Depending on your current phase of life, when you think of Vegas, you might think of M&M's Store in Vegas for the kids or day clubbing with your friends. When I think of Vegas, however, I think about all of its amazing hidden gems in Chinatown.
Having grown up in Southern California, quick weekend trips to Vegas were not uncommon. Meals would usually take place on "The Strip" since Vegas is designed in such a way to keep you inside of all of the hotels.
However, if you can resist the temptation to stay enveloped in hotel-sponsored air conditioning and take a car or Uber 10 minutes off The Strip, you'll be rewarded handsomely.
If you're looking for straightforward Japanese noodles, Oodle Noodle is a great place to satisfy that fix.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a less traditional spin on noodles, you can give Trattoria Nakamura-Ya a try. Japanese-Italian food is a little known fusion category that's generally hard to find outside of Japan. So if you come across a place that specializes in Japanese-Italian food, you MUST go.
If you don't have much time to spend in Vegas though, you will have to prioritize Raku - an izakaya style restaurant that serves housemade tofu and all sorts of wonderful eats. And while you're there, you need to save room for dessert at their dessert shop, Sweets Raku. There, you'll be delighted by all sorts of fun and delicious dessert options. It's an experience, and incredibly affordable by Vegas standards.
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