I grew up in a smallish college town, Lubbock, Texas. I never knew that my home didn’t feel like home until I stepped into Las Vegas. LV felt like home. The constant hustle and bustle is tiring for some, but it gave me the social charge that I can only get when I am in a sea of people.
Today I want to share my Las Vegas favorites that are not gambling (because losing money gets boring). I used to mostly stay in North Las Vegas, but now I’ve been having fun staying on the Strip and being a tourist despite knowing more than downtown. Also, I love to eat food, so here we go!
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Haute Doggery (3545 Las Vegas Blvd. Suite L-30, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109)
This is on The Strip, in the Linq Promenade between Linq and Flamingo. Not only do they have exciting hot dogs, but I love their poutine with crinkle cut fries, and they have a good $1 shrimp cocktail. Also they are right by Starbucks, and have little patio tables for prime people watching.
Jollibee (3890 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119)
There are two Jollibees in LV, this one is INSIDE Seafood City. It’s a Philippine fast food joint, that’s all. They’re scattered around the states, but this is the only location that’s ever convenient for me. Get a Spam sandwich and peach mango pie before you go shopping for sapin-sapin in Seafood City.
Parasol Down (3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109)
We normally don’t go as far as Wynn, but this is worth the trek -especially in the summer. Once you get inside the casino and follow the signage to Parasol Up/Down you chose whether to go up or down. We like Down. The patio is small and has a one-drink minimum (per person, not table). Stay for the show! I’m not going to spoil it for you, but you’ll want to have a good view, and while you wait you’ll especially love the cool oasis. It’s at least 10 degrees cooler in Parasol Down than the street. This spot is good for a date, maybe a double date but not for larger groups.
Sekushi (3655 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109)
Sekushi is in Paris, and was the first Japanese food I had in America after coming back from Tokyo. Obviously it did not disappoint, I even went back for gyoza -twice. It’s very Japanese and very good. Their seafood-laden creamy udon is an experience. It’s under $30 and worth it. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water.
Regal Theaters (2101 Texas Star Ln., North Las Vegas, Nevada 89032)
Mister Jupiter likes to escape the Strip sometimes, even when all of our friends are downtown. Our escape is Texas Station, it’s a local casino in NLV. It’s just a normal movie theater, but we love it because it’s almost empty for weekend afternoon matinées. And of course you can order liquor at the concession stand.
Have you been to these places too? What are your favorites, or do you have some suggestions for me? A lot of places didn’t make the list, because I was thinking about what I can only enjoy in Las Vegas…but I love suggestions.
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