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Top Spots For Mediterranean Cuisine In Las Vegas

October 31, 2012 6:00 AM

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kebob Top Spots For Mediterranean Cuisine In Las Vegas

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The Mediterranean and Aegean Seas with their azure waters, the aroma of Italian pasta floating in the air, the bistros with their tables and quaint outdoor settings and the lure of the Riviera all beckon us to try just one more gyro, one more kabob or another helping of baklava. Luckily, we can savor the flavors of the Mediterranean right here in Las Vegas at some of the very best restaurants the Valley has to offer.

Market Grille Cafe Las Vegas
Montecito Marketplace
7070 N. Durango Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89149
(702) 396-0070
www.marketgrille.com

The Market Grille Cafe is one of the most popular restaurants in Las Vegas with its impeccable service and appeal of a classic Mediterranean bistro. There’s a location in Montecito Marketplace and Summerlin for your dining convenience. You can choose vegan and gluten-free meals, dine in or take out from the vast menu or get this delicious food catered for an event. Whether you crave hummus, baba ganoush, keftedes, gyros, souvlaki, honey cake or baklava, it’s all here and freshly made in Market Grille’s kitchen. Highly regarded and definitely delicious, the Market Grille should satisfy your craving for Mediterranean flavors all at a reasonable price.

Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe & Lounge
4147 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 731-6030
www.paymons.com

Paymon’s Cafe features Greek, Italian, Persian, Middle Eastern, Indian and vegetarian specialties and every dish has “the taste of homemade.” You can savor menu items such as classic Italian lasagna, eggplant parmesan or chicken parm. Perhaps you prefer Middle-Eastern fesenjan or baked kibbe, or you may be in the mood for Greek spanakopita or moussaka. On another evening, you might crave Indian curry or chicken tandoori. With a menu this vast, it’s difficult to try everything that tempts your palate, especially when the cost is reasonable and the servings are huge.

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Kabob Korner
507 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 384-7722
www.kabobkorner.com

Kabob Korner is a little place in a quaint area of town that offers hearty, reasonable Mediterranean, Halal/American and Pakistani fare. It’s the only Halal restaurant in Las Vegas. Known as “pita perfection” and “the king of kabobs,” this is the place to visit when you have a variety of appetites within your group. You will enjoy menu items such as the pocket pitas (gyro, beef or chicken kabobs), subs, burgers or soups. Entrees include chicken or beef tikka, chicken karahi and chola or chana ki daal curry and desserts such as baklava, Chicago cheesecake and kulfi.


Shish Kabob House
6620 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 643-5454
www.shishkaboblv.com

Shish Kabob House is, quite simply, the home of the shish kabob. This kitchen serves grilled lamb, salmon, shrimp, chicken, beef and kabob combinations with rice and a green salad to satisfy your craving for a real Mediterranean meal. The salad platter features regional appetizers while hummus, baba ganoush, dolma, eggplant caviar, tabuleh and cucumber yogurt will fulfill any foodie’s desires. Baklava, with its flaky pastry and sweet sugar, walnut and cinnamon filling, is a must. You can also order online.


Picasso

The Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-8865
www.bellagio.com/picasso

It figures that one of the most beautiful hotel/casinos in Las Vegas also has the best 5-star French/Mediterranean cuisine in town. As such, Picasso is the most expensive venue on this list but guarantees complete satisfaction from its service to food. There are a variety of menus to peruse including pre-theater selections with your choice of one of two appetizers, entrees and dessert for $75; the vegetarian menu features items such as heirloom tomato salad, vegetable ragout and dessert for $125; the prix-fixe menu with options like lobster and oysters to pigeon, veal or deer, including dessert for $113; and the menu degustation with potential for a delectable lobster salad, steak ‘a’ foie gras, lamb, halibut and a dessert for $125. And then there is the dessert menu which is a gastronomic delight. If you are looking for a high-quality French/Mediterranean dining experience, Picasso is truly one of the best in the Valley.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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