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6 Under-the-Radar Las Vegas Restaurants

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When you book your hotel in Vegas, you probably have live entertainment and other shenanigans on the brain – but that’s no reason to neglect your stomach.  

In between free cocktails on the casino floor, why not indulge in some of the best food in the Southwest? Impressive chefs from around the world line the famous Las Vegas Strip with their creative fusion menus and modern takes on classic dishes.

If you don’t want to wait over an hour for a table at the restaurant of the moment, however, there are plenty of unmissable spots in Sin City that have somehow managed to fly under the radar. Here are six of the best off-the-Strip eateries for every meal of the day.


Donut Hut

3242 E Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121

This purveyor of candy-colored morning confections has been a staple in Las Vegas for decades. The owner is known as the Cambodian Rambo, but instead of fighting his way through a jungle, he whips up a mean cream cheese frosting. Try a donut or three before you hit the hiking trails or head to the pool for the day. It’s cash only, so remember to stop at the ATM on the way.


707 E Carson Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101

If savory is your game, Eat in downtown Las Vegas is your playing field. This place prides itself on its comfort food, and you’ll understand why when you order the eggs benedict or huevos rancheros. For something tasty and unique, check out the truffle egg sandwich.


Pizza Rock

201 N Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

When you want more than just your average pizza pie, head to Pizza Rock downtown. The creator of the menu is an award-winning pizza expert. Sit at the bar or grab a booth, and watch a game on the TV. Pizza Rock serves Neapolitan, Sicilian, Roman, and other classic style pizzas, as well as gluten-free bases. Don’t mind the big rig cab in the corner — that’s just where the DJ sets up.

Tacos el Gordo

1724 E Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104

If lunchtime calls for a margarita, you’re going to want to pair your salt-rimmed glass with some of the best Mexican food in the desert. Tacos el Gordo is a Tijuana-based chain, so the eats are authentic. Order a few carne asada tacos that are grilled over charcoal and enjoy a flavorful lunch.


Lotus of Siam

953 E Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104

You wouldn’t think this place was anything special if you drove by, but it’s a local favorite. Tucked away in a strip mall, this Thai restaurant specializes in fare from Northern and Eastern Thailand. Enjoy your break from the frenetic energy of the Strip by slurping up some soft shell crab drunken noodles or biting into crispy duck Panang. The restaurant also has a great wine list.

Andiron Steak & Sea

1720 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135

This dinner spot is on the western edge of Las Vegas, just a short drive from the cusp of Red Rock Canyon National Park. The menu features a healthy blend of steak, seafood, and vegetarian options. You can devour a lobster roll or sink your teeth into roast free-range chicken. If you’re up for something different, try the jalapeno bacon churros.

None of this is to say that popular Strip locations don’t hold their own against any of these options. If the Strip suits your fancy and you’re looking to navigate the world of five-star restaurants, celebrity chefs, and big crowds, contact The Tour Exchange today to speak to speak with our friendly team about our discounted fine dining and foodie tour packages for your perfect culinary adventure in Sin City.

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