Three Great Las Vegas Restaurants for Tourists

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Las Vegas has always been a very popular destination for tourists to visit, and Memorial Day was no exception. People don’t just come for the casinos, but they come for the overall experience. One of the things that they will experience is food, unless they do not eat for some reason. Since there were so many people (old and new) coming and going throughout Las Vegas, that means people need suggestions for food. Here are three restaurants that you should definitely check out, unless you either already have some places in mind or you feel like eating at a bad restaurant.

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For any newcomers to Las Vegas, Flock and Fowl is the first restaurant that you should visit. Flock and Fowl is located in downtown Las Vegas, but if you know how to navigate the crowds then the dense population should not be a problem. Contrary to popular belief, Flock and Fowl is not in fact a chicken wing place. Instead, this is an Asian restaurant with food mainly originating from Singapore. How many restaurants do you know of that offer Singaporean food?

It is not just unique, though. The food is also amazing, even by Las Vegas and Asian food standards. The first thing that you will notice upon entering Flock and Fowl is the aesthetic, so I will start there for the purposes of the review. This Las Vegas restaurant has a very beautifully designed interior, offering both great lighting and a great view. Some other restaurants in Las Vegas can go a little overboard with their interior decorations, offering little room for the imagination.

Flock and Fowl does not need tons of flashy colors or “tasteful” artwork, and I appreciate the near-minimalist aspects of its design. Another thing that really makes Flock and Fowl unique is the restaurant’s open kitchen. You can sit at tables situated near the kitchen and watch them cook like I do, which is always a treat. Flock and Fowl has a very clean kitchen from what I can see, which only means one thing: the management values sanitation. This is very important in restaurants, and can either drive customers away or bring them in depending on where your restaurant lies on the scale.

A lot of restaurants in downtown Las Vegas are covered by an amazing Hood Cleaning Service found right here in the city. You can contact Las Vegas Hood Cleaning from their website, or you can Google them to find their phone number. Whatever you do, just make sure you do it fast. You could be losing customers each minute if your kitchen is dirty. Unless your restaurant’s food is great as Flock and Fowl’s, of course.

My favorite dish to order from here is the Signature Hainanese Chicken Rice, because chicken dishes tend to be my favorites. Typically I will order something with noodles in it, but once all those start to get boring then I fall back on my old favorite. I’m not sure what it is about Asian chefs that makes them so skilled, but it seems like American chefs just aren’t up to par with the quality in their cooking.

Even if you do bring someone with you who typically finds something negative to say about every item on the menu, the servers should be able to help you find something that they will enjoy. You won’t just have to take my word for it, though. Go online and read one of Flock and Fowl’s many great online reviews, and you might even find a suggestion or two off of the menu beforehand. That will make your visit just a little bit faster and easier.

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Next up, Rollin Smoke Barbecue. It was tough to not list this restaurant first, but that is only because barbecue is my favorite style of cuisine. This time around, you will be dining just a few streets down from the Las Vegas Strip. The Strip has all of everyone’s favorite restaurants, but there is one key reason why I refuse to eat at any of them. They’re too expensive!

Fortunately for me, I still have affordable BBQ located right here in town by way of Rollin Smoke Barbecue. There is no G, and that is not a typo. Here, it is difficult for me to decide on a favorite item. The brisket is to die for, but maybe you’re not a huge brisket person. That’s why I also like to order the Outlaw burger and the potato salad that has bacon in it.

You’ve never had a potato salad like this, and I can guarantee that. Top all of this great food with affordable prices, and it should not come across as a surprise that I am a regular here. If only I could find some way to make healthy barbecue from home. Again, you should expect nothing short of positive reviews online for this Las Vegas restaurant.

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Finally, Nacho Daddy should hopefully hit it home for you if you’re still unsatisfied. Or you somehow resisted the other two restaurants’ grasps and didn’t become a regular like me. Whatever the case, Nacho Daddy serves exactly the kind of food that you would expect. However, the breakfast from here is also very good. Not a lot of places in Las Vegas can pull off breakfast burritos that taste this good, if not for lack of trying.

Most of them offer subpar ones. This restaurant is also found near the Strip in Las Vegas, but a lot closer than the BBQ restaurant. As I mentioned in the review for Flock and Fowl, it is not uncommon for Las Vegas restaurants to have friendly and attentive staff. After all, with the cost of living being so high here, you really have to work hard if you want to remain a resident.

I was unsure of what to order when eating at Nacho Daddy for the first time, and luckily for me the staff member helped me through it. They asked me what kind of meat I prefer, whether or not I enjoy eating sauces with my meal, etc. By the end, my mouth was watering just thinking about the meal I was about to eat. Things like this are important in a restaurant if you want it to garner a great reputation with good online reviews.

