With Electric Daisy Carnival drawing closer, I decided to made a quick trip to Las Vegas. While there I subjected my healthy eating habits and cholesterol levels to some great food. Coincidentally Insomniac released a hefty DNB lineup after my visit. Now you can salivate over the lineup as well as my current Top 5 spots to eat at in Las Vegas.
Before I start the list, I want to apologize! I did not take any pictures of the food. Those that know or that follow me on Facebook or Instagram, might find that hard to believe, but for once I was more focused on studying the menu and eating than taking those cliche food shots.
Cosmopolitan (3rd Floor)
3708 Las Vegas Blvd South
Monday – Thursday 11am-4am
Friday – Sunday 11am-5am
This hidden gem is on the 3rd floor tucked away between Blue Ribbon Sushi and Jaleo, down an unmarked hall which is lined with vinyl record covers. They offer up an array of greasy but tasty slices to help you combat your late night hangover. The Secret Pizzeria sells cheese slices for $5.00 and additional toppings are $.50 each. While you’re waiting for your slice you can sip on soda, a small selection of draft beer or boxed wine (yes boxed wine) as well as test your pinball skills on 1 of their 2 machines. If you’re drunk or hung over and hankering for a greasy slice of goodness keep your eyes peeled because this place is hard to find sober!
Rollin Smoke Barbeque
3185 S Highland Dr
Monday – Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday – Saturday 10am-12am
Solid southern style hickory smoked BBQ! This father and son team from Arkansas do not mess around. They took the name after the portable smoker which is out back and even have a shirt that parodies Sir Mix-A-Lot which reads “I like PIG butts and I can not lie”. The menu options are endless, Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Links, Meatloaf, Catfish, Shrimp, Sandwiches, Burgers, Sliders, Wraps… you name it! And as far as their sides selection! LAWD HAF MERCY… 15 to choose from ranging from the basics Baked Beans, Greens, Mac & Cheese to Yams, Fried Okra and Jalapeño Coleslaw just to name a few. You can order a duo or trio of meats, both comes with a side of your choice or if you are hungry, there is the Pit Specials (4 meats & 3 Sides). Rumor has it they have an all you can eat, which apparently I missed. The main dishes range from $8-$22 and the sides range in price by size 6oz ($2.50) to a quart ($6.00). The atmosphere is busy but fun. I am positive that everyone there will have a smile on their face underneath all that BBQ sauce.
Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A-5
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner: Sunday – Saturday 5:30 pm – 10:00pm
Don’t let the strip mall location fool you! Some of the best Thai food I’ve ever had. Lotus of Siam’s menu is massive! They run the gamut of dishes when it comes to the regions of Thailand. The food is far from bland! Be aware of your tolerance to spiciness. It is about 2 levels spicier than most, so I’d err on the side of less spicy if you’re sensitive. The main dishes are on the smaller side and run around $15- $20 each plate, but definitely worth it. I highly recommend items from the Northern region. For the less adventurous I recommend the garlic prawns, tom yum kai soup, and crispy duck panang curry. If you plan on going for dinner be prepared for a wait. They supposedly do not take reservations.
124 S 6th Street
Monday – Wednesday 11am-10pm
Thursday – Saturday 11am-11pm
This place is a foodies paradise. They have a decent beer selection as well as a full bar. Price ranges from $8-20. The atmosphere is great, the staff is attentive but not annoying. If you can, I suggest sitting at the bar in front of the kitchen. It’s is a great conversation piece and you’re bound to see something that will make you ask “what’s that?” and then order it! Their menu changes so I will share with you what I had.
Feta Watermelon Cucumber Salad in a White Balsamic Sauce.
Crispy Chicken Skin with Smoked Mustard,
Tempura Fried Green Beans
Seared Scallops with a Mango Habanero reduction
I washed it all down with an Old Fashioned.
3775 Spring Mountain Road
Monday – Thursday 5pm-2am
Friday -Saturday 5pm-3am
I saved the best for last! An Izakaya would be a loose equivalent to a tapas bar/ pub or tavern found in Japan. Food and Booze… how could you go wrong? Izakaya Go has something for all palates and appetites, from appetizers to the basics (teriyaki, curries, fried rice to noodle dishes like Yakisoba, Ramen, Soba, Udon. There is an assortment of grilled fish and meat dishes, a limited yakitori (grilled skewered bites) after 10pm as well as sushi and sashimi . For the more adventurous there is Uni Pasta, an Egg Custard topped with Uni and they even have a Ramen Burger. Of course what’s Izakaya without booze? They have sake, beer and mocktails (soju mixed drinks).
Recommendations (some are for the adventurous)
Uni Chawan Mushi (egg custard topped with Uni)
Asparagus with Bacon
Grilled Tuna Belly
Crispy Pork Belly