Dining in Las Vegas

Dining in Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas – Wikemedia Commons/By Asaavedra32/CC-BY-SA-3.0

Las Vegas tourism continues to rebound, with expansion at a rate not seen since before the recession. Old players and new investors are pumping money into new ideas both on The Strip and Downtown, intent on providing tourists with new sights and experiences.

Even frequent visi­tors are almost guaranteed to find something new on their next trip to town. There’s no sign of the expansion slowing down anytime soon. The new Resorts World hotel-casino is currently being planned on the site of the old Stardust and the abandoned Echelon Place project.

MGM Resorts International has announced plans for a massive City of Rock concert venue that will be home to a four-day US version of the Rock in Rio festival, as well as various other events over the course of the year. And the dining scene continues to keep pace with the growth.

The Downtown Las Vegas revival flourishes, thanks in no small part to Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project. The group made a big splash with the opening of its Container Park out­door recreation area, which is home to several dining hot spots.

The reopening of the former Lady Luck, rechristened The Downtown Grand, has brought a slew of its own restaurants. On the independent scene, RM Seafood chef John Church has a new breakfast and lunch spot, MTO Café, and local celebrity chef Kerry Simon opened his first neighborhood venture, Carson Kitchen.

Celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali, Todd English, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Mina, Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Joël Robuchon and Guy Savoy, among many others are present on the Strip. These restaurants are all offering amazing food but at a prize.

Dining in Las Vegas does not need to be pricey. If you have a car or even take a cab, you can access good restaurants off-Strip and save money. Check out some Bob Sehlinger’s favorite off-strip restaurants in his article for USA Today. Bob Sehlinger is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2015.

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