Contributed by: Cris Young | Editor-at-Large

Like just about everyone else out there, I love great food.

I consider myself to be a bit of a foodie, a regular at many local restaurants and a huge fan of the Food Networks’ show Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.


Which got me thinking about Vegas and my upcoming trip to the in October. In the past we’ve stayed close to hotel and by close, I mean never leave. There are so many restaurants inside the hotel complex you can find just about any type of food you crave so you don’t necessarily have to go anywhere else. But what about all those other talented chefs in the rest of the city, don’t they deserve an opportunity to satisfy a hungry show attendee? So, after watching Guy Fieri tease me with mouthwatering Vegas cuisine, I thought I’d share with the rest of the industry should you get the urge to venture out to experience what the rest of Vegas has to offer.

From barbecue, pizza, burgers, to Asian and New Orleans inspired seafood get your food fantasies filled after a day at the show. Too tired to get out, then order on the mobile app and have it delivered.

Full disclosure, I have not tried any yet, but they all have a minimum of 4+ stars out of five and come recommended by the Flavortown King himself. Here’s the list:

Crepe Expectations

9500 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas 89123

Phone: 702-583-4939

In over-the-top Sin City, even the classic crepe gets revamped in outrageous new ways, as Guy learned during a visit to this Las Vegas restaurant. “That citrus and the carne asada is fantastic,” he said of the Sonora crepe, which comes stuffed with teres major steak that’s cooked down with orange, lemon, and carne asada seasoning. Cheese, guacamole, and fire-roasted salsa complete the creation.

John Mull’s Meats and Road Kill Grill

3730 Thom Blvd., Las Vegas 89130

Phone: (702) 645-1200

Barbecue master Chuck Frommer has the best barbecue in Vegas and the locals know it. Guy fell in love with the hot links, which are cured for 16 hours and smoked for six, and savored the flavorful ribs. The pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese are also popular.

Those Guys Pies

2916 Lake East Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Phone: 702-629-2626

Two New Jersey transplants serve classic New York pizzas and creatively topped options like a Cheesesteak Pie and the Maui Wowie, with barbecue sauce, bacon, pineapple, and pickled jalapenos.

Four Kegs Sports Pub

276 N Jones Blvd, Las Vegas 89107

Phone: (702) 870-0255

One of Guy’s favorite hangouts in college was the Four Kegs Sports Pub in Las Vegas, and to this day he swears they make the best stromboli he’s ever had. Owner Mario Perkins makes sure to keep a thin delicate crust on all of the stromboli he makes, and it’s just as good as Guy remembers it.

Fat Choy Restaurant

595 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Phone: 702-794-3464

Chef Sheridan Su’s gamble of opening a food truck in Las Vegas in 2011 paid off big, as the crowds kept coming back for more of his Asian-American dishes. The popularity grew to the point where Chef Su now owns a restaurant, where he’s dishing up a Pork Belly Bao that Guy just had to try. The bao (or steamed bun) comes loaded with marinated pork belly, sautéed mustard greens, crushed peanuts, and cilantro.

Forte European Tapas Bar and Bistro

4180 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas 89103

Phone: (702) 220-3876

While still in college, Chef Nina Manchev opened her Bulgarian restaurant at the age of 23. The mixed grill plate with three different types of Bulgarian sausage captured Guy’s heart. Topped with dry cured Bulgarian charcuterie, the Thracian Clay Pot was another one of Guy’s favorites.

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen Bar

The Linq Hotel & Casino, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: 1-800-634-6441

For the ultimate in comfort food indulgence, order the Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger at Guy’s joint in Las Vegas. This monster of a between-the-bun meal features a beef patty topped with a scoop of macaroni and cheese, a blanket of a cheese slice, strips of smoky bacon and Guy’s mayo-based sauce.

Lola’s – A Louisiana Kitchen

241 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Phone: (702) 227-5652

Lola’s, a New Orleans style restaurant, has brought the Big Easy to Sin City. Guy says the roast beef po’ boy with gravy is “on point.” The crawfish, according to Guy, is “tender, sweet and out of bounds.” Locals recommend the seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits and oysters.

Osaka Japanese Bistro

4205 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Phone: 702-876-4988

Guy took a detour off the Las Vegas Strip to dig into top-rated sushi at Osaka Japanese Bistro, which has been serving its addictive rolls since 1967. “It’s dynamite,” said Guy of the Roppongi Roll, which features spicy tuna atop a layer of shrimp. The combo comes enveloped in a seaweed sheet that’s coated with rice, then topped with tuna, smelt eggs, green onions, and a mix of sweet and spicy sauces.

Naked City Pizza

3240 S Arville St, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Phone: 702-243-6277

Tucked away in a bar, this pizza place is serving up gourmet pies in a non-gourmet situation. Guy liked the rich and creamy Sicilian topped with meatballs, white garlic sauce, spinach, mozzarella, and ricotta. Crave spicy? Try the Suicide Fries served with a medley of peppers for an awesome kick.

So to my fellow foodies, and IFE attendees we wish you an outstanding and prosperous expo experience with lots of Triple D-elicious eats’ along the way!

We look forward to connecting with you in Vegas! 


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