Dining in Las Vegas is fabulous, and I think it’s amazing how they’ve managed to squeeze in so many world class dining spots in such a small area.
Along The Strip, you’ll find chic celebrity chef restaurants, all the fast food chains you could possibly imagine and buffets so big you’ll need GoogleMaps to find your way. There’s something for every wallet and taste bud, but if you’re looking for a more authentic experience, head off The Strip for some of those super cool, independent places where all the locals go.
Here’s a list of my favorite restaurants right now. Some of them are old favorites, while others are newly found gems, but all of them have that certain something which makes me want to go back for more:
This dark and handsome Italian at The Cosmopolitan is the place to be if you’re after great Italian food in hip surroundings. Their polenta is amazingly creamy and if their Bone Marrow Ravioli is still on the menu, there’s no way around that one either.
Scarpetta, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Tacos El Gordo
From an unassuming location at a shopping plaza just north of Wynn/Encore, Tacos El Gordo serves up inexpensive and authentic Mexican tacos. While the tripe and tongue varieties might not be for everyone, I still haven’t met a person, who didn’t like the Adobada, so go for this one if in doubt.
Tacos El Gordo, 3049 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Tel: +1 (702) 641-8228
Gordon Ramsay Burger
I love, love, LOVE the burgers at Gordon Ramsay Burger. Yes, the line is long, and no, you’re most likely not going to see Gordon R. himself, but the burgers are out of this world and so are the sides. My favorite used to be the Chanterelle Burger, but it’s not on the menu anymore, so my new no. 1 is the American Burger. The vegetarian Earth Burger with Portobello mushroom is very good too.
Gordon Ramsay Burger, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
Raku and Sweets Raku
Sweets Raku seems to get all the attention (fully understandable, their desserts are amazing), but the sister restaurant Raku also deserves a mention. The Japanese restaurant focuses on robata Japanese skewers, but they also have a nice selection of other Japanese dishes. The agedashi tofu is amazing.
Of course, there’s also a spot on this list for my favorite buffet in Las Vegas. The food is delicious and enticingly arranged, and the lines of dishes never seem to come to an end. The seafood section might be the best among the Vegas buffets, but everything is delicious and of a remarkably high standard.