By Yvonne Newman
Always buzzing with activity, downtown Las Vegas is fast becoming a foodie’s paradise. You’ll find several stars on the dining scene, including these four culinary hotspots.
Dishes are anything but typical in Carson Kitchen at 124 S. 6th St. The sleek urban digs in the historic John E. Carson Motel boast an open kitchen and rooftop patio, as well as a menu of creative comfort foods. Social plates include Devil’s Eggs topped with caviar and crispy pancetta, and Veal Meatballs with sherry foie gras cream. Discover other unexpected flavor combinations with entrées such as the Cocoa-Espresso NY Strip—and, whatever you do, don’t miss out on the Glazed Donut Bread Pudding! carsonkitchen.com
LOLA’S – A LOUISIANA KITCHEN
Housed inside Holsum Lofts at 241 W. Charleston Blvd., with a second location in Summerlin, this family-style restaurant specializes in Cajun and Creole dishes. The delightful, artsy setting is perfect for a spicy food extravaganza featuring all the goodness of the Deep South. Start with the hand-formed Lump Blue Crab Cake, Char-Broiled Oysters or a cup of gumbo before savoring the Bronzed Catfish or Shrimp and Grits. Lola’s also serves up unforgettable po’ boys, jambalaya and desserts like Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Chantilly cream. lolaslasvegas.com
Climb to the second level of Downtown Container Park to find this relaxed dining terrace offering fabulous views of the stage and playground area. The Perch’s food lives up to the lovely surroundings. Its seasonal sharing menu contains fresh salads as well as lip-smacking flatbreads and entrées, including Steak & Frites, Grilled Salmon and Chicken Quinoa. Plus, there’s a fantastic weekend brunch with everything from Brioche French Toast to Country Hash—not to mention the bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and bellinis. theperchlv.com
For a dose of something delicious stop by this cool eatery in an airy bi-level space at 518 E. Fremont St. The gastro-style menu is highlighted by ingredient-driven selections such as Ali’s Ahi Tuna and Devils on Horseback: bacon-wrapped dates with truffled goat cheese, almonds and romesco sauce. Decadent creations like the Chicken and Red Velvet Waffle Sliders, Fried Mac Croquettes and Therapy’s Crab Dip are guaranteed to lift your spirits. therapylv.com