Most visitors to Las Vegas know that there are hundreds – if not thousands – of places to eat.  As it has undergone a massive expansion in the past three decades, the city has come a long way from the days of cheap, all-you-can-eat buffets along the Strip.  We’re not exactly sure how many visitors to Vegas are willing to leave their hotels and the massive casinos to explore the dining scene like a local, but for those who do, interesting choices abound and you’ll experience some of the best dining in Las Vegas.  And hey, it’s not difficult finding transportation in Vegas, so we present:  

El Dorado Cantina
Cuisine: Mexican

Not far from The Strip on Sammy Davis Jr Drive, El Dorado Cantina is one of several places to find great Mexican food in the area.  Step inside and get ready to give your taste buds a treat.  Start with a Day of the Dead IPA, then dig into a plate of Cochinita Street Tacos - or perhaps a combination of free range chicken and wild Pacific shrimp fajitas - and top everything off with some delicious fried ice cream for dessert.  The extensive menu reflects the vast culinary traditions of various regions of Mexico, and the ingredients are sustainably-raised and carefully selected.  Not to be missed.   

Strip House
Cuisine: Steaks

The only location we’re featuring on the Strip, Strip House is located inside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and has brought its innovative menu from New York City - full of prime cuts of beef, signature sides, an extensive wine list and truly decadent desserts – to its Vegas establishment.  Soak in the red décor, check out the numerous photos that adorn the walls, and bring your appetite, since some pretty amazing entrees await.  Try the dry-aged rib eye, or maybe a six-ounce filet with lobster tail, accompanied by a pinot or merlot, and followed up with banana tart or homemade cheesecake.  Wow!  

Arawan Thai Bistro and Dessert
Cuisine: Thai  

One of the highest-rated new restaurants in Las Vegas is Arawan Thai Bistro and Dessert, located about 15 minutes northeast of the Strip.  Vegas is becoming known for great Thai food, and Arawan will quite likely be one of the best modern Thai dining experiences you’ve ever had.  The menu leans toward seafood, with standout dishes like catfish with lemongrass, mint, garlic and cashews, and whole sea bass served atop a spicy chili-garlic-limesauce. And as Las Vegas Weekly says, “Arawan is about refinement, certainly evident in its beautiful, must-eat-each-bite desserts.” So definitely don’t skip dessert. 

Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes
Cuisine: American

Located downtown on Fremont Street, Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes believes in the age-old adage: fresh just flat-out tastes better.   With reviews on Yelp averaging four stars, the staff here offers a little something for everyone. The burgers are 100% USDA Lean Angus Beef and are never frozen - no freezers or microwaves allowed - and served upon fresh, locally-baked buns. French fries and onion rings are hand-cut and fried in cholesterol-free oil, and frozen custard treats include hand-spun milkshakes, malts and creamy blended floats.  Never had frozen custard?  Give it a try…you’ll probably love it.  

Kyara Japanese Tapas
Cuisine: Japanese

Another Yelp favorite, Kyara Japanese Tapas is located southwest of the Strip, within about 15 minutes of most of the major hotels. Diners love the place for the sheer variety of the menu - designed to be enjoyed tapas-style - and the affordable prices. The sushi rolls and sashimi are excellent, as are the rice dishes and the wide variety of deep fried selections.  It is Vegas after all, so enjoy the meal with a little sake, or perhaps a Kirin.  As mentioned above, as the city has grown up, it’s no longer the place for ultra-cheap eats it once was, which makes a find like Kyara Japanese Tapas all the more satisfying.   

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