Las Vegas isn’t exactly known for having walkable neighborhoods with the kind of tree-lined streets that seem made for Sunday strolls. However, what Las Vegas lacks in traditional neighborhood vibes, it makes up for in entertainment and world-class dining. Still, for those craving a walkable space where one can browse the shops and sips cocktails on a patio, Las Vegas neighborhoods are finding a way to make shopping malls feel like actual community spaces.
Henderson’s answer is The District at Green Valley Ranch. Part shopping plaza and part dining destination, The District at Green Valley Ranch somehow manages to offer the convenience of a mall in a setting that feels a lot like the trendy downtown of a neighborhood. Here are five restaurants that give The District at Green Valley Ranch its distinct flavor.
Sustainable Mexican cuisine
On a sunny day at The District at Green Valley Ranch, a plate of tacos paired with a glass of agua fresca sangria tastes just right. Me Gusta Tacos uses sustainable ingredients to craft unique tacos and bowls such as the pork belly tacos with Vietnamese slaw or the Me Gusta Bowl prepared with quinoa, red cabbage and mango dressing. Burritos and churros are also on the menu.
Me Gusta Tacos, 2235 Village Walk Drive #153; 702-998-2177
A slice of upscale pizza
Whether it’s consumed on a paper plate or fine china, pizza is a thing of beauty. Settebello is the obvious dining choice for those who prefer gourmet, wood-fired pizza. Specializing in pizza Napoletana, a softer variety of pizza that is typically eaten with a fork and a knife or even torn, Settebello serves traditional Italian pies including margherita and quattro formaggi along with rotating specials.
Settebello, 140 S Green Valley Pkwy.; 702-222-3556
British pub fare
Due & Proper was created by the same people who gave the city Whist Stove & Spirits along with Park on Fremont and Commonwealth. Fans of the whimsical atmosphere and low lighting that define those bars will find a lot to love at Due & Proper. The hipster hangout/British pub features sandwiches, flatbreads and charcuterie, but the real selling point is the spinning wheel of shots, imported from Las Vegas’ own Binion’s Gambling Hall.
Due & Proper, 2240 Village Walk Drive; 702-307-2714
A million ways to eat brisket
After a day of burning off calories by shopping, barbecue is the perfect indulgence. At Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, the menu is full of southern favorites. Diners can order up some fried green tomatoes with red pepper cream and move on to brisket nachos or brisket burnt ends with plenty of barbecue sauce.
Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ, 2245 Village Walk Drive; 702-257-7427
Date night under the stars
For a romantic night, the twinkling lights of Bella Vita’s patio make for an ideal setting for sharing a bottle of wine and savoring burrata drizzled with citrus dressing. With a promise of “obsessive Italian cuisine,” Bella Vita serves antipasto misto, housemade gnocchi and other classic dishes including branzino with white wine sauce and veal ossobucco with parmesan risotto. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a regular Friday night, the menu is impressive.
Bella Vita, 2225 Village Walk Drive #181; 702-560-6500
• Where To Dine in Henderson [ELV]