Friends, family, and visitors are always asking us: What’s your favorite? That depends on what you’re in the mood for, but here are the places we personally send everyone to. And, frankly, the places we ourselves go over and over.
This list comes from a 100-person poll of Downtown residents that we conduct twice yearly.
🎟 ATTRACTION: The Mob Museum (3rd & Stewart).
🍿 MOVIE THEATER: Art Houz (3rd & Gass)
🍗 BBQ: Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ (Gass & LVB in Pawn Plaza, $$).
🍽 DINER: Siegel’s 1941 (El Cortez, $$)
🌮 MEXICAN: For Tex-Mex, Cadillac (Golden Nugget, $$), for more authentic, La Comida (6th between Fremont and Carson, $$$).
🍝 ITALIAN: Pizza Rock (3rd and Ogden, $$) gets us by with a small pasta menu and a solid chicken parmigiana. Chicago Joe’s (820 4th; $$) if you’re after a more old-school, fancy (and surprisingly affordable) Italian experience.
🍕 PIZZA: Either Pizza Rock (3rd and Ogden; $$+variety) or Evel Pie (Fremont East, $$+notoriety). And the small pizza menu at Whiskey Licker Up (Binions, $$) isn’t to be laughed at. Here’s our writeup.
🥦 VEGAN/VEGETARIAN: VegeNation (7th & Carson, $$).
☕️ COFFEE: Brew It (6th & Bridger, worth the walk for the Vegas Golden Knights blend).
👀 PEOPLE WATCHING: Patio at Hennessy’s Tavern (LVB & Fremont) or the window at Corduroy (Fremont between LVB & 6th). We also enjoy (V)Ice Bar, in the Golden Nugget’s lobby, especially during pool season.