vegas mexican and other off-strip must-eats?
visiting vegas (from new york city) for the first time in ages next week... will have a car and am not really interested in the fancypants strip restaurants. i've been reading about the following mexican restaurants: quinta belina, el sombrero, doña maria's, and rigos tacos #8. can anyone suggest which one's the best? or is there a better one? i was thinking quinta belina because the review i read said they have great mole, but was surprised to find no mention of it on chowhound...
was also thinking to try lotus of siam and either big mama's rib shack or memphis championship BBQ... any other suggestions would be appreciated! thank you!
The Mexican restaurant you must try in Vegas that's off the strip (and really all the good mexican restaurants are off the strip), is LaMadonna. Trust me...and the Chile Relleno is phenomenal. This comes with a caveat. If you like rice and refried beans and too much cheese, then don't go to La Madonna. If you like authentic Mexican foods...sometimes with a little twist it's a must try.
6115 Fort Apache Road #112
LV, NV 89148
Rosemary's should be your first choice for non-Mex, off-strip dining. Go for lunch (their prix fixe is one of the best deals in town) and I bet you go back for dinner. I know I would... one of my fave places anywhere and easily deserving of multiple visits in one trip. The menu is that compelling, and the service cannot be beat.
Our upcoming LV visit--after some CH research--will include Cathay House for dim sum, Aburiya Raku for Japanese small plates/pub and Sen for sushi.
Our last LV visit included Rosemary's (you can get $100 gift cards for $80 @ Costco) and Lotus of Siam. I enjoyed both, but would class Rosemary's as a solid, upscalish neighbourhood restaurant and less a destination spot--but that's my $0.02.