Secret Spots: Best Off-Strip Eateries
Other Mama, Ferraro’s, and La Comida
There’s certainly no shortage of cafes, bistros, diners and fine-dining restaurants in Las Vegas, but finding a genuine local spot owned by a real-life family is another story. Fortunately, there are stories like that tucked into every neighborhood of this larger-than-life metropolis. Here are a few off-the-strip eateries that make you feel right at home, regardless of what’s piled up on your plate.
If you think the name of this eatery indicates down-home cooking, then it’s probably best to readjust those expectations. Just take a look at the sassy tattooed mermaid in the logo, and you’ll see this ain’t your mama-in-the-country-kitchen kind of place. It’s ultra-chic and full of creative craveables from Chef Dan Krohmer, including blue crab with hush puppies, Japanese fried chicken and grilled Kurobuta pork belly. It does hint at some country roots with side plates of field greens and farm pickles.
Seek out the Happy Hour small plates, where it’s all about $1 oysters and a Raw Bar selection that’s not for the squeamish. We’re talking raw salmon Japanese poke and tuna tartare as well as ceviche of octopus, white fish, shrimp, habanero and white fish. Other Mama is on South Durango near Desert Breeze Park.
Ferraro’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Just a few blocks off the strip but miles away in terms of ambiance, Ferraro’s is where to go for friendly Italian fare and lively conversation. Based on handed-down family recipes, Gino and Rosalba Ferraro have been dishing out delizioso Southern Italian fare in Vegas for more than 30 years. Choose the main dining room or white-tablecloth patio area for heaping plates of hand-cut pastas and the signature osso bucco veal shank. Or head to the bar to enjoy live music and the Ora Sociale (aka Happy Hour) menu.
The mezzanote late-night menu is a great way to sample classic Italian favorites on a small-plate tasting menu, along with fresh pizzas with San Marzano sauce. You can also order full plates; check out the Safe Harbor Certified seafood such as Grilled Mediterranean seabass or Scottish salmon. Three crucial things to remember at Ferraro’s are: Mangia (eat), Bevi (drink), and Divertiti (have fun).
It says something about a place when one of the Strip’s biggest stars slips out of the limelight and into the cozy casualness of a local eatery. That’s exactly what happened in early February when Lady Gaga and about 50 members of her entourage made their way from the Park MGM, where she’s in residence with her “Enigma” show, to the rustic-chic La Comida restaurant in the downtown area.
‘La Comida’ translates as “family meal,” and the food comes from family recipes collected across Mexico. From mole specialties to homemade tortilla soup, La Comida follows a traditional instinct. But the chef clearly drives the menu here with twists such as Puerco Ahumado and Pollo al Horno baked inside a parchment bag.
Okay, so GaGa didn’t actually “stroll over” to La Comida from the Strip – she pulled up in her sleek black Lamborghini. But still. Look for the 7-foot-tall pink neon monkey dangling from the roof and follow its paw toward the back-alley entrance.
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