Slice of Vegas has called The Shoppes at Mandalay Place home for more than six years, joining the ranks of its wildly successful neighbors along the stretch of casual eateries within. Part pizza joint and part sports bar, Slice of Vegas is the friendly neighborhood destination you never knew existed on the Strip; a safe have of sorts to eat pizza, drink beer and watch sports in a homey environment that doesn’t break the bank.
While finding a quality low-cost meal on Los Vegas Boulevard can be a challenge, Slice of Vegas saves the day with surprisingly affordable pizzas and other American-Italian menu options. Pizzas that feed two hover around $15-20 and include toppings spanning from your basics, like pepperoni and sausage, to the more exotic, such as three-meat meatballs and truffle oil. With both featured specialty pizzas and build-your-own options, Slice of Vegas is sure to cook up a pie for just about anyone.
Non-pizza lovers will still find themselves at home with a list of salads, pastas and other entrees to choose from. Vegans will be equally pleased, as Slice of Vegas has gone to great lengths to develop an extensive plant-based menu.
And what would a Las Vegas pizza place be without an extensive drink lineup? Slice of Vegas features a rotating draft beer list, which highlights craft brews local to Las Vegas as well as favorites from across the country. The bottled selection rounds out strong coverage across lagers, pilsners, IPAs, ciders and just about everything else that pairs perfectly with whatever sports might be showing on the many TVs throughout the restaurant.
In the mood for something sweet? The skillet cookie and its mound of vanilla ice cream on top melds hot and cold with a chocolatey, brown butter taste that will put a smile on your face.
Slice of Vegas is located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, near Ri Ra and Burger Bar. Open 11a – 11p Sun – Thu, 11a – midnight Fri - Sat. Average out-the-door price for split appetizer, split pizza, and 1-2 drinks is ~$32/person. For more information call (702) 632-6470 or visit SliceOfVegasPizza.com.
Slater’s 50/50 is Las Vegas’s hottest burger spot, and one of the best things to hit the local dining scene since sliced bacon. Starting out as a backyard barbecue experiment, Slater’s 50/50 and its signature half beef-half bacon burger patties have taken off like wildfire across Southern California and finally jumped the border to Las Vegas, finding its first home in Silverado Ranch.
Eye-catching burger compilations, a seemingly endless draft beer lineup and some of the most Instagram-friendly milkshakes you’ve ever seen highlight the menu, but it’s the all-encompassing ambiance and neighborhood-friendly price point that has allowed Slater’s 50/50 to build a cult-like following in such a short time. f
The menu presents a variety of burgers and other American classics so intriguing that it warrants multiple repeat visits. Everything from the B’B’B’ burger, with bacon infused cheese and bacon dressing, to the hi-brow burger, essentially a steakhouse between two buns, to the ever-illustrious PB & jellousy—literally peanut butter and jelly on a burger a la mode—reinvents the American staple. Bacon mac and cheese balls and the pork-a-palooza bacon flight are just two more of Slater’s 50/50’s renditions on carnivorous indulgence.
If there’s anything that pairs with a good burger, it’s a good beer. Slaters 50/50 features 50 of them on draft. These, in turn, pair well with the multitude of TV’s that line the walls, broadcasting any sporting event going on in the moment. In addition is an inventive cocktail menu that serves as a breath of fresh air from the over complicated, undersized libations that are taking over the modern bar scene.
Milkshakes are a must-do at some point during the experience. If it is sweet and delicious, you’ll find it in one of Slaters 50/50’s works of art. The happy happy birthday shake, for example, features a funfetti shake garnished with sour tape, a cupcake and a whole twinkie, finished with sparklers to put on a small firework show prior to the main event.
Slaters 50/50 is located at 467 E Silverado Ranch Blvd #100, Las Vegas, NV 89183. Open 11a – 10p Mon – Thu, 11a – midnight Fri, 9a – midnight Sat, 9a – 10p Sun. Average out-the-door price for split appetizer, entree, split dessert and 1-2 drinks is ~$45/person. For more information call (702) 766-5050 or visit Slater's 50/50 here.
Newhall may be widely known as Hollywood’s Wild West, but Persia Lounge has had no trouble mixing things up with flare from The Middle East. Fall-off-the bone meats, rich hummus, saffron rice and seemingly endless lavash meld with belly dancing, hookah and live music for a holistic cultural experience. As little ol’ Downtown Newhall continues to expand and attract more attention from ‘Mainland LA’, it’s places like Persia Lounge that are bringing the area an elevated allure, not to mention great taste.
Persia Lounge’s humble setup speaks to its authenticity. An inviting, minimalist dining room wraps around the restaurant’s small enclosed kitchen and leads to the lounge in the back, where hookah, music and dancing proceed to run the show. Wall décor pays homage to ancient Middle Eastern décor, and even has some exposed brick painted on. But it’s the food you’re after, and it comes in heaps at Persia Lounge.
Nobody is going to leave here hungry. The inquiry is confirmed as the appetizer combo arrives with enough lavash bread to carb-load for a marathon. Creamy hummus and masto khiar [yogurt cucumber dip], shirazi salad with diced cucumber and tomato, and light Persian potato set the tone for a menu with just enough familiar territory for everyone to enjoy, and an abundance of potential for adventurous palates to seek new discovery.
Meat is clearly a treasured entity at Persia Lounge, with every dish rich in bold flavor and distinct identity. Take the baghale polo with lamb shank, which you could tear apart with your fingers if you wanted, served in an herbaceous tomato broth that magnifies the flavor profile further. Or the zereshk polo with chicken, a spectacular chicken kabob that seems like it’s been marinating for ages, with saffron rice and the fascinating addition of sour barberry. Then there’s your classic shish kabob, with juicy chunks of char-grilled beef.
If you’re looking for true Halal, this is one of the only shows in town. You’ll also be able to find beers and wines from Lebanon and Armenia, in addition to the labels we all know and love.
Persia Lounge and Restaurant is located at 24328 Main St, Newhall, CA 91321. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tue – Thu, 11 a.m. – midnight Fri – Sat and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon. Average out-the-door price for split appetizer, entrée and 1 – 2 drinks is ~$40/person. For more information call (661) 259-4100 or visit Persia-Lounge.com.
Benjamin Brown is a seasoned restaurant writer and hospitality consultant, serving up SoCal's hottest food news and reviews.