Choosing a restaurant in Las Vegas can be challenging. The city presents an almost dizzying array of eateries. Should one book a table at a celeb-studded hot spot on the Strip or retreat away from the neon and have a meal at a restaurant that’s frequented by locals? For those who prefer the latter, the northwest part of Las Vegas offers a slew of unexpected culinary gems, including quick bites for travelers on their way to Mt. Charleston and sit-down restaurants for date night. From creative hot dogs to Korean barbecue, here are five restaurants to try in northwest Las Vegas this weekend.
Rustic Italian Fare
With its warm-toned decor and thoughtfully chosen artwork, North Beach Italian Bistro sets the stage for an intimate dinner. The menu features rustic Italian fare made with local and imported ingredients. A memorable meal begins with the restaurant's signature salad served with dry ricotta and honey balsamic and moves onto hearty pasta dishes such as gnocchi with pesto or cioppino (shellfish and salmon over pasta). Classic Italian desserts such as tiramisu and gelato affogato complete the meal.
North Beach Italian Bistro, 7770 W. Ann Road; 702-658-0579
Mediterranean Fusion Fare
When Joe Pierro married his wife Rhonda, his love of Italian cooking and her Greek heritage became the inspiration for Market Grille Cafe. The Mediterranean fusion restaurant offers an extensive menu of gyros, pastas, skewers, and salads that honor both cultures. On the Mediterranean side of things, diners find dishes such as pomegranate chicken and Cabernet roasted lamb and on the Italian side, there’s eggplant parmesan and fusilli with spinach basil.
Market Grille Cafe, 7175 W. Lake Mead Blvd.; 702-564-7335
Family-Style Korean Barbecue
Named after the sound of happy Korean cows, Moo Woo Korean BBQ’s menu is perfect for those who like to dine family style. The barbecue combo menu allows everyone an opportunity to taste brisket, pork belly and marinated sweet chicken along with sides like spicy ramen and kimchi stew. On the a la carte side of things, diners find steamed dumplings, spicy rice cakes and pork jowl served with bean paste stew.
Moo Woo Korean BBQ, 5770 Centennial Center Blvd. #150; 702-331-7788
Thai curry and Japanese curry fans alike will be pleased with Curry Hut, a fusion curry restaurant that allows diners to create their own bowls. Customizable curry includes a choice of white rice, brown rice, french fries or lettuce along with three different curry styles and toppings including chicken katsu, lobster, and kurobuta sausage. Matcha lattes, boba tea, and slush drinks are also on the menu.
Curry Hut, 4450 N. Tenaya Way Suite 155; 702-405-7066
There’s something truly satisfying about grown-up versions of childhood meals. At Great Links Brewhouse & Grill, nostalgia is served in the form of hot dogs and smothered with toppings like sage sausage white chili, bacon and mozzarella sticks. Hot dog options range from a simple beef version with gooey cheese sauce or the decadent Mob Boss Dog, topped with mushrooms, marinara sauce and mozzarella sticks.
Great Links Brewhouse & Grill, 6010 W. Craig Road; 702-877-3647