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lilred Apr 4, 2011 10:42 AM

Looking for a great hole-in-the-wall style joint for great authentic Mexican or Thai. Have transportation and looking to spend $20 a person or so. Suggestions?

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    Philber Apr 4, 2011 01:29 PM

    For hole in the wall Mexican you might want to consider Los Molcajetes. We have dined there several times and always enjoyed the food. The only downside is they don't have a liquor license so no margaritas! Search the site, there are numerous mentions.

    Address and phone number below - cross street is Owens.

    1553 North Eastern Avenue
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-1512
    (702) 633-7595

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    Los Molcajetes
    1553 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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      QAW Apr 4, 2011 03:32 PM

      A second on Los Molcajetes, and across town La Mexicana (3675 South Decatur) brings a consistency that is so rare to find from smaller places. The food is a slight step below those two at El Sombrero (807 South Main), a place that has been around for a couple of decades, and certainly fits the atmosphere criteria. But how about this for an interesting question for the board. For all of he accolades that Lotus of Siam has garnered through the years, couldn't we we still classify them as a "Hole in the Wall"? Still just a no-frills environment in Commercial Center, after all. So perhaps the best Thai in Las Vegas could fit the criteria, and about 100 yards away Komol should also be on the list.

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

      Los Molcajetes
      1553 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

      El Sombrero Cafe
      807 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

      Komol Restaurant
      953 E Sahara Ave Ste E10, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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        kagemusha49 Apr 4, 2011 05:12 PM

        Yes - Lotus of Siam could be classified as a high-rent hole in the wall. The run-down low rise mall setting on East Sahara fits the bill. Prices although reasonable are on the high side for holes. Still there is a very palatable all you can eat lunch buffet for $10 - that's holish too - not as good as a la carte but still very creditable.

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

      2. shamu613 Apr 4, 2011 09:47 PM

        My favorite Thai joint is Lotus of Siam. I definitely classify it as a hole in the wall, but with exceptionally good food.

        Two true hole in the walls, on different sides of town that I enjoy regularly are:

        Prommares on Sahara and Ping Pong Thai Restaurant on Sunset.

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        Prommares Thai Food
        6362 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

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

        Ping Pong Thai Restaurant
        2955 E Sunset Rd Ste 110, Las Vegas, NV 89120

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          BedazzledLV Apr 5, 2011 12:19 PM

          Viva Mercados or Lindo Michoacan depending on what you want to order...lol those r my regulars.

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

          Lindo Michoacan
          10082 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147

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            shamu613 Apr 5, 2011 11:55 PM

            I would not classify either of those as hole-in-the-wall. Don't get me wrong, I like both those Mexican restaurants, but they are full service, sit down eateries.

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              BedazzledLV Apr 6, 2011 12:17 AM

              Lol shamu, yea I guess they aren't... But I've had a hard time finding hole in the walls in Vegas that are better. Plus they have bars... You can't have a true cholo experience without your cerveza lol

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                westie Apr 6, 2011 03:26 AM

                I agree Los Molacates is not a hole-in-the-wall, but it is in a part of town we don't normally frequent.

                 
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                  westie Apr 6, 2011 03:34 AM

                  Thanks to the recommendations of board members, notably Mrs. Feldman's favorite son, we enjoyed a lunch of street tacos at La Mexicana recently.

                  Any visit to La Mexicana should include a stop at Botanas La Michoacana, located in the same dumpy strip mall, for a scoop or two of their house made ice cream.

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                  Botanas Bar
                  4001 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115

                   
                   
                   
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                    Dave Feldman Apr 6, 2011 09:23 AM

                    If you knew my brother, then you know why I was my mother's favorite son.

                    Botanas La Michoacana also offers fresh coconut juice (they'll puncture the coconut to order).

                    The guy on the right of your photo is the owner -- he's a cool guy.

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                    Botanas Bar
                    4001 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115

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                      westie Apr 6, 2011 12:42 PM

                      Roberto is the owner's name. There we several cold coconuts sitting on a cooler when we visited. They also sell various frozen treats including a chocolate covered banana.

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                        habnablv Apr 11, 2011 04:56 PM

                        casa don juan on main south of charleston. had a very satisfying carnitas plate there recently. also pretty decent at tony's on fort apache below russell.

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