Huddled between the lights & glitter of the Strip & the glare & noise of Fremont Street sits the darken area of south Las Vegas blvd. While it struggles to reinvent itself, it tries to pull off the biggest illusion in the Valley. The trick is to preserve the “charm” of Old Vegas (wedding chapels, pawnshops & bail bondman), while offering a brighter yet quieter, culinary & entertainment venue to those seeking a break from all a hullabaloo at both ends of the Blvd. Here are 4 of my favorites:
Carson Kitchen: At 6th & Carson streets, a block from Fremont Street, sits an easily missed grey building housing among other things a small epic restaurant serving usual dishes in a unique way and unusual dishes in a simple way. There are small plates that you want to share and entrees that you will never share. There is a bacon jam served with baked brie & toasted baguette that you must demand your guest try. They also elevated my mom’s deviled eggs with a pinch of caviar and created a dessert to remember as they morphed a donut into a bread pudding with a glaze that would convert a Weight Watcher. Don’t miss their rooftop patio to dine with a DJ and a view.
Neon Museum: After a meal at Carson Kitchen, you will need a walk. Drive to the north side of Fremont Street. There you will find the resting place of many of the bright lights of old Las Vegas. They turned a sleepy desert town into a searchlight that lit up the west side of the Rockies. You can walk through an outdoor Bone Yard of neon towers that drew people to Southern Nevada from all parts of the world. Many lie dark & cold but guides reignites them with the stories of how & why they were created. Vegas will not let them die. They plan to restore them to their past glory and place them throughout the city. Some are already completed but with a price tag of $50,000 or higher (much higher), this will take time, a long time. So as you leave the Museum, drop some folding money in the restoration jar.
Join Patrick Barney as he explores his love of travel & food around the world & in his home town of Las Vegas.