Las Vegas
2. Cablp
Overton
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Cablp is pronounced "ka-blip," which stands for Criss Angel's Breakfast, Lunch & Pizza. The Vegas Strip performer (who now has two magic shows at Planet Hollywood) took over Sugar's Home Plate in Overton last year, turning the old sports bar into a fast-casual restaurant with a share of the profits redirected into local charity initiatives. The pizzas, inspired by Angel's New York roots, are the biggest sellers, but the menu has a variety of diner-style comfort food, ranging from burgers, dogs, and shakes to Fish n' Chips, Chicken Parm, and a Chicken Fried Steak that should be familiar to Sugar's regulars. An espresso bar serves Angel's own Illusia brand of Central American coffee beans. Cablp also serves its own gourmet Italian Ice desserts with more than 100 flavors in production. A walk-up window handles most of the to-go orders and is especially convenient if you're just passing through town after a visit to the Lost City Museum, dedicated to prehistoric archaeological sites in the area.
How to book: Orders are usually made in person, but online ordering for pickup is available.

3. Cottonwood Station
Blue Diamond
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Cottonwood Station is the first and only restaurant in Blue Diamond, a historic but quiet mining community near Red Rock Canyon. It fits in seamlessly with the residential nature of the neighborhood, which does its best to not attract too many tourists. However, Blue Diamond's high elevation is a nice change of pace from Las Vegas, especially when enjoying the weather on Cottonwood Station's patio. Come by for coffee, pastries, and frittatas in the morning, or paninis, pizzas, and a choice of wine or beer on tap in the afternoons and evening. Happy hour runs Monday-Thursday 4-7 pm with discounts on appetizers and select drinks, including prosecco cocktails.
How to book: Play it safe and call 702-875-4332 to book a reservation.

4. Happy Burro Chili & Beer
Beatty
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Hanging out at the Happy Burro is like taking a trip back in time to an Old West cowboy saloon. The rickety wood structure is comfortably worn-in and is a great pit stop before exploring nearby attractions like the Death Valley National Park and Rhyolite Ghost Town. Practically ever inch of wall space is covered by some kind of decoration, whether it's vintage beer ads, wanted posters, or photos that celebrate Beatty's legacy as a mining hub more than a century ago. You're really here for two things: ice cold beer (no fancy craft brew please) and hearty award-winning chili that's based on a family recipe. Both are best enjoyed on an outdoor patio with a boardwalk that almost feels like a side street between two buildings.
How to book: Stop on by or take an order to go from a walk-up window.

6. The Gourmet Room
Laughlin
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There are a lot of fun things to do in Laughlin, even if the dining scene is a little on the unremarkable side. Fortunately, the Gourmet Room at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort offers a welcome splash of sizzle and style in this casual casino town. The deep red decor, vintage chandeliers, and views of the Colorado River make an impression even before you open the menu. However, you'll be more than happy with the eclectic mix of seafood, often with French and Italian touches. When in doubt, go with Coquilles Saint-Jacques, a combination of scallops, shrimp, and lobster in a flavorful Newburg sauce. If you just want a quick taste of what the Gourmet Room is all about, the bar is one of the best places to enjoy a cocktail at dusk.
How to book: Make a reservation by calling 702-298-2535 (extension 5739).

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