Downtown Vegas food and drink experience

 

Cool backyard at the Park on Fremont, downtown Vegas

Cool backyard at the Park on Fremont, downtown Vegas

Downtown Vegas food and drink experience

Downtown Las Vegas offers so variety of fast food to more exceptional dining experiences far removed from the strip but worthwhile having a meal or tasty drink while you are visiting the downtown area. While fast food is easy to pick up and go along the popular Downtown Fremont Street Experience, I was able to find some wonderful dining and drinking venues that were a popular spot for locals and business people in the area. Many of the dining and drinking venues are worth checking out when you are in the area and looking for something unique for that downtown experience.

 

Here are some of the delicious places to visit in Downtown Las Vegas:

 

 

 

Carson kitchen - eats at the prep bar

Carson kitchen – eats at the prep bar

Carson Kitchen – 124 SouthSixth Street #100, Las Vegas 

A new dining venue that recently opened in downtown Las Vegas, this is soon to be a very popular local spot and the occasional tourist that will want to have a great food experience that exemplifies creative and tasty food combinations. Celebrity chef, Kerry Simon creates American bistro fare with a flare and unexpected combinations or finishes that make his dishes sing! Yummy appetizers include crispy chicken skins served with smoked honey, delicious empanadas filled with oh so tender beef tenderloin with a duxelle sauce and gryo tacos with lamb, tzaziki, cucumber and tomato. One the entrée front, some of the offerings include Rabbit Ragu with spaghetti squash and parmesan or Black rice and Oxtail risotto with parmesan cream. For more details on Carson Kitchen and the menus, check out their website here.

 

Take a look at some more of these amazing dishes being served:

Crispy chicken skins and smoked honey dip

Crispy chicken skins and smoked honey dip

 

 

 

Fried Green tomato sandwich and tater tots

Fried Green tomato sandwich and tater tots

 

 

The dining area at The Commissary

The dining area at The Commissary

The Commissary by Richard Sandoval 206 N. 3rd Street, Las Vegas

This Latin kitchen is inspired by Richard Sandoval’s Mexican heritage infused with latin spices and other influences.  The restaurant is casual with an expansive menu covering tortas, salads, soups, and main dishes with a charged Mexican flavor from spicy to smoking hot.  Specialties of the kitchen included their rotisserie chicken – moist with a smoky and special dry rub created by Sandoval imparting a truly Mexican flavor. Latin smoked brisket also done with another special dry rub that imparts a sweet, spicy and flavorful punch. All the tortas (sandwiches) are made with this delicious buttered bread and I ordered the juicy Baja fish with cod, cabbage, chile poblano and pickled cucumber. Must have sides to order here include the yummy mexican style corn on the cob,  tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa and the yellow pepper cole slaw. Check out the menu and other details about the Commissary here.

 

A delicious Baja fish torta – it’s soooo good!

 

Fish torta at the Commissary at the Grand Hotel

Fish torta at the Commissary at the Grand Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picnic at the Grand Hotel on the rooftop pool

Picnic at the Grand Hotel on the rooftop pool

Picnic Grand Hotel – 206 N. 3rd Street, Las Vegas

The rooftop pool bar and eatery at Picnic is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in downtown Vegas. Whether you want to grab a nice cocktail or small bite, hanging out around the bar or any of the covered pool cabanas are a fun way to enjoy the day in a cool and fun setting at Picnic. To get more details about entry and events happening at Picnic, Grand Hotel visit their website here.

 

 

A specialty champagne cocktail perfect for a Vegas pool scene

A specialty champagne cocktail perfect for a Vegas pool scene

 

 

 

 

Outdoor scene at Park on Fremont

Park on Fremont on East Fremont Street

 

 

Park on Fremont – 506 Fremont Street

An uber hip gastro pub with a huge outdoor backyard filled with quirky details.  This modern American eatery is packed with young, fun and hipster loving people (mostly local and with sprinkles of tourist wanting to mix and mingle). It’s a friendly place with fun music and interesting art on the walls especially in the back patio area.  Specialty drinks are the favorites here including Stranger Danger with Ciroc peach vodka and sweet Ice tea, Peach fuzz smash with bourbon whiskey, muddled with peaches, lemon and basil or how about a Trophy wife with Captain Morgan spiced rum with orange/pineapple juice, bitters and simple syrup.  I ordered the  Garbage Fries and everything but the kitchen sink was in it including house made fries layered with cheddar and provolone and covered with bacon, jalapenos, green onions, chipotle peppers, avocados, tomatoes and topped with a fried egg. Needless to say it really fills you up fast.

