Local Food

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Looking for a local Las Vegas restaurant? I've got a list of my favorites and I try to add to it often because I adore restaurants. I was raised around Old Vegas restaurants and bars, and the thing I love best for dinner is... you guessed it--a reservation.

NEW: I've introduced a New Category: Delivery!

What's better than eating out? Why, delivery, of course! I confess to loving almost anything that gets delivered to my door. If you scroll to the end of the restaurant list, you'll find the delivery list, just added in July 2016.
I love breakfast, which is why I love Egg Works, where I took this picture on a happy Saturday.

Brio at Tivoli Las Vegas – Nice chain Italian restaurant with pretty d├ęcor and good service.

Cantina Laredo – The Margaritas are the best things on the menu at this Modern Mexican restaurant chain at Tivoli.

Capriotti’s –Tasty sandwiches galore. It’s a chain, but it’s an oh-so-yummy-chain.

Carson Kitchen –Tenth level of delicious. This Kerry Simon restaurant is not to be missed.  On this, Las Vegas foodies and snobs seem to agree.

Cheesecake Factory – This well-known chain is like Applebee’s wearing a tux: tasty but not earth-shattering. Dependable go-to for those who enjoy a menu big enough to be a book club selection. 

Cracked Egg – Local chain serving breakfast and lunch. Homey and inexpensive.

Dom DeMarcos – Noted pizzeria with New York roots. (President Obama ordered from them one time when he was in town.) Their meatballs don’t get the attention they deserve.

Dona Maria Tamales – No need to wonder what the specialty is here -- the name says it all. Old Vegas fave.

Due Forni – Two special ovens create delicious thin crust pizza. Non-pizza lovers will find an abundance of Italian options. And let’s not forget the wonderful wine selection. (One of the places it’s safe to order the house wine.)

Echo & Rig – What’s not to love about Echo & Rig? OK, if you’re a vegetarian, maybe you don’t love Echo & Rig. Can you say “butcher shop on the premises”? Oh yeah.  

Egg and I & The Egg Works – Breakfast favorites.

Firehouse Subs – The sandwich chain that proves firemen really know how to cook.

Glutton -- What's not to love about this fabulous little restaurant downtown, right behind Container Park? Wonderful service, great food.

Hash House a Go Go -- Their "twisted farm food" is served in large quantities, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your views about mountains of mashed potatoes and saucer-sized biscuits. The West Charleston location is usually busy, doubly so around holiday weekends.

Honey Salt – Renown Vegas ‘burbs outpost of acclaimed restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau Kim Canteenwalla. One of the crown jewels of the west-side foodie scene.

Hussong's -- In addition to some of the best Margaritas around, the food is great and reasonably priced. Love the tacos here. The history of the place is also fascinating, especially since they claim to have invented the Margarita. Drink one and you'll see why that seems like a plausible claim.

Jamms Restaurant -- This unassuming strip mall breakfast and lunch joint is usually packed, and for good reason. The food has that home-cooked feel, and the service is fast and efficient. Frequently voted among the best breakfast places in Las Vegas.

John Mull's Roadkill Grill – Best barbecue in Las Vegas, hands down. As authentic as it gets.

Lucille's -- This well-respected regional chain serves up very tasty barbecue and Southern cooking that won me over right away. They get the balance of smoke-sweet-spicy barbecue just right. Thumbs up on the Tri-tip salad, and they do a decent fried okra.

Mac Shack -- Pasta in all of its glorious forms, with your choice of sauce. Macaroni is the star, of course. The airy, open seating area has a cafeteria feel to it, but in a good way.

MTO Cafe -- Another one of many restaurants that I think of as a hybrid: you order at the counter (like fast-food), but they bring you the food (like a sit-down restaurant). It's a warm and inviting place with families and people of all ages enjoying the breakfast and lunch food. Great stop for casual dining.

Pint -- Do you like beer? And good food? Then you'll like Pint, which took over a space that I thought was dated and dreary and transformed it with an industrial design and a good menu of drinks and food. Patio area with its own outdoor TV also available.

PS702 -- The design scheme here pretty much ensures you will not run out of things to talk about. Vintage school-related items like trophies, encyclopedias, microscopes adorn the shelves and there's an assortment of games for guests to try out if they want. The "gastropub" food and drinks are inventive and tasty.

Rachel's Kitchen – “Casual California Cuisine,” which means kinda like a deli, but healthy.

Ricardo's – “American Style” Mexican food. (Translation: some people, especially food snobs, find it “not authentic.”) Whatever. I love the peach margaritas. Old Vegas fave.

Roberto's Taco Shop -- The authentic (yep, I'm gonna use the "A" word) alternative to fast-food tacos from the big chains.  

Shake Shack Downtown Summerlin -- If you care about hamburgers like I care about hamburgers, you must try Shake Shack. I adore their tasty little burgers and have no problem with the fries (which are often criticized for being frozen) or the untoasted buns. 

Smash Burger – My favorite burger. Period.

View Wine Bar – Great atmosphere, delicious wedge salad and risotto. (And, naturally, wine.)

Yard House -- At lunch, the atmosphere feels like a Chili's and an Applebees had a baby. Burgers, sandwiches, tacos and a full drink menu in a big, open dining room with lots of TVs playing the latest game. I've read that the music gets kinda loud later. 

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos – Terrific stop for lunch on the weekend. Who doesn't love tacos and beer for lunch?

Some of these restaurants have locations outside the western part of Las Vegas, but currently the list below reflects restaurants offering delivery around Summerlin, The Lakes, and Peccole Ranch in Las Vegas.

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Closings and Changes:

In Las Vegas, restaurants can come and go pretty quickly. For reference, here's a short list of some places that have closed or been revamped into something new:

Mercadito at Red Rock reopened in February as Libre

Outside Inn is gone and Pint is in, and the change is a big improvement. Great little neighborhood watering hole with good food.

Nacho Daddy on West Sahara is in the building that formerly housed Firefly (and Z Tejas before that). 

Embers in Boca Park has very sadly closed. Hussong's has taken over the space.

Sedona at 215 and Flamingo closed in January 2016.

Gordon Biersch in Boca park closed and Bradley Odgen has taken over that space with his new restaurant, The Mixx Grill and Lounge. Judging from the Yelp reviews, this is a must-eat.

Last update: July 2016