The 52nd annual World Series of Poker is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your trip to Las Vegas. What are the best hotels in Las Vegas to settle in? How are you going to get around town? Which of 88 WSOP bracelet events will you come in? And where are the best places to eat?
Dining options in Las Vegas are plentiful, including many places inside or near the Rio. Health-conscious poker players buy meal plans from Dave all american, a WSOP food truck back for the 2021 series. Others choose the delicious but expensive Voodoo steakhouse at the Rio, and of course, there are plenty of fast food choices and fine dining throughout the city.
If you’re looking for a little something a little different, a tasty spot that probably won’t appear on many “best restaurants in Las Vegas” blogs but is worth including, this article is for you.
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Global dinner served in Henderson
For those living or staying in the Henderson suburb during the 2021 WSOP, there is an upscale yet affordable hidden gem near I-215 that you must try. World meal served, located at 1450 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy Suite C-205, just minutes east of Green Valley Ranch, is the perfect spot for Sunday morning brunch, but also a great choice for lunch or dinner.
Chef Matt Meyer, a well-known and respected chef in town, has created a relaxed, upscale environment which means there is no dress code. What makes Served unique is each menu item is made to order from fresh ingredients, even the sauces. Served Global Dining is known for its global cuisine full of delicious dishes that you simply won’t find elsewhere (i.e. King Crab Benedict).
PokerNews recommendation: Potato pancakes and candied bacon. You can thank us later.
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We went back and forth on this one. Not because Umiya isn’t a delicious place for sushi – it really is. But to consider it a “hidden gem” was a bit questionable given the crowds of the place. And then it occurred to us that so many other all-you-can-eat sushi bars around the Rio neighborhood seem to be getting more press. So, why couldn’t we pass up the opportunity to give Umiya some love, especially since how close it is to the Rio (a few blocks west of the Rio).
The clear choice at Umiya is AYCE – a single price for all the sushi and side dishes your heart desires. What makes Umiya a favorite among PokerNews crew, a must-see is the consistency of the sushi and all the items on the menu. A restaurant that you know will always deliver the same delicious meal every time is one place we can lean on.
PokerNews recommendation: Scallops wrapped in bacon.
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Polaris Street Cafe
If you’re on your way to the Rio and want a hearty breakfast to fuel up before a long day of poker, stop by Polaris Street Cafe. The upgraded place for breakfast is a short drive from the WSOP home. They have fast service and deliver a delicious hot meal every time.
The Polaris Street Cafe has had a makeover from acclaimed chef Robert Irvine on “Restaurant Impossible” earlier this year. The menu has gone from a bland breakfast menu to a more creative and delicious Mexican-inspired full menu. The restaurant also has an interesting history. Owner Julissa Legasppy lost her husband and co-owner a few years ago. After the tragic event, the restaurant started to deteriorate, and that’s when Irvine stepped in to save the day. Since then, business has picked up, the food has improved, and the Polaris Street Cafe is now worth a visit for breakfast and lunch.
PokerNews recommendation: Tacos De Carne Asada Plate (for lunch)
DeSimone Steakhouse at Railroad Pass Casino
Sometimes there is no better way to get rid of a tough session at the poker table than to take a short drive away from the poker room and enjoy a juicy piece of USDA Prime steak. DeSimone Steakhouse in the southernmost part of Henderson is the perfect place to wash away your sorrows or celebrate a great victory.
Located inside the Railroad Pass Casino, which doesn’t have much else to offer unless you’re in the slots, DeSimone’s is an upscale steakhouse with quality prime rib, filet mignon and more, all for a more reasonable cost than what you would pay on the Strip (expect to pay $ 100-150 for dinner and drinks for two). The by car from the Rio takes about 30 minutes, which obviously will not work for a tourist without a rental car. But if you have an automobile at your disposal, the long drive is well worth it.
(Expert tip: buy a Groupon for DeSimone’s, which is almost always available, and will save you $ 24 on your check)
PokerNews recommendation: 22 oz cowboy steak (or 12 oz prime rib if your appetite isn’t big enough).
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The front yard of Ellis Island Casino
Ellis Island Casino, located behind Bally’s and the Strip, was once a casino that has upped its game with impressive renovations over the past two years. In the recently renovated property is a lively and delicious restaurant at a reasonable price, The front yard. The two-story indoor / outdoor facility features an 18-foot wide-screen TV, creative bar food, and craft beers brewed from its own. Ellis Island Brewing Company.
The front yard is a great place to eat, drink and watch NFL games (you can bet on matches in the Ellis Island bookmaker). Start your day with unlimited mimosas and a Benedictine breast for brunch, or stop for dinner and devour a pork flatbread with honey and some fried steak.
PokerNews recommendation: Beer-cured chicken wings.