I once sat down for a lunch at a company event with a woman who never had humus. Scratch that. Not only had she never consumed the middle eastern staple of mashed up chick peas, spice, and whatever else is in there, but she had never heard of it.
I’m not kidding. Seriously. Where I’m from, there’s a falafel or shawarma shop on every other corner. Humus is probably just as commonplace as ketchup. But this lady was from a small town in the deep southern United States and middle eastern restaurants weren’t really her jam.
I say that not to poke fun at the situation, but rather to preface this article as somewhat of a warning. Today, we’re talking about weird food and restaurants you can find in Las Vegas. But what’s weird to one person might be totally normal to someone else, so keep that in mind.
For the record, the first-time humus taster hated humus. That was a few years ago. I have no idea if she’s tried it since.
Thankfully, no matter what her tastes might be, she’ll be able to find something at these weird Las Vegas restaurants. Sure, there’s probably a whole bunch of food she’s never tried. But each restaurant on our list is less about weird food and more about a weird experience. We hope you enjoy it.
Capo’s Italian Steakhouse & Speakeasy
If your favorite TV series is Boardwalk Empire, we’re guessing you’ve already done the Atlantic City gambling trip and hit all the hot spots featured in the east coast mob TV series. But if Vegas is your thing, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the mob experience. Head to Capo’s Italian Steakhouse & Speakeasy. Yup, the restaurant is designed to look and feel like an old-school speakeasy from back in the day. Expect a lot of red lighting, red seating, and a general feeling of being back in time in a place where doing something slightly wrong seems so right. Oh, and the food is authentic Italian and delicious.
Want to see flying angels? Then head over the Aureole at Mandalay Bay. They have a massive win cellar that towers four stories high. And to get to the top, they have wine bottle retrievers (humans, not of the Labrador variety) who run up and down on ropes to fetch you that expensive bottle you demand. We’re guessing the keep the expensive stuff up top. No sense keeping $4 bottles of mediocre merlot at the top and wasting those angel’s time. The restaurant isn’t the cheapest on the strip, but it’s also not the most expensive. Main course meals average $35 to $50, but that’s without sides or appetizers. Basically, win at Blackjack before heading over to Aureole.
If you want to delight your eyes and experience a little fear while you eat, check out Grotto on Fremont Street. The restaurant features a giant shark tank in the middle of the restaurant complete with water spilling over the top. The food also happens to be spectacular, with entrees running about $20. Cheaper food items are pretty common along Fremont Street, which tends to be less glamorous than the more modern part of the strip.
Heart Attack Grill
It’s called Heart Attack Grill for two reasons. One, the food is so calorie-rich and sinful, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some sort of pulmonary trouble after finishing your meal (or perhaps even during). And two, the waitresses are drop dead gorgeous. But you’re here for food. OK, and atmosphere. And the theme here delivers, with a really fun, brightly lit environment that’ll make you want to return. If you’re a first timer, try the Coronary Dog along with an order of Flatliner Fries. You won’t be sorry, unless of course you have an actual heart attack.
If you’re from Brooklyn or have ever been to Brooklyn, you’re familiar with the legendary pizza restaurant. And now if you’re in Las Vegas, you can enjoy a slice or a whole pie between stints of doing damage at the slots. But this isn’t just a random pizza parlor capitalizing on its successful name. The Las Vegas location is as authentic as it gets, without actually being in Brooklyn. It turns out that the taste is right on the money and it’s clear why. The owners went to great lengths to ensure so, hiring a chemist to figure out the exact composition of the water used in the original Brooklyn location. We’re not even joking.
Hungry for gaming? Check out Silver Oak Casino
At Silver Oak Casino, you can’t exactly find weird food. We’ll level with you here. As authentic as we claim to be, we just don’t offer the culinary experiences that you’ll find in Las Vegas or at other land-based casinos around the world.
But you will find over 150 online casino games to tempt your senses and satisfy your appetite for fun. If you don’t yet have an account, signing up for one is easy. Just enter a few pieces of information, choose a username and password, and you’re good to go. With your free account, you can access free online casino games on your Mac, PC, tablet, or smartphone.
Yup, free (try getting anything free at a Las Vegas restaurant, we dare you). And if you want to play for real money, you can deposit money using your credit card or a number of other safe and secure deposit methods of your choosing. Cashing out is just as easy, so if you’ve hit a big win and you want to make your way to Las Vegas for a rewarding vacation, go for it.
And if you’re really in the mood, feel free to order a really weird pizza to enjoy while playing. BBQ sauce. Pineapple. Anchovies. Pepperoni. Extra cheese. Ground Beef. And then maybe dip the crust in ketchup for good measure. Be as weird as you want to be. It’s your casino, so go nuts.