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Apr 24, 2011 08:54 PM

Cheap ethnic eats, off the strip

I'll be visiting for first time since 2008 and am looking for any and all cheap ethnic eats. Have a car, will travel. I've already done Lotus of Siam a few times and my gf isn't a big Thai fan. Other than Thai, anything is up for grabs. We really like Indian, mexican, dim sum, sushi, banh mi, korean bbq, dumplings, chinese, ramen, burmese, etc., and are really open to anything. Would love to keep it under $10pp but up to $20 pp is fine (plus tax, tip, no alcohol). We'll be staying in a room with a kitchenette, so also wouldn't mind anything we could buy and prepare at home.

I know from reading a lot of chowhound posts that people may reply with just about everything is ethnic blah blah blah. I say ethnic because I'm not looking for pizza, steak specials, burgers, pancakes, hot dogs, wings, etc.
Thanks for the help!

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

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  1. It sounds like you would enjoy exploring some of the other options at Commercial Center.

    Beyond those, here are some that I like that fit your price point:

    Mint Indian Bistro has a creditable $9.99 lunch buffet and they're really nice folks. India Palace is also very good but a little more expensive. India Oven at Paradise and Sahara is another good moderately priced Indian option.

    Banh mi from Pho Thanh Huong; their pho is excellent too, but my favorite pho is Pho Saigon 8.

    Monta Ramen fits your price point & is out of this world. Closer to the strip and slightly more expensive is Yokohama Kaigenro. Sushi is probably outside your price range but there are decent all you can eat options that run around $25 pp - Sushi Mon for example.

    For breakfast or lunch, Harrie's Bagelmania has good bagels and deli options, and Merkato in the same strip mall offers tasty Ethiopian food. Daytime is best for visiting this strip mall.

    You'll find many dim sum recommendations on this board. I like Chang's Hong Kong Cuisine.

    855 E Twain Ave # 120, Las Vegas, NV

    India Palace
    505 E Twain Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169

    Sushi Mon
    9770 S Maryland Pkwy Ste 3, Las Vegas, NV 89183

    Pho Saigon 8
    5650 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

    Yokohama Kaigenro
    4503 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

    Sushi Mon
    8320 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

    Pho Thanh Huong
    1131 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

    India Oven
    2218 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89104

    Mint Indian Bistro
    730 E Flamingo Rd, Paradise, NV 89119

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    1. re: zepheria

      Los Molcajetes at Eastern and Owens is authentic Mexican. Nothing fancy and no liquor license so no margaritas, only beer and/or wine. There food is very good! Check the board for reviews. Prices are well within your desired range. Finally, they are CASH only.

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

      1. re: zepheria

        Would definitely like to do an all you can eat sushi place. I looked it up on Yelp and was surprised how many ayce sushi places there are in Vegas! Is sushinmon your favorite?

        1. re: Rick

          Sushi Mon is good and well liked by locals. When I lived on the west side of town, my favorite was a place called Brian's Beach of Flamingo and Durango.

          Having moved near the Green Valley Resort, I've had to reset my local favorite go-to restaurants of all cuisines. Just last week, my group dined at Sushi Wa on Eastern and Coronado Center Dr. We were stunned by the portion size of both the nigiri and rolls.

          I generally have low regard for sushi restaurants in the Vegas valley and even more so for the AYCE places. Just look at my posts on the subject of sushi and you confirm that I'm no fan of desert sushi. In fact, I usually wait until I visit Los Angeles to go my favorite sushi place and get truly fresh fish. That said, I was impressed by our visit to Sushi Wa.

          Sushi Mon
          9770 S Maryland Pkwy Ste 3, Las Vegas, NV 89183

          Brian's Beach
          8665 W Flamingo Rd Ste 106, Las Vegas, NV 89147

          Sushi Mon
          8320 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

          Sushi Wa
          790 Coronado Center Dr Ste 125, Henderson, NV 89052

      2. You've already gotten many great recommendations. I want to echo the recommendation of Monta. I just had ramen last night at one of the most touted places in New York, and Monta easily beats it. Gyoza and a tonkaotsu ramen is a Platonic meal.

        A few other ideas:

        Noodle Pot has Taiwan-style noodle soups featuring hand-pulled noodles for a fraction of the cost of China Poblano and Beijing Noodle #9 on the Strip. But I find the Zha Jiang Mian, or "fried sauce noodles" to be at least as addictive as the beef noodle soups -- ground pork stir-fried in fermented soy. 4215 Spring Mountain on the ground floor, just to the left of the opening to the big entrance of the mall.

        Hue Thai Sandwiches -- 5515 Spring Mt. is not Thai but Vietnamese. The pho isn't as good as the recommendations below, but if I'm having a big dinner, I love to stop by for a bahn mi and an iced mango drink. On the second floor of a large Asian mall, which is worth exploring.

        La Mexicana is a personal fave of mine for antojitos, Los Angeles-style (look for tacos and tortas, and the special soups and stews). 3675 S Decatur Blvd but if you have a kitchenette, maybe it would be even better to get some provisions at Mariana's, a Mexican supermarket at West Sahara and Valley View). The snack bar is terrific, although it can be hit-and-miss at time. Tacos El Gordo has spectacular adobada. I've tried many other things but I go back for the porky goodness: 1724 E Charleston Blvd. It's hard to spend $10 here.

        Monta is the only place where you even can spend $20 per person.

        Hue Thai Restaurant
        , Las Vegas, NV 89146

        1. I've never had a kitchenette in Las Vegas, but it just occurred to me, I might want to drive to International Marketplace, at 5000 S. Decatur (just south of Tropicana) and check it out. It's worth the trip even if you don't have cooking facilities, but if you do...

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

            Been there. I didn't think it was a good use of my time. I would rather go to DiHo or Ranch, both Asian markets on Spring Mountain Rd. DiHo is further west, Ranch 99 (I think is the full name) is in Chinatown Mall. They have large (over 4 pound) lobsters for relatively cheap.

          2. One of my fave recommendations is Rincon Buenos Aires for Argentinian. They have good food there and it's essentially a bunch of tables inside a grocery and deli. But if you have a kitchenette, you could take a look at their case and take some stuff back to prepare. They have different kinds of meats, cold cuts, empanadas, etc.

            1. For $20 per person you can have a fantastic little spread at the Mundo Happy Hour. I think, currently, it is 4 to 7pm Sundays through Friday in the bar, but check the website. Mundo has terrific food, sort of mexican tapas at Happy Hour, and $2 bottled brews, $3 margaritas. It's on Grand Central Parkway between Charleston and Downtown, just off the 15 freeway ...Charleston West exit. Turn left after you see the crazy Cleveland Clinic brain building on the right. It's hidden in the World Market Center but well worth finding, especially for happy hour. (Regular hours is above your price point).