Gone are the days of discount buffets dominating the Las Vegas culinary landscape. See how Sin City has become a foodie's paradise
Joël Robuchon's main restaurant is famous for being the kind of experience doctors and lawyers need to save up for. It’s still
not a bargain, but the less lavish L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon offers the master chef’s signature French dishes à la carte.
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Chef Natalie Young’s Eat attracts a discerning downtown crowd with breakfast classics like buttery pancakes and steel-cut oats with cinnamon roasted
apples and pecans. Stick around for lunch with a Southern accent: soft and pillowy beignets, shrimp and grits, and the best
grilled cheese in town.
Chef Mitsuo Endo uses binchotan, a special Japanese charcoal, to grill mountain trout, pork cheek, and a long list of robatayaki at Raku, an elegant izakaya. But the big star is the agedashi tofu, silken housemade tofu topped with salmon roe, a favorite with the local chefs who crowd the counter after their shifts.
Credited for launching Vegas’ ramen revolution, Monta Japanese Noodle House boasts rich and salty broth with a hint of marrow. Choose between the shoyu (soy) and the heartier, thicker miso ramen before
piling on the toppings—hard-cooked egg, tender slices of roasted pork.
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Downtown Cocktail Room feels exactly like a downtown cocktail room, with a slight speakeasy vibe, harlot-lipstick red walls, and mildly alarming
abstract art. Must-drink: The Carciofo Swizzle, which is essentially a full-fledged tour of Italian amaros in a glass.
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Not every leafy morsel of organic goodness comes to LV in the back of a FedEx truck. The Friday morning Downtown3rd Farmers Market takes over a repurposed transit terminal next where local producers sell jerky, jams, honey, mushrooms, and more.
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Two blocks from the Fremont Street Experience, The Beat Coffeehouse energizes downtown’s cool crowd with sturdy joe, sandwiches, and a browse space that includes a vintage vinyl store and a
warren of three dozen creative businesses, including galleries and artist studios.
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The chintzy metal façade and unadorned tables at Le Thai might be annoying if you didn’t know what was to come: authentic Southeastern fare like pad Thai noodles redolent of green
onions and cilantro, with no cloying sweetness. The three-color curry and the beef meatball noodle soup—made from a stock
slow-simmered with bones and tendon—make this one of the toughest reservations in town.
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Chocolatier Megan Romano sculpted desserts at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole for more than a decade before decamping to Chocolate & Spice Bakery on the Westside. You’ll find the usual assortment of indulgent creations (like dark chocolate hazelnut bonbons), but also
a first-rate lunch menu with surprises like a Black Forest ham and cheddar panini with sun-dried tomato aioli.
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It may be off the Strip, but Vintner Grill is well worth the trip. Order standouts from the always-changing contemporary American bistro menu show off influences from
the Mediterranean, like its white bean hummus with spicy pita chips or braised lamb osso bucco.
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