In my Tuesday Travel series I will be sharing with you a city that I have traveled to, what I enjoyed doing there, and what I loved to eat while I was there.
Before I launch into a review about eateries in Vegas, I have to admit something.
I’ve only gambled in Las Vegas one time.
That’s because every time I have been to Las Vegas it has been to visit my Aunt, Uncle and three cousins who live there. We don’t usually go to the strip, and when we do it’s to see the Bellagio fountains or to eat a delicious crepe from the Paris Paris hotel. As a result, I’ve had the opportunity to explore restaurants in the area from a local’s point of view, plus I’ve eaten most of my meals off the strip, which may be off the beaten path for some tourists. The result? Vegas has some great places to eat.
Where to Eat in Las Vegas
Luv It Frozen Custard
Don’t go to Las Vegas without stopping at Luv Its. Their frozen custard is amazing and they always have rotating flavors so you’ll never get bored if you happen to go every day during your trip! My favorite flavor is their banana nut, especially as a sundae with caramel and peanuts! You can’t miss out on Luv It.
Paris Las Vegas La Creperie
While you’re on the strip, make sure you stop in the Paris Las Vegas Creperie to enjoy a fresh crepe. You have to get it a la mode, of course! This one crepe was enough for me, my aunt, and my three hungry cousins to share! They’re divine and they have fillings and toppings to suit anyone’s taste.
Settebello pizzeria is one of my favorite gems that I have discovered, although it is not exactly in Las Vegas. It is in Henderson, which is a nearby city that we drive through when we return to Arizona, so it was a convenient stop on the way out of town.
Settebello offers authentic napoletana pizza, so authentic that they import most of their ingredients and even their wood burning oven (!!!) from Italy! (Can you believe that?!)
The result? An impossibly perfect expression of the classic margherita pizza. Also, everything else on their menu is fantastic. But seriously, the margherita pizza is ridiculous.
Nora’s is another fantastic Italian place, and it is in Las Vegas. We enjoyed everything that we ordered, including a Caesar Salad, Calamari Fritti, a delicious Chicken Marsala, and even their regular pasta with marinara sauce was something to write home about. Nora comes highly recommended.
There are also many great Middle Eastern, Thai and Sushi restaurants in Las Vegas, but these were the ones that we ate at on our last visit.
What to Do in Las Vegas
While you’re walking down the strip, pause for the majestic Bellagio fountains show. You might even glimpse a perfect rainbow in the fountains!
While you are at the Bellagio, stroll through the beautiful indoor gardens. The theme of the garden changes throughout the year and each exhibit is gorgeous. It attracts many tourists because the fresh flours and extravagant displays are quite the spectacle to see. In addition, the Bellagio entrance boasts an incredible display of Chihuly artwork.
First Friday Art Walk
My aunt has been involved in the arts movement in Las Vegas since she moved there so we have enjoyed several different interesting art walks and exhibits. Before you go, research to see what is happening in the community while you are there. We have seen an awesome display of graffiti art, shopped handmade jewelry and paintings of donuts, and even viewed the playful artwork of Peter Max. If you are planning to just stop in some art galleries in hotels along the strip, I highly recommend Peter Lik’s gallery in the Venetian. His photographs are breathtaking.
The Neon Museum
I’ve never been to The Neon Museum but it is #1 on my list for the next time that I visit Las Vegas. The Neon Museum is like a graveyard for the old neon signs of Las Vegas. You have to make a reservation in advance, and I am really looking forward to experiencing it next time.
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