While many taste buds turn to world-famous names to get their fine dining fix, foodies with a keen radar know that some of Vegas’ most dynamic culinary experiences can be found off the Strip.
As the city booms, pioneering chefs have opted to pursue an independent path. One such indie talent with a five-star pedigree is Brian Howard, whose neighborhood hot spot Sparrow + Wolf in Chinatown allows him to flex old-world techniques—from his days at Bouchon and Comme Ça—to create flavors that reflect the melting pot of modern America. The eclectic menu ranges from an ocean parfait with Santa Barbara sea urchin, smoked trout roe, kizami wasabi and toasted nori to duck confit and sweet potato dumplings with Calabrian chile and five-spice broth—imaginative shareable plates that make the adventure away from the casinos completely worth it.
Insider Tip: Order the snail toast, a secret menu dish that is sure to sure to cement your insider status. Top off your evening with a two-ounce pour of Larressingle Très Vieil Armagnac 1960. The aged spirit is best served neat and taken in small sips. Once you swallow, relax and inhale to appreciate the finish. 4480 Spring Mountain Rd., Ste. 100, 702-790-2147, sparrowandwolflv.com