Las Vegas Cuisine: Where the Locals Eat

Sometimes the best way to choose a place to eat is by taking a look at where the locals go.

Most Las Vegas natives tend to avoid the Strip on their days off, but many brave it anyway to take a seat at Mon Ami Gabi. This French-style bistro has great views of the Bellagio fountains from its patio at Paris Hotel and Casino, so it’s the perfect place for you to watch its shows. As for the food, try the escargot or steak frites, as both get rave reviews from regulars.

If you’re seeking no-nonsense Mexican food, head to Los Antojos. It’s far from the Strip in a shopping centre on East Sahara Avenue, but you’ll be surrounded by plenty of locals feasting on tacos and quesadillas.

Satisfy your cravings for Asian fare by ducking into downtown eatery Le Thai. This hole in the wall specialises in authentic Thai dishes such as pad thai and panang curry, and has a loyal local following. Try to book a table here as it can get very busy.

Head to the Crown & Anchor British Pub on East Tropicana Avenue for a spot of lunch. Just to the east of UNLV, this place doesn’t draw attention to itself, but residents in the area know it well for its outstanding chicken finger platter.
If you’re looking for uncomplicated American fare, then head over to Ellis Island. Halfway between the Strip and UNLV campus, this place has some of the best value main courses in town. With a number of dishes starting at under $10, and plenty of steak and seafood options available for less than $20, it’s a great place to meet locals and save money at the same time.

When the time comes for dessert, try a Japanese speciality at Ichiza. The honey toast is the star attraction, combining bread, honey, butter and vanilla ice cream.