Pregnant Vegetarian Must go to Las Vegas--HELP!!!
- Amy Spagnuolo
I am attending a wedding in Las Vegas, and, as aforementioned, am a pregnant vegetarian. Help!!! I eat often now so I need inexpensive, not too fussy dining suggestions. I will be out there for almost a week. What to do?????
You poor thing! I know there are some good restaurants there but they are probably expensive, and the rest compete for customers exclusively on the prices of their prime rib.
(1) Pack peanut butter and balance bars.
(2) If you have a car, leave the downtown/Strip area to forage. About 2 years ago I found a little Middle Eastern grocery/ takeout--dried fruits, yogurt stuff--in the strip mall that houses the Liberace Museum (just a few miles off the Strip). Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., and all of those people have to have neighborhood restaurants.
(3) If you are stuck in the hotel hellzone, while the "buffets" advertise their meat, they all have salad bars and pasta and are quite cheap ($6ish?)--that's their whole draw. It's a remarkably appalling way to eat but it's what millions of families go there to do.
Otherwise, I found the place completely insanely impossible for quick, healthy food. Good luck!
Las Vegas does have a fairly good assortment of Asian restaurants--real ones--which have scads of vegetarian stuff. As extensively noted on this board, Lotus of Siam out on Sahara is an extraordinary Thai restaurant specializing in northern-style salads and such (the best green papaya salad you will ever taste). There is a branch of India Sweets & Spices--all vegetarian--in the same minimall. And although Chinatown consists of one minimall on Spring Mountain, there are several places to eat there, including a bubble tea place, the Cambodian-Chinese Kim Tar and the shanghainese restaurant 168.
In the next few days, I plan to post a massive peon to Lotus of Siam (953 E. Sahara), but suffice it to say that my five visits there in five days rank among my most pleasurable eating experiences anywhere.
On one visit, I was with a vegetarian, and asked the gracious Bill (husband of chef Supima) what he would recommend for a vegetarian. Supima was kind enough to "whip up" a fantastic tofu salad that was so luscious that carnivores were misdirecting the vegetarian so they could grab spoonsful.
Bill told me that many of their dishes can be modified for vegetarians. Just tell Bill what you need, and he and Supima will be glad to oblige.
Please note that Taste of Siam can be busy at lunchtime but is absolutely empty at dinnertime. You can have a relaxing meal, the chef can truly concentrate on preparing food for you, and with luck, Bill will have time to educate you about Issan and Northern Thai cuisine.
I've had good luck with vegetarian offerings at Mayflower Cuisinier, too, but this is pricier than Taste of Siam.