- Paul & Teresa Lowe
Amidst the bright lights, casinos and parties that help make Las Vegas famous, the city is also a place that features world-class, award-winning cuisine. Chefs from around the world come here to showcase their unique restaurant creations. We take a look at four of the tastiest spots found away from the glizty Las Vegas Strip.
Braddah’s Island Style | Burritos, Bowls & Tacos
One place that’s a quick drive west of the Las Vegas Strip in the community of Warm Springs and worthy of a world class banner is Braddah’s Island Style. Perhaps the best description of the wonderful food served here is to say that it’s super flavorful but also simple. Using a combination of flavors from Hawaii, Southern California, northern Mexico and Las Vegas, the tastes are infused in a variety of dishes — meats, rice, veggies and fruit — that are sure to please many palates and put big smiles on faces.
One must try dish is the Kalua pork; this recipe is over-the-top wow. Also, the steak burrito with house salsa and dipping sauce is mouthwatering and oh so good. There are also fish dishes and combination meat and rice plates. For folks who don’t eat meat but crave truly robust flavorful foods, there are great vegan dishes served as well. Yes, guacamole is included at no extra charge.
Owner Christopher Campbell says he opened his restaurant to bring parts of the Hawaiian culture — his wife is from Hawaii — including its healthy foods, fruits and unique spices, to folks in Las Vegas who wanted something off of the beaten path of typical, casual dining.
Some of Campbell’s meats are slow roasted for several hours daily, giving them an indescribable taste and tenderness, which is evident in every meal that you choose to order. Be sure to also ask for the house special coconut bark; this dessert has won Las Vegas food taste awards two years in a row and will be an explosion of joy in your mouth.
Campbell is a third generation restaurateur and has proven, so far, that he knows great quality and flavorful foods. He knows how to present his creations in hearty portions, in a fast-casual dining setting and most of all, at affordable prices.
The folks who visit regularly say that from the moment you walk through the doors, there is a feeling of familiarity and comfort plus friendly servers who greet you. The regulars say Braddah’s Island Style restaurant is a true, unique culinary gem. Out-of-towners, of which there are plenty, say they can’t wait for expansion across the border to California and beyond. Until then, Christopher Campbell says, ‘Mahalo and show some toes.’
Triple George Grill
Located just north of the Las Vegas Strip in the downtown area, the Triple George Grill is a steakhouse heaven for fine cuisine lovers. From the moment you enter, you get a feeling of a nostalgic neighborhood eatery, as the servers, who are dressed in white shirts, dark vests and dark trousers, greet you with a big smile like they’ve known you for years and attend to your dining needs and pleasures.
Triple George features a classic steak menu along with out-of-this-world chicken — try the sherry cream sauce chicken pie — seafood and pasta dishes. As you wait for your entrée to arrive, you must sample the sourdough bread with the house special butter blend and a salad. If you’re someone who enjoys a great appetizer, the crab cakes are a delicious choice with a burst of intense flavors that envelope the crab itself.
As for steaks, the signature ribeye steak dish is incredibly savory. General Manager Case Cicchelli says the preparing of a steak dish is a delicate balance, and begins with a truly mindful chef who is skillful at selecting the finest meat and blending seasonings, including porcini and chili powder with a smidgen of garlic and pepper. The steaks, plus any of the other meals served, will melt in your mouth. The wines and drinks served by the mixologists are plentiful, tasty and refreshing.
Keep in mind this is a gathering place, a restaurant with live music, so you shouldn’t expect whisper quiet or a private, intimate setting. Triple George is a whole lot of fun, and the food is exquisite. Guests at a neighboring table just might strike up a conversation with you and share a drink, and that’s kind of cool.
Triple George Grill, 201 N. 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 384 2761
Crave – Fresh, Vibrant, American
A relaxing, casual spot, Crave is a place to go to have a good time and enjoy an array of meals. Something for everyone, the menu has everything from Crave’s signature 702 Burger to super fresh sushi to Italian cuisine to chicken to steak dishes and even a hearty beef stroganoff. The wine selection is extensive with something to complement every meal ordered.
This restaurant is located west of the Las Vegas Strip in the community of Summerlin, within the Downtown Summerlin shopping center. A popular gathering place for folks to come to after work or shopping, the ambiance is an inviting one, complete with al fresco dining near a water fountain. For couples looking to enjoy a date night, Crave has a special date night menu that is incredibly delicious and budget friendly.
The halibut meal is quite flavorful along with the 702 Burger, which is a special creation of Executive Sous Chef Shaun Schuette and is out-of-this-world sensational. On top of the grass fed beef patty is chipotle jam, garlic aioli, candied pepper bacon, and a fried egg plus homemade pimento cheese. This is one dish sure to make your mouth water. You can top off a meal with one of the many cocktails made to order by one of the mixologists.
Manager Ryun Chastain and his staff are delightful, and everyone, including the chef, is quite personable with guests, even during a dinner rush. Just about everything seems well choreographed from taking orders to preparing meals to table presentation. You’re sure to have a rather satisfied dining experience at this Crave Restaurant.
Crave America, 10970 Rosemary Park Drive, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 878 5505
Tapas by Alex Stratta
Have a craving for tapas and sangria? Head to Tapas by Alex Stratta restaurant for a taste of authentic Spanish-style tapas. Appetizer-sized dishes, the tapas available include warm and cold varieties, including seafood ceviche, a delectable combination of shrimp, cilantro, lime and octopus.
Other heavenly dishes that are sure to delight taste buds include grilled vegetables, black kale fritters, lamb chops, foie gras, snapper fish, clams and meatballs plus specialty breads. The house specialty is incredible paella with a unique caramelized rice foundation along with any of the following: artichokes, chorizo, shellfish, snails, chicken and rabbit. The infusion of flavors make for a scrumptious dining experience. To complement these small plates of deliciousness, pair them with a glass of wine.
This incarnation of Mr. Stratta’s tapas restaurant is located west of the Las Vegas Strip in the Trivoli Village area. Creators of this restaurant say part of its purpose is to give locals a chance to experience authentic European-style dining and gatherings.
Tapas dishes, along with wine, are intended to encourage friendly conversations and make it a delicious way of coming together to get to know your neighbors. Everyone is genuinely friendly and knowledgeable, including General Manager Peter Vitolo, the chef and the servers, plus the meals are exceptionally fantastic.