Mexican food Las Vegas
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Sep 10, 2012 6:19 PM Last Post By: napili79
Jun 20, 2012 4:15 PM
Mexican food Las VegasI'm going to be in Las Vegas for about 48 hours in August. I'm staying on the strip (Harrah's) and won't have a car. Unfortunately, I've been stranded in Illinois for the last year and haven't had access to any good Mexican food.
Can anyone recommend a Mexican restaurant, hole in the wall or lunch truck that is a short walking distance or cheap taxi ride from the strip? I am NOT looking for high end, fusion, national chains or any other ridiculous imitations, just the real (or American version of real) deal.
p.s. My favorite places in Arizona are Mi Nidito in Tucson or any of the Los Betos, Filibertos, etc. fast food outlets. So I'm looking for something with similar food, but not opposed to authentic Mexican either.
Jun 20, 2012 5:04 PM
1I happen to love diego's in the MGM Grand. It's casual Mexican food. Very tasty.
Jun 20, 2012 6:15 PM
Jun 20, 2012 8:42 PM
3It's a 3 hour drive to Chicago from where I'm living. I've been stuck here for a year and only have 5 months to go before I escape for good. I'm working 6 days a week to save for my departure and don't have the time or money to drive to Chicago for Mexican food. I'm going to Vegas for a friend's wedding so thought I would get a quick fix of some real Mex food while I'm there.
So please keep the Las Vegas area suggestions coming! I don't need midwest recommendations. I grew up here and know where to go, but none of the places are conveniently located near my "city". But I do appreciate the help! Thank you
Jun 21, 2012 2:51 AM
4I was looking for something similar (also there in August, also at Harrah's).
Have you checked yelp? High ratings with lots of reviewers (with high credibility stars) is often a good sign of a good place. Keep an eye on dates of reviews as well. I'm not sure about the Korean-Mexican-Asian fusion but hey .....!
Jun 21, 2012 7:05 AM
Jun 21, 2012 7:48 AM
Jun 21, 2012 8:52 AM
7Thanks, everyone! Trip Advisor and Yelp are my next stops and I'll definitely be asking the hotel staff if I don't figure out something before then. And I'm kind of a reverse food snob, so I won't be doing any fusion. I hate the word and the whole concept. It's code for over-priced and over-hyped mediocre food. (I lived in Hawaii for several years and you hear that evil word everywhere.)
If I find anything good near the strip, I'll be sure to follow up with a post!
Jun 21, 2012 9:12 AM
8Well you are short changing yourself if enjoy good cuisine to not embrace the fusion concept. As here in Chicago, Rick Bayless has taken everything traditional from Mexico and put a great twist on it that makes many dishes greatly improved. Quality food can be at all levels, but there is also terrible quality food, even in the most hispanic parts of Chicago where the store fronts are in spanish, its does not mean the food is good at all, trust me.
There is a new trend of chefs out there that are taking classic staples and reinventing them with more flavor and more interesting takes on the basics. Low Country cuisine from the south is the latest focus, North Carolina and Virginia have some great new eateries, incorporating local grown produce and also farm raised live stock.
You dont know what your are missing if you have not ventured into the culinary trends of the last decade, not just in America, but everywhere. You would not believe what French Chefs are doing in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as Spanish and Italian too...OMG, heaven.
Las Vegas especially has some very great chefs and eateries in the main casinos that are excellent and off the hook great tasting. Yes its expensive in Vegas, but then again, its Vegas. NYC and San Francisco area are hot beds of great talent and fusion cuisine. I travel for new culture and food. What isnt fusion these days? Seriously, every place that is raved about and highly rated that opened the last 10 years in a most areas of the world, is fusion.
Jun 21, 2012 10:43 AM
9What can I say, I like what I like. When I want Mexican food, I want Mexican food. I already admitted to being a reverse food snob. I have been working in restaurants (from chains to high end "fusion" outlets and everything in between) for the last 15 years. So I am very familiar with food. I never have much money so I would much rather pay for good food from a hole in the wall. I really don't care about ambiance, service, etc. as long as the food is good and affordable. Which I know is the opposite of Vegas strip restaurants and exactly why I posted this specific question.
I've been stranded in a place for the last year that doesn't offer any good ethnic food at all. So when I get a chance to eat some real Mexican, Thai, etc. I prefer that it be the real thing (made by someone who is from the region, has family from the region or spent a significant time in that region). If someone else is paying, I certainly won't turn down a $40 entree of average food but that's not what I prefer to spend my money on. I would rather spend $10-20 on good food and save the difference for beer but that's just me. To each their own! Thankfully I'll be leaving Illinois and returning to Asia at the end of this year so my food problems will be solved. Just hit some tough times being stranded in the land of chain restaurants.
Jun 21, 2012 12:08 PM
Jun 21, 2012 12:55 PM
11So looks like my original question got lost along the way.
"Can anyone recommend a Mexican restaurant, hole in the wall or lunch truck that is a short walking distance or cheap taxi ride from the strip? I am NOT looking for high end, fusion, national chains or any other ridiculous imitations, just the real (or American version of real) deal."
I'm well aware that the Vegas strip is not where you find affordable, authentic ethnic food. I won't have a car and will be on a budget so was hoping for the possibility of something within walking distance or a short cab ride (i.e. not on the strip).
I think I might have found my place.
Thanks number 11 for the links will check those out as well.
Jun 21, 2012 1:00 PM
Jun 21, 2012 1:43 PM
13Thats just past the intersection of the Wynn/Encore, Fashion Show Mall. Report back...
If you need to stay in the AC as its damn hot on the strip, there is a tram between the Mirage and Treasure Island, cross over street to to Mall and cut thru there, or go via the Venetian, over street to Wynn to the Encore, it is all AC
Sep 10, 2012 6:19 PM
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