You probably know by now that Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. However, did you know that Las Vegas deserves major praise in the food scene? Vegas is one of the most diverse cities in the United States and people of all cultural backgrounds bring their food to the area creating a culinary melting pot. The city is bursting at the seams with amazing food options and most of them are just as entertaining as the city itself.
Now that we’re Las Vegas locals, we spend just about every weekend discovering the best food that the city has to offer and I update this post every month with our finds. Here is our list of Must Try Places to Eat in Las Vegas. (Updated February 2021).
Best Tacos in Las Vegas: Sonrisa Grill (Lake Las Vegas)
A short 20- minute drive outside the Las Vegas strip will take you to a charming up and coming area called Lake Las Vegas. The Sonrisa Grill has gourmet Mexican Cuisine and the Tacos…ARE TO DIE FOR! This spicy little hidden gem offers live music and insane taco Tuesday mix and match deals. Unlimited tacos? Yes Please! The owners are San Diego natives and enjoy bringing the Southern California Mexican flare to Vegas.
Not only is the food amazing, we really appreciated stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. Lake Las Vegas is much more calm and scenic. The Village Lake Las Vegas has a ton more food, dessert, entertainment and sporting options so plan to send the day if possible!
Dirt Dog Las Vegas
If we had to pick the one place on our list that you MUST VISIT, it would be this place. Dirt Dog Las Vegas is a Los Angeles street food concept brought straight to the streets of Las Vegas. They have a unique spin on classic menu items such as hot dogs, fries and street corn. Their creative menu brings forth super star options like the Flaming Hot Elote, Carne Asada Fries and Patty Melt and Chorizo Chili Dogs. The name may not sound appetizing but it tastes incredible.
Las Vegas has two locations, one on strip and one off strip in Summerlin. We chose to visit the S Rainbow location because it was less crowded and one of the most low key restaurants in Las Vegas which made it more suitable for families. If you’re a street food lover or looking for a bucket list Las Vegas restaurant , I highly recommend this one for the experience and the yummy food.
Note: Dirt Dog LV is in route to the Red Rock Canyon which I highly suggested visiting in my post ” Must See Scenic Drives Near Las Vegas“
Buddy V’s Ristorante (Grand Canal Shoppes The Venetian| The Palazzo)
Imagine my utter shock to find out that Buddy and his family also own a restaurant! If I wasn’t an ultimate fan before, I was about to get my fan card now by eating at the bakery and restaurant in the same day. Buddy V’s is a classic Italian restaurant with amazing traditional flavors. This restaurant has sticker shock too but I did it for the sake of fandom.
Our visit was on a Saturday morning so there was a full buffet brunch going on. However, for the sake of time and money, we opted to try the a la carte menu. I went because I heard that the Grandma’s meatballs were to die for and I needed to see for myself so that ended up working out. The a la carte menu is really not bad at all. While I was concerned that I would only be receiving 6 meatballs, I was pleasantly surprised that they were very large golf ball size or bigger and filling. Even more filling is the meatball sandwich which comes with a side of fries. If brunch buffets are more your speed, you can enjoy it for $39/adults and $14/kids and there is a wide variety of items to choose from.
Best BBQ in Vegas: Sin City Smokers
The foodie in us has a slight obsession with trying BBQ from all over the world. Vegas was no different. We were on the hunt for good BBQ but the southern in us wanted to debate that the southwest wasn’t good for anything other than chipotle. After doing research, we decided to try Sin City Smokers.
I was SHOCKED. Not only was their BBQ DELICIOUS, they deserve major cool points for their finger licking good sauce and creative touches on traditional BBQ dishes. I enjoyed the Pork Star which is a grilled cheese with pork and mac and cheese sandwich. Yes, its every bit as amazing as it sounds! However, the star of the show was the Baked Potato. This potato is HUGE and loaded with meat, cheese and your traditional toppings. My husband got Rib as his meat and it was delicious! We highly recommend visiting. Not only was the food great but there was no wait because it’s a hidden gem.
