The allure of restaurants on the Strip is hard to ignore. Properties like The Cosmopolitan and Park MGM have chosen to invest and position themselves as culinary destinations. Downtown is an area that continues to evolve from casinos and hotels to modern cafés and shopping. It’s also an exciting culinary destination with mainstays and new locations that have earned your attention.
Carson Kitchen offers different environments to enjoy your meal. The sparsely decorated dining room is brimming with contemporary design elements. Seating at the bar allows guests an unobstructed view of the theater of food preparation. The rooftop bar and garden both immerse diners in a neighborhood feel, complete with twinkle lights. Chef Kerry Simon’s concept in opening this restaurant was a twist on current American comfort food. This goal is accomplished with stellar appetizers like Crispy Chicken Skins and Devil’s Eggs. Meat eaters, seafood lovers and vegetarians can all find something of interest in this diverse and delicious menu.
The spot for brunch downtown featuring fresh, quality ingredients is Eat. Airy décor with plenty of natural light will help get your downtown day started. The menu is focused, but still showcases a variety of savory and sweet breakfast and lunch options. The Cinnamon Biscuits are a standout of the sweet selection, with the warmth of cinnamon further enhanced by tangy strawberry compote. If salt is what you crave, the Huevos Mutolenos combine hearty flavors with heat from red and green chiles, along with zesty feta cheese. Arrive early or close to opening in order to avoid waiting to be seated.
The words Live Hard Ride Fast Eat Pizza are spelled out in lights over the bar. This mantra partly originates from the restaurant’s namesake Evel Knievel, who’s likeness is emblazoned throughout in pictures, busts, stickers, portraits, and of course, a pinball machine. The pizza parlor, located mere steps from the Fremont Experience serves up orders by the slice or pie. Their thin crust supports a myriad of classic toppings like ricotta or meatballs (vegan available too), but for a surprising option, you can try the rattlesnake sausage. Visit Evel Pie for a true slice of Americana.
Triple George Grill
If the Rat Pack were around today, Triple George Grill is the type of establishment you’d expect them to frequent. The soft lighting and semi-private rich, dark wood booths all work to create an intimate steak house atmosphere. With attentive service that makes newcomers feel like regulars and crisp martinis that go down easy (a little too easy), it’s no wonder this restaurant has been around for over a decade. Go at dinnertime for excellent cuts of steak expertly prepared, or choose a happy hour visit for affordably priced small dishes like Truffle Mac & Cheese Bites or Calamari.
Santos Guisados Tacos & Beer
This restaurant’s décor tilts toward religious iconography. It includes a ‘Saint of the Day’ area where Novena Candles bearing the images of such dearly departed as Anthony Bourdain and Whitney Houston are memorialized. What this eatery lacks in seating (it’s a modestly sized location), it more than makes up for in flavor. The expected taco assortments such as Carne Asada or Al Pastor are all present and accounted for. However, the true stars are the Guisados. Tacos which showcase braised robust sauces like Mole and Salsa Verde. Pork, chicken, brisket and even mushrooms all benefit from the guisado treatment, resulting in satisfying bites.