Dine Like a Local in Las Vegas

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By Heather Turk

While no trip to Las Vegas is complete without dining at one of the Strip’s marvelous restaurants, those who venture off-Strip will find several eateries guaranteed to satisfy taste buds too. In fact, it is becoming increasingly easy to find Strip-quality fare at local establishments all over town!

ME GUSTA TACOS AT THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH

Known for its fresh homemade salsas and GMO-free corn tortilla chips, this Mexican eatery in Henderson serves a variety of tasty tacos for lunch and dinner. Aside from traditional favorites like the Charbroiled Carne Asada taco topped with pico de gallo and queso fresco, there are more unique offerings like the Pork Belly Banh Mi taco (grilled pork belly topped with Vietnamese slaw and cilantro) and the Korean Kalbi taco (marinated Korean steak topped with Asian cabbage slaw). An assortment of burritos—including breakfast burritos—are available as well. Guests can pair their entrée selection with a refreshing Agua Fresca (try the Orange Pineapple), and don’t forget a Bavarian Cream churro to complete your meal! megustatacos.com

The Pork Belly with Country Grits at Pot Liquor Smokehouse BBQ

The Pork Belly with Country Grits at Pot Liquor Smokehouse BBQ

POT LIQUOR SMOKEHOUSE BBQ AT TOWN SQUARE LAS VEGAS

Serving more than just Southern hospitality, this authentic Southern-style restaurant cooks up some of the best barbecue in Las Vegas. Its Texas-style Beef Brisket is smoked over peach, cherry and mesquite woods for 10 to 12 hours, while its Smoked Chicken is so tender the meat literally falls off the bone. While the smoked entrées easily take center stage, the appetizers are equally delightful, especially the Pork Belly with Country Grits. In addition to lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a great Saturday/Sunday brunch, where guests get their choice of entrée plus unlimited mimosas, bellinis or Bloody Marys for one low price. potliquorcas.com

It’s hard to resist a selection from the dessert tray at Trattoria Reggiano

It’s hard to resist a selection from the dessert tray at Trattoria Reggiano

TRATTORIA REGGIANO AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN

This casually elegant Italian restaurant features the same incredible fare that made its first location inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian I The Palazzo a Strip favorite. Guests can start their lunch or dinner with the filet mignon and pork loin Housemade Meatballs before savoring such delicious dishes as the Chicken Parmigiana. While it’s easy to fill up on the complimentary garlic rolls brought out to each table, be sure to save some room for dessert. The homemade Ricotta Cheesecake is simply scrumptious! Live music is featured on the 70-seat patio Wednesday through Saturday evenings. trattoria-reggiano.com 

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