Downtown Las Vegas continues to develop into pockets of entertainment, divided into Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East. Countless options can satisfy any hunger no matter what time of day, but it would take weeks of nonstop eating just to scratch the surface of what’s available. To make things less daunting, the 24-hour itinerary below will help visitors get the most out of their time in Downtown Las Vegas by highlighting some of the most essential spots in town.
8 a.m. — Eat
Wake up early to get a head start on exploring the city, but leave the empty stomach behind with a little pre-gaming at Natalie Young’s Eat. Pick up huevos motelenos with red and green New Mexico chiles, black beans, and two eggs over easy; a truffled egg sandwich; chicken fried steak, shrimp and grits; corned beef hash; and more comfort foods.
10 a.m. — MTO Cafe
Getting a late start to the day after a wild night in Downtown Las Vegas means a late brunch. MTO Cafe has both breakfast and lunch favorites available all day. There’s a nice variety of healthy options such as the Yoga Pants with eggs, mushrooms, onions, and other veggies cooked to order, and cheat day options including the Kentucky fried chicken, a hearty portion of eggs, fried chicken, country gravy. and a mixture of hash browns and mashed potatoes.
Noon — Triple George Grill
For lunch, the Downtown Grand’s Triple George is the place to rub shoulders with the power players in Vegas. Go for favorites such as a pot roast or chicken pot pie, or go for a sandwich such as the Reuben or California turkey sandwich.
3 p.m. — Carson Kitchen
Find a menu of shared plates, sandwiches, flatbreads baked in the hearthstone oven, garden dishes, entrees, and a playful take on desserts, all an ode to Kerry Simon. On the drinks side, micro-brewed soda brands, such as Virgil’s, along with handcrafted cocktails and an array of small-batch brews and global wines. Open for lunch and dinner.
6 p.m. — Oscar’s Steakhouse
Former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman has his own steakhouse inside the Plaza with recipes inspired by his family. Try dishes such as Joey C’s filet mignon, Sally’s New York strip, spicy flame-charred Spilotro steak with a side of Ralph’s smashed potatoes, or Joe Pig’s pork chop. Every once in a while, Goodman throws a dinner to talk about his days as a mob attorney for a real slice of old school Las Vegas charm. That glass-domed restaurant was once the Center Stage Restaurant, and appeared in Casino with Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone as well as Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey.
9 p.m. — Flock & Fowl
Hainanese chicken rice takes center stage at Sheridan Su and Jenny Wong’s Flock & Fowl at The Ogden. Curry laksa, kaya toast, and must-order chicken wings should accompany any meal.
Midnight — Downtown Cocktail Room
Downtown’s revitalization begins with the Downtown Cocktail Room, the swanky speakeasy with chichi drinks and a smooth setting. First-timers might miss the front door with its indiscrete sign and even more difficult-to-find front door.
3 a.m. — Siegel’s 1941
Even Bugsy Siegel would approve of El Cortez’s Siegel’s 1941 with its clubby feel and American fare. The overnight menu features the Fat Irish Green corned beef hash with three eggs, a croissant sandwich, chicken parmigiana, and spaghetti or rigatoni.