Now best known for the canopied “Experience,” Fremont Street has been part of Las Vegas ever since the city was founded in 1905. Named after John Charles Fremont, with the west end frequently referred to as “old Vegas,” locals and guests alike have traveled up and down our first paved road for over one hundred years, even as the city has expanded in every direction. Brightly lit and always great for people-watching, it is a much more recent phenomenon that dining has become a reason to visit the area. For those in the know, the Fremont East District offers these five delicious stops in addition to others.
7th & Carson
Recently celebrating two years since replacing Glutton, it is on the corner of 7th and Carson that guests can find this aptly named restaurant serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Easily accessible from Container Park and nearby bars, the brightly colored space is described by owner Liam Dwyer as “a nice little drinking spot with really great food,” and Chef Gregg Fortunato makes sure those words ring true. Offering an international mix of influences, and Fortunato’s diverse training paired with quality ingredients and fair pricing, be sure not to miss out on Hearth Oven Bread with three Mediterranean dips, nor smoked Pork Belly, Tandoori Carrots or the delectable Breakfast Pizzetta.
Poised for late-2019 expansion to Utah and Georgia, Las Vegas owes a debt of gratitude to Cory Harwell and Kerry Simon for opening Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas and helping to make off-Strip dining what it is today. Universally praised for both creativity and quality, guests flock to the space at 124 South 6th Street both day and night for food that is as adventurous as it is accessible. Currently lead by Scott Simon, and always a good spot for cocktails crafted by Matthew Harwell, everyone but vegetarians would be wise to start with either bacon jam or chicken skins, and from there the hits just keep coming. Currently celebrating summer with a “best of” menu, do be sure to try Harwell’s Wild Boar Sloppy Joe for a limited time only, and don’t forget to save room for Carson Kitchen’s Bourbon Fudge Brownie topped by brown butter bacon ice cream.
The Kitchen at Atomic
Although Atomic Liquors has existed since 1952, it is far more recently that The Kitchen at Atomic has emerged as a downtown destination. Its migration from burgers and wings to something greater was begun by Justin Kingsley Hall, has been carried on by Chef Jackson Stamper since February. In many ways an unlikely concept, its location on far East Fremont next to what many consider a “dive bar” best known to locals, The Kitchen at Atomic guests entering after 5 p.m. will find an ingredient-focused menu with no shortage of choices. Suited for vegetarians and omnivores alike, grilled long beans and cauliflower “steak” every bit on par with a world-class pork chop, sweets should also not be missed – neither the stout chocolate cake or fried apple pie.
The Naked City Pizza Shop at The El Cortez
While Christopher and Michael Palmeri were born in Buffalo, the brothers have made their name in Las Vegas’ culinary scene for over a decade. From humble beginnings inside Moon Doggies Bar & Grill on Arville to five current locations, ranging from inside the El Cortez down to Henderson, guests visiting any Naked City Pizza Shop can expect big flavors and constant innovation. Serving pizzas that lie halfway between Midwestern pan-style and New York Sicilian, Naked City makes it hard to go wrong with any choice. The menu also features salads, sandwiches and new pastas, including cheese tortellini. Guests visiting downtown should plan their visit to Sin City’s longest continuously operating Casino around Naked City’s 11 a.m. opening. If they’re lucky, they’ll catch a piping hot slice, hand-breaded chicken parm and some of Michael’s housemade pastries.
Somewhat forgotten with the abundance of recent openings in Las Vegas, Therapy nonetheless continues to lure in guests with fair prices and food that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Truly an anchor of East Fremont, its location just steps from Slotzilla, it is currently under the watchful eye of General Manager Maria Horta and Chef Chris Robyn that Therapy offers something for everyone. Open at 10:30 a.m. daily, with Relapse Nightclub staying open until 4 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday after the restaurant closes, Therapy’s can’t miss dishes include the “Signature Salad,” as well as creamy crab dip. Just as they were on day one, the tender ricotta dumplings titled “In the Gnudi” are one of DTLV’s greatest culinary highlights.