As much fun as it can be to stroll the Forum Shops at Caesars or window shop Chanel and Tiffany’s at the Bellagio, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the glamour — and high prices — of the Strip and plan a day of shopping elsewhere. One of the best places to do just that is at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Unlike the South Premium Outlets, which are located near McCarran International Airport and Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard, the North Premium Outlets are just a short ride from Fremont Street via the free Downtown Loop shuttle.
For those who find themselves at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets this weekend, here’s where to grab a bite to eat.
The most Instagrammable dessert ever
Gelato just might be the ideal mid-day indulgence during a long day of shopping. At Amorino, the gelato is a treat for both the taste buds and the eyes. Here, gelato is served in the shape of a rose inside of a cone with flavors including tiramisu, stracciatella, and pistachio. Macaroons can be added for an extra dash of fun.
Amorino, 875 S. Grand Central Pkwy. #1258; 702-229-2807
A New York favorite on the west coast
The wildly popular New York-based Shake Shack is known for its simple, yet delicious roadside burgers and its custard, which owes its creaminess to egg yolk. Located at the North Premium Outlets, this Shake Shack features all of the burgers, hand-spun shakes, and cheese fries that devotees already love, plus the signature Pie Oh My concrete with frozen custard blended with mix-ins that is made with a slice of seasonal pie and a promise that 5 percent of sales will benefit Vegas’ own Three Square food bank.
Shake Shack, 905 S. Grand Central Pkwy. #1700; 702-570-1613
A taste of Louisiana
Located on Charleston Boulevard, just minutes from the North Premium Outlets, Lola’s serves Louisiana-style cuisine. For lunch, diners can order from a selection of po-boys featuring ingredients such as blackened catfish, fried oysters, or soft shell crab. Other must-try items include Cajun hot wings, peel-and-eat shrimp and bronzed catfish served over Gouda grits.
Lola’s, 241 W. Charleston Blvd. #101; 702-227-5652
A trendy Arts District spot
The dimly lit Mingo Kitchen & Lounge is punctuated by pops of colorful furniture, along with plenty of menu surprises as well. The creative menu features everything from hot dogs — including the fittingly titled Kanye, a Chicago-style bacon wrapped variety — and street-style tacos. A spicy, flavorful ponzu fried rice makes an appearance as do a variety of tamales and enchiladas.
Mingo Kitchen & Lounge, 1017 S. First St.; 702-685-0328
A local Mexican favorite
Those eager to skip the food court at the North Premium Outlets in favor of something a little more local will find a lot to love at El Sombrero. The restaurant serves a Mexican brunch complete with pork belly eggs benedict smothered with chile morita hollandaise and a rotating selection of agua fresca flavors. Dinner includes fajitas, burritos, stuffed jalapenos in a bourbon reduction sauce and plenty of margaritas.
El Sombrero, 807 S. Main St.; 702-382-9234