10 Things to Eat in Las Vegas
Tonkotsu Ramen at Monta Japanese Noodle House
5030 Spring Mountain Rd (at Decatur Blvd)
I wish we had ramen this good in Phoenix; nobody's here comes even close. Monta's tonkotsu broth is lush and rich. The noodles are pleasantly chewy, cooked just so. Chashu pork floating on top is a succulent dream. Nitamago (seasoned hard-boiled egg) is an optional add-on, but you're a fool if you pass it up. Add some terrific homemade gyoza, and you have one killer lunch.
JK Grence It always looks so small in the photo. It's monstrous.
Fresh Fruit (or Nachos Nachos Nachos) at Peppermill
2985 Las Vegas Blvd S (just south of Riviera Casino & Hotel)
The Peppermill is one of my favorite coffee shops anywhere. It's one of the last great bastions of old-school Neon Vegas left on the Strip. It was built in 1972, remodeled once in the early 1980s, and has since become a living time capsule of glitz. Inside, the dining room tables are all U-shaped booths, save the counter and a couple of big-group banquettes. Anything that didn't run away fast enough got covered in neon, mirrors, and twinkly lights.
To me, nothing says Vegas more than the Fresh Fruit on Peppermill's dinner menu. It's fun to watch heads turn as the plate comes to your table. When they set it down, it looks less like a meal and more like Carmen Miranda's hat. The whole thing makes a nice light breakfast for three or four. Add a cup of some of the best coffee on the planet and I'm one very happy camper.
JK Grence Save room. Somehow.
If you want something with more heft, the nachos are terrific and staggeringly large. I tried to tackle it with four hungry diners, and we still couldn't finish it. In case you somehow have room after dinner, their hot fudge sundae is a gooey masterpiece. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful, and the amount of hot fudge and whipped cream on Peppermill's sundae is just the right amount of too much.