10 Best Grub Spots for Festival Attendees

Las Vegas is one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world. We have the bright lights, the casinos, and amazing live shows and performances with top notch production value. The infamous Las Vegas strip can be exhausting however. It is crowded, loud, tons of traffic, and let’s not forget about how expensive it is. Especially during EDC week.

Skip the crowds, and all of the boujee madness on the strip and make your way to Downtown Las Vegas.

Downtown Las Vegas is experiencing a renaissance. In the last few years it has seen an influx of new bars, concert venues and restaurants. It’s a foodies paradise, and many of these local joints have remained our little secret, that is until now.

10. The Perch

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They say nothing cures a hangover better than drinking some more. If that’s the case, then cure your hangover at The Perch located in Container Park. This rooftop restaurant offers all of the bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and bellinis you’ll ever need. Make sure you try their cappuccino brioche French toast, or their sticky-sweet monkey bread. The menu also encourages sharing, so you get to try a little bit of everything!

9. El Buen Pastor

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It’s a universal sign that the food is going to be good if there is a long line, and if it’s past midnight on a weekend, there will definitely be a line at El Buen Pastor. This little taqueria is a food stand located inside of a parking lot of a tire shop off Las Vegas BLVD and Bonanza and it’s a $3 Uber ride from Fremont East to get there. If you’re looking for a real street taco, this is the place to get it. Their carne asada tacos are to die for, the steak is perfectly marinated and seasoned with tons of flavor. Grab yourself their fresh horchata, and it will be the perfect inexpensive ending to a night on the town.

8. Therapy

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Slated as one of the newest restaurants on Las Vegas’ famous Fremont East district, Therapy is one of the best spots to bring a date or a group of friends. This large, rustic spot pulls in locals and tourists alike with its twist on American comfort food. On the weekends, the restaurant turns into a lounge with DJs and live entertainment. Because this is Vegas, Therapy also offers over 40 craft beers, house-made sangria, and signature cocktails.

7. Aloha Specialties

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Located on the second floor inside the California Hotel on the Fremont Street Experience, Aloha Specialties offers authentic home-style Hawaiian cuisine. With menu offerings such as a killer Loco Moco and Spam Musubi, this place will make you feel like you’re relaxing on a beach in Hawaii. The food may not be unique, but it is executed perfectly. Due to it’s popularity this hidden gem recently renovated the whole restaurant by adding more space and seating.

6. Publicus

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Publicus is the perfect retreat away from all of the Vegas kerfuffle, located on Fremont St. but further from the concentrated Fremont East area, this coffee shop will provide you with all of the pastries, sandwiches, salads and caffeine to your hearts content. With the ambiance reminiscent of a whimsical woodland forest, the decor is filled with indoor trees, spacious seating, and wooden tables. This earthy vibe will give you a moment to just chill out. Their menu offers a wide variety of Instagram worthy avocado toasts, sweets and original pastries, heartier lunch and dinner options, as well as traditional and experimental coffee options, latte art included.

5. Atomic Kitchen

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Atomic Liquors is a classic bar in downtown LV, located in a more desolate area, they depended on Food Trucks to park out front on busy nights. That all has changed with the grand opening of Atomic Kitchen last month. It’s clear that love, effort, and expertise was put into this new spot. Their menu is equally as diverse, inexpensive, and delicious. Everyone in your group will be satisfied. Some standout items include the juicy and tender Ribeye Crown, the Fat Man Fries, and their soft pretzel with all the fixings. Sometimes sticking to the classics is all you need.

4. Le Thai

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Nothing satisfies cravings after a long night of bar hopping than heavy, delicious, and messy Thai food. Le Thai is a classic late-night dining spot that serves up one of the best pad Thai noodles and three-color curries in town, and the fried bananas are to die for. And if you really want to indulge, try the short rib fried rice.

3. La Comida

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You know a restaurant is going to stand out when you have to enter it through a back alley. Located around the corner from Commonwealth, La Comida provides a modern twist on traditional Mexican food. With a selection of over 100 tequilas, La Comida specializes in a variety of rainbow-fresh fruit margaritas, they offer flavors such as guava, prickly pear, passion fruit, pomegranate, and tamarind. Their specialty food items include: a hearty pozole prepared with hominy, pork, avocado, and shredded cabbage. Carne de res a la parilla with beef skirt steak, wild mushrooms, and roasted poblano peppers. The eclectic atmosphere features walls filled with rosaries, flowers, graffiti, and cascading string lights.

2. Carson Kitchen

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Four words: truffle mac and cheese. Carson kitchen is the brainchild of the late chef Kerry Simon. Whether you grab a seat indoors, or on the swanky rooftop patio, you know that you’re in good hands when you’re there. Some of their most popular menu items include: alligator gumbo flatbread, wild boar Sloppy Joe, bacon jam, and veal meatballs that are not only creative, original, but are executed perfectly. Pro tip, if you don’t have a reservation, get one because this place is booked every night, and for good reason.

1. Pizza Rock

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Pizza rock has the best pizza in Las Vegas and I will fight anybody who claims differently. Award winning pizza mastermind Tony Gemignani has thrown away all the rules with his creative and exciting pizza concoctions. From a proscuitto & pear pie with arugula and goat cheese, to a classic Neapolitan, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re on the go, just grab a slice from their late night to-go window. Did I mention their Sicillian-style Burratina Di Margherita earned the Gold Cup Pizza Championships in Italy? For those of you not craving pizza, they also serve up calzones, pastas, and burgers.

Written by Jennifer Durnell