Big Jerk Caribbean
Big Jerk Caribbean is one of the only Authentic Caribbean Cuisine Restaurants in Las Vegas and the food does not miss a beat. The restaurant was created by a Family that aimed to bring Caribbean flare to Las Vegas with family recipes and bold flavors. Today, their rise to fame is a delicious twist on classic Caribbean dishes. Their Jerk wings + Mac and Cheese + Cabbage is a mouthwatering trio that we get every single time. However, the work around the clock to add new and exciting cultural mash up dishes to the menu such as their Jerk Fettuccini, Jerk Lobster Tail and Jerk Ribs. Though the original restaurant is off strip, it is worth the short drive to delight yourself with a plate. Location #2 opens in Sahara in February of 2021.
The Front Yard at Ellis Island
If family friendly Las Vegas sports bars are your jam, The Front Yard at Ellis Island is the perfect place to grab a meal and catch a big game or live music at night in the beer garden. The restaurant is a hidden gem inside of the Ellis Island hotel and casino but they have a really great extensive menu for dinner + the best Las Vegas weekend brunch with their famous menu items such as Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast Waffles.
On their dinner menu, we visit for the Naked Beer Brined wings and homemade ranch sauce, the Honey Pig Pizza with Hot Honey Drizzle, Gooey Cookie in a Pan and a Giant Pretzel with Beer Cheese . One the best reasons to visit The Front Yard besides the food is the exciting indoor/outdoor atmosphere with surrounding TV sets. We love that this restaurant is technically outside which is great for social distancing. However, the covered patio and heaters at each table allows guests to enjoy their dining experience at night and in the winter. If you’re looking for the best outdoor dining in Las Vegas, consider adding this place to your list.
Nacho Daddy LV
If you ask a Las Vegas local to list out their favorite restaurants in the city, chances are Nacho Daddy is on that list and for great reason. Nacho Daddy is a locally owned restaurant in Las Vegas that offers a modern take on Mexican cuisine favorites. While the name suggest that they only have Nachos, their menu is bursting with flavorful options such as wings, tacos and more. There are multiple locations to check out in Las Vegas around the valley. However, the Downtown Las Vegas and the location inside the Shops at Miracle Mile on the Strip are among the most popular places to eat on the Las Vegas strip and are the most accessible for tourists.
Another reason to love Nacho Daddy is their dedication to ending Child hunger. For each entree purchased, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the cause. They also donate to the Golden Knights Foundation which supports the local community and non-profits.
In-N-Out Burger opened in 1948 in California as the first drive thru hamburger Stand. Since then, the company has made a name for itself across the US and one of the West Coast’s best claim to food fame. Though a popular chain restaurant, No trip to the West Coast is complete without trying an In-n-out burger, fries and shake at least once. Their classic diner vibe, great customer service and simplified menu keeps the locals coming back for more. If you really want to feel like an insider, ask for the burger and fries “animal style”.
Cj’s Italian Ice and Custard
Anyone with a sweet tooth in Las Vegas should add Cj’s Italian Ice and Custard to their bucket list immediately. Since 2012, the company has been taking the Las Vegas valley by storm with their creative offerings and viral creations. While their Custard + Cone creations are delicious and highly sought after, the Italian water ice will speak to any East Coasters wanting a taste of home. Its light and finely shaved ice and the flavors are among the best. If you’re looking to give your tastebuds a little treat, the Sour patch ice is the way to go. Thank me later!
Slater’s 50/50 Las Vegas
While many locals will argue that Slater’s 50/50 is the Best Burger in Las Vegas, even visitors would agree that it’s possibly the best burger in the United States. Slater 50/50 is a unique sports bar experience with even more unique menu offerings from solid gold to peanut butter and jello–they have it all and more. Though originally started in California, Slater’s 50/50 quickly rose to fame with its original 50/50 burger which is half ground bacon and half ground beef patty. Basically, a bacon lovers dream come true. Now, they pride themselves on a unique burger experience with a variety of incredible selections and a brewery that’s as unique as the burgers. One of their best Menu options is the BBB (pictured above) with the famous 50/50 patty + Egg and thick cut bacon. If burgers aren’t your thing, the Jumbo wings are delicious in their own right. Plus, Don’t forget to try their sweet potato fries and be on the look out for their unique and seasonal menu changes.
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