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The Downtown Grand

206 N. 3rd St.

Las Vegas, NV 89101

702-719-5100

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$10-$20

Daily 6am-12am

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A funky food court style restaurant with a Latin kitchen twist.

Where is it?

At The Downtown Grand in Downtown Las Vegas.

What kind of food is served?

Mostly Latin specialties like tortas, burritos and tacos, Latin brisket, and rotisserie chicken, but also burgers, salads, coffee, a full bar, shakes, and more.

What is the atmosphere like?

A cool casual space with sort of a thrift-store, mismatched furniture kind of vibe.

How is the service?

Everybody is very friendly.

What are the prices like?

Ridiculously cheap. You can eat two meals here for what you'll pay at most Strip restaturants.

What else do I need to know?

Be sure to check out the milk shakes made from gelato instead of ice cream. Yum.

What's the bottom line?

One of the best affordable restaurants in all of Vegas.

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FULL REVIEW

The original concept for this place is that it would be a food court serving up different cuisines but with one central cashier for all of them. What it became is similar but with a more unified menu that focuses on Latin dishes with a few burgers and salads thrown in for good measure.

Located at the base of the north tower of The Downtown Grand, the room is fantastic; a fun, cozy space with an eclectic vibe - like the whole thing was furnished with finds at a thrift store (albeit a really nice one). A wall of windows faces a sidewalk patio, which will be lovely on nice weather days. There are several ordering counters for different parts of the menu and the staff brings your food to wherever you have chosen to sit.

Check out the tortas first - especially the Cubano with ham, pork carnitas, and Swiss cheese. It's one of the best sandwiches in town as far as I'm concerned. The straight up carnitas with pickled red onion is great as well as is the more tame, but still delicious "Pepito," done with carne asada and chipotle mayo.

Their big draws are the rotisserie chicken and the Latin smoked brisket, both of which are served in single portions or in larger family style sizes. The chicken is moist and perfectly seasoned, with just a hint of spice keeping it from being just another chicken. The brisket is a fiery delight and would be great in the larger sizes to share with a group around the table.

If you'd prefer you can make your own tacos, burritos, and bowls with a choice of tortillas, beans and rice, toppings, salsas, and meat - either the chicken or the brisket.

They also have huge, juicy burgers (beef, turkey, or portabello) that you can do old-fashioned with cheese and bacon or can be Latin-ized with a variety of options like pickled jalapenos, habenero salsa, guacamole, and more. Hot dogs (including bacon wrapped) and a few salads round out the menu.

The prices are almost shockingly cheap. The burgers start at $5 and max out at $9, tortas $8-$13, salads all under $10, and tacos, bowls, and burritos also all under $10. The only time this gets pricey is if you get the larger portions of chicken or brisket but even the biggest sizes max out at around $20 and they will feed a small army.

Be sure to save room for the milkshakes made from real gelato and, if you need something stronger, mosey on over to the full bar, which features a variety of mixers made from scratch.

This is now one of my favorite eating spots in Downtown Las Vegas. Heck - it's one of my favorites in the entire city.

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