If you have a ticket to Sin City, you’re probably looking forward to seeing spectacular live entertainment and rolling the dice on your luck. But you shouldn’t sleep on the food. It’s true that world-class chefs sojourn to Las Vegas to set up restaurants and tantalize taste buds, but some of the best eateries in Vegas aren’t on the billboards.
Here are some of the best under-the-radar restaurants in the city, where you can beat the crowds and find excellent eats.
Bouchon Bistro for Breakfast
This French bistro is inside the Venetian, so it’s conveniently located in the middle of The Strip. Yet, it’s low key enough that you can typically get a table; the restaurant offers walk-in-only service for breakfast and brunch. Get your day started right with an assortment of flaky croissant pastries or divine brie crepe.
Andiron Steak & Sea for Brunch
Tucked away in west Las Vegas, deep in the heart of a Summerlin mall, you can find a bit of the Hamptons at Andiron Steak & Sea. The décor in this local favorite is reminiscent of the Eastern Seaboard, and the menu also features some of the best flavors of both sea and land. Make a reservation for lunch, and order some banana fosters French toast or fried chicken and waffles.
Eatt Gourmet Bistro for Healthy Food
This quiet restaurant is in a small shopping complex six miles west of The Strip, and a local favorite for meals that make you feel good. If you’re detoxing from an evening of indulgence, stop by Eatt Gourmet Bistro. The menu is crafted by a French chef and full of creative twists on your favorite dishes. Sink your teeth into a Caesar or beet salad, or enjoy a salmon club sandwich.
Flock & Fowl for Lunch
While you’re driving back from your hike in the desert, stop at Flock & Fowl just west of the city for a protein-packed lunch. This restaurant is a hole in the wall that might just be serving the best chicken in Sin City. Order the Hainanese chicken rice or roasted spring chicken, then go take a nap and keep dreaming about the housemade ginger scallion sauce.
Ferraro’s for Dinner
You will find plenty of noodles in the heart of The Strip, but if you head over toward the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino you can make a stop at this authentic Italian spot for dinner. Ferraro’s has been serving up osso bucco, gnocci, lasagna, and a host of pasta offerings for 30 years. Come for the antipasta, and stay for the live music and fine wine. The restaurant also has great happy hour specials.
Le Pho for Dinner
If you’re visiting Las Vegas during the fall and winter, the temperature is sure to drop as soon as the sun meets the horizon. Head downtown for dinner and enjoy some warm comfort food. At Le Pho, you can order a do-it-yourself spring roll platter and assemble your own rolls. If you don’t want to create your own meal, get the oxtail bone marrow fried rice or duck noodle bowl.
Sweets Raku for Dessert
If you lose some cash at a casino table and you’re feeling salty, grab something sweet at Sweets Raku just a few blocks west of The Strip. This Japanese restaurant serves up elaborate, gourmet desserts including cream puffs and ichigo. The restaurant is casual but still makes for a great date night or just an evening escape from the bustle of South Las Vegas Boulevard.
If you’re going to Las Vegas, you don’t have to stand in line for the newest restaurant to be well fed. Stop by one of these under-the-radar spots to get a great meal with less hassle.
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