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Southern fare from Mama Bird.
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Eight Restaurants to Try in Tony Southern Highlands in Southwest Las Vegas

Eat Mexican, Italian, noodles, Southern fare, breakfast, and more in Southern Highlands

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Southern fare from Mama Bird.
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Affluent Southern Highlands sits southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, a narrow strip of land in the foothills of the Spring Mountains, bounded by I-15 on the west, Jones Boulevard to the east, and Cactus Avenue to the north. The relatively new master planned community started in 1997 when developers first started constructing homes. Now it’s home to singer Toni Braxton, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and coach Jon Gruden, former baseball player Reggie Jackson, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. As in most young communities, restaurants are slow to open, especially local spots. Now a few line Southern Highland Parkway, offering breakfast in pajamas, fried chicken, Asian fare, Italian cuisine, Mexican dishes, and more. Here’s a look at eight.

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Hola Mexican | Cocina + Cantina

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Hola Modern Mexican Cocina + Cantina offers Mexican dishes such as dirty guacamole topped with chorizo, pork belly and shoulder carnitas tacos made with blue corn tortillas, and a pulled chicken quesadilla. Spend some time looking at the decor — a flower filled black-and-white of a Boston terrier behind the bar, Day of the Dead artwork, and Ixtapa lights — and snap a photo with the pink or green neon taco signs. Online ordering and a patio available. Vegan options available.

A white bowl with blue dots and avocado
Hola Modern Mexican Cocina + Cantina.
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Mama Bird Southern Kitchen

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Fried chicken plates come with tenders, breasts, or thighs at this Southern cooking gem in the southwest. Mama Bird uses soy oil to fry its chicken. Don’t skip the deviled eggs with candied jalapeño and bacon or the shrimp and grits. Diners can get their breakfast fix all day, with options such as chicken and waffles or smoked brisket hash. Online ordering and patio dining available.

Fried chicken and waffles with sausage gravy at Mama Bird.
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Dragon Tiger Noodle Co.

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Chef Jet Tila’s Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. lets diner choose their noodles, broths, and add-ins. Options include ramen, udon, and low carb shirataki, as well as pork belly, char-broiled chicken, beef, and tofu. Other options include tonkotsu ramen with pork broth and braised pork belly; hokkaido beef with rice noodles and beef broth; Chinese chicken noodle soup with house-made udon noodles and char-broiled chicken; or the plant-based Thai yum with grilled tofu. Takeout and delivery available.

A red bowl with ramen, broth, and vegetables
Fire ramen at Dragon Tiger Noodle Co.
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Order Cajun rib-eye steak, shrimp scampi, chicken piccata, or lobster raviola at this Southern Highlands restaurant. Zest offers some low-calorie, keto-friendly, and vegan options. An open kitchen and menu boards on the walls round out the space. Takeout available.

Rise & Shine, A Steak & Egg Place

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Head to Rise & Shine for omelets, pancakes, Benedicts, or steak and eggs. Chilaquiles come with pork carnitas or carne asada. Breakfast burritos are stuffed with green chili or grilled steak. Texas French toast, sweet cream pancakes, a bananas Foster waffle, or red velvet chocolate chip pancakes take care of a sweet tooth. The staff even wears pajamas. Online ordering available.

Chicken and egg white omelet with home fries, salsa, and orange slices on a white plate.
Chicken and egg white omelet at Rise & Shine.
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Spaghetty Western

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This Italian deli and restaurant brings dishes such as pasta spec with peas, mushrooms, and four cheeses sauce and linguine fisherman’s cioppino in a dining room with Italian marble, dark maple wood, and leather banquets. Yes, posters of spaghetti Westerns line the wall. Delivery and takeout available with curbside pickup. Vegan options available.

An Italian dish on a white plate with a pizza in front and red folded napkins on either side.
Spaghetty Western.
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Heavenly Pies

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The Italian-born Luciano Pellegrini won Best Chef Southwest from the James Beard Foundation in 2004 while he was the executive chef at the Venetian’s Valentino, which closed in 2013. Now he has Heavenly Pies in Southern Highlands with pizzas, such as a breakfast version; green with pesto sauce, mozzarella, asparagus, rapini, spinach, zucchini, and roasted garlic; and namesake Heavenly with black truffle tomato, brie cheese, porcini mushrooms, roasted garlic, speck, and escarole. Order online.

Three uncooked pizzas
Heavenly Pies.
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Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge

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Southern Highlands’ Tuscan Highlands apartment community has Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge with homemade dishes with vegetarian and Keto options. The 9,500-square-foot restaurant features a patio with water and fire elements and an imported wine cart from Italy that overlooks Grove Beach Club, the complex’s pool area. A wine garden offers a vine-draped setting with Italian mosaic tiled benches. Try a chicken Parm sandwich, pizzas, baked ziti, or salmon with sautéed spinach and orzo. Contactless takeout available.

