5 restaurants you have to eat at OFF the Las Vegas Strip

When most people head for Las Vegas, they leave the airport and make a beeline for the Strip. Keeping in mind that’s where the big casino resorts are, that’s no surprise. It’s also home to massively popular restaurants run by some of the world’s biggest celebrity chefs.

But if you take the time to step away from the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find an amazing selection of restaurants. And that’s in addition to all of the other experiences waiting for you. Still, it’s important to remember that the Las Vegas food scene extends beyond the Strip.

Borracha Mexican Cantina

Located in Green Valley Ranch, Borracha Mexican Cantina offers a healthy dose of Mexico to the Las Vegas scene. Their menu is a great mix of classic Mexican food as well as dishes that weren’t created south of the border. But they’re delicious nonetheless.

On top of that, Borracha has a massive drink menu, including an almost overwhelming list of available tequilas and more. Plus, if you want to take the goodness away, Borracha offers take home meals for four. But let’s just say they’re also good for one if you’re hungry enough.

Marché Bacchus

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It doesn’t get more off strip than Marché Bacchus. Located in Desert Shores, Marché Bacchus has a beautiful patio overlooking Lake Jaqueline. This is a picturesque spot that takes you away from the endless action of the Strip.

Marché Bacchus is a French style bistro with unique menus for both lunch and dinner. The Sunday Brunch menu is also more than worth stopping by for. You also have to check out the dessert menu which is loaded with delicious options like the Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee.

The Black Sheep

Getting out towards the edge of Las Vegas is a restaurant called The Black Sheep. A contemporary Vietnamese American restaurant, it has been delighting visitors with it’s innovative and creative menu for years.

If you do plan on going, make sure you check their hours of operation. At the moment, The Black Sheep is only open from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Tuesdays through Sundays. But if you block out the time to go, you won’t regret it.

Vegas Test Kitchen

Las Vegas

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On East Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, visitors will find the Vegas Test Kitchen. While that sounds like science experiment, it’s more of a culinary experiment. It features a rotating group of pop-up vendors and restaurant concepts.

The menus range drastically depending on who is in residence. Currently, there are seven current concepts that cover Bulgarian food, ramen, pizza, sushi and more. It’s like a really high end mall food court you won’t want to leave until you’ve sampled everything.

Leticia’s Cocina & Cantina

Housed in the well off strip Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino, Leticia’s Cocina & Cantina is a destination on it own. They have a wide variety of great specials and events, making it the right place to celebrate National Margarita Day.

But the main reason to go is their massive menu of delicious dishes. Everything is great, but the tamales, enchiladas and burritos are unbelievable. Their weekday lunch specials are equally exceptional, especially their Tuesday gorditas.