10 Things to Eat in Las Vegas

Categories: Food Tours

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JK Grence
The Peppermill possibly has the most comfortable booths in the world. I'm in one enough that you might be able to forward my mail here.
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.

I keep meaning to travel around the world. There's one problem: I'm spoiled by Las Vegas. It's an easy drive (or a short hop in a plane), and four-star hotels spoil me with ridiculously low rates to offset the considerable spending I do elsewhere. I think the food scene in Vegas is one of the best in the world. Strip restaurants offer big-name Michelin-star dining. Thanks to hospitality staff coming from around the world for work, outlying areas have a staggering array of amazing international eats.

Dining choices in Vegas are almost too many to imagine. I'm here to help. In no particular order, here's what you simply have to eat when you're in Las Vegas.

See also:
- 5 Things to Eat and Drink in San Diego
- 10 Things to Eat and Drink in Manhattan

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JK Grence
The sandwich at Julian Serrano was terrific, but it's the gazpacho I remember most.
Arepas at Viva Las Arepas
1616 Las Vegas Blvd S (at Oakey Blvd)
It's a shame most Americans aren't familiar with arepas. The thick griddled corn cakes, native to Colombia and Venezuela, are one of my favorite foods. Dare I say, they're even better than great Sonoran green corn tamales. Viva Las Arepas is a great stop between the Strip and downtown Las Vegas, offering some of the best dirt-cheap eats in the entire Las Vegas area. I've tried most of the arepa fillings on offer, and they are all outstanding. If you made me pick just one, I think I'd go for Reina Pepiada, creamy chicken salad laced with avocado.

Wash down your arepas with agua de panela, a luscious Venezuelan drink made from unrefined cane sugar and lime juice. Afterward, long-time Vegas guilty pleasure Luv-It Frozen Custard is practically across the street.


Gazpacho at Julian Serrano
inside Aria Resort & Casino
I adore great gazpacho. Pity that good ones are so few and far between, more resembling liquid salsa. Julian Serrano's gazpacho is one of the best I've had. How good is it? After one sip, I wanted to go to one of the Strip's frozen drink vendors, buy a ridiculously huge drink, dump the contents, then take the cup to Julian Serrano and tell them "Fill 'er up!" Seriously, it's that good. The rest of the menu is also outstanding, but I can't stop thinking about that gazpacho.


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JK Grence
I now have dreams that revolve around this picture.
Turkey Club Sandwich at MOzen Bistro
inside Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The humble club sandwich is a mainstay of hotel café menus nationwide. I'd be willing to bet that nobody does a club sandwich better than MOzen at the Mandarin Oriental. It stays true to tradition, with turkey, bacon, two kinds of cheese, lettuce, and tomato on toasted sourdough. The only obvious upgrades are a smear of mashed avocado and some pesto in the mayonnaise.

The devil is in the details. MOzen thought of everything; every aspect of the sandwich is prepared to its absolute zenith. It's incredibly expensive at $18 (including fries and salad, but still, yikes). But when has the price of perfection ever been so low?



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gjw1221
gjw1221

Nothing from Hash House a Go-Go on your list? Shame on you!

ewthorne
ewthorne

Only 3 of the 10 listed are in Las Vegas. 

Charmin Kelly
Charmin Kelly

Not in my book. Pops, naked city pizza and more. These are in the strip and not local hangouts. If you want good Chinese then there are yummy places along spring mountain road--what we call china town. The 9 steak house needs to be on there. Michaels at south point casino and a lot more.

SheilaK
SheilaK

Tapas at Firefly?! Heaven on earth (and the margaritas and sangria aren't bad either!)

uhockey
uhockey

DuPars....in Vegas....and nothing from Raku.  Officially unsubscribing from Chow Bella.

Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

Monta Japanese Noodle House.... yup. NOTHING here comes close.

rolohi
rolohi

Wolfgang Puck's truffle potato chips in the Venetian.

Randi Johnson
Randi Johnson

Sarah Stephens Lise Johnson i didn't know they served food??

Sarah Stephens
Sarah Stephens

Randi Johnson Lise Johnson I recognize the first place:)

jliven23
jliven23

Great list.....and Vegas is so on top of it's food game right now....in fact, I'm 37 years old and this is the best Vegas overall I've experienced in my lifetime. My favorite thing right now is the chicken wings at Blue Ribbon Sushi (Cosmopolitan). We've had them our last four Vegas trips and they are as good or better than we always remember. They show up on the late night happy hour menu too which is nice.

JKGrence
JKGrence

@ewthorne Good catch on the trivia! Most of these are actually in the unincorporated town of Paradise, Nevada, not the City of Las Vegas proper. However, Las Vegas residents who are a pedantic ass about the difference are few and far between; even the US Postal Service prefers to call the Paradise area Las Vegas.

ewthorne
ewthorne

@SheilaK Ah Fireflys had a serious incident with people getting very sick.

JKGrence
JKGrence

@uhockey The only reason Raku isn't on my list is because I haven't made it there yet.

Like I said, I hate going to places that are out of their element. I know Du-par's is a California institution, but those pancakes are just so damn good.

JKGrence
JKGrence

@Alicia Geier I was using a bit of hyperbole around here. Hit Posh in Scottsdale after 10 PM the first Wednesday of every month. Josh does some AMAZING ramen and okonomiyaki. But Monta has the advantage of being open for ramen all the time.

ewthorne
ewthorne

@JKGrence @ewthorne To be even more picky Monta is in Spring Valley Township.  Furthermore Paradise is not a town but a township.  Most people in Spring Valley or Paradise Townships do not even know that they do not live in Las Vegas.  Jeez I have spent too much time there. 

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