Where to Eat, Drink and Snack in Downtown Vegas: A Local Guide

If the Strip is the entertainment epicenter for Vegas visitors, then downtown Las Vegas is the entertainment epicenter for locals. In recent years, downtown development has made the neighborhood a hub for fine dining, especially for diners looking for a slightly more laid-back vibe than what’s available on the Strip. To get to know the neighborhood, we asked three savvy Las Vegans where they hang out.

Sheridan Su
Chelsea McManus

Sheridan Su, restaurateur

Sheridan Su has run restaurants in and around downtown Vegas since he launched Every Bao in 2011. He now runs Fat Choy, a modern restaurant inside the Eureka Casino that serves Asian and American comfort food, and Every Grain, a Taiwanese place and Eater. favorite which is currently closed but promises to return soon.

Why he loves downtown

“[My family and I] I started living downtown in 2007. I was really drawn to the area. I’ve always been intrigued by that. I mean, that’s where Vegas started. I really liked the energy and the creative people in the area. Also, when I first moved in, I felt like I could contribute. When I first moved to Las Vegas and told some of my chef friends I was looking for a place downtown, they always looked at me with this face, like, ‘Why would you that ?” But at that time I saw how in other cities the way they were rebuilding their downtowns. I felt like that same energy would also be in Las Vegas. And I was right.”

His neighborhood favorites

“I love coffee and I love PublicUS on Fremont Street. Their beverage program is already amazing, but the amount of great food they’re able to offer, from ready meals to baked goods. It’s really amazing. They do a really good job. I get a drink called the Death Cream, which is like an iced latte but super strong. So I’m going to have that and a chocolate chip cookie or a blueberry scone.

Viva Las Arepas
“It’s a Venezuelan restaurant on Las Vegas Boulevard. And they’re probably one of the only, maybe two, one or two restaurants that serve arepa here in Vegas. I always get their set called reina pepiada. It’s basically shredded chicken with avocado, peas and mint stuffed inside their arepa. It’s one of the best lunches you can get and it’s like 5 bucks.

“It’s kind of the first restaurant that started to make downtown a cool place. I usually stick with their curries: I get the tricolor curry where they mix their yellow curry with green curry and red curry and it’s super fun. »

Soul Belly BBQ
“I think it’s closer to the Texas style – it’s hard to find really good chest here in Vegas, but they do it well. It’s right on the main street and even a mile and a half away you can smell their smokers, which are right in front of the restaurant. They have indoor and outdoor seating and they play live music.

Linda Brooks

Brookins has spent her career in hospitality and nightclubs, including her current role as Sales Manager for the Tao Group. But the pandemic has given her and her husband an opportunity to focus on their other big interest: mid-century modern antiques. They now have a stand in the Antique Alley mall, where they sell under the name Desert Vintage Chic.

Why she loves downtown:

“I’m a transplant from New York to Las Vegas – I moved here in 2005. I love the diversity and kinetic energy of downtown and the DTLV arts district. I love being able to walk between locations, be surrounded by art – all the murals and galleries – and stop somewhere for a bite to eat or a drink. I chose to have my business there because of the people who visit: a mix of tourists and locals, all inspired to find something unique and happy to try something different. »

His neighborhood favorites

“Rebar is like the cheers of anyone hanging out downtown. It’s really unique in that there are antiques in the space that you can buy; it’s a very eclectic place. There’s has an outdoor area: they have great beers and very friendly staff. They have hot dogs and sausages from Roadkill Grill, which is really fun. And they usually have some kind of beer of the day. And there you have it. Serves in a paper bag. Then you don’t know what it is. But it’s at a special discounted price. And it’s still good beers.

“Davies is the other kind of Cheers place. They have this amazing carrot juice cocktail. So if you want to pretend you’re healthy, there’s mezcal and freshly squeezed carrot juice, and it’s delicious.

“They are incredible. Just the wine selections they have, you really can’t find them anywhere else in town. And if you become a member of their wine club, which simply means you become a member of their mailing list, they offer the opportunity to purchase specialty wine at a slightly discounted price. And it could be a wine you won’t find anywhere else. It’s really unique and fun. And then on Sunday they do 50% off champagne. So you can walk in and order a bottle and enjoy it there.

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott
Courtesy of 50 Eggs Hospitality

Jessica Scott is the Executive Pastry Chef of 50 Eggs Hospitality, which operates seven restaurants in Vegas and many more around the world. Her work has taken her all over the country and around the world, but since moving to Vegas, she has lived downtown.

Why she loves downtown:

“I’ve lived in a handful of cities across the US and this is my first time living in a downtown feel and I love it! Las Vegas is so full of life, food, activity and music – and it was amazing to explore all it has to offer, to be introduced to so many great people who have been running the city from the backstage.

His neighborhood favorites

Esther’s kitchen
“Esther’s has created quite a following in Las Vegas by locals and is my all-time favorite place for cocktails and incredibly legit food. My favorite dish is the one that looks the simplest: bread sourdough and spreads. They make the homemade bread, with a great crispy crust and soft, flavorful interior. To top it all off, they pair your bread with several seasonal spreads which can include things like buttermilk. anchovies, blue cheese and honey, or strawberry balsamic vinegar.

“Corduroy is very close to Fremont Street, and to the untrained eye it could be seen as just another bar. They make all of their ginger beer in-house – all of their ginger beer drinks are reaching new heights you won’t find anywhere else. Order the Smash Midnight.

“PublicUs always has a long line on weekends, but you can almost always get a seat. I love this place because the employees are cool and genuinely care about your experience, and the food in its simplicity is always They have the perfect breakfast burrito.

David H. Henry