With a global population and hundreds of restaurants both on and off the Strip, you can find just about any cuisine you're craving if you look hard enough. Many foreigners open their own restaurants making the food they grew up with after making Las Vegas their new home, allowing us to try regional specialties and home-cooked meals by those who know the dishes best. Find a new-to-you culture on the list below and take your taste buds on an adventure!
If you love juicy, grilled meats and fresh-baked breads, you'll dream about Dream Kabob. Located in the corner of an unassuming plaza, this intimate spot has an extensive menu of Persian kabobs made with chicken, beef, lamb and salmon, along with vegetarian options. Dream Kabob is an excellent place for group dining, where you can get beautiful platters of skewers and rice, along with traditional dips and bread. Platters are served with colorful carved fruits and vegetables for a photogenic feast you'll eat with your eyes first. Save room for dessert; the light sweetness of their saffron ice cream and baklava round out dinner here quite nicely.
Lotus of Siam
Featured on "Parts Unknown" by Anthony Bourdain and praised by Jonathan Gold as "the best Thai meal I had ever eaten," James Beard award-winning Chef Saipin Chutima and Lotus of Siam shot to Foodie Bookmark Fame in 2014. This restaurant specializes in the cuisine of Northern Thailand and is a place to order adventurously, not where you stick to Pad Thai (though they do have that). Their most noteworthy dishes include Khao Soi (a curry noodle soup served with crispy duck), Garlic Prawns (deep-fried shell-on with garlic sauce) and Salmon Love (grilled with vegetables and a tangy house sauce). The warm and attentive service here also includes assistance with wine pairing, as the flavorful Thai dishes pair incredibly well with German Rieslings. Be sure to make a reservation, as a line out the door is a typical sight for those who do not.
Saga Pastry + Sandwich
Chef Gert's Scandinavian heritage and culinary journey combine to bring the Nordic, Swedish and Danish dishes at Saga Pastry + Sandwich to the Vegas valley. Made from premium quality products, including Arctic cold water seafood and imported cheeses, the sweet and savory Nordic waffles, fresh salads, and traditional open-faced sandwiches make great lunch or grab-and-go dining options. The Swedish pancakes and desserts are almost too pretty and delicate to put in a box and are best enjoyed in the cozy dining room or sunny patio. Vegan options and seasonal specials are available, and a second location is on its way.
With Las Vegas frequently being referred to as the 9th Island, you can bet we have some pretty fantastic Hawaiian cuisine in town. Island Flavor has three locations around town and is undoubtedly a local favorite. Here, you'll find oxtail soup, loco moco and other various island specialties. Their Hawaiian hospitality and exclusive dessert menu make them stand out among the many different options around town. The kalbi fried rice and chicken katsu are standouts, along with the furikake shrimp. Make sure to plan ahead, as they are closed Sundays for ohana time.
Open seven days a week for weekday lunch and daily dinner service, Curry Leaf is a family-owned and operated Indian restaurant in the southwest part of town. No disrespect to Indian buffets, but the chef-prepared dishes here are best enjoyed fresh. The thoughtful menu combines color, textures and flavors for a variety of traditional and more modern dishes, including a section of Indo-Chinese fusion and chef specials. The elegant space is decorated with life-size murals, complementing the exquisite dishes. Whether you stick to your tried-and-true favorites here or branch out to order something new, the food is consistently flavorful and comforting.
Find an excuse to party and make a group reservation for Marrakech: this isn't just a restaurant but an immersive experience. Located a hop from the Strip on Paradise Drive for over 40 years, the location is designed to resemble a Moroccan tent, and dinner includes live belly dancing performances and traditional music throughout the evening. Diners will enjoy a six-course pre-fixe feast of Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties, including lentil soup and hot tea, beef kabobs and shrimp scampi, heaping platters of couscous and a traditional shared dessert. Private parties and lunch services are available, and various dietary adjustments can be accommodated. They also have a wine list and cocktail menu to keep the party going.