Driving thru Vegas, where to stop for lunch...
- BlueOx Dec 7, 2009 05:38 PM
I'm driving through Vegas next week (both ways) about lunch time. I don't want to spend a lot of time, but I do want good food. What do you locals think would be a good stop. My first thought is to hit one of the Spring Mountain Pho places.
613...Thanks for pointing that out, I checked the Blue Ox Tavern out on Yelp and it had one good review. However, it also had a couple of things I wasn't looking for; bar top video gaming (I know all the bars in Vegas have them) and Midwestern food (which is what's available in Vail & Eagle River Valley). Any chance I get to have ethnic dishes, I take.
Their Blue Ox is named after their roots in Minnesota and my "handle" is after my favorite ski run at Vail.
Mint Indian Bistro (nee "Himalayan Cuisine"):
offers a tasty array of northern Indian, Nepalese/Himalayan dishes, and a decent beer and wine list.
About 5 or 6 blocks East of the Strip on Flamingo, on the north side of the street tucked in an ugly little shopping center behind a Jack in the Box.
They used to be this kitschy little place with orange walls and Tibetan prayer flags, and they always had cheap and good lunch specials- I used to go there often when my office was on that side of town.
Their head waiter, who I think was working himself through school, seemed to eventually graduate and buy the place so he could "class it up"- which basically equated to changing the seating layout and putting more subdued paint on the walls, and changing the name from "Himalayan Cuisine" to "Mint Indian Cuisine".
I went there with a friend recently, and it was pretty much the same menu, same prices, same blend of tasty himalayan/indian dishes.
The momo are tasty, as is the rebel lamb curry.
heck, I've never actually had a bad meal there.
Barring that, go West on Spring Mountain from 15, keep driving past "Chinatown", several blocks until you come to a Checker AutoParts store on the north side of the street. Directly across from it on the South side, is an Italian deli/grocery store/cafe. Their food is amazing. I'm sorry I can't remember the name. But you won't be sorry.
Or you can easily stop anywhere in Chinatown for Korean BBQ, Pho, or Banh Mi.
As far as pho on Spring Mountain is concerned - I highly recommend Pho Saigon 8 on Spring Mountain and Lindell.
Pho Saigon 8
5650 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Thanks for all the suggestions, I did Siagon 8 on the way to LA and Bruno's on the way back. Both perfect for "road food". The Pho was terrific and I wasn't made to feel like an outsider. Bruno's was like being back in Chicago, great sandwiches and the setting made me feel like and minor character in the Soprano's.