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Apr 28, 2010 08:20 PM

Las Vegas Best Off the Strip

We have been to Rosemary's on previous trips as well as Rosa's. what else should we consider this weekend. will be in town for about a week.

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  1. Haven't been there, but I've heard amazing things about Raku.

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    1. re: tatamagouche

      I have been, and it is worth every penny -- not that it is expensive at all. But it was probably the best meal I had in 2009.

      1. re: tatamagouche

        Raku for Japanese Izakaya. Try their Agedashi Tofu.
        Since it is a small place, I'd suggest making reservations ahead.

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        1. Nora's Italian Cusine, Joyfull House, Rincon de Buenos Aires and Viva Mercados.

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

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          1. re: Eric

            Mercados like all mex in lv is wack.
            Better off at Chipotle.

            1. re: ChrisG.PersonalChef

              Do you really think Chipotle is better than, say, La Mexicana, Los Mocajetes, or Birrieria Jalisco (I could name several others)?

              Birrieria Jalisco
              953 E Sahara Ave E8, Las Vegas, NV

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                yes, yes and honestly I haven't tried B.Jal.
                But if you say it's good I'll put it onmy list.
                Hard to afford eating oput nowadays but I'll get to it.

                That said, we have to compare apples to apples my friend.
                Chipotle accomplishes what it sets out to do.
                Makes good mexican-american food with the best possible ingredients it can use and still remain affordable.
                It stays true to who it claims to be.
                Food with integrity check out the website.
                You can taste it too.

                When we taste our food we gotta meditate on what were eating sometimes.
                (chewing taco)
                How does this meat taste?
                Old? Frozen,defrosted,refrozen,defrosted?
                Expired? US standard or select grade?
                How's the tortilla? Too hard? Plastic texture?
                Can you still taste some of the earthy "cornyness" in it?

                A birrieria doesn't have much to do with chipotle if it's actually a birrieria.
                That would be a place attempting to be AUTHENTIC mexican 1st of all.
                Chipotle is NOT authentic mexican but that's ok they dont claim to be.
                Also a birrieria sinks or swims on the strength of their BIRRIA above
                all. Totally different concept.

                So, how's the birria?

                Do you like to cook yourself?
                If so YOU could make better tasting and more authentic mexican food that all these places with a little practice. I am not being sarcastic either.

                We can on and on if you're serious about this.

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  Yes I do. Except for B.Jal which I haven't tried.
                  Go ahead and name the others I can always learn something.

                  Chipotle stays true to who thet claim to be.
                  Not Authentic mex but thats OK. Food with integrity healthy and tastes goood too.
                  Look at thier site.

                  If you like to cook, with a little time and effort YOU Dave could make far better and more authentic mex than these guys. I'm not being sarcastic.
                  Quality ingredients, knowledge, passion are absent at these places.

            2. If you're leaving the Strip for breakfast find an Omelette House, they're a local institution. There's one on W. Charleston just east of Rancho. There's also one inside The Plaza if you find yourslef on Fremont St.

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              1. re: RoyOfTheRovers

                The Omelet House in the Plaza has closed.

                Omelet House
                2227 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89128

                1. re: westie

                  Thanks for the tip, westie. Well, there's till the Dupar's Diner right across the street @ the Golden Gate & the Charleston & Rancho Omelet House is still there. Oh, I almost forgot the Hash House on Sahara & Decatur, which is till open according to their website, not to be confused w/Hash House a Go-Go.

                  Hash House
                  2605 S Decatur Blvd Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89102

                  Omelet House
                  2227 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89128

                  1. re: RoyOfTheRovers

                    I'm a fan of Hash House, especially the retro Midwestern feel of the place. I go for the hash, and while it's not spectacular, the place always puts a smile on my face.

                    Hash House
                    2605 S Decatur Blvd Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89102