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Coming to town in a couple of weeks. Will be staying on the Strip, but plan to spend a good bit of time Downtown. Looking for suggestions for interesting, unique or just plain tasty food downtown. Does not have to be expensive or fancy. We may have a car, but may not so will probably stick to walking distance.


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  1. Aloha Specialties on the mezzanine at the California Hotel & Casino= Inexpensive place for great Hawaiian food.
    Also at the California the A$7.95 prime rib dinner is a pretty good value and prime rib.

    Luv-It Frozen Custard

    Luv-It Frozen Custard
    505 E Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104

    Aloha Specialties Restaurant
    12 E Ogden Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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    1. re: monku

      YES! Luv Its is not to be missed! As for food, I'm drawing a blank. Triple George is good, but I can't think of anything amazing that shouldn't be missed. Mermaids on Fremont Street also has fried oreos and twinkies that are delish. The bar scene on Fremont East is awesome though...

    2. The restaurant at the El Cortes is pretty darn good

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      1. re: kagemusha49

        The buffet at Main Street is pretty good and cheap too. I wouldn't say it's a must eat, but definitely worth the money

      2. Which end of the Strip are you stayoing at? You may be in for a looong walk to get Downtown.

        Check out the Bar + Bistro at the Arts Factory (Charleston, and Main) Depending on when you are in town you can catch an event there too. First Fridays happen on the first Friday of the month, and every Saturday is the Painters, and Poets jam on the patio. The online reviews I saw were old, and had the fare listed as Italian, which is no longer the case. It is a Latin fusion menu now. Chef Beni is doing some neat things with the bistro.

        Depending on what you are looking for, and if you have a car will really make a difference. I have eaten at The 4 Kegs several times (Jones, and the 95) after midnight when the pizzas, and strombolis are half price - $6-$8. Diners, Drive ins, and Dives did an episode there. On Charleston I have also eaten at Tacos Mexico a couple of times, abut I can't give the same reviews as some about Tacos el Gordo further down the street. The adobada tacos that everyone raves about were pretty plain to me. Also on Charleston is The Great Wall Chinese restaurant which is good. Not oily like some places make. I had the happy family dish which is a combo platter.

        I have had good meals at the Elephant Bar in the District next to the Green Vally Ranch Casino in Henderson. Kings Fish House which is also in the District is also good.

        Lotus of Siam is really good too.

        I am a pretty frugal shopper, so none of these places will set you back a lot - less then $20 for the most part.

        Welcome to Las Vegas, and have a great time.

        Lotus of Siam
        953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

        Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
        2202 W Charleston Blvd Ste 3, Las Vegas, NV 89102

        Tacos Mexico
        1800 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104

        1. You might try "I love Arepas" (look for posts here) just a few blocks south of downtown towards the strip. Just a glorified food truck in an iffy neighborhood but the arepas are wonderful....Its near luv it custard.

          1. A total guilty pleasure, but...

            The 99ยข deep-fried Oreos from Mermaids casino. Trashy Vegas at its best (or is that worst?). Definitely not expensive, definitely not fancy. Go in, get the Oreos, marvel at the freak show all around you, get the hell out. The greasy kitchen shoe-horned into the back corner of the joint looks questionable at best (I wouldn't order a hot dog from them on a dare), and the slot machines in there are tighter than a gnat's back end.

            1. You are getting terrible advice regarding downtown. There's nothing interesting, unique or tasty to be found there, unless you consider bland Hawaiian food somehow unique.

              There's lot's of cheap food to be had and many old time, once grand, steakhouses. The cheap is okay, especially for breakfast, (Dupars at the Golden Gate). It's best to avoid the steakhouses no matter what anybody says about a good meal they ate there 12 years ago.

              Luv-It does make really good frozen custard, but then so do many places around the country. It's not someplace to go out of your way, but if you're driving back to the Strip on Las Vegas Blvd. and it's before 10:00PM, AND you have a sweet tooth jones, sure... swing by.

              The Flame at the El Cortez is okay and the prices reasonable, but it's certainly not memorable nor chowworthy.

              The only thing that may qualify as interesting AND actually IN downtown proper is Streats.
              www.facebook.com/VegasStrEATS. That's when ALL the food trucks in Las Vegas converge upon the El Cortez. Now that's tasty eats.


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              1. re: shamu613

                Okay, so I haven't been there in several years, but has Hugo's Cellar gone into the cellar? I always thought their food was pretty good.

                Hugo's Cellar
                202 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

                1. re: wadejay26

                  If you haven't been to Vegas in several years, I'm not certain I would find any recommendation viable any longer. Things change...

                  If you haven't visited Vegas this year, I'm not certain I would find any recommendation viable either. Things change...

                  If you haven't been here for a few months, well, let's just say things change.