Battista’s Hole in the Wall – By far, my favorite restaurant in Vegas! It really is a hole in the wall in a little spot behind the casinos on the main strip. The ambiance is like Little Italy with authentic Italian food, complete with an old man playing the accordion.
Hash House A Go Go – There are 3 locations in Vegas, one is on the strip in a casino, one is toward downtown and the other is off the strip. I’ve only ever been to the one off the strip, and I think we’ve been every single visit to Vegas. They were serving farm fresh food before it was cool. The portion sizes are huge!
Swish – Japanese sukiyaki-style dining. I usually go there for lunch, and it’s not pricey. The location is off the strip.
Mon Ami Gabi – A French-style bistro in the Paris Casino under the Eiffel Tower with a view of the fountains at the Bellagio.
Naked City Pizza Shop – They have 2 locations, both off the strip. The one we went to was a dive bar, but the pizza is good! The pizza sizes are in 1/4, 1/2 and full-size sheets, so it’s like a really large rectangular baking sheet full of pizza.
Eat. – A hipsterish restaurant that was great for brunch. It’s closer to old Vegas but near the strip.
Tacos El Gordo – An authentic Mexican restaurant off the strip and home of what I call the “Meat Pineapple”. The Tacos de Adobada are amazing!
In-N-Out Burger – Go if you’ve never been to one! The burgers and fries are super fresh! We go to one anytime we are on the West Coast….usually the first place we go when we get there and the last place before we leave. The one on Dean Martin Dr has an iconic feel to it.
Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge – Inside Mandalay Bay. The food is really good and the drinks are top shelf. David will randomly mention how much he wants to go back there. Plus, it’s Russian-themed!
Hugo’s Cellar – Inside the Four Queens Casino in old Vegas. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but you definitely get the vibe of old Vegas. They make the salad at your table.
Penn & Teller – By far, my favorite Vegas show! There’s not much else to say, especially if you’re familiar with them. After the show, they hang out in the lobby and greet everyone leaving until the lobby is cleared. You can tell they truly love what they do and love their fans.
Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles LOVE & Ka – I really liked the Beatles one best…David liked Ka best. It’s a very fun time, and the Beatles theater is round with the show in the middle, so there’s not a bad seat. The Ka theater is a regular theater, but the performance stage is on a rotating and moving stage.
Neon Museum – Where old signs go to spend their remaining days on earth. There’s a lot of history that the guides share. It is outdoors and not much shade. Bring water and an umbrella.
Fremont Street – Awesome to see at night!
Hoover Dam – If you haven’t seen it and you have a rental car, I recommend going for a visit. The drive is about an hour, with a beautiful view of Lake Mead right before you get to the dam. They give tours, but just going there and visiting from a pedestrian bridge to see it from a distance is well worth the drive.