Luv-It Frozen Custard
505 E. Oakey Blvd., Downtown
With more than 30 years of experience and legions of loyal locals to back it up, this Vegas standby is known for churning out some of the best old-fashioned frozen custard in the state. The cash-only walk-up counter is in a somewhat out-of-the-way part of town and usually has a bit of a wait, but don’t let that deter you—the creamy sundaes (hot apple walnut is unreal), thick milkshakes, and floats are well worth the wait.
9820 W. Flamingo, Spring Valley
While the bar menu at this local watering hole is all about hearty, well-prepared comfort staples—sliders, fish & chips, and a really good cobb salad—the real draw here is the beer. The selection is as vast as it is far-reaching, with some of the 200+ brews (regulars are awarded loyalty cards) hailing from as far as Jamaica and Scotland. And lest you forget you’re still technically in Vegas, it’s open 24/7.
4600 Spring Mountain Rd., Chinatown
The vegan donuts at this no-frills strip mall bakery are nothing short of legendary. And it’s not just the exceptional quality that keeps fans coming back again and again (they taste just like the real thing, if not better), it’s also the sheer size of the selection: fritters, Boston cream-filled, jelly, maple, classic glazed, and the list just keeps going from there. It's kind of the perfect pit-stop on the way to the airport.
5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd., Chinatown
This is the tiny sister operation (and neighbor) to the much-loved Raku Grill, though the focus here is on the dessert bar. You'll find Japanese sweets of every variety: The menu is split up into a three-course prix fixe and a small selection of a la cart daily specials. From fresh sorbet to fruit-flavored tiramisu, everything is made by hand on the spot under the watchful eye of Executive Pastry Chef Mio Ogasawara.
The Golden Tiki
3939 Spring Mountain Rd., Chinatown
Although the indoor lava cove, designated pirate's lair, and leopard print booths may suggest otherwise, this six-months-old Chinatown tiki bar is actually genuinely good, not gimmicky. There’s an authentic Polynesian food menu to support a cocktail offering that includes the Painkiller (rum, OJ, and Dole pineapple whip), Trader Vic’s Mai Tai, and a Dark & Stormy that's really solid for a landlocked city.
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