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Dec 7, 2009 05:38 PM

Driving thru Vegas, where to stop for lunch...

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.


Blue Ox

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    1. There's a bar in town called the Blue Ox. Appropiate... no?

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      1. re: shamu613

        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.

        1. re: BlueOx

          In that case, try out Hot & Juicy Crawfish, on Spring Mountain just east of Decatur.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: tastyvegas

          613 & TV, thanks for all the suggestions. Google Maps street view shows the Italian place as Roma Deli & Restaurant. Being a deli, I'm sure I can get in and out quickly.

          1. re: BlueOx

            And Ronald's Donuts on Spring Mountain is great auto food! If Lotus of Siam were open next week (it's closed for renovations), I'd recommend that. I know several people who do drive-bys there on a regular basis.

        2. 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

          1. 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.

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            1. re: BlueOx

              Thanks for reporting back. What/where is Bruno's? Not sure I've heard of it.

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                Dave, Bruno's is the place Tastyvegas listed earlier in this thread. Its across Spring Mountain and a half a block west from Pho Saigon 8. I would have stopped at LOS but it was closed for remodeling when I drove through.

                1. re: BlueOx

                  Is Bruno's actually Roma's? Perhaps that would explain it. I was also curious when I saw the reference.

                  1. re: QAW

                    QAW, you are correct, its Roma's.

                  2. re: BlueOx

                    I'm glad I didn't agree with you about how great Bruno's is! :-)

                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                      A couple of the guys at the next table looked like their names could have been Bruno or Sal. :>)