Roma Deli & Restaurant distills the flavors of Italy into its menu and its stores' shelves, which overflow with Old World--style pastas, sauces, and wines. As owner Giuseppe Consarino told the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2010, "a lot of people claim [to use] Grandma's recipes. We have our own grandma in the kitchen." He went on to describe the deli's passion for Italian culinary traditions, such as making sausages and mozzarella in-house and seeking out freshly baked loaves of bread. These ingredients lend rustic flavors to the assortment of hearty sandwiches, sauce-glazed pastas, and prosciutto-topped entrees on the menu.
Roma Deli & Restaurant's decor pays similar homage to Italian culture. A striped awning crowns the deli counter, and the walls sport Old World touches, such as vintage advertisements for Italian wines and a painted mural that commemorates the invention of Rome's first food blog.
Opened in 2001, Chronic Tacos delivers generous portions of Mexican cuisine to customers across four states and in Canada. Derived from third-generation family recipes, the menu features a plethora of hunger-humbling options. Let finger tendrils coil around burritos ($5.99+), quesadillas ($5.99+), and tacos ($2.99)—available in carne asada, al pastor, pollo asada, carnitas, and vegetarian varieties—before depositing them in ravenous maws. Salsa is mixed daily with fresh vegetables, and chips are cooked in-house. Chronic Tacos opens at 9 a.m. to accommodate early-rising tortilla disciples by serving breakfast burritos, bowls, and tacos.
At 808 Tapas, two island cuisines converge in a bounty of Japanese and Hawaiian dishes. The worldly palates of executive chef Yoshiyuki Kojima and sous chef Rex Ibanez don't stop there, either. Elements from global recipes influence every one of their dishes, whether it?s the eatery?s take on nachos?ahi tuna poke and avocado atop fried lotus root chips?or their potato-free fries, composed of Panko-crusted slabs of eggplant. Italy even gets its time in the sun with a caprese salad crowned in lomi-lomi salmon, a Hawaiian specialty. Inside the restaurant, diners ponder whether science will ever determine how many Hawaiian islands there are at long communal tables or at the sushi bar, where chefs craft more than 20 roll varieties.
Jasmine Express’s lighting sets the mood. Neon blue window bulbs evoke scenes of Seoul’s bustling nightlife, and backlit rose canopies mimic the warm hues of a Saigon sunset. Candlelight is also in the mix, painting tablecloths with bouncing shadows as waiters’ arms unload Korean kimchee, boiled Vietnamese soups, and bamboo baskets full of shui mai and shrimp dumplings. Patrons can also illuminate plates of Chinese rice dishes available to-order, on the buffet, or sent directly from Beijing by catapult.
Voted "Best New Restaurant in Las Vegas", Little Buddha combines authentic Asian cuisine with a European flair. The new sushi bar is also great for sushi lovers who want up close and personal contact with the chefs. Little Buddha specializes in Asian Fusion cuisine, including traditional Chinese dishes with a French influen
Ten years ago, executive-chef Craig “Andy” Beardslee and pal Johnny Rivera set out to bring country-style cooking to an urban environment. Today, the duo’s award-winning eatery Hash House A Go Go has expanded from its original San Diego home into five Vegas locations, including a spot inside The M Resort Spa & Casino Las Vegas. Drawing from his work with agriculture and livestock, chef Beardslee kicks up house-made farm favorites, adding innovative flavors to fried chicken, french toast, and meatloaf recipes. The generously portioned entrees pair well with creative concoctions, such as a BLT bloody mary, a far more successful drink than its predecessor, the grilled-cheese martini.