On the Road Eats: Las Vegas City Guide

In the neighborhood south of Houston Street, the skyscrapers and wide avenues that dominate other areas are replaced by smaller cast-iron buildings and narrow streets lined with delicious restaurants.

Whether you’re taking in a show, betting it all at the slots or just lounging poolside, make time for a bite to eat at one of Las Vegas’ famed restaurants or get your fill at a low-cost buffet.

1. Lotus of Siam
Ming Tsai's passion for spicy foods took him off the Las Vegas strip to Lotus of Siam. The Nam Prik Ong dish made with a blend of spices, herbs and ground pork quickly made the list for The Best Thing I Ever Ate. No wonder, as Chef Saipin Chutima is also a James Beard Award winner.

2. SW Steakhouse at the Wynn
Choosing the best steak in Las Vegas didn’t take Scott Conant long. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Scott swooned when eating his chile-rubbed double rib eye at SW Steakhouse. If you're lucky, you can overlook the Lake of Dreams, fitting for Chef Walzog's signature Colorado lamb chops.

3. John Mull's Meats and Road Kill Grill
Barbecue master Chuck Frommer has the best barbecue in Vegas and the locals know it. Guy fell in love with the hot links, which are cured for 16 hours and smoked for six, and savored the flavorful ribs. The pulled pork and mac 'n' cheese are also popular.

4. Forte European Tapas Bar and Bistro
While still in college, Chef Nina Manchev opened her Bulgarian restaurant at the age of 23. The mixed grill plate with three different types of Bulgarian sausage captured Guy's heart. Topped with dry cured Bulgarian charcuterie, the Thracian Clay Pot was another one of Guy's favorites.

5. Rao's at Caesars Palace
Anne Burrell doesn't visit Las Vegas often, but when she does, she races to Rao's for their Chicken Scarpariello. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Burrell says the pickled cherry peppers is the key to its great flavor — that and the grilled Italian sausage and succulent braised chicken.

6. Hash House A Go Go
Leave the buffet behind in favor of hearty comfort food from Hash Hash A Go Go, where Rachael says "you won't find disco balls...but you will find gigantic portions." Indulge in their unique take on Chicken and Waffles, or try the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with a Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade.

7. Bachi Burger
This Las Vegas burger joint is serving big American burgers with an Asian twist. Guy visited Bachi for its oxtail chili cheese fries and its signature Bachi Burger made with beef, pork and shrimp. Its unique flavor combos blew Guy away on Triple D, with him quipping: "This is BurgerBomb.com."

8. B&B Ristorante
You can bet on quality Italian at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's B&B Ristorante in the Venetian Hotel. The casually elegant spot boasts a solid wine list and loyal following of food lovers who praise the Bone Marrow Ravioli and Steak Tagliata. For a bit of everything, try the Pasta Tasting Menu.

9. China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini admits when he's in Vegas, he skips the sugar and orders the Twenty-Vegetable Fried Rice at China Poblano. If you crave tacos, don't worry. The menu caters to Mexican and Chinese devotees with ceviches and tacos next to noodles and dim sum.

10. D.O.C.G. Enoteca
Named after the highest level of Italian wine origin, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, Scott Conant's D.O.C.G. serves rustic pizzas, pastas and of course, wine, on the Cosmopolitan's third floor. The steaks and chops prepared alla griglia (from the grill) are also worth an order.

11. Freed's Bakery
A family-owned bakery, Freed's has been serving Las Vegas for more than 50 years. Located three miles east of the strip, the award-winning spot excels in irresistible treats, including cupcakes, cookies, pastries and Rachael's favorite: a variety of tasty cakes that can be ordered by the slice.

12. Lindo Michoacan
Lindo Michoacan has been serving up authentic Mexican cuisine for more than 20 years. Dig into gourmet specialties like savory Buey Al Cilantro, cubed rib eye steak in verde sauce with onion, cilantro and tomatillos, or Camarone Borrachos, shrimp simmered in lemon juice, garlic and tequila.

13. Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen
Lola's, a New Orleans style restaurant, has brought the Big Easy to Sin City. Guy says the roast beef po' boy with gravy is "on point." The crawfish, according to Guy, is "tender, sweet and out of bounds." Locals recommend the seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits and oysters.

14. Naked City Pizza
Tucked away in a bar, this pizza place is serving up gourmet pies in a non-gourmet situation. Guy liked the rich and creamy Sicilian topped with meatballs, white garlic sauce, spinach, mozzarella and ricotta. Craving something spicy? Try the Suicide Fries served with a medley of peppers for an awesome kick.