By Eliza Welsh
While the Strip is the obvious choice for a fine dining experience, venturing outside of the four-mile stretch reveals a diverse selection of eateries. Among these are some of Las Vegas’ best Thai restaurants.
LOTUS OF SIAM
Having received numerous awards from culinary giants such as The Food Network and Gourmet Magazine, the restaurant’s humble strip mall location will come as a surprise. The family-owned institution offers northern classics such as variations of Nam Phrik, a chili-based dip, and coconut cream-free curries and soups that feature fresh herbs and spices. From seafood to barbecue, Lotus of Siam is Thai perfection. Bonus: you might run into celebrity patrons like Pharrell or Drew Barrymore, who have been spotted chowing down on the Thai delicacies. lotusofsiamlv.com
Located in Henderson, miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip, this neighborhood restaurant offers an intimate setting to enjoy classic Thai dishes. The menu contains beloved Thai favorites like Pad Thai, but also boasts a number of enticing soups such as the savory coconut chicken soup Tom Kah Kai and Tom Yum Goong, shrimp and mushrooms in a spicy and sour soup. Finish off your meal with an order of mango with sticky rice or ice cream served in a coconut shell. The pleasant staff, cozy environment and timeless dishes will leave you wanting more. facebook.com/BangkokOrchid
After exploring Fremont Street, take a quick stroll to a new Thai restaurant that is helping revamp the downtown scene. Le Thai offers classic dishes and curries, including owner Dan Coughlin’s signature three-color curry, a mix of red, green and yellow curry. The contemporary exterior houses an 800-square-foot beer garden that hosts local DJ’s from Thursday to Saturday, during extended hours. Le Thai’s flavorful menu, modern environment and ability to cater to a unique customer base make it unforgettable. lethaivegas.com
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