Yearning to eat your way through Las Vegas but looking to avoid the hefty price tag that comes with a prime casino location? The off-strip dining scene in Vegas is thriving! These restaurants, favored by the locals who know fine food and wine, are among the best in the country.
If you are looking for a classic, old-school, Las Vegas dining experience, Piero’s is the place to go. Located just a short trip away from the strip, this retro style Vegas mainstay is a favorite of celebrities, casino head honchos, and locals alike. Scenes from the movie Casino were even filmed here. The menu of traditional Italian favorites has stayed the same since the restaurant opened over 30 years ago, and the wine list is one of the best in Vegas.
Tucked away in a strip mall in Las Vegas’ Chinatown, Raku is a favorite of the city’s chefs. The restaurant is small and the atmosphere is nothing special, but the food is the real star here. Raku means enjoyment, and this restaurant’s goal is for you to enjoy their authentic Japanese food. Try the homemade tofu, foie gras, or Kobe beef skewers. After dinner stroll a few doors down to Raku’s sister restaurant, Sweet Raku, where you can sit at the dessert bar and watch the preparation of some delicious, creative concoctions.
Lotus of Siam
Once a hidden gem, Lotus of Siam is now known for serving the best Thai food in America. The kitchen, headed by James Beard Foundation Award Winner Chef Saipin, serves up authentic Thai cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Diners can order their dishes on a heat scale rated from 0 (mild) to 10 (Thai hot). Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for dinner, or diners may choose to enjoy appetizers and cocktails at the bar. A new location opening on Flamingo Road this November may make coveted dinner reservations easier to come by.
Though it is tucked away in a non-descript strip mall, Other Mama is the restaurant locals seek out when they are craving premium seafood. Known for their oysters, sashimi, and ceviche, the raw bar is the centerpiece of the 45-seat restaurant. In addition to the freshest seafood, visitors should try one of the many craft beers or cocktails prepared by the certified mixologists at the bar.
Andiron Steak and Sea
Called the best brunch in Vegas, Andiron Steak and Sea’s plentiful brunch menu features an extremely affordable menu of bottomless bubbles and a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, than the plate of donuts served to start sure will. The a la carte menu features unique dishes, many prepared in the restaurant’s wood burning grill. The restaurant is also family friendly, with a complimentary all you can eat candy bar for children 10 and under.
So on your next trip to Vegas, eat like a local. Take a cab away from the neon lights and try a one of the best spots off the strip.
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