Food & Drink

9 Restaurants in Las Vegas You Haven't Tried... but Should

Published On 05/17/2015 Published On 05/17/2015
The Barrymore
Zenshin
The Sparklings
Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs
Sporting Life
The Barrymore
Yassou Greek Grill Cafe
Oyster Bar
Weiss Restaurant, Deli & Bakery
Urban Turban
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1. Zenshin Asian Restaurant 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89183

South Point is probably best known for its equestrian center and rodeo shows, so it could be a surprise to see this Asian spot nestled in the corner of the lobby floor. It gives a tip of the (cowboy) hat to its location with the 8 Second Bull Ride, a sushi roll that includes seared wagyu over crab and asparagus. But the Miso Butterfish and Shogun Wagyu Burger are among the highlights of a diverse menu that’s about more than just sushi rolls.

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2. The Sparklings 8310 S Rainbow Blvd #100, Las Vegas, NV 89139

It's easy for this bright, modern spot to stand out in the relatively quiet Southwest Valley. The cocktail menu and American bistro-style food are both worth checking out, but it’s the atmosphere that catches your attention. Sit outside on the patio underneath a string of lights with a Moscow Mule in your hand… or enjoy the Spicy Seafood Pasta inside a brightly lit dining room that's perfect for large parties or date night with your latest significant other.

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3. Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs 2291 S Fort Apache Rd, #102, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Buldogis serves gourmet hot dogs with an Asian twist. The dogs are made with premium beef without fillers and topped with fresh ingredients, like the pineapple salsa and green onions that come on The Hawaiian. The kimchi takes three days to make and is a crucial addition to the spicy sweet potato Angry Kimchi fries. Buldogis also has a food truck that pops up at big events around town.

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4. Sporting Bar 7770 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89139

Need a good place to check out a big game? Sporting Life is full of TV screens and has plenty of space plus an electronic scoreboard. Need the kind of food you don’t usually find at a sports bar? The menu has you covered with cured confit chicken wings, pork belly, seared duck breast, and bacon-wrapped dates.

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5. The Barrymore 99 Convention Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Despite being located in the desolate north end of the Strip, the Barrymore rewards dedicated visitors with a casual spot with fire pits on the patio, plush seating across two intimate dining areas, and empty film reels lining the ceiling. The menu is heavy on steak and wine, but the cocktail program is among the best in Vegas. Just ask the bartender for a suggestion and go with it.

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6. Yassou Greek Grill Café 7871 W Charleston Blvd Ste 110, Las Vegas, NV 89117

When it comes to Greek restaurants, most people want traditional favorites and few surprises. Yassou keeps gyros, chicken skewers, and baklava simple yet perfectly prepared and full of flavor. But the Greek Pizza is worth your attention as well. It's topped with spinach, feta, basil, and olives.

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7. The Oyster Bar at Palace Station 2411 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102 (Off Strip)

Open 24/7, this seafoodery inside The Palace Station Hotel & Casino serves up killer ocean eats, from gumbos, to chowders, and more.

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8. Weiss Deli and Bakery 2744 N Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014

The most authentic Jewish deli you'll find anywhere in Nevada. The lox platter and chicken matzah ball soup are worth the trip alone, but check out the sky-scraping sandwiches, stacked with the best cuts of deli meat. Hungry? Order the Ceily’s Stack. It stuffs juicy brisket in between two perfectly cooked potato latkes, then gets topped with melted Muenster and provolone cheese, plus homemade gravy and sour cream on the side.

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9. Urban Turban 3900 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169 (Off Strip)

This Bombay kitchen and tapas bar offers a fresh spin on traditional Indian food, including vegan and gluten-free selections. If you worry that the lamb sliders and other bites might be too small, indulge your appetite with the Bottomless Curry.

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