Peccole Ranch is one of those Las Vegas neighborhoods that is so small, it’s often conflated with larger, more well-known communities like Summerlin or The Lakes. It’s the kind of place that when mentioned in conversation, provokes the question of, “OK, where exactly?” But the tiny neighborhood, sandwiched in between Charleston and Sahara, is a hidden gem in many ways. From its lush greenbelt to its easy access to Red Rock Canyon, Peccole Ranch has a lot to offer.
For the food lover, one of Peccole Ranch’s greatest hidden gems is Village Square, an ordinary looking shopping plaza that just so happens to be packed with some of the best restaurants around. From a Thai favorite to Mediterranean cuisine, it’s possible to travel the culinary world without ever leaving Village Square. Here are five restaurants to start the journey with.
Spicy, authentic Thai
As one of three locations, Archi’s Thai Cafe in Village Square stays busy, but the food is well worth the wait. Featuring classic Thai dishes such as rich panang curry with just the right hint of kaffir lime and pad Thai that is anything but ordinary, Archi’s serves lunch and dinner in a bright, inviting setting. Dishes tend to be on the spicier side, but diners can determine just how much heat they’d like their food to pack on a scale of one to 10.
Archi's Thai Cafe, 9350 W. Sahara Ave.; 702-363-9699
The sidewalk dining at Khoury’s Mediterranean Restaurant may not be in Beirut, but the menu bears the markings of recipes that have been passed down from generations — because they have been. The family-operated restaurant serves an extensive menu of Mediterranean favorites with a modern spin including savory fried haloum (deep-fried goat cheese), feta fries, grape leaves stuffed with rice and parsley and warm fresh baked pita. For a Mediterranean-inspired date night, Khoury’s offers a four-course dinner for two that includes a little bit of everything.
Khoury's, 9340 W. Sahara Ave. #106; 702-671-0005
Bold espresso and breakfast fare
There are plenty of restaurants to grab a quick bite at before seeing a movie at the Regal Cinema that anchors Village Square, but for those who would prefer a cafe where it’s possible to sip espresso and linger, Avery’s Coffee hits the mark. The locally owned coffee shop roasts Arabica beans in house and serves espresso drinks along with scones, croissants and other pastries. For heartier fare, there are breakfast paninis, omelets and crepes.
Avery's Coffee, 9440 W. Sahara Ave. #145; 702-476-2063
For the ultimate umami flavor, one bite of Bachi Burger’s Black & Green burger — featuring Wagyu beef, Point Reyes blue cheese and spinach — is like heaven between two buns. Bridging the divide between American comfort food and Asian flavor, Bachi Burger offers a diverse menu that includes steamed bao sandwiches, french fries with yuzu citrus aioli and burgers with unique toppings such as Japanese coleslaw, ginger and even pan-seared foie gras.
Bachi Burger, 9410 W. Sahara Ave. #150; 702-255-3055
Margaritas at happy hour
A lot of restaurants do happy hour for a couple hours a day a few times a week. Viva Mercado’s does it every day, for four hours a day and offers fruit-infused margaritas, six Mexican beers on draft and complimentary chips, salsa and bean dip. The rest of the massive menu features an almost entirely gluten-free range of Mexican dishes including shrimp ceviche with pico de gallo lime marinade, chicken simmered with garlic cream chipotle sauce and tilapia asada salad.
Viva Mercado's, 9440 W Sahara Ave #165; 702-454-8482