Las Vegas Locals Guide

We’ve put together this Las Vegas Local’s guide to the city based on the places Andrew and I enjoy the most and recommend to friends and family when they visit the desert.

Andrew and I have lived in Las Vegas for about 9 years. Andrew will forgive most things if either the view or food is spectacular. I on the other hand, love a good view, but well made food and excellent service trump the views any day.  Hope you enjoy our picks and leave us a comment below letting us know which ones you tried.

Downtown Las Vegas



Public Us This is my favourite breakfast spot downtown Las Vegas. To drink, I recommend the London Smog. (Earl grey tea with a shot of Espresso).   The menu changes seasonally but the breakfast potatoes are to die for and the Buddha bowls are fresh and delicious. For dessert, do help yourself to a slice of bourbon banana bread.

Makers & Finders  This Latin inspired coffee house lets you enjoy a kale chorizo omelet or a breakfast empanada. Try one of their infused lattes. My favourite is the lavendar latte.



If you’re milling around East Fremont or container park and you’re looking for a quick bite, try these spot.

Cheffinis Hot Dogs: Gourmet hotdogs for the taking. Three favourite hot dogs are the Classic, El Mexicano (Andrew’s fav) and the Grandfather. Vegan dogs available as well.

Park on Fremont Gastropub, good cocktails and a decent draft beer list in a quaint setting. If the weather permits. (i.e. it’s not 120 degrees) grab a table in the back patio.



Carson Kitchen is my favourite type of restaurant. Great food, good wine and cocktail list in a beautiful space. It’s hip and trendy but not so much that you need a dress code. Place is always busy, so be sure to make a reservation for dinner over the weekend. Andrew loves their deviled eggs and the lamb gyros are delicious.

Cornish Pasty Co with it’s church pew seating, and rock playlist, has a great draft beer list and these amazing baked to perfection pastries with a variety of fillings. Think peppered steak, chicken tikka masala, hamburger and fries. Yum! Vegetarian and Vegan options are available.



Downtown Cocktail Room serving unique (and very stiff) cocktails paired with deep house music, this is an adult cocktail lounge and I love it. DRC was around before East Fremont was cool. If you’re a lightweight like me (Busi), you need only one cocktail here.

Laundry Room is a pre-prohibition themed speak easy hidden inside the Commonwealth. Enjoy your classic cocktail while you enjoy live music.   Reservations by text are necessary as there is only room for about 20 people.

Oak and Ivy is located in the container park. This craft whiskey bar is a must for whiskey enthusiasts. Non whiskey drinkers also have plenty of options here.   A sister property Corduroy has just opened on East Fremont. Andrew and I have yet to try it. Hopefully soon.

Atomic Liquors has made many a vlog appearance. It is a beer lover’s must visit destination DTLV.  It is said to be Las Vegas’ oldest free standing bar. The story is that patrons used to climb up on the roof and watch nuclear testing take place in the distance.

Velveteen Rabbit A hipster bar with mismatched furniture, serving delicious cocktails and a decent draft beer list.


Las Vegas Strip and Surrounding Areas



Bouchon A little cliche but everything,  from pastries to classic french dishes, is  made so well that Bouchon had to make the list.

Mon Ami Gabi If you slept in and missed brunch, grab some lunch or a cheese plate here. Try to get a table on the patio so you can  people watching and the enjoy Bellagio Fountains show.



There are so many great dinner options on the strip, if we named them all it would take all day. These are just some of our favourites.

Cleo Although he doesn’t look it, Andrew is part Lebanese and Mediterranean food is the way to his heart. This is the fanciest Mediterranean restaurant we’ve eaten in, and every item we tried on the menu was outstanding.

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. A feast for all your senses.   Just go and thank me later.

Beauty and Essex  Classic American cuisines with a twist.  Decor is luxurious and service is good. Good date night spot.

Javiers is located at the Aria Resort and Casino. It’s  fancy Mexican in a gorgeous cave like setting with super soft leather seating, waist coast wearing servers and a tall menu of margaritas and all the 1942 Don Julio your liver can handle. The service and food at Javiers is just lovely. 

Mint Indian Bistro is located about 15 mins off strip in a little bit of a dodge looking part of town. It’s fairly safe, but I would recommend that you take an uber there and back. You will enjoy some pretty delicious briyani, samosas and curry.

Kabuto offers an edomae experience. This means that the chef prepares the food right in front of you. The dinner menu is based on the fresh catch for the day. I took Andrew here for his birthday and  we both agree that it was the best sushi we’ve ever had. Kabuto is located in a small Korean plaza about 15 minutes off strip this is a not to be missed  experience if you are a for sushi lover.

Sushi Kaya For an off strip “all you can eat” sushi experience. Everything is always fresh, service is courteous and fast.  This is my pick. Andrew’s is Yama Sushi. We’ve agreed to disagree on this one.

Kinh Do  Unpretentious and clean family run Vietnamese restaurant that serves delicious pho, banh mis and vermicelli bowls.



Mandarin Bar has the some of the best views of the strip. Add it to your list if you enjoy views.  Pricey wine and cocktails  are the fare for this  night time experience. During the daytime, you can visit the Mandarin Tea Lounge for some day time views.  Reservations for the tea lounge are encouraged.

Skyfall Lounge was home to one of the MUGs after play meetup spots. Another great spot to take in strip views as you enjoy a libation.

Chandelier Bar Multi story bar, each floor has it’s own feel and menu. It’s beautiful to look and the cocktail offering is good.

Parasol Up/ Parasol Down This two story casino bar is just gorgeous. Enjoy the twirling parasols at Parasol Up or the 40 ft waterfall and outdoor seating at Parasol Down.

La Cave  competes for my absolute favourite place on the strip. Ask for a seat in the glassed off patio and feel as though you’ve been transported to  France.  The wine list is wonderful and the food simple and delicious. (I kind of want to keep this place secret.)

Herbs and Rye  Don’t be fooled by the unassuming facade, this local’s favourite boasts a dim interior and delectable food. If you are making a pre or post dinner visit, the best seat is at the bar,  let the bartender know your taste and allow him or her create a one of a kind ‘made for you’ cocktail to suit your mood.


Late night eats

Tacos El Gordo is open until 2am. They serve authentic tijuana style tacos and they are the best $2.25 per taco you will spend in Las Vegas.

550 pizza located inside the Aria, very close to the poker room, serves exceptional pizza.  I used to think the 550 was the price of the pizza. But that’s just the temperature of the pizza oven.

Secret Pizza  located down a passage on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan, Secret pizza is open until 4am and slices are under $10.


The ‘Burbs – Summerlin

Andrew and I lived in Summerlin before moving downtown and my favourite Sunday brunch and  any day lunch and dinner spot is Echo & Rig

This butcher and steakhouse  is at least 20 minutes by car but if you were looking for a suburb adventure, mosey on down to Summerlin and enjoy exquisite food and gracious service.

The drunken goat sandwich is  one of our favourite lunch choices but  pick anything that sounds good from the menu, because it probably is.

And a little secret… Echo & Rig does not charge corkage, so you can bring your favourite bottle of wine to lunch or dinner.



Hope you enjoy the list and get to try a few of the restaurants and bars while you are in Las Vegas.