The Required: Las Vegas

The Required: Las Vegas

A definitive guide to Las Vegas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 4, 2020
The Required: Las Vegas

The Required: Las Vegas

A definitive guide to Las Vegas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 4, 2020

Las Vegas. Sin City. The gambling capital of the world. Home to some excellent food, and now part of our Required club. 

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5,000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more — no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip — or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Pok Pok Las Vegas

The Story: Ever since Chef Andy Ricker backpacked through Thailand in 1987, he has made it his life’s work to study and celebrate the regional cuisine of Thailand and its surrounding countries. What started as a wing shop in Portland OR, has since become a select national franchise, with this particular outpost at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. 

What to Eat: Our Experts say that Pok Pok’s OG dish, Ike’s Wings hits all the requisite spots for Asian comfort food. “Sticky, spicy, sweet, salty, garlicky, and just a bit greasy, I crave these wings for days at a time. These big and meaty wings get tossed in salty caramel and are crispy in all the right places,” says Expert/Chef Gregory Gourdet. The Laap Pet Isaan also gets high marks from Expert/Chef Jason Stratton: “this chopped duck salad makes my heart race. It's spicy and multi-layered with lemongrass, mint, toasted rice powder, and just the right balance of acid. It comes with a plate of herbs…including cilantro and mint. So good!”

What to Drink: Tamarind Whiskey Sours and imported Asian beers. 

The Vibe: A casual wing joint with counter service, reminiscent of the sort you’d find in Thailand, only you know, inside of a posh American casino instead. 

When to Go: They’re open daily from lunch to dinner, with late night hours on the weekend, so check their website on the day you want to go for the specifics.

Pok Pok Wing
Hot Spot
Las Vegas
$, Wings, Asian
21 Recommendations

The NoMad Restaurant Las Vegas

The Story: Expert and Executive Chef Daniel Humm of The NoMad, earned his first Michelin star by the age of 24 while working in his native Switzerland. He has since gone on to achieve three more Michelin stars and five James Beard awards. Humm brings his classical French/Alsace training to the forefront at The Nomad located inside the Park MGM in Las Vegas. 

What to Eat: Our Experts say that the Fruit De Mar, a Mid-Century style tower of shellfish is a true showstopper. They also say the Foie Gras on Country Bread with House-Pickled Veggies and the Milk and Honey dessert are well worth your consideration. 

What to Drink: Try the Start Me Up– Bourbon, Barbados Rum, Strega, Honey, Ginger, Lemon and Orange Bitters. Or choose from their outstanding selection of imported and domestic wines. 

The Vibe: With over 25,000 titles lining their floor to ceiling bookshelves, elegant chandeliers, cozy crescent moon leather booths, The NoMad has that glamorous golden era Vegas feel, and is a great spot for date night, or to catch cocktails and a quick bite before taking in a show. 

When to Go: Open Tuesday through Sunday for Dinner service from 5:30 p.m to 11:00 p.m., you can call in advance for reservations, or if you’re feeling spontaneous, they offer a more casual menu at the bar. 

Nomad Restaurant
Hot Spot
Las Vegas
$$, Reservations, Restaurant
19 Recommendations

Lardo Las Vegas

The Story: Expert and Chef Rick Gencarelli brings his expertise in all things divinely swine and sandwich-y that has made Lardo a beloved Portland, OR. institution to his Vegas rendition. 

What to Eat: Our experts recommend the Porchetta Sandwich with Slow Roasted Pork, Caper Mayo, Salsa Verde and Coleslaw on Ciabatta, and the truly inspired Pho’Rench Dip with Shaved Beef, Hoisin, Sambal Mayo, Thai Basil, and Phō Broth for dipping. 

What to Drink: Draft pours of beers trucked in from Portland’s finest microbreweries.

The Vibe: Lardo’s motto? “Be strange, not a stranger.” This place is decidedly welcoming, casual, and a fine spot to fortify yourself with proper sustenance before inevitably losing all track of time in the highly oxygenated and mercifully air-conditioned wonderland of The Strip. 

When to Go: They’re open daily, serving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Lardo
Hot Spot
Las Vegas
$, Sandwiches
18 Recommendations
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