Restaurants & Bars

Off-Strip Asian Gems

Civil Bear | Apr 3, 201201:45 PM

With a car and little time for walking through giant casinos, the wife and I were able to find a few off-strip gems on this trip:

Hot & Juicy Crawfish
The spicy house sauce is awesome! We ordered a pound of shrimp, a pound of clams, a dozen sausage pieces, 4 corn cobs (great for sucking up that sauce), and two orders of bread. We walked away full and happy for a little over $30.

Pho 78
Excellent broth with a generous portion of fillet mignon. I am a pretty big eater but couldn't finish all the noodles in the "medium" bowl. The only drawback was the slightly obnoxious server (owner?) who couldn't help but tell us how to eat our pho. Confession: she actually began to grow on us as we started to figure out her sense of humor.

Asian BBQ & Noodle
After hearing they serve suckling pig on Mondays we just had to go. This is supposedly a top-100 Asian restaurant in the US and they are proud to show it. Despite it being a cheap eats type of place located in a strip mall, I can see why. There are Hong Kong BBQ joints back home (San Francisco), but this place beats them all.

Ping Pong Pang
Very good dim sum on Sunday. A tad more expensive than your average dim sum in SF, but worth it.

Lotus of Siam
Wow, the Nam Kao Tod was like experiencing tea leaf salad or papaya salad for the first time. Full of unique flavors bursting in your mouth! We followed it up with Nam Prik Ong which paled in comparison, and the drunken noodle sea bass which although a bit pricey was a textural and tasty success.

DJ Bibingkahan
Not special, but one of the better Turo Turo style restaurants I have been to.

Okay not Asian, but a tasty late-night burger out on West Flamingo nonetheless. Good onion rings too!

p.s the hour+ wait in line for the Belagio buffet was soooo not worth it!

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