By 2035, Las Vegas could gain approximately a half a million new residents, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. As the population swells, so do the number of new restaurant options. One only needs to drive through the city’s outer reaches to get a sense of that culinary growth.
The Centennial neighborhood in the northwest corner of Las Vegas presents a prime example of this. The quiet area sits close to major highways that make it easy to get to both the wilderness of Mt. Charleston or the excitement of Downtown and the Strip. For Centennial locals who would prefer to keep things close to home, here are five restaurants to try in the ever-expanding northwest community.
Endless ramen choices
Las Vegas gets cold, so come winter, every neighborhood needs a good ramen option. The newly opened Ichi Ramen House brings the Japanese soup to Centennial. The cozy spot serves an expansive menu of traditional and unique ramen options with customizable spice levels. Tomato seafood ramen, curry ramen with crispy tonkatsu, and vegetarian ramen with fried broccoli and tofu make the menu.
Ichi Ramen House, 7920 W. Tropical Pkwy. #150; 702-570-7373
Chip Off The Block Deli is an expansion of Ron Lutz’s butcher shop, The Butcher Block, so those expecting seriously good meat on their sandwiches won’t be disappointed. The casual spot serves barbecue sandwiches including pulled chicken or pork on a garlic bun along with subs and burgers including a wagyu and Gouda option and the spicy Inferno burger, loaded with jalapeños and topped with ghost pepper cheese.
Chip Off The Old Block Deli, 6440 N. Durango Drive; 702-527-7559
A taste of Hawaii
Las Vegas dubs itself the ninth island, so finding Hawaiian food in any part of the city is a breeze. Centennial’s best option for a taste of the Pacific is Tiki’s Hawaiian BBQ. The brightly colored restaurant serves all the classics including musubi with chicken, sausage or spam along with barbecue combo plates with macaroni salad.
Tiki’s Hawaiian BBQ, 8460 W. Farm Road; 702-979-9789
Creative pub fare
For those who prefer the bar scene to the nightclub scene, Distill presents the perfect antidote to the Las Vegas Strip. The Centennial location stays open 24 hours for craft cocktails like The Mad Mule, a Moscow Mule made with Ketel One Citroen Vodka and a dash of orange bitters, and more than 25 beer selections. On the menu, expect bar food with a twist, including options like pot roast spring rolls, mashed potato bites and buffalo cauliflower.
Distill, 6430 N. Durango Drive; 702-722-2999
If sushi is on the agenda this weekend, Umami fills that agenda. The sleek Japanese restaurant offers a menu that’s sure to please both sushi snobs and novices alike. From sashimi bowls to fresh uni (sea urchin) nigiri to specialty rolls including the No Name, which is made with marinated salmon, sweet egg and pickled vegetables, Umami has something for everyone.
Umami, 6640 N. Durango Drive, Suite 180; 702-776-8627
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