Las Vegas has some of the best dining options in the world. With well-known celebrity chef restaurants and unique dining experiences located on the strip, the options for delicious food are nearly unlimited. However, sometimes it can be fun to venture of the beaten path and find something new and out of the ordinary. Vegas has some of the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the U.S., but you have to search for them. From authentic Vietnamese and Thai cuisine to prohibition-style cocktails, you’re sure to find something to please even the biggest skeptic. Here is a list of “must” hole-in-the-wall eateries to visit in Vegas.
Pho Kim Long
This place is known for THE best Pho in Las Vegas. Not only do they offer a wide range of Pho, but they also serve up traditional Vietnamese dishes. The menu includes traditional Braised Pork in a clay pot, Pad Thai, Pan Fried Noodles – and the Fresh Spring Rolls are a must. There is always a wait, so make sure you get there early. The best part? They’re open 24 hours. Nothing better than hot Pho in the middle of the night. Located at 4029 Spring Mountain Rd.
These tacos live up to their name. Not only do they have traditional street tacos, but they also offer vegetarian and vegan options. The mashed potato taco and sautéed mushroom tacos are a must. These will even make the carnivores drool. Don’t forget your side of house-made guacamole and chips. Check out the salsa bar to add a level of spicy to your tacos, if you dare. Located in Downtown Las Vegas on Carson St. near 7th.
You have to really look for the front door to this place. Traditional style Thai food with some of the best Curry around town. Must-try items include the Tom Kha (a coconut soup with mushrooms), Green Curry, Garlic Fried Rice and, of course, Pad Thai. All entrees are available with chicken, beef, pork or tofu. The seating is limited, but the food is worth the wait. Located downtown Las Vegas 523 Fremont St.
Herbs & Rye
The definition of old Vegas mixed with ample prohibition feels, this bar and restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Enjoy traditional prohibition-style cocktails such as the Old-Fashioned, and Manhattans while dining on some of the finest cuts of meat. Be sure order the mussels appetizer; cooked in a red sauce with sausage, spices and served with toasted bread. With excellent happy hour deals, like half-off steaks, it’s best to get there right at 5 p.m. when it opens. Happy Hour is from 5-8 p.m., and 12 a.m. until close. Located at 3713 W Sahara Ave.
Batista’s Hole in the Wall
Established in 1907, Batista’s is literally a hole in the wall, featuring Old School-style Italian food with friendly service. The decor is too cute to pass up, with the red and white table clothes, candles and fake grapes and vines hanging from the ceiling. Every entree is served with unlimited house red or white wine, and garlic bread. A fun, relaxed environment for anyone and all ages. Located off the strip at 4041 Linq Ln.
Cornish Pasty Co.
Offering all the vibes of London without the overcast weather, the décor of Cornish Pasty Co. is old England meets industrial meets goth. Offering a large menu of pasties such as The Oggie, a traditional pasty made with steak, potato, onion and rutabaga served with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup. All pasties are handmade and made-to-order. And what goes better with pasties than a traditional appetizer like the Scotch Egg – hardboiled egg wrapped in bacon, with steed onions, in a white wine mustard gravy. Located in Downtown Las Vegas at 10 E. Charleston Blvd.