Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential. Know a chef who wants to share some top dining spots? The tipline is open.
Louisiana native Brandon Trahan at Zydeco Po-Boys brought his down-home cooking to Downtown Las Vegas after working in restaurants including Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand, Table 10 at the Palazzo and Marche Bacchus. Zydeco Po-Boys features traditional items such as gumbo, red Beans and rice and its signature po-boy sandwiches. Here, the chef talks about three of his favorite places to dine when he’s not making dishs at Zydeco Po-Boys.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Three of my favorites are Oyshi Sushi, M&M Soul Food and O Face Doughnuts.
What dishes are most memorable?
At Oyshi I like the spicier sushi rolls, like the Atomic Bomb and the Love Affair.
The fried catfish and sides at M&M Soul Food bring back memories of being home in southwest Louisiana.
And I have a sweet tooth, so the doughnuts at O Face are always perfect to sate my cravings, and chef Crystal is always changing it up with seasonal doughnuts and new creations.
Why do you enjoy going there?
At Oyshi, I like the way they prepare the sushi, and I like sitting at the sushi bar and watching the chefs work. The interior also has a hip, modern look and feel, and I’m picky about sushi, so once I find a place I like, I’m a regular.
M&M is like any little country restaurant I would go to in Louisiana. It’s like eating in a hometown diner, with really good catfish, and the dishes I’m used to from home like black-eyed peas and greens.
And at O Face Doughnuts, chef Crystal does a great job of coming up with new flavors and combinations that I really like, and everyone is very friendly.