust a restaurant where off-duty chefs frequent to serve up good grub. This off-the-Strip joint offers some of the freshest raw seafood in the city, and is particularly prized by oyster-lovers. Don’t miss the togarashi waffle fries for a special savory snack.

Where to find it: 3655 S Durango Drive #6, a 20-minute drive directly west of Sky.

Frankie’s Tiki Room

If all things kitsch catch your eye, then this is the place for you. With everything from the drinks to the decor reflecting their Polynesian tiki theme, this restaurant and bar is a blast from the past. Jam-packed full of unique art, it’s unlike any other restaurant in the city.

Where to find it: 1712 W Charleston Blvd, 10 minutes north of Sky, just west of the Las Vegas Freeway.

Golden Steer Steakhouse

Right around the corner from Sky, this nearly 60-year-old retro steakhouse has served the greats, from Joe DiMaggio to Elvis. The richly furnished, old-school restaurant will satisfy your nostalgia and appetite for perfectly cooked steak. There’s a reason why it’s been around so long, and you should definitely visit to find out what it is for yourself.

Where to find it: 308 W Sahara Ave., located close enough to Sky to enjoy a 10 minute walk north to the restaurant so close to Sky you might as well walk the 10 minutes north up the Strip.

Whether you’re in town for the short term or settling down for good, with so many choices, it can be hard to find the best places to fuel up. When the lineup of restaurants in Sin City gets too overwhelming, or if you somehow run out of places to eat, you can always book the private chef at Sky for your function – or put your new modern kitchen to the test.