 

The Top Three Greatest Restaurants in Jacksonville

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Jacksonville’s a pretty large city, and there are a lot of different restaurants. You could probably eat out every meal for a month and still find something new to try. Maybe not at different restaurants, at least. I think my favorite part about eating here isn’t just the quality of the food, but it’s the sheer variety that is offered. With so many people in Jacksonville, you can’t trust all of the reviews. But you can trust mine.

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Each one of these restaurants will be have some degree of a vegetarian or vegan theme, only because I think that it’s a style of cuisine more people need to try. First up on my list of reviews is Nile Ethiopian Restaurant. If you were to ask any stranger you met on the street if they had tried Ethiopian food, they would likely say no. After all, how many Ethiopians live here and have the money to start a restaurant of their own?

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant is located near San Jose in Jacksonville, which has some pretty nice scenery. It’s also not too far from the country club, but I prefer the food here to be honest. If I had to pick one dish off of the menu, it would probably be the vegetarian platter. Hey, I said there was an element of vegetarianism somewhere in here, didn’t I?

The menu itself has a nice variety, so it is really tough to single out one item as the best. Some other great dishes include the lamb tibs, and the Doro Wat chicken stew. You don’t have to eat meatless, but at the same time if you choose to then you will not be let down. What’s better is that the chefs do no skimp on proportions. Some restaurants are hesitant to put too much food on your plate for some reason, even though you are a paying customer.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant has some great chefs, and it is pretty obvious that they care about the customer more than usual. Having a lot of different choices for your food isn’t enough in this day and age, and you need to have great food as well. Actually, that’s probably a timeless aspect of the restaurant industry.

Regardless, Nile Ethiopian Restaurant has never once served me a bad dish. There has never been over or undercooked food, and I have never been sick after returning to my house. I know a lot of people are reluctant to eat new foreign food that they have never tried because it might upset their stomach. I am here to make all of your fears go away.

I also really like the service at this Jacksonville restaurant. Nile Ethiopian Restaurant’s servers are really friendly and helpful, which is always appreciated. Having a helpful waiter when you visit a new restaurant is pretty much a necessity, because you don’t know what to order yet. That’s my opinion, at least. The servers here have a lot of suggestions, both from their own personal thoughts and what the other customers have ordered.

In fact, I pretty much always see a decent amount of customers in the restaurant. It’s never too busy, but it’s also not empty at the same time. Having a good balance is a good sign in a business, because it means that they can handle the volume of business but also stay afloat at the same time. After all, the restaurant industry is extremely competitive.

Luckily, Nile Ethiopian Restaurant sets a pretty high bar for other Ethiopian restaurants. If you don’t believe me because I don’t really have anything negative to say about this Jacksonville restaurant, you could always just read the great online reviews instead. I have, from time to time.

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Second, there’s Taste of Thai. Just because it’s not at the top of the list doesn’t mean it’s not as good. In fact, all three of these restaurants are all equally as good. With so many restaurants in Jacksonville, you know some of them are going to have to be great. Narrowing it down to three was hard enough. This time around, you will be dining near Sans Souci in Jacksonville.

There will always be a special place in my heart for Pad Thai, and this was one of the few occasions when I did not need to ask the server for help. Family-owned restaurants usually have a very friendly atmosphere, and Taste of Thai is no exception. Managing a business on your own can be tough, especially when you need to find someone for different repairs. Other family-owned restaurants that I have seen in Jacksonville were a little lacking in the kitchen sanitation department.

Kitchen hoods are a important hazard to keep track of. If Taste of Thai is unhappy with their hood cleaners, I know some restaurant hood cleaners in Jacksonville that can get the job done. I used to have a friend who worked with them, and he told me that the vast majority of restaurants in Jax were starting to contact this place.

I think it’s because they offer a lot of different services, like commercial kitchen equipment cleaning. I’ll have to tell the owner next time I see him. They have an about page, so you could learn all you need to before calling. Taste of Thai also happens to have just as many positive reviews as the other two restaurants, and it’s no secret why.

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Finally, there’s Noura Cafe & Middle Eastern Foods. I saved this one for last because it’s more of a cafe, and I wanted to appeal to a broader audience first. Noura Cafe & Middle Eastern Foods is still one of the greatest restaurants I have been to in Jacksonville, and that’s saying a lot with all the stiff competition.

The lamb gyro platter will make your mouth water, just from reading the description on the menu alone. Even if you’re more of a falafel person, Noura Cafe has something on the menu for you. I have never had any major complaints after eating here, and the quality of the food has always been consistent.

There’s nothing worse than enjoying a meal and coming back to a worse tasting version of it. Again, there are some amazing reviews that I have read for Noura Cafe. I’m always surprised at how great some of these Jacksonville restaurants get rated, because owning and managing a restaurant is not easy. Lakewood in Jacksonville is starting to sound like a better place to live with each passing day.