Though I've visited Las Vegas many, many times over the years, I haven't been for two years - which, in effect, puts me out of the loop on current dining-out options. But I'll be back for a week next month and need advice. Not for dinner, mind. Browsing through recent posts on this board, I'm delighted to note that many of my favorites - Todd's Unique, Settebello, Lotus of Siam, Rosemary's, Table 34, the more recent Raku - can still deliver the goods. And I think my breakfast favorites - Blueberry Hill, Einstein Bagels and similar dives - are still performing respectably. It's at lunch that I need guidance from the cognoscenti on offbeat, even obscure - and often family-run - neighborhood joints that know how to do it up right. Only proviso: not on The Strip, thanks (though I doubt many of the kinds of spots I'd like could afford the rent). I long ago learned not to walk, drive, sniff the air or dine on The Strip if I wanted to maintain sanity and avoid bankruptcy.
The kind of joint I enjoy is like the one the omniscient, clearly omniverous Dave Feldman pointed me to on a thread a couple years back: Amena Organic Arab Bakery on S. Decatur. It was a winner, little more than a takeout with a few tables and stools, with some of the tastiest Middle East nosh I've experienced - and I trust it's still in action. Dave seems to have an uncanny knack for unearthing such obscure, price-friendly specimens, and for me Amena was his greatest triumph (after LOS). So if he or his fellow noshers know of others in this vein, kindly inform. I'm staying off The Strip, indeed considerably south of it, and will have a car - and am game to drive to just about anything reasonably edible.