We at Sin City Hostel know how important it is to stay on budget when you are travelling for months on end. So we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite restaurant spots in the surrounding community. Places that you don’t have to travel down the beaten path to get to, will have the foodie in you doing internal cartwheels, and that most importantly won’t hurt your wallet!
1. Uncle Joe’s Pizza – 505 Fremont St.
Being from the Northeast I soon found that authentic and satisfying New York Style pizza restaurants in Las Vegas are far and few in between. So when I discovered Uncle Joe’s I was in heaven. It has the kind of vibe a family restaurant in a small town would have, but with less screaming kids and more tipsy tourists. No matter where you’re from the staff here will remind you of your neighbor’s back home. Nothing beats the down-to-Earth friendly service you get at this little hole-in-the-wall. Not only is it cheap but the food tastes like it was made by the Godfather himself. No other slice will suffice.
2. Pinche’s Tacos – 707 Fremont St. Suite #5
Pinche’s is located inside downtown’s fairly new “Container Park”, a modge-podge commune of local boutiques, art galleries, eateries, and my personal favorite, an adult-sized playground that is 21 plus after 9 PM! Being in the Southwest, or the U.S.’ “taco belt” there is A LOT of competition in town when it comes to Mexican food, but Pinche’s stands above the rest. It’s ingredients are fresh, it’s location is great, and they’ve got a finely tuned army of food service professionals at the helm of their little shipping container shop who are masters of their craft. Perhaps the best thing about Pinche’s is the vastness and variety of their menu. They’re not a plain Jane taco and burrito place. They offer everything from the basics, to dishes you won’t find at most Mexican places in town, like Ceviche and Elote.
3. Radio City Pizza – 508 Fremont St.
Yes RCP is right across the street from Uncle Joe’s, but I couldn’t choose between the two. The reason is RCP and Joe’s are two totally different animals. Whether you’re looking for a hip urban atmosphere, you’re a sports lover in search of the perfect place to watch a game or fight, or you love a brew with your chew this is the pizza joint of your dreams. With deals like two slices and a soda for 5 bucks you can’t go wrong. (Especially in a tourist laden district like Fremont Street.) They also cater to the vegan and gluten-free crowds. So if your dietary restrictions have kept you from enjoying pie in the past, your quest ends here!
4. Viva Las Arepas (Venezuelan) – 1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Viva Las Arepas was my first experience with Venezuelan food, and to be honest before I ate there I had no idea what their star entree, the “arepa”, even consisted of. Much like a taco or burrito an arepa is typically filled with meat or beans, lettuce, tomato, peppers, cheese, etc., but instead of a tortilla or shell it is all stuffed inside of a corn-meal pocket. You can order one a la carte for about 5 bucks, but they do offer an array of sides like beans, rice, coconut and cheese for only a few dollars more. The staff is always attentive and smiling, and they even recently added outdoor patio seating. They even took home the award for Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” Best Latin Resaurant in 2013!
5. Ocha Cuisine (Thai) – 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Location. Location. Location. This place is literally right outside our front door, but we don’t just love it for the convenience. It’s portions are the real selling point. The average price for a meal here is $9 ($7 if you catch them around lunch time!), and one order could feed a small village. Drinks are cheap as well. (That could come in handy if you end up there on karaoke night and need a little “liquid courage”!) They’ve got a good assortment of vegetarian options (for all the tofu-lovers out there), and do everything from kickin’ hot curry to stuffed chicken wings!