Located on the outskirts of Downtown Las Vegas, the Scotch 80s neighborhood feels like the kind of place where you might see an off-duty showgirl sunning by a pool. The neighborhood, which has served as an urban oasis for casino moguls and entertainers since the 1950s, is home to ranch-style houses and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that offer just as much unexpected flavor as the neighborhood itself. Those lucky enough to call the coveted community home or a visitor simply touring the side of Las Vegas Boulevard where the grass is literally greener, here are five restaurants to try near Scotch 80s this weekend.
Breakfast fit for a king
Early risers will be rewarded at this mainstay spot for hearty breakfast fare. Omelet House may offer burgers and award-winning chili later in the day, but the restaurant’s extensive omelet menu is the real treat. From lobster omelets with avocado to a Bugsy Siegel-inspired roast beef and red sauce variety, expect eggs luxurious enough to make you a morning person.
Omelet House, 2160 W. Charleston Blvd. ; 702-384-6868
A teriyaki fix
Tucked into a strip mall off of Charleston Boulevard, this modest Japanese spot forgoes the stardust and neon of the Strip and lets the fresh sushi and savory teriyaki speak for themselves. Swing by for lunch and order salmon teriyaki with fresh gyoza or stop by for dinner and dine on spicy tuna avocado salad and crispy chicken tonkatsu.
Nozomi, 2202 W. Charleston Blvd; 702-366-9119
The New York slice
Located in a grocery store plaza, one whiff of Broadway’s Neopolitan and Sicilian pizza will make hungry shoppers ditch their shopping plans in favor of a slice. This New York style pizza joint has been a fixture of the neighborhood for more than two decades — and for good reason. Try the white pizza topped with mozzarella, ricotta, garlic and a healthy drizzle of olive oil or order house-made veal parmigiana served with garlic knots to find out why.
Anthony & Mario's Broadway Pizzeria, 840 S. Rancho Dr.; 702-259-9002
The noodle craving
Even food snobs sometimes have a craving for good old fashioned pad Thai. Here, customers can find an especially savory version of the rice noodle dish along with a wide selection of other favorites and a few unique dishes as well. Try thick, flavorful panang curry or spicy Thai fried chicken with mint.
Pad Thai Restaurant, 860 S. Rancho Drive #2; 702-870-2899
The midnight steak dinner
Some happy hour menus have martinis, some have appetizers. Herbs & Rye has steak. From 5 to 8 p.m or midnight to 3 a.m., customers can order any steak on the menu at half price. The only thing more Vegas than having an incredible steak dinner at midnight is accompanying it with a thoughtfully prepared libation from Herbs & Rye’s cocktail list, arranged by the era. After all, there’s nothing wrong with pairing a Harvey Wallbanger with a medium-rare rib-eye steak.
Herbs & Rye, 3713 W. Sahara Ave.; 702-982-8036