We team up with UNLOKT to uncover the most exciting and locally beloved spots in all of Vegas. No ratings. No reviews. No self-proclaimed "critics." No noise. Just killer local spots that make Las Vegas one of the fastest growing foodie capitals in the nation.
In our second installment, we tell you how to eat like a local... and never step foot on the Strip.
You've probably driven by this French spot at least a dozen times while heading West on the 215 towards Summerlin. The hidden gem is inside a nondescript business complex, where you will always find dozens of Las Vegans waiting on line (yes, locals wait on line... when it's worth it). Meet owner Olivier, who makes everything from scratch daily while greeting his guests in his French accent. If you haven’t been here yet, drop everything and go now…you can thank us later. 8359 W Sunset Rd., 702-269-4781
What to Order: Veggie quiche (if you can get it) and the homemade chocolate tart.
Nittaya’s is one of those charming spots that locals don’t tell you about because they don’t want you to take their seat. Whether on a date, a girls' night, or a family outing, this intimate 20-something table restaurant is the ideal spot. Try a bit of everything on the tapas style menu and (here's another secret tip), if you are a wine lover, we suggest to make your reservation for a Thursday (half-off select wine!). 2110 N Rampart Blvd. # 110, 702-360-8885
What to Order: Fried spinach salad (just order it, you’ll be mind blown), avocado curry, cilantro steak skewers, and pineapple fried rice
The Goodwich in Downtown is stacking up some killer handheld bites that will leave you wondering how a sandwich can be so delicious. Some serious thought and culinary genius goes into each creation, which can be enhanced by the addition of a fried egg, chip bits, avocado, bacon, jalapenos, or even chicharrones. All it takes it one visit to understand why there's a permanent line to enter the eatery. 1516 S Las Vegas Blvd., 702-910-8681
What to Order: Street corn sandwich (summer squash, goat ricotta, ancho chile, lime), falafel sandwich (green pea falafel, chick pea puree, cucumber, kale slaw), El Pig (pork belly and shoulder, black beans, tomato, green chile slaw, avocado).
This little slice of heaven is in the heart of Summerlin and has made a name for itself through its innovative farm-to-table concept and the use of fresh ingredients in every dish. If you haven't yet tried the Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken sandwich for lunch or the caramelized sea scallops for dinner... then what on earth are you waiting for? 1031 S Rampart Blvd., 702-445-6100
What to Order: Brookie, mac and cheese, buttermilk chicken sandwich, carmelized sea scallops, salted caramel ice cream
Your mouth will start watering the moment you glimpse at this huge pink cardboard box filled with scrumptious doughnuts. Open 24/7, the venue's claim to fame comes courtesy of the unique creations offered (think blue cheese, bacon wrapped date glazed) alongside the more traditional doughnuts that some might prefer (glazed doughnut, anyone?). 7531 W Lake Mead Blvd., 702-478-7465
What to Order: Apple Fritter, Fat Elvis, Nutty Pig, Sweet Potato, Chocolate Cronut
Bachi Burger puts an Asian twist on the traditional burger joint. Choose between pineapples, a sunny side up egg, mushrooms, bacon, poached Asian pear, miso butter, or pretty much any other culinary preference to add some zest to your burger. One suggestion: order the thinly cut fries. 470 E Windmill Ln. #100, 702-242-2244
What to Order: Shogun burger, spicy miso burger, truffle fries, oxtail chili cheese fries