The extensive menu at Panna Thai showcases both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine amid a chic, intimate backdrop. Start your Southeast Asian excursion with Thai-style shrimp cakes with sweet chili sauce ($7.95), a traditional Thai appetizer that will easily charm the western palate with a few coy glances. Panna Thai boasts an enormous selection of entrees, from curries to stir-fries, all of which blend sweet, sour, bitter, and salty tastes, unleashing an uncommon flurry of flavor on unsuspecting palates and unbalanced humors. The restaurant's friendly and accommodating staff is on-hand to assist diners in choosing a dish that suits their spice tolerance. Noodle dishes are a favorite, like the basil noodle served with chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or shrimp ($8.50, $10.50 for shrimp). Meat-centric meals—like the garlic short ribs ($11.95) and the beef or chicken satay dinner ($12.95)—also abound to sate the appetites of carnivores and were-falcons alike.
King & I serves up a menu stocked with classic Thai and Chinese cuisine, served in a casual setting. Start with delicacies such as boneless chicken wings stuffed with fresh ground pork and clear noodles ($7.95) and crunchy soft-shell crab deep-fried, herbed, and served with cucumber salad ($7.95) for a meal preamble as delicious as a firing squad of dumpling-loaded slingshots. Crispy duck ($13.95), beef pepper steak served with sautéed vegetables ($7.95), and spicy catfish pan-fried in chili sauce ($9.95) attend to meat-thirsty mouths with tasty aplomb. Other edible options include steaming bowls of noodles, fried rice, and curries that burst with spicy fireworks of flavor. Soothe frenzied taste buds with a cold beverage from the humble list of soft drinks, beer, and wine.
Siam Garden is a family-run restaurant located near Nellis Air Force Base and the Cheyenne CSN college campus, offering a wide array of authentic Thai dishes. A sense of community is found at Siam Garden, with walls adorned with myriad photos of its customers from across the years. Authentic entrées include lard nha talay, which arrive as stir-fried noodles with seafood; chicken red curry; tord munkung, served as a plate of deep fried and marinated minced shrimp cakes served with plum sauce. Just be sure to specify the level of desired hotness for your dishes, or prepare to keep reaching for the water glass. And if you’d rather pick up something on your way home from work, Siam’s free takeout is a great way to eat well without having to deal with the crowds.
Lauded as one of the best Thai establishments in Las Vegas by epicure John Curtas, Weera Thai Restaurant diverges from standard central Thai dishes with the sour and spicy flavors of the Issan region. Chef Weera Thonguthaisiri tosses a crisp catfish salad in green-apple dressing, while seasoning boneless duck with spices, herbs, lime juice, and chili to craft traditional larb ped, a dish that Curtas extols as "quite a treat—both because of its extraordinary flavor and the way everyone's face lights up after each bite." Lunch specials pair egg rolls, salad, soup, and steamed rice with red curry or spicy eggplant entrees, and wine and traditional Thai drinks dampen palates throughout the day. Flora fills the carpet underfoot, forming a foundational jungle upon which stand rough, exposed-stone columns, cushy red booths, and tables topped with white cloth and sheets of glass.
Strolling along Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors seeking laughter end up at L.A. Comedy Club, which is located in the Windows at Bally's. Performers have included A-list standups such as Loni Love and Doug Benson. Before entering Bally's, visitors can gaze at the Technicolor splendor of the Las Vegas Strip and the nearby Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino, whose electronic replica of the Montgolfier balloon whisks comics back to their hotels after their sets.
The aroma of spicy Thai curry and fresh papaya lingers in Lilly's dining area as Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese dishes emerge from the kitchen. Panang curry swims in creamy coconut sauce and citrus flavors, and crispy boneless duck and lightly battered soft-shell crab entrees stand nearby. Patrons can opt for pickup or delivery to their homes or permanent dwellings inside airplane luggage compartments.