Vegas Off the Strip

I've spent entirely too much time in Las Vegas lately. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Las Vegas. It has the best shopping, spas, restaurants and entertainment in a single six mile strip, with blue skies and sunshine (something that has been rare around here lately) to boot.

I really can't complain about the amount of time I've spent in Vegas, because there is a whole team of really fantastic people that I work with that have spent 10X that amount of time there in the last three months (but that's a topic for another post). One of the great things about knowing people that have spent 6-12 weeks of their lives in Vegas is that they know about some fabulous places to eat that are off of the beaten path.

Sushi on Trop
Location: 2625 E. Tropicana Avenue (Tropicana and Topaz)
You basically pay $30-ish for an hour of all you can eat Sushi. The Sushi is REALLY tasty (Who's Your Daddy Roll is a must) and the restaurant is REALLY fun. The Sushi Chef's will drink Sake Bombs with you (they make the Sake Bombs by balancing the shot glass of sake on chopsticks above the beer glass and then use their foreheads to tip the sake into the beer, all the while the whole place is yelling "Sake Bomb! Sake Bomb!"). One item of note, should you be at Sushi on Trop near closing time and should the Sushi Chef's have had a half dozen or so sake bombs don't be surprised if they grab your bum if you go to take a picture with them...ah, Vegas.

Lindo Michoacan
Remember that scene in Jerry Maguire when they go on their first date to a totally Hollywood-created Mexican restaurant complete with a mariachi band that comes around at just the wrong moment? Well, that basically describes Lindo Michoacan. It is everything you would expect from the ideal Mexican restaurant, mariachi band included. And the food is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. There are several locations around Vegas:

Lotus of Siam
This seemed to be the cool place to be taken to lunch at CES. There was a rumor going around that someone sat next to someone who sat next to Carlos Santana at lunch one day. The point is, this is the best.Thai.Food.EVER. 953 E. Sahara Ave. Suite A5

Tamba Lounge
OK, technically this Indian restaurant is on the strip, but it's in a location that I've never thought twice about. You know that Hawaiian village shopping area that is between the MGM Grand and Planet Hollywood? Yeah, it's in there. I know, right!!?? I guess I need to open my eyes to see past the hideous novelty T-Shirts and those guys shuffling business cards with naked girls on the front every once in a while. Everyone I work with is crazy about this place.