A patio at night with a table and chairs and little lights.
The wine garden at Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge.
Tuscan Highlands

Hola Mexican | Cocina + Cantina

A white bowl with blue dots and avocado
Hola Modern Mexican Cocina + Cantina.
Hola Modern Mexican Cocina + Cantina/Facebook

Hola Modern Mexican Cocina + Cantina offers Mexican dishes such as dirty guacamole topped with chorizo, pork belly and shoulder carnitas tacos made with blue corn tortillas, and a pulled chicken quesadilla. Spend some time looking at the decor — a flower filled black-and-white of a Boston terrier behind the bar, Day of the Dead artwork, and Ixtapa lights — and snap a photo with the pink or green neon taco signs. Online ordering and a patio available. Vegan options available.

A white bowl with blue dots and avocado
Hola Modern Mexican Cocina + Cantina.
Hola Modern Mexican Cocina + Cantina/Facebook

Mama Bird Southern Kitchen

Fried chicken and waffles with sausage gravy at Mama Bird.
Mama Bird/Facebook

Fried chicken plates come with tenders, breasts, or thighs at this Southern cooking gem in the southwest. Mama Bird uses soy oil to fry its chicken. Don’t skip the deviled eggs with candied jalapeño and bacon or the shrimp and grits. Diners can get their breakfast fix all day, with options such as chicken and waffles or smoked brisket hash. Online ordering and patio dining available.

Fried chicken and waffles with sausage gravy at Mama Bird.
Mama Bird/Facebook

Dragon Tiger Noodle Co.

A red bowl with ramen, broth, and vegetables
Fire ramen at Dragon Tiger Noodle Co.
Dragon Tiger Noodle Co./Facebook

Chef Jet Tila’s Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. lets diner choose their noodles, broths, and add-ins. Options include ramen, udon, and low carb shirataki, as well as pork belly, char-broiled chicken, beef, and tofu. Other options include tonkotsu ramen with pork broth and braised pork belly; hokkaido beef with rice noodles and beef broth; Chinese chicken noodle soup with house-made udon noodles and char-broiled chicken; or the plant-based Thai yum with grilled tofu. Takeout and delivery available.

A red bowl with ramen, broth, and vegetables
Fire ramen at Dragon Tiger Noodle Co.
Dragon Tiger Noodle Co./Facebook

Zest

Order Cajun rib-eye steak, shrimp scampi, chicken piccata, or lobster raviola at this Southern Highlands restaurant. Zest offers some low-calorie, keto-friendly, and vegan options. An open kitchen and menu boards on the walls round out the space. Takeout available.

Rise & Shine, A Steak & Egg Place

Chicken and egg white omelet with home fries, salsa, and orange slices on a white plate.
Chicken and egg white omelet at Rise & Shine.
Rise & Shine/Facebook

Head to Rise & Shine for omelets, pancakes, Benedicts, or steak and eggs. Chilaquiles come with pork carnitas or carne asada. Breakfast burritos are stuffed with green chili or grilled steak. Texas French toast, sweet cream pancakes, a bananas Foster waffle, or red velvet chocolate chip pancakes take care of a sweet tooth. The staff even wears pajamas. Online ordering available.

Chicken and egg white omelet with home fries, salsa, and orange slices on a white plate.
Chicken and egg white omelet at Rise & Shine.
Rise & Shine/Facebook

Spaghetty Western

An Italian dish on a white plate with a pizza in front and red folded napkins on either side.
Spaghetty Western.
Spaghetty Western/Facebook

This Italian deli and restaurant brings dishes such as pasta spec with peas, mushrooms, and four cheeses sauce and linguine fisherman’s cioppino in a dining room with Italian marble, dark maple wood, and leather banquets. Yes, posters of spaghetti Westerns line the wall. Delivery and takeout available with curbside pickup. Vegan options available.

An Italian dish on a white plate with a pizza in front and red folded napkins on either side.
Spaghetty Western.
Spaghetty Western/Facebook

Heavenly Pies

Three uncooked pizzas
Heavenly Pies.
Heavenly Pies/Facebook

The Italian-born Luciano Pellegrini won Best Chef Southwest from the James Beard Foundation in 2004 while he was the executive chef at the Venetian’s Valentino, which closed in 2013. Now he has Heavenly Pies in Southern Highlands with pizzas, such as a breakfast version; green with pesto sauce, mozzarella, asparagus, rapini, spinach, zucchini, and roasted garlic; and namesake Heavenly with black truffle tomato, brie cheese, porcini mushrooms, roasted garlic, speck, and escarole. Order online.

Three uncooked pizzas
Heavenly Pies.
Heavenly Pies/Facebook

Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge

A patio at night with a table and chairs and little lights.
The wine garden at Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge.
Tuscan Highlands

Southern Highlands’ Tuscan Highlands apartment community has Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge with homemade dishes with vegetarian and Keto options. The 9,500-square-foot restaurant features a patio with water and fire elements and an imported wine cart from Italy that overlooks Grove Beach Club, the complex’s pool area. A wine garden offers a vine-draped setting with Italian mosaic tiled benches. Try a chicken Parm sandwich, pizzas, baked ziti, or salmon with sautéed spinach and orzo. Contactless takeout available.

A patio at night with a table and chairs and little lights.
The wine garden at Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge.
Tuscan Highlands

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