10 Things to Eat in Las Vegas
|One bustling kitchen at Du-par's. Note the lower right, where the freshness of their orange juice is on prominent display.|
Pancakes at Du-par's
inside Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
I do my best to avoid chain restaurants when on vacation. I gleefully make an exception for Du-par's pancakes. These golden discs are possibly the best flapjacks on the planet. They're tall, fluffy, and almost the diameter of a regular dinner plate. The kitchen puts them over the top by giving them a dousing of melted butter before your waiter brings them. The short stack of 3 is enough for a serious carb coma; I couldn't imagine polishing off the 5-cake tall stack without assistance.
Du-par's is also where you can get the Golden Gate's famed shrimp cocktail. Sure, the price has gone up to $2.99 in recent years, but where else can you order pancakes and shrimp cocktail without anyone batting an eyelash?
Late-Night Oxtail Soup at Market Street Cafe
inside California Hotel and Casino
Ever wonder where Hawaiians go on vacation? They head to Las Vegas. Hawaiians come to Sin City so much that islanders affectionately call it the Ninth Island. The capital of the Ninth Island is arguably the California hotel, downtown just off of Fremont Street. They clearly cater to Hawaiians, with island decor everywhere, aloha-shirted blackjack dealers, and plenty of authentic Hawaiian food.
The best offering at "The Cal" is on their 24-hour café's graveyard shift menu: Oxtail soup for ten bucks. It's exactly what the doctor ordered after an night of downtown's lurid excess. Just remember to come late; they start serving it at 11 PM.
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Pizza at The Pizzeria
inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan's Pizzeria is my favorite spot on the entire Strip for quick eats. They serve up a serious New York-style slice, and the price is right. The folks at The Cosmopolitan made the place rather quirky by hiding it. There's no mention of it anywhere on their website, nor are there any signs in the hotel pointing the way. I could tell you where it is, but what's the fun of that? In The Cosmopolitan's spirit, I'll offer hints: It's near the game table with the lowest minimum in the entire hotel, and service hallways aren't often outfitted with pinball machines. Or, if it's late enough that the club crowd has let out, just look for the massive line of people who look like they're going nowhere in particular.