Eating while on vacation can either be a hindrance because you are averse to scheduling your activities around meals or they can be exactly why you travel. If it’s the latter, well then you will not have an issue with venturing away from the Las Vegas strip for good food. While Las Vegas resorts have a lot of great options for meals, the ever growing city has some real culinary gems just minutes from the bright lights of the strip.
Sparrow and Wolf
Since the moment Chef Brian Howard left Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan Resort the Las Vegas food community has been eagerly awaiting his next move. The wait is over as his new project, Sparrow and Wolf, takes him off the strip and into Chinatown. Howard’s inventive cooking along with his passion for the details will delight any visitor’s desire for an exceptional experience. Expect local ingredients from Las Vegas‘ own Urban Seed. Inc, charcuterie that is among the best in Las Vegas and a cocktail program that will even impress the industry insiders.
Sparrow and Wolf, 4480 Spring Mountain Rd. Suite 100 702-790-2147
Set in a strip mall about 15 minutes from the Las Vegas you might not see Other Mama, but you need. Chef/Owner Dan Krohmer combines his passion for good food and his desire to respect the environment and its natural resources in a restaurant that turns out dishes that are stunning to the palate and comfortable for the conscious. This seafood restaurant highlights the chef’s extensive knowledge and experience in Japanese cuisine. The raw bar is home to seasonal oysters, fresh sushi and ceviche that is crippling with his impressive flavors. The happy hour is the best in the area and the Pork Belly Kimchi fried rice will shatter your taste buds with spectacular flavors.
Other Mama, 3655 S. Durango #6 Las Vegas, NV 702-463-8382
You may have experience chef Tarun Kapoor’s food at the LINQ Las Vegas,. Their Urban Turban Express delights visitors there with quick and satisfying comfortable Indian food from a small stand. The full blown brick and mortar location on Paradise is where you need to go to experience the entire menu. The chef is lending his love for heightened culinary technique to traditional dishes and ingredients. The results are rich with authenticity and a flash of Las Vegas flare. You’ll struggle between the Tandoori Phal and the Tandoori Tacos while the coastal curry with compete with the chicken tikka masala. The spices are abundant and the care for ingredients is evident throughout the menu.
Urban Turban 3900 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV, 89169 702-826-3217
When you taste a calzone that has been lightly fried instead of baked you’ll make this your favorite spot in Las Vegas but then you’ll have a Sicilian pizza that is not only award winning but heart breaking. If you are not a local you’ll have serious reservations about this pizza. It’s fluffy, airy, light and packed with so much pizza greatness that it depresses you to know that you can’t have it daily. How can you not order a few to take home?
Metro Pizza, 1395 East Tropicana Avenue Las Vegas (702) 736-1955
Chada Thai and Wine
Don’t be put off by the strip mall or the countless other options nearby. Chada Thai is a small, intimate, affordable, neighborhood restaurant that is serving world class food with an impressive wine collection. It’s open late and the kitchen pumps out the same quality no matter what time you step in. From the Drunken Noodles to the Tom Kha Kai to the spicy beef and panang curry you can expect your typical comfort food dishes to be excellent. When you venture to the adventurous, that is when your palate gets blown away. The wine list is extensive and affordable with a chef who also happens to be the sommelier.
Chada Thai & Wine, 3400 S. Jones Blvd. #11A, Las Vegas, NV 702-641-1345
A Few More Options For Off The Strip Dining