Ten local Las Vegas restaurants to try

Everyone knows the Las Vegas Strip is full of award-winning restaurants and cuisine from world-class chefs. But there are also plenty of dining gems located off the Strip. When you’re traveling and you’re looking for good food, it’s always smart to go where the locals go. We’ve put together a list of 10 suggestions for some great places to eat off the Strip that are favorites of Las Vegas residents.

Marche Bacchus
2960 Regatta Drive, Suite #106

Marche Bacchus

Marche Bacchus is a charming French restaurant located in Las Vegas’ Desert Shores community next to a small manmade lake. The restaurant serves traditional and contemporary French cuisine with meat, seafood and vegetarian options. You’ll find charcuterie, cheeses, Lyonnaise salad, charred octopus, roasted prawns and more to start. Traditional French lunch favorites include escargot, croque monsieur and quiche Lorraine. For dinner, try the moules mariniere, steak frites or maple leaf duck breast.

Marche Bacchus is also a wine lover’s paradise. As you enter, before you go into the restaurant, you’ll  be in the retail wine store where you’ll find bins with more than 950 selections. Pick one out for dinner.  There are also more than 40 wines offered by the glass and guests can sample 1-, 3- or 5-ounce pours.

The restaurant has a beautiful lakeside terrace and an indoor dining area and is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Bachi Burger

Spicy Miso Burger courtesy Las Vegas Sun

470 E. Windmill Lane, #100

There are plenty of restaurants serving gourmet burgers these days but Bachi Burger is truly unique. This restaurant serves burgers with an Asian fusion twist.

Appetizers include Asian favorites like pickled vegetables, grilled Kurobata and Arabiki sausage, oxtail cheese fries and edamame.

Bachi Burger offers several interesting burger options like the Ronin, made with angus beef, carmelized onions, Japanese coleslaw, miso goma dressing, fried egg, Katsu BBQ and Yuzu citrus aioli.

The Bahn-Mi Burger features angus beef, pork, shrimp, lemongrass, pork pate, fresh herbs and curry aioli.

For a little kick, try the Spicy Miso Burger with angus beef, onions, shisito peppers, roasted garlic, fried egg and apple vinaigrette.

Burgers can be made with Wagyu beef for an extra charge and there are turkey and veggie burger options.

Burgers are the main attraction but you can also order steamed Bao sandwiches including Peking style duck steamed buns and pork belly steamed buns. Don’t forget a side of truffle Parmesan fries or fries with pineapple ketchup.

Honey Salt
1031 S. Rampart Blvd.

When two of Las Vegas’ dining stars, Chef Kim Canteenwalla and restaurant maven Elizabeth Blau opened Honey Salt in the Summerlin area,  it quickly became a Vegas favorite.

The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and offers a variety of interesting and comforting dishes.

At lunch you’ll find offerings like butternut squash soup, grilled octopus Nicoise, street tacos and Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken.

One of the dinner favorites is My Wife’s Favorite Salad – with duck confit, arugula, frisee, pine nuts, roasted bing cherries and fresh farm poached egg. There are also items like pizzas, sea bass, brick oven chicken and grass-fed filet mignon.

Be sure to save room for delectable desserts including butterscotch pudding and chocolate coconut layer cake.

Lotus of Siam
953 E. Sahara Ave., #A5

This hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant located in the Commercial Center strip mall has received raves for years. A “Gourmet” magazine article once proclaimed Lotus of Siam “the best Thai restaurant in North America.”

Chef Saipin Chutima, owner and chef since 1999, serves recipes that have been passed down for 100 years in her family.

The Northern Thai style food includes spicy chicken wings, fried chicken dumplings, soups, barbecue and specials like Koong Char Num Plar – prawns marinated in seasoned fish sauce, served raw with spicy fish sauce, fresh garlic and roasted chili paste.

The Nua Yum Katiem features sliced charbroiled beef served on a bed of sliced cabbage, topped with fresh garlic and spicy sauce.

There are also à la carte options with a choice of chicken, beef or pork like sweet and sour and chop suey.

As a bonus, the prices are very reasonable and there’s also a great wine menu.

Le Thai
523 Fremont St.

Beef curry courtesy Las Vegas Sun

Le Thai is one of downtown Las Vegas’s most popular restaurants. The restaurant is tiny with just a few indoor tables and a small patio in the back but it packs people in every day for the delicious food.

Appetizers include spring rolls, Thai style wings, papaya salad and coconut soup. A variety of curries, including red, green, yellow, Panang and vegan are available. Other choices include pad Thai and other noodles, Thai-style fried rice and stir fries, including a spicy eggplant.

You can also find a nice variety of beers, including Thai beers to accompany your meal.

Todd’s Unique Dining
4350 E. Sunset Road

Todd’s has been a locals favorite for years. Chef Todd Clore is a classically trained chef who was a former chef de cuisine at the famed Sterling Brunch at Bally’s. Todd’s Unique Dining serves creative contemporary cuisine and the menu is always changing.

Items you might find on the menu include delicious goat cheese wontons with raspberry basil sauce, chipotle fried calamari, seared sea scallops, boneless short rib or duck breast with pomegranate red wine sauce and mashed sweet potatoes.

The restaurant also hosts regular wine dinners where guests can pair special meals with great glasses of wine.

Luv-It Frozen Custard
505 E. Oakey Blvd.

Luv-It Custard

Located just past the Stratosphere, this Vegas institution opened in 1973 and has been serving delicious frozen custard treats from its walk-up window ever since. The custard, which is basically ice cream with egg in the mix, is made fresh daily in vanilla, chocolate and two special flavors like peppermint or eggnog.

You can get the custard in shakes, malts, floats or sundaes. Try the famous Western – vanilla custard topped with a thin layer of hot fudge and salted pecans.

5030 W. Spring Mountain Road, #2

Chef Mitsuo Endo was born in Tokyo and learned traditional Japanese cuisine before moving to the U.S. and working as a head chef in Seattle and an executive chef in New York. He then moved to Las Vegas and opened Raku, which has been winning accolades ever since. Endo was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest in 2011 and 2012 and Raku was a James Beard Award Best New Restaurant semifinalist in 2009.

The menu includes appetizers like homemade tofu and dried tatami sardine salad. Cold dishes are available like yellowtail carpaccio and poached egg with sea urchin and salmon roe. For hot dishes, try crispy fried shrimp or the steamed foie gras egg custard.

Raku also features a Robata grill with items like Kobe beef filet, Kobe beef liver, Iberico pork and apple marinated lamb chop. You can also find traditional rice and noodle dishes.

Raku is open until 3 a.m. so it’s a popular spot for the late-night crowd.

DW Bistro
6115 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 112

DW Bistro in southwest Las Vegas serves an interesting mix of Jamaican and New Mexican cuisine that is a favorite with locals. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Lunch options include DW Spanish chorizo with shrimp, Jerk chicken salad, couscous salad, Jamaican chicken curry soup and New Mexican-style slow cooked pork.

On the menu for dinner are Jamaican curry chicken, braised oxtail, DW fried chicken and Jerk lamb chops.

For brunch, you can’t beat Jerk fried chicken and waffles, chilaquiles and Jerk pork hash.


Monta courtesy Las Vegas Sun

5030 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 6

This Japanese noodle house was named in “Travel + Leisure’s” Las Vegas’ Best Restaurants.

Monta Ramen serves “Kurume” style Tonkotsu Ramen – broth made from selected pork bones and the unique soy sauce imported from Japan.

This restaurant serves varieties of noodles like soy sauce, bean paste and miso ramen topped with green onion, chashu roated pork, bamboo shoots and kikurage mushrooms.



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