 

 

The garbage fries special with an egg on top at Fremont on Park

The garbage fries special with an egg on top at Fremont on Park

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor seating at the Oak & Ivy
Outdoor seating at the Oak & Ivy

 

Photo credit: Emily Wilson

Oak  & Ivy – Container Park – 707 Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas

Located in the container park is an inventive mixed use space of retail, restaurants and entertainment. Oak & Ivy is one of the newest In hang out spots in Downtown Vegas and offering a bevy of American craft whiskey and well crafted cocktails. Inside it’s cool and dark with very friendly service or you can hang outside on the deck and enjoy the lively street scene around the Container Park.  To check out their menu offerings, visit their website here.

 

Poke appetizer at Wild in Downtown Las Vegas

Poke appetizer at Wild in Downtown Las Vegas

 

Wild – 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd #100

Healthy comfort food  from a farm friendly restaurant that is committed to sourcing from organic and health focused growers and vendors. The vibe is contemporary with art inspired loft space with a huge bar area serving inventive drink s and appetizers. The restaurant area continues with the colorful graphics and art from local arts decorating the walls and adding to the cool vibe. The menu is expansive, healthy and yet inventive from plain salads and pasta fare. You can find out more about the restaurant and their menu here.

 

 

No swearing at the Bar in Carson Kitchen

No swearing at the Bar in Carson Kitchen

 

Hope you enjoyed the highlight tour of good eats in Downtown Vegas, when your around the area check out these fun and lively spots and you won’t be disappointed with the food and experience. If you enjoyed reading this post, please do share it with any of the social media buttons around the post, thanks!

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10 Responses to Downtown Vegas food and drink experience

  1. Theodora October 7, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Interesting to see a non-casino side of Vegas. Thanks!

  2. Dan @ A Cruising Couple September 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    MMM… Those garbage fries look too good! Reading this post before dinner was a bad choice. My stomach is literally growling!

  3. Mary @Green Global Travel September 20, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Cocktails in Mason Jars hold a special place in my heart. My Southern-ness must be coming out. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Gran Canaria Local September 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    As a veggie, Mr GCL’s most taken by the green-tomato sandwich. And a champagne cocktail looks the perfect accompaniment to wash it down with. Cheers, Noel.

  5. Kathryn Burrington September 17, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    This all looks and sounds fantastic Noel, especially the Crispy chicken skins and smoked honey dip. I have never heard of garbage fries – the mind boogles but it looks great!

  6. Lillie - @WorldLillie September 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Mmm… Some of these photos make me positively SWOON! 😀

  7. Paul (@luxury__travel) September 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Thanks, Noel… I’ve never been to Vegas but have lots of pre-conceptions as to what it’s like. Your post shows me a side to the city that I didn’t know existed…

  8. alison September 16, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Interesting spaces, creative cocktails and inventive-and decadent food indulgences. Nice slice of Vegas Noel.

  9. Shereen Travels Cheap September 12, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Wow! All this stuff looks delicious, especially the garbage fries. Horrible name, but I would inhale those things. I’m going to need to spend more time downtown on my next Vegas trip. One of my new favorite restaurants there (that’s not downtown) is the Crown and Anchor on Tropicana a few miles off the strip. One of the best British pubs I’ve been to, quite laid back and affordable, too.

  10. Rhonda Albom September 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Last time we were in the states, my teens commented about how difficult it was to find healthy food in restaurants or take-away. Even the salads seemed to have something fried on them, or bacon. Your photos are beautifully done, and are memories or our last visit.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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