So many people think about gambling and casinos when they think about Las Vegas. Not me! I think about the food!! I've been to Vegas many times, and I honestly don't recall ever having a bad meal. So, I wanted to share some great hidden gem restaurants with you.
Las Vegas is actually known for their abundance of buffets, but to get the best recommendations, you have to ask the locals where their favorite places are to experience something different. Here are a few of my favorites spots that are close to The Strip.
The Peppermill Fireside Lounge is a must-visit spot for both tourists and locals, located directly on Las Vegas Blvd. between the Wynn and the Rivera. It has a unique atmosphere and has been featured in numerous movies. They serve classic American style food, but they do it so well. You simply must try their sundae. It's so big, it can be a meal all on it's own!
If you're looking for a romantic and elegant dinner, you can go to Hugo's Cellar in the Four Queens Casino. It's not far from The Strip, in a downtown area called Fremont Street. There's also the famous Golden Steer Steakhouse that's just off The Strip, on Sahara. Many celebrities through the ages have visited there. Both are highly rated classic steakhouses with impeccable service.
If you're in the mood for French cuisine, a short distance down the street from the Golden Steer Steakhouse, is Pamplemousse Le Restaurant, which has been family run for over 44 years, and has been voted Most Romantic Restaurant and Best French Restaurant. If you're in the mood for steaks, seafood, escargot or classic French food you should go here, but be sure to save room for the soufflé.
Just a short drive about 10 minutes away from The Strip, you can be transported to Morocco at Marrakech Mediterranean Restaurant. Adventure into a Moroccan tent and enjoy a six-course prix fixe menu with live belly dancing. It is truly an experience you don't want to miss!
Another short distance from Las Vegas Blvd. down Flamingo Road you can get a taste of the Northern Thai culture at Lotus of Siam. They have received numerous awards, with glowing reviews from several food critics. The crispy duck and garlic prawns are highly suggested.
And since we're on Flamingo Road, a must-do restaurant in Vegas is Hash House A Go Go, which is located inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. They're known for large portion sizes on their breakfast menu. You can't go wrong with anything they serve, but I highly recommend their chicken and waffles.
If you want old school Vegas, you should get Italian food. Battista's Hole in The Wall is a true hole in the wall, hidden among the casino's on Flamingo Rd. Here you will find traditional Italian fare, like lasagna, spaghetti and more. Bootlegger Italian Bistro is another favorite, located on the South Strip, 5 minutes away from the "Welcome To Las Vegas" Sign. They have been featured on magazines and televisions shows, as well as winning some awards! The homemade Panetti bread with Italian dipping sauce, served with dinner, is a crowd favorite. They're open 24/7, which is great for those late night snacks!
Las Vegas has so many delicious options when it comes to restaurants. I've mentioned just a few to get your mouth watering, but if you want to experience some of these amazing hidden gems, I would love to help you! Simply reply in the comments and I'll point you in the right direction!
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