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Chowhound Challenge: Sit-down Mexican, with a bar, on the west side of Vegas...

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OK, hounds, hubby and I are settling into our new neighborhood, and starting to try and find our favorites "in the hood." With so many restaurant closures in Vegas over the last year, it can be a challenge. We just want someplace to go on a Friday night and have a margarita or two, some good chips and salsa, and Mexican food that not's too tex-mex....It need not be totally authentic DF style, but we don't need the globs of cheese either. So far the challenge is unmet (missing La Galleria which closed some months ago...). So, hounds, any thoughts? I wasn't impressed with the place that is Dona somebody's Tamales (on Cheyenne...)...but that's approximately the neighborhood and style I'm looking for (actually, closer to Lake Mead and Buffalo would be better; Summerlin would be ok too....and we would go east on Lake Mead, Vegas, or Washington if anyone can think of places that aren't taquerias...Don't get me wrong...I love taquerias...but that's not what I'm searching for.

Hounds?? Any thoughts??

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  1. Janet, last spring we stumbled upon Frank & Fina's at Flamingo & Grand Canyon, just west of the 215. It was in a shopping mall so I wasn't excited about trying it. After we parked, a lady in the next car said it was very good, so in we went. The mole' was excellent, but I think some of the food has been Americanize, so order carefully. And please let me know what you think if you go.

    1. I have not been but Camachos at Alieante may fit the bill.

      1. There's Lindo Michoan at Flamingo and Hualapi. It can get trashed on this board sometimes, but when it comes to mexican, no one is neutral about their faves.

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        1. re: mtngirlnv

          I'm not a big Lindo Michoacan fan, but its ok, and that's the closest of the suggested places to where I live...Frank and Fina's is very close to my office, so that might be a lunch suggestion as well....don't they have a branch on Charleston or Sahara somewhere around Valley View..or did I dream that?

          Today I happened to notice that there is a Mexican seafood place on Decatur just a block or so north of Lake Mead...have any hounds been there? I was in too much of a hurry to stop, but I'm curious..and that's a short drive from my house (basically I'm near the corner of Tenaya and Vegas). Hubby is leaving me this weekend while he goes to Central Florida "on business", but the business he's transacting is with family members so it means that although they are paying his airfare he won't be making any money...however, I suspect its all really an excuse to eat several meals at my various sister-in-law's houses...so while he's eating the best Gujarati food in America, the least I can do it check out some new places.....if I make it to the seafood place I'll definitely report back!

          1. re: janetofreno

            When we lived in Desert Shores, we discovered the complete lack of Mexican food in the NW or Summerlin. Usually, we would head east on Lake Mead to the City of North Las Vegas and his up the taquerias along the street. But that's not what you're looking for.

            Try Viva Mercado on Rainbow and Spring Mountain. Slightly less impressive is Ricardo's on Rainbow and Flamingo. Or maybe even Agave Restaurant over near Costco. Busy, busy parking lot though. Also good, but in the middle of downtown is Casa Don Juan on Main st.

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            Agave Restaurant
            10820 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

            Viva Mercados
            3553 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

            Casa Don Juan
            1204 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104

            Ricardo's
            4930 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103

        2. It's hard to believe that there isn't a better alternative in the area than the three Shamu mentions, but these are the three that sprang to my mind, too. I know what you mean bout the feel of "Dona" (I've never been impressed by Dona's food). Why aren't there the equivalents of Hacienda on the west side?