If you’re a fan of Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins and you’re in Las Vegas, you’re going to want to try El Burro Borracho. Located inside the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (there’s an additional location in Laughlin if you’re out that way), this Mexican cantina-inspired restaurant promises a fun time with rich, flavorful food and artisan margaritas and cocktails.
This new addition to the Rio is conveniently located near the convention center and the hotel’s pool area on the first floor. You won’t get authentic Mexican cuisine at El Burro Borracho, but you don’t go to a Guy Fieri joint for authenticity. Fieri’s specialty is fried and flavor, and in that respect El Burro Borracho scores major points. Trash-can nachos, fajitas, and carne asada burritos are popular menu items, but I opted for the roasted chicken tortilla soup. It was the perfect portion size for me, and it went well with my margarita of choice.
Speaking of…you can’t go to El Burro Borracho and not order a margarita. Maybe you can if it’s early and it’s during the week but….no, even then you should order a margarita. I opted for the strawberry margarita with a dollop of whipped cream, and I could have easily ordered three more. The menu also offers “tequila flights”, if you’re not sure what type of tequila would suit you best.
As far as prices go, El Burro Borracho is moderately priced compared to other nearby restaurants. Cocktails average between 10 and 15 dollars each, and the food dishes can range between 11 and 30 dollars per person. This is also on par with Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen at the LINQ.
El Burro Borracho is a great place to go with friends, or on a date. It’s also a great place to go after spending the day at the Voodoo Beach Pool, if you’re in town during the summer.
Every time I go to California, I love stopping in at Duke’s. It’s been a family tradition for the last fifteen years or so, ever since my uncle and aunt discovered the original location in Hawaii. Duke’s has six locations throughout Hawaii and California, all located on or near the water.
Duke’s is easy to spot; coming down Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll see it right on the beach. There’s a downstairs bar area meant for those enjoying the beach, and an upstairs/outside dining area for more formal guests. The downstairs menu is a condensed version of the dinner menu, and thankfully both menus have the restaurant’s signature dessert – Hula Pie.
If you eat nothing else at Duke’s, get the hula pie. It’s so good, my uncle will send us pictures of him eating it. The Hula Pie is, by itself, worth an entire trip to the beach. It’s made with macadamia nut ice cream, which is impossible to find in most parts of the country, and a chocolate cookie crust. The fudge and the whipped cream toppings are optional, but…really, they’re not. We typically like to start the meal off with it, mostly to make sure we have the room in our bellies for it.
Duke’s also makes some killer fish and meat dishes. I am personally not a big fish-eater, but my cousins and aunt love their salmon and ahi. The sirloin to me is one of the most juicy I’ve had, and the pineapple garnishes are like the cherry on top. I wouldn’t recommend the wraps though; the last time I went the server told me they are pre-wrapped and they simply warm them up. Nothing wrong with that, but I’d rather have a steaming hot sirloin than pre-made. If I want pre-made, I’ll go to McDonald’s. J
If you’re going for a more formal eating experience, I highly recommend making a reservation. Since it’s located right on the beach, it has a tendency to stay busy. If you decide to go after a long day in the water and on the sand, I would say that’s not necessary. And if you’re there at the right time of day, just as the sun is about to set over the water, opt for outside seating. It makes for one of the dreamiest sunsets you can experience.
La Comida is one of my favorite places to eat downtown. It’s one of the many themed bars in the downtown area, but the Latino/Catholic décor does more than act as a gimmick to draw customers in. La Comida is a little piece of Mexico off the Strip, and it’s a place I highly recommend anyone go to if they are in that part of town.
La Comida can be hard to find at first, but once you get your first glimpse of the neon pink monkey hanging from the side of its building you’ll know you’ve found the right place. A statue of the Virgin Mary Greets you as you walk in, with colorful stringed lights lighting your path inside. The bar is dimly-lit inside, and has an open space outside for dining as well. The bar area is spacious, and has a swing on the very end. I’ve never had an issue getting a seat at the bar, except for on holidays.
La Comida’s signature is their margaritas. The drinks are reasonably priced; the most expensive drink on the tequila menu is 17.00 and there’s a wide selection of margaritas to choose from. The drinks come in mason jars, so don’t expect any yard-long drinks there. The food menu is admittedly limited, but the choices that are on the menu are satisfying. My favorite appetizer is the nachos; it looks like a small dish but I promise you won’t be able to finish them alone. The food is reasonably priced for being downtown, but
La Comida may not be the best bar in the downtown area, but it’s definitely one of the coolest. It’s a nice place to stop in for food if you’re bar hopping, or after seeing the Fremont Street Experience. It’s within walking distance of the Commonwealth, Downtown Cocktail Bar, The Griffin, Beauty Bar Las Vegas and the world famous Heart Attack